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Silicon-Germanium Electronics May Cut Spacecraft Weight
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Silicon-Germanium Electronics May Cut Spacecraft Weight

Satellites and other spacecraft typically use bulky and expensive shielding to protect vital  microprocessors and other microelectronic integrated circuits from...

Japanese Researchers Downplay Super Cpu Effect
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Japanese Researchers Downplay Super Cpu Effect

Japanese researchers led by Waseda University computer scientist Hironori Kasahara will spend the next year planning for a project to develop a new software standard...

MIT Creating Microchip That Could Restore Vision
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MIT Creating Microchip That Could Restore Vision

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a microchip that could be used with wireless technology and eyeglasses equipped with a camera...

A Simpler, Gentler Robotic Grip
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A Simpler, Gentler Robotic Grip

Harvard and Yale University researchers have designed a soft robotic hand that can pick up objects, suggesting a promising future in prosthetic arms. The new device...

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard
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'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard

Scientists from six European countries have designed a new automatic driving assistance program called DRIVSCO. The program studies the car owner's driving pattern...

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New Russian Top50 Supercomputers List Released

The Research Computing Center of Lomonosov at Moscow State University (MSU) and the RAS Joint Supercomputer Center have released the latest Top50 list of the most...

State Educators Call For Technology Investment
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State Educators Call For Technology Investment

In his first State of Education Address Thursday (Sept 24), Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers touched on budget cuts and problems...

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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

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MIT Creates Hybrid Chip For Faster Processors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have combined silicon and gallium nitride to create a hybrid microchip that they say is smaller, faster,...

IBM Develops Denser, Faster Chip Memory
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IBM Develops Denser, Faster Chip Memory

IBM says it has developed a prototype of the densest and fastest on-chip memory. The prototype consists of embedded dynamic random access memory (eDRAM) that is...

Shaping the Future
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Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots
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Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots

Interactions between humans and machines are evolving to the point where they could include having sexual relations, says David Levy, who won the 2009 Loebner prize...

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap
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Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap

Researchers are working on "self-healing" electronic materials that could lead in time to computer components that can fix themselves when they break.

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Quantum Computers Are Coming

WHATEVER happened to quantum computers? A few years ago, it seemed, it was just a case of a tweak here, a fiddle there, and some kind of number-crunching Godzilla...

Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities
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Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities

University of Warwick researcher Simon Scarle has demonstrated that an Xbox 360 chip could replace parallel processing hardware for a fraction of the cost. Scarle's...

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable
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Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable

Nanomaterials  are widely expected to be a foundation of future electronics. A key component of  tomorrow's nanoelectronic circuits is stable nanowires that work...

Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites
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Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites

Using a new software protocol called the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world recently...

Advanced Fibre-to-the-Home Network Demonstrated in Irish Research Lab
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Advanced Fibre-to-the-Home Network Demonstrated in Irish Research Lab

The European Union-funded Photonic Integrated Extended Metro and Access Network (PIEMAN) research project aims to provide fast Internet access across Europe. The...

Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level
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Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level

Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has received a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to create a...

European Research Plays Bit Part in Ben Hur Live
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European Research Plays Bit Part in Ben Hur Live

Technology developed by European researchers is helping the stage production of Ben Hur Live in London's O2 arena. It might only be a bit part, but technology developed...
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