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Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics
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Group Demonstrates Self-Healing For Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have applied the concept of self-healing materials to small-scale electronics. 

Nanotubes Give Batteries a Jolt
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Nanotubes Give Batteries a Jolt

Lithium-ion batteries with nanotube electrodes could go longer between charges.

Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips
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Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips

European researchers have developed breakthrough standards that will let microchip designers integrate more complex circuits more easily. It will mean a faster...

From ACM News

Researchers Develop Ultra-Simple Method for Creating Nanoscale Gold Coatings

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick,...

Behind the Scenes of Windows Phone 7
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Behind the Scenes of Windows Phone 7

The first Windows Phone 7 devices won't hit the market until the holidays. But in various conference rooms here on this Thursday in late May, it's already crunch...

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Imec Set to Take Transistors 'sub-Threshold'

IMEC wants to use silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region as a way to achieve ultra-low power operation, and envisions a future system-on-a-chip for biomedical...

How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize
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How the Apple Ii Taught Programmers to Economize

Imagine trying to program a virtual machine--a software instance that mimics all the characteristics of a physical computer--on a device with 2 kilobytes of RAM...

Microbarbershop Open For Business: To Cut a Single Hair
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Microbarbershop Open For Business: To Cut a Single Hair

A pea-sized microbarbershop able to cut a single hair, and the world's smallest chess board, were winners in this year's design contest for microelectromechanical...

Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer
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Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

An international team of researchers has overcome a key stumbling block by using metal crystal to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially...

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Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers

Computers based on the graphical processing unit chips that power today's computer games are increasingly being used in place of supercomputers for many technical...

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage
From ICT Results

Nanospheres Stretch Limits of Hard Disk Storage

A new magnetic recording medium made up of tiny nanospheres has been devised by European researchers. The technology may lead to hard disks able to store more than...

Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers
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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers...

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble
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Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Swiss researchers are developing a swarm of single-propeller robots that are able to self-assemble and take flight. 

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Stretching Single Molecules Allows Precision Studies of Interacting Electrons

With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science...

Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry
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Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry

Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.

Walls Falling Faster for Solid-State Memory
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Walls Falling Faster for Solid-State Memory

Researchers have found that flaws in the structure of magnetic nanoscale wires play an important role in determining the operating speed of novel devices using...

'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing
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'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing

In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at NIST and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a new...

Aiming to Boost Performance, Researchers Capture Images of Sub-Nano Pore Structures
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Aiming to Boost Performance, Researchers Capture Images of Sub-Nano Pore Structures

Scientists have imaged pore structures in insulation material at sub-nanometer scale for the first time. Understanding these structures could substantially enhance...

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Mobile Chips Threaten High-Performance Manufacturers

At the end of 2009, Intel was shipping about 80 percent of all x86 processors--the type of chip that powers, for example, Windows-based personal computers. AMD...

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Researcher's Robots Learn From Environment, Not Programming

University of Arizona professor Ian Fasel's Concept Learning from Intrinsically Motivated sensory-motor Experience project is researching what robots are able to...
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