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Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power
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Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power

Silicon chips that are allowed to make mistakes could help ensure computers continue to get more powerful, say US researchers.

Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics
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Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics

Stanford University researchers have developed an onboard power source for paper transistors and paper displays.

Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps
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Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps

Georgia Tech Research Institute is designing, fabricating and testing planar ion traps that can be more readily combined into large, interconnected trap arrays....

Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs
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Seven Atom Transistor Sets the Pace For Future Pcs

A working transistor that contains only seven atoms has been built by a team in Australia. The researchers, led by University of New South Wales professor Michelle...

Breaking the Logjam: Improving Data Download From Outer Space
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Breaking the Logjam: Improving Data Download From Outer Space

Space satellites face a data logjam because their increasingly powerful sensors produce more information than their bandwidth can easily transmit. Experiments indicate...

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Software Tool Helps Tap Into The Power Of Graphics Processing

A research team from North Carolina State University has developed software that could make it easier for traditional software programs to take advantage of powerful...

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Giving New Meaning to 'smart Car'

McMaster University computer and software engineers are studying how one IBM multicore processor can be used to connect a vehicle's automotive systems. 

Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates
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Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple Ipads to ­ndergraduates

Illinois Institute of Technology will provide all incoming, first-year undergrads with Apple iPads as part of an initiative to integrate new technologies into the...

Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology
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Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a nanotech "microlens" that uses gold to boost the strength of infrared imaging and could lead...

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Nanotube Transistor Will Help US Bond With Machines

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a transistor, which they say could be a step toward making prosthetic devices that can be wired...

The Rover's All Right
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The Rover's All Right

Oregon State University students are building the Oregon State Wireless Active Learning Device, a remote-controlled Mars rover that features an extendable arm...

Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars
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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts...

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'Tamper Evident' CPU Warns of Malicious Backdoors

Columbia University scientists have developed a chip design that prevents microprocessors from being equipped with malicious backdoors that could be used to steal...

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Decline Is Seen in Nasa

The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel...

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Virtualization Moves Closer to the Desktop

Virtual computing has moved closer with the unveiling of a new client-based hypervisor that allows users to run multiple virtual machines on a single laptop.

Molecular Robots On the Rise
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Molecular Robots On the Rise

Researchers have created and programmed robots the size of single molecule that can move independently across a nanoscale track. This development marks an important...

Dna Could Be Backbone of Next Generation Logic Circuits
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Dna Could Be Backbone of Next Generation Logic Circuits

Duke University professor Chris Dwyer has mixed customized parts of DNA and other molecules to produce tiny, waffle-like structures that can be used as building...

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One Group's Answer to Transistors Behaving Badly

Researchers are developing error-prone stochastic processors in the hope that their  looser architecture will make their mass production much less expensive and...

Lining Up 'nanodot' Memory
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Lining Up 'nanodot' Memory

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a method for growing magnetic nanoparticles that could lead to much more dense computer memory devices...

Hot New Material Can Keep Electronics Cool
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Hot New Material Can Keep Electronics Cool

University of California, Riverside researchers led by professor Alexander Balandin have developed technology that could keep laptops and other electronics from...
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