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 Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators
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Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators

Sandia National Laboratories researchers and the U.S. Department of Energy recently hosted a workshop for photovoltaic systems integrators to identify and address...

Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing
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Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing

Physicists at McGill University have developed a system for measuring the energy involved in adding electrons to semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum...

Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?
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Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?

Researchers have developed a way to use water to transfer layers from one surface to another by exploiting the fact that different materials have different hydrophilicity...

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area
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Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area

D.E. Shaw Research will house Anton, its new 512-node supercomputer, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center beginning next fall. 

Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores
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Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores

The Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, has developed BarrelFish, an operating system designed to overcome the latency problem in multi-core computers...

What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?
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What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?

Astro-Technology SOHLA, a small cooperative of companies in Osaka, Japan, wants to put an autonomous humanoid robot on the moon. 

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery
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The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery

We know more about the cosmos than we do about the human brain, but work by European researchers is allowing scientists to probe further into the mysteries of...

Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots
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Nasa Official Outlines Plan For Next-Generation Space Robots

NASA engineers are developing a team of robotic rovers that might eventually work alongside astronauts on Mars.

An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication
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An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication

Tel Aviv University's Koby Scheuer has developed a nano-based filtering device using silicon rubber that is designed to enable faster communications over optical...

Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets
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Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets

Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals--unlike the PC market...

Redesigning the Web For Touch Screens
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Redesigning the Web For Touch Screens

Last week, in an essay criticizing Adobe's Flash platform, Apple CEO Steve Jobs drew attention to, among other things, its lack of support for touch--something...

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Intel Labs Finds a Way to Create Routers ­sing Clustered Servers

Intel Labs says it can reuse or reconfigure commodity type servers and convert them into data center routers.  The reused servers are programmable and scalable. ...

'smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything
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'smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything

In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains...

Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions
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Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions

NIST has announced that 11 university teams will square off next week in two contests designed to prove the viability of advanced technologies for robotic manufacturing...

Nist 'dimmer Switch' Set For Superconducting Quantum Computing
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Nist 'dimmer Switch' Set For Superconducting Quantum Computing

NIST has developed the first "dimmer switch" for a superconducting circuit linking a quantum bit and a quantum bus. The switch could speed up development of a practical...

Mastering Multicore
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Mastering Multicore

MIT researchers have developed software that makes computer simulations of physical systems run more efficiently on multicore chips. 

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New Research Offers Security For Virtualization, Cloud Computing

North Carolina State University researchers have developed HyperSafe, software for resolving security concerns related to data privacy in virtualization and cloud...

Computing, Sudoku-Style
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Computing, Sudoku-Style

Though still in its infancy, the work of Alexey Radul as a postdoc at MIT could someday have consequences for artificial-intelligence research, parallel computing...

National Tech Transfer Awards Recognize Sandia's Work with Cray, Stirling Energy
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National Tech Transfer Awards Recognize Sandia's Work with Cray, Stirling Energy

Sandia National Laboratories has won two national Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for its efforts to transfer technology to supercomputer manufacturer Cray...

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India It Spending to Rise 14 Percent in 2010, Gartner Says

Information technology spending in India will grow by 14 percent in 2010 to $67 billion on higher investments by retail and utility firms and government departments...
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