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Robots Take To The Stairs
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Robots Take To The Stairs

Robots can climb stairs, and they are doing it everywhere you look. Built on  painstakingly accumulated knowledge, several examples are demonstrated in YouTube...

Control System Has What It Takes to Guide Experimental Aircraft
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Control System Has What It Takes to Guide Experimental Aircraft

Ohio State University (OSU) engineers have developed control system software capable of piloting aircraft that travel faster than the speed of sound by adapting...

Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing
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Microsoft: Space Is the New Frontier in Computing

Microsoft Research Cambridge managing director Andrew Herbert says we are moving into a client-cloud era in which space is the new frontier. He says computingView...

Nist Requests Comments on Automated Computer Security Spec
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Nist Requests Comments on Automated Computer Security Spec

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has issued for public comment a draft publication describing...

Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation
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Asia's Fastest Supercomputer Keys 3D Animation

Eka, the fastest supercomputer in Asia today, is a firm pillar of the 3D animation scene in Pune, India. With peak powers of 172 TeraFlops, Eka was used in the...

U.S. Simulation Superiority Slips
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U.S. Simulation Superiority Slips

Today's  supercomputers require programming skills that too few U.S. researchers have to produce advanced computer simulations, and affordable computers and committed...

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Sequoia: The Next Generation of Supercomputer

The Sequoia project, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), aims to build the world's first 20 petaflop...

Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated By Compressed Air
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Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated By Compressed Air

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has developed a unique robotic hand that can firmly hold objects...

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In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Chip Design Team

In a major strategy shift, Apple reportedly has begun boosting its capability to design its own computer chips in an effort to create exclusive features for its...

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Where It's Hip to Count Flops

Last summer the U.S. Department of Energy's $120 million IBM Roadrunner supercomputer at Los Alamos National Laboratory was declared the fastest computer in the...

Tiny Green Lasers Seen Enabling Mobile Phone Projectors
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Tiny Green Lasers Seen Enabling Mobile Phone Projectors

Compact lasers which can work in formerly inaccessible parts of the spectrum and are suitable for mass production are now within reach, thanks to pioneering work...

Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid
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Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid

Using a new technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, electric vehicle owners can plug in their cars and forget...

Touch Screen Adds Tactile Pop-­p Buttons
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Touch Screen Adds Tactile Pop-­p Buttons

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have developed sensor feedback technology that features buttons that pop out from a touch-screen surface. The technology...

Sleep Talking Pcs Save Energy and Money
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Sleep Talking Pcs Save Energy and Money

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Microsoft Research have developed Somniloquy, a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal...

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­UC Davis Designs Super-Fast, ­ltra Energy-Efficient 167-Processor Chip

Computer scientists at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) have announced what they believe is the highest clock-rate processor chip designed by a...

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African Researchers Rank Asus Eee Over Olpc's Xo

Though the XO laptop from the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project is aimed directly at children in developing nations, research by African universities and Computer...

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Computing Revolution Creating Desktop Supercomputers

University of Western Australia (UWA) Ph.D. candidate Chris Harris is investigating the use of graphics processing units (GPUs) in radio astronomy data processing...

From ICT Results

Reconfigurable Hardware Delivers Design Flexibility

Technology is struggling to meet demands for high-performance, specialised computing systems. A European consortium is responding with a new kind of reconfigurable...

'instant On' Computing
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'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction...

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Researchers Working on Memory to Replace Dram, Nand

Researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) believe that resistive-random access memory (RRAM) could replace dynamic random access memory...
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