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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...

Hp Researcher Predicts Memory-Centric Processors
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Hp Researcher Predicts Memory-Centric Processors

HP researchers are studying ways to make memristor processors the centerpiece of future server designs.  "Re-thinking the balance of computer, storage, and communications...

Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised
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Part-Human, Part-Machine Transistor Devised

University of California, Merced researchers have created a part-human, part-machine device that features a nano-sized transistor embedded in a cell-like membrane...

Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers
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Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have developed DNA-based logic gates that could carry out calculations inside the body and may lead to injectable biocomputers...

Touch Is Not Enough, Say Display Experts
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Touch Is Not Enough, Say Display Experts

Experts in touch technologies recently gathered at the Society for Information Display conference to explore the future of touch and interactivity for computer...

Ranking the Most Powerful Supercomputers
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Ranking the Most Powerful Supercomputers

The U.S. still leads in high-performance computing capacity, but China is undergoing explosive growth.

Glimpse of Heavy Electrons Reveals 'hidden Order'
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Glimpse of Heavy Electrons Reveals 'hidden Order'

Unconventional use of a well-known scientific instrument has helped scientists unravel a 25-year-old physics mystery and reveal a "hidden order" of the electronic...

Researchers Work to Help Mobile Devices Keep Going and Going . . .
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Researchers Work to Help Mobile Devices Keep Going and Going . . .

Three researchers have been awarded a $1.2 million, four-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop a more energy-efficient processor for mobile...

Found in Translation: A Global Village
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Found in Translation: A Global Village

European scientists have developed groundbreaking technology to enable machine translation using statistical analysis. Now linguistic diversity can be found in...

Olpc and Marvell to Develop Xo Tablet Computer For Students
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Olpc and Marvell to Develop Xo Tablet Computer For Students

One Laptop per Child and Marvell will jointly develop a family of next-generation OLPC XO tablet computers based on the Marvell Moby reference design.

China's Nebulae Supercomputer on Tail of Ornl Jaguar in Newest Top500 List
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China's Nebulae Supercomputer on Tail of Ornl Jaguar in Newest Top500 List

The newest version of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, which is issued twice yearly, was formally presented Monday (May 31) at the ISC'10...

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Chinese Edge Toward Supercomputer Record

A Chinese supercomputer has been ranked as the world's second-fastest machine, underscoring China's aggressive commitment to science and technology.

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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission...

Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies
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Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies

Congressional staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 20 were wondering why a robot was roaming the halls. Those who followed the robot were led to...

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Outstanding in Their Field Effect

Rice University researchers have developed thin films of nanotubes made with ink-jet printers that offer a new way to make field-effect transistors (FETs). 

Advances Made in Walking, Running Robots
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Advances Made in Walking, Running Robots

Oregon State University researchers say they have made a fundamental advance in robotics that could lead to robots that use little energy to walk and run effectively...

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China's Fastest Computer Developed in Tianjin

A supercomputer that runs at more than one quadrillion calculations per second in practical use has been developed in Tianjin, making it the fastest one in China...

Beyond the Smart Grid
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Beyond the Smart Grid

The electrical grid isn't the only utility acquiring intelligence, as water and gas meters throughout the U...
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