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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...

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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...

Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'
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Microsoft Executive Sees Rise of Tablets, 'Room Computer'

Technology that changes how people give commands to computers could make touch-based PCs more popular and transform the traditional desktop into a "room computer"...

25 Microchips That Shook the World
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25 Microchips That Shook the World

In microchip design, as in life, small things sometimes add up to big things. Dream up a clever microcircuit, get it sculpted in a sliver of silicon, and your little...

Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors
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Intel Preps Tool For Many-Core Processors

Later this year Intel will release a research project code-named Ct, short for C for Throughput, that will automatically make standard C and C++ compilers work...

Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed
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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance...

Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans
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Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans

Robots are gaining on us humans. Guided by increased computing power, robots can now perform such tasks as picking up and peeling bananas, landing jumbo jets, steering...

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication
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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications...

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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...
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