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Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market
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Fast, Strong Deltabot Moves Forward in the Robotics Market

A research team at the University of Waterloo has built DeltaBot, a robot that uses cables for arms instead of rigid components and has a cylinder in the middle...

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Researchers Give ­pdate on Road to Parallelism

University of Illinois researchers have taken several small steps toward developing new parallel programming models to tap the many-core processors of the future...

Intel Prototypes Low-Power Circuits
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Intel Prototypes Low-Power Circuits

The smaller a silicon transistor becomes, the more electrons it leaks. That can mean unreliable, battery-draining chips. Researchers at Intel have come up with...

Mini Generators Make Energy from Random Ambient Vibrations
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Mini Generators Make Energy from Random Ambient Vibrations

Tiny generators developed at the University of Michigan could produce enough electricity from random, ambient vibrations to power a wristwatch, pacemaker or wireless...

New Touch Screen Technology in Works
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New Touch Screen Technology in Works

Carleton University professor Robert Biddle is one of 12 scientists working on the Digital Surface Software Application Network project, which is developing next...

See-Through Networks
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See-Through Networks

Promising faster, more efficient and cheaper computer networking, transparent networks are the paradigm of the future. But thanks to European researchers, they...

Electronics 'Missing Link' Brings Neural Computing Closer
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Electronics 'Missing Link' Brings Neural Computing Closer

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Assistant Professor Wei Lu is leading a research effort to make brain-like computers using memristors. 

An Express Lane From Camera to Computer
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An Express Lane From Camera to Computer

Intel is developing the Light Peak fiber-optic link, cable technology that will transmit 10 gigabits of data per second bidirectionally, and is expected to scale...

Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers
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Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers

The AMARSi project aims to build humanoid robots that can autonomously learn and develop motor skills in open-ended environments just as humans do.

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Supercapacitors Boost Efficiency

University of Waikato researchers have developed working prototypes of a supercapacitor that could enable mobile phones and laptop computers to run longer between...

Conquering the Chaos in Modern, Multiprocessor Computers
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Conquering the Chaos in Modern, Multiprocessor Computers

A group of computer scientists have found a way to tame multiprocessor computers, which behave in wildly unpredictable ways even as they become widespread in the...

Institute Says It Can Mass-Produce Graphene
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Institute Says It Can Mass-Produce Graphene

Scientists have leaped over a major hurdle in efforts to begin commercial production of graphene, a form of carbon that could rival silicon in its potential for...

Could This Be The Robot Servant Who Will Serve You Breakfast In Bed?
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Could This Be The Robot Servant Who Will Serve You Breakfast In Bed?

Tokyo University researchers have created Kojiro, a humanoid robot that is learning to mimic how people walk. 

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Silicon-on-Silk Electronics Developed For Potential Biomedical Applications

University of Illinois researcher John Rogers has collaborated with a team at Tufts University to develop silicon-on-silk electronics, which could one day function...

Quantum Dots Could Lead to Faster Computers
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Quantum Dots Could Lead to Faster Computers

An international team of scientists has developed a new type of semiconductor that could lead to faster and more efficient computers.The new research centers on...

Printable Sensors to Detect Fingers Without Touching
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Printable Sensors to Detect Fingers Without Touching

The European Union 3Plast research consortium plans to develop sensors that can be printed onto plastic film and attached to everyday objects. The sensors are...

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'micro-Rings' Could Nix Wires For Communications in Homes, Offices

Purdue University researchers have developed a device that uses micro-ring resonators to convert laser pulses into bursts of pulsating radio-frequency signals that...

China's Fastest Supercomputer to Have China-Made Chips
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China's Fastest Supercomputer to Have China-Made Chips

China's fastest super computer "Tianhe-1," is to be equipped this year with China-made central processing unit (CPU) chips, replacing the only part of the computer...

Security Pros Question Deployment of Smart Meters
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Security Pros Question Deployment of Smart Meters

The country’s swift deployment of smart-grid technology has security professionals concerned that utilities and smart-meter vendors are repeating the mistakes made...

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For Smaller Chips, Borrow 18th-Century Tricks

A new take on a centuries-old printing technique could shrink silicon chips and lead to advances in ultra-high-density computer storage. Computer chips are made...
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