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Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes
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Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes

The situation was desperate for the Denver Broncos. On the first Sunday of the National Football League’s 2009 season, with only 28 seconds left in the game, they...

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

Milestone Reached on Road to Graphene-Based Electronic Devices
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Milestone Reached on Road to Graphene-Based Electronic Devices

Researchers in the Electro-Optics Center Materials Division at Penn State have produced 100-mm diameter graphene wafers, a key milestone in the development of graphene...

Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations
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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around...

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Major Step Towards Low-Power All-Optical Switching For Optical Communications

A key breakthrough involving optical random access memory has been achieved by Interuniversity Microelectronics Center (IMEC) and Ghent University. Researchers...

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Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging, and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems...

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right
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Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Almost three decades ago, Richard Feynman — known popularly as much for his bongo drumming and pranks as for his brilliant insights into physics — told an electrified...

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Apple Wins Patent For "proximity Sensing" Multi-Touch Display

Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch display that can sense when and where a finger is near the screen. The patent was one of 13 granted to Apple,U...

Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award
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Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award

Novel research has improved the simulation performance of hardware models created in SystemC. Preliminary experiments showed the researchers were able to speed...

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

Computer Mouse Still Rules, Says Expert
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Computer Mouse Still Rules, Says Expert

Next-generation interactive devices, such as gestural interaction and brain-computer interfaces, are unlikely to replace the keyboard and mouse anytime soon, says...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

Data at the End of the Tunnel
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Data at the End of the Tunnel

Scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and French research facility CNRS have made advances in the development of tunnel magnetoresistance-based memory. 

Supercomputer Flexibility Increased By Virtualized Operating System
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Supercomputer Flexibility Increased By Virtualized Operating System

New work on Sandia National Laboratories’ Red Storm supercomputer — the 17th fastest in the world — is helping to make supercomputers more accessible, in effect...

Watching Crystals Grow May Lead to Faster Electronic Devices
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Watching Crystals Grow May Lead to Faster Electronic Devices

The quest for faster electronic devices recently got something more than a little bump up in technological knowhow. Scientists at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)...

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Cmu, Intel Collaborate to Improve Energy Costs and Efficiency in Chip Making

Researchers at Intel and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a new class of materials called solder magnetic nanocomposites, which could help streamline...

China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plan
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China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plan

Researchers at the Chinese Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) have built a supercomputer using only home-grown microprocessors. The supercomputer, known as...

Going Beyond Moore's Law By ­sing the Third Dimension
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Going Beyond Moore's Law By ­sing the Third Dimension

Institute of Physics and Chemistry of Materials of Strasbourg researchers have manufactured microwires that self-assemble themselves into a three-dimensional template...

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Nanostructures Hold Promise as Fast Switches for Resistive RAM

Building microscopic materials known as superlattices on the surface of gold may lead to a treasure for researchers interested in faster, smaller, and more energy...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...
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