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Mastering Multicore
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Mastering Multicore

MIT researchers have developed software that makes computer simulations of physical systems run more efficiently on multicore chips. 

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New Research Offers Security For Virtualization, Cloud Computing

North Carolina State University researchers have developed HyperSafe, software for resolving security concerns related to data privacy in virtualization and cloud...

Computing, Sudoku-Style
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Computing, Sudoku-Style

Though still in its infancy, the work of Alexey Radul as a postdoc at MIT could someday have consequences for artificial-intelligence research, parallel computing...

National Tech Transfer Awards Recognize Sandia's Work with Cray, Stirling Energy
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National Tech Transfer Awards Recognize Sandia's Work with Cray, Stirling Energy

Sandia National Laboratories has won two national Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for its efforts to transfer technology to supercomputer manufacturer Cray...

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India It Spending to Rise 14 Percent in 2010, Gartner Says

Information technology spending in India will grow by 14 percent in 2010 to $67 billion on higher investments by retail and utility firms and government departments...

Putting the Touch Into Touchscreens
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Putting the Touch Into Touchscreens

Your eyes tell you that your hand is locked in a vice-like mechanical device, but your fingertips tell you you're stroking fur. Welcome to the world of haptics,...

IBM Creates 1:5 Billion Scale Model of the Matterhorn
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IBM Creates 1:5 Billion Scale Model of the Matterhorn

IBM researchers have demonstrated a patterning technique capable of creating structures as small as 15 nanometers, and say the technology is a simpler and less...

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
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Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

A Flexible Color Display
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A Flexible Color Display

Hewlett-Packard Labs researchers are testing a flexible, full-color display that saves power by reflecting ambient light instead of using a backlight. 

The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge
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The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge

Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over...

A Robot's Breakfast
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A Robot's Breakfast

University of Maryland professor Robert Finkelstein is building a robot designed to provide its own fuel source by grabbing sticks and branches, sawing them into...

Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
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Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency

NIST scientists have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which could bring improvements to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum...

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The Smarter Electric Grid of the Future

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's George Arnold recently detailed his vision for what a smart electric grid would look like in 2020. 

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Steganography Discovery Could Help Data Thieves, But Also Improve Radar, Sonograms

The technology for instruments used to see through fog also could be used for optical steganography, according to a team of researchers at Princeton University. ...

Online E-Expo Features More Than 100 ­niversity Robotics Labs
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Online E-Expo Features More Than 100 ­niversity Robotics Labs

EXPO21xx's online exhibition for the robotics industry features projects from more than 100 university robotics labs from around the world. 

Stanford Researchers' Audi to Climb Pikes Peak Without a Driver
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Stanford Researchers' Audi to Climb Pikes Peak Without a Driver

It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there's one thing that sets this Audi coupe...

Robotc2.0 Gives Students Cross-Platform Robot Programming
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Robotc2.0 Gives Students Cross-Platform Robot Programming

Robot programming is many students' first exposure to the world of computer programming. As with so much of the computing world, however, different robot platforms...

Diamond Chips to Make Meaner, Greener Electronics
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Diamond Chips to Make Meaner, Greener Electronics

Researchers at Japan's AIST have developed synthetic diamonds that could be used to make microchips capable of processing high-powered signals without requiring...

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H.p. Says New Device Could Revolutionize Computer Chips

Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday will report advances demonstrating significant progress in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing...

Can We Make a Conscious Machine?
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Can We Make a Conscious Machine?

Challenges don't get much bigger than trying to create artificial consciousness. Some doubt if it can be done--or if it ever should. Bolder researchers are notAntonio...
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