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Programming Visually With Sikuli
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Programming Visually With Sikuli

Researchers at MIT and the University of Maryland have created Sikuli, software that could eventually make programming easy enough for everyday computer users. 

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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi...

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble
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Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Swiss researchers are developing a swarm of single-propeller robots that are able to self-assemble and take flight. 

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Protecting Privacy: Make the Data 'fade Away'

Personal information can be protected by having it gradually fade away over time,  says the University of Twente's Harold van Heerde, whose dissertation shows that...

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Stretching Single Molecules Allows Precision Studies of Interacting Electrons

With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science...

Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center
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Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership have awarded grants for the design of an ultra-efficient...

Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry
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Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry

Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.

'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing
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'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing

In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at NIST and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a new...

High-Wire Robot to Inspect the Grid
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High-Wire Robot to Inspect the Grid

Researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute have developed a robot that can crawl along transmission lines to inspect electrical wires without the need...

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Nist Helps Accelerate the Federal Government's Move to the Cloud

NIST will accelerate the U.S. government's secure adoption of cloud computing by leading efforts to develop standards and guidelines in close consultation  with...

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...

Working Toward the Next Battery Breakthrough
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Working Toward the Next Battery Breakthrough

With 140 U.S. patents on energy storage to her name, University of Buffalo Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi brings a fresh perspective on coaxing better...

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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...

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...

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Water Main Break Floods Dallas Data Center

IT systems in Dallas County were offline for more than three days last week after a water main break flooded the basement of the Dallas County Records Building...

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...

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How the Brain Recognizes Objects

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's McGovern Institute of Brain Research have devised a computational model describing how the primate brain...

Little Known Norwegian Browser Challenges the Big Boys
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Little Known Norwegian Browser Challenges the Big Boys

No. 1 in Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Belarus. It might not be a slogan to attract an avalanche of American Internet users, but the Norwegian company that makes the...

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.

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Dmp Brings About New Design Space For Virtualization Technology

A group from Peking University has introduced a new memory virtualization technique called Dynamic Memory Paravirtualization that can dynamically patch binary...
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