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Shaping the Future
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Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots
From ACM TechNews

Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots

Interactions between humans and machines are evolving to the point where they could include having sexual relations, says David Levy, who won the 2009 Loebner prize...

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap
From ACM News

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap

Researchers are working on "self-healing" electronic materials that could lead in time to computer components that can fix themselves when they break.

From ACM News

Quantum Computers Are Coming

WHATEVER happened to quantum computers? A few years ago, it seemed, it was just a case of a tweak here, a fiddle there, and some kind of number-crunching Godzilla...

Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities

University of Warwick researcher Simon Scarle has demonstrated that an Xbox 360 chip could replace parallel processing hardware for a fraction of the cost. Scarle's...

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable
From ACM News

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable

Nanomaterials  are widely expected to be a foundation of future electronics. A key component of  tomorrow's nanoelectronic circuits is stable nanowires that work...

Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites
From ACM News

Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites

Using a new software protocol called the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world recently...

Advanced Fibre-to-the-Home Network Demonstrated in Irish Research Lab
From ACM TechNews

Advanced Fibre-to-the-Home Network Demonstrated in Irish Research Lab

The European Union-funded Photonic Integrated Extended Metro and Access Network (PIEMAN) research project aims to provide fast Internet access across Europe. The...

Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level
From ACM News

Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level

Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has received a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to create a...

European Research Plays Bit Part in Ben Hur Live
From ICT Results

European Research Plays Bit Part in Ben Hur Live

Technology developed by European researchers is helping the stage production of Ben Hur Live in London's O2 arena. It might only be a bit part, but technology developed...

Electronics 'Missing Link' ­nited With Rest of the Family
From ACM TechNews

Electronics 'Missing Link' ­nited With Rest of the Family

Memristors were identified by Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the missing link of electronics 18 months ago, and since then the same team of HP researchers has upgraded...

­.s. Air Force Funds Super-Fast, Secure Computing
From ACM TechNews

­.s. Air Force Funds Super-Fast, Secure Computing

The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is supporting University of Michigan (UM) physicists' development of components for quantum computers that...

Graphitic Memory Techniques Advance at Rice
From ACM TechNews

Graphitic Memory Techniques Advance at Rice

Rice University researcher James Tour and postdoctoral associate Alexander Sinitskii used industry-standard lithographic techniques to place 10-nanometer strips...

Computers Go to Rehab, Then Back to Work
From ACM News

Computers Go to Rehab, Then Back to Work

Temple University's Computer Recycling Center has recycled and rehabbed more than 27,000 computers, monitors, printers and scanners since its inception in 2003....

Gestures Set to Shake ­p Mobile ­ser Interfaces
From ACM TechNews

Gestures Set to Shake ­p Mobile ­ser Interfaces

Mobile interface expert Christian Lindholm believes that mobile phones will be transformed in the next few years due to advances in fold-out screens, gesture controls...

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off
From ACM TechNews

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off

Aircraft manufacturers eager to reduce the weight of planes are looking into the replacement of copper wiring with wireless networks. Imbuing fly-by-wireless networks...

Study Pushes the Button on Intuitive Design
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Study Pushes the Button on Intuitive Design

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher Simon Lawry plans to observe adults in their homes using everyday appliances in an effort to develop contemporary...

From ACM TechNews

Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

A new system that could make the cooling of data centers vastly more efficient has been tested by a team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs
From ACM TechNews

Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs

University of Washington (UW) researchers are developing a contact lens with a wirelessly powered light-emitting diode (LED) in the hope that the device can be...

SC09 Draws Many New Faces to World's Premier Supercomputing Event
From ACM TechNews

SC09 Draws Many New Faces to World's Premier Supercomputing Event

Approximately 11,000 researchers, scientists, engineers, and computing experts from around the world are expected to attend SCO9 high-performance computing (HPC)...
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