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Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich
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Europe's Fastest Computer ­nveiled in Julich

The German supercomputing center in Julich has added three supercomputers, including the fastest machine in Europe. The new supercomputer at Forschungszentrum Julich...

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

How to Find Bugs in Giant Software Programs
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How to Find Bugs in Giant Software Programs

University of Calgiari researcher Michele Marchesi and colleagues have developed a way that software developers can allocate resources to error correction. Marchesi...

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Researchers Aim For Cloud Standard

The development of a framework for building cloud computing infrastructure could improve high-performance computing services from the Internet to multiple clients...

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ACM Group Honors Researchers Whose Zig-Zag Graph Aids Computer Network Designs

ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science have awarded the Godel Prize...

Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius
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Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius

Recognizing that first-ness is a perishable commodity, Toyota has deployed an array of new technologies in its third-generation Prius hybrid aimed at cementing...

Autonomous Helicopters
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Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.

Content Control
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Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

Test Facility Aims to Improve Land Mine Detection Equipment
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Test Facility Aims to Improve Land Mine Detection Equipment

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a test facility to evaluate and enhance sensors designed to detect buried land mines. The unique automated...

Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon
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Italy Aims to Send Spider-Bot Swarm to Moon

Nearly 40 years after Americans first set foot on the moon, a host of private rocketeers are hoping to follow to win a $30 million prize. Team Italia, one of 17...

Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan
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Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan

Researchers from around the world are meeting at a conference in Kobe, Japan, to discuss recent advancements in robotics. Among those on display will be RiSE, a...

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EC Wants Software Makers Held Liable for Code

The European Commission is proposing that the European Union's consumer protections for physical products also cover software. Commissioners Viviane Reding and...

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Faa's Air-Traffic Networks Breached By Hackers

The U.S. Transportation Department's inspector general released a report on May 6 that said the U.S.'s civilian air-traffic computer networks had been breached...

Control System Has What It Takes to Guide Experimental Aircraft
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Control System Has What It Takes to Guide Experimental Aircraft

Ohio State University (OSU) engineers have developed control system software capable of piloting aircraft that travel faster than the speed of sound by adapting...

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Sequoia: The Next Generation of Supercomputer

The Sequoia project, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), aims to build the world's first 20 petaflop...

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Traffic Demands to Disrupt the Internet By 2010

The World Wide Web has reached a critical point, warns Nemertes Research in a new report, which claims that increased online traffic will likely result in slower...

Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed
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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance...

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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...

Caltech Electrical Engineer Awarded $6 Million to Develop Self-Healing Circuits
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Caltech Electrical Engineer Awarded $6 Million to Develop Self-Healing Circuits

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded California Institute of Technology professor Ali Hajimiri a four-year, $6 million grant to develop self...
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