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Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
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Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

Competitions Aim to Create Interest in Cybersecurity
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Competitions Aim to Create Interest in Cybersecurity

U.S. government, industry, and academia are using cybersecurity competitions to interest high school and college students about the career opportunities in cybersecurity...

Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips
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Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips

Scientists at Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are adapting the same methods used in fusion-energy research toView...

Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast
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Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast

The continuance of Moore's Law—the axiom that the number of devices that can be economically installed on a processor chip doubles every other year—will mainly...

Making Android More Secure
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Making Android More Secure

Google developed a new approach to mobile phone security with its open source Android operating system. Android developer Rich Cannings says there must be a balance...

Energy-Aware Internet Routing
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Energy-Aware Internet Routing

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University, and Akamai indicates an Internet-routing algorithm that tracks electricity...

Internet 'Immune System' Could Block Viruses
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Internet 'Immune System' Could Block Viruses

A system that fights highly infectious computer viruses by embedding defense mechanisms in key parts of the Internet has been developed by University of North Carolina...

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano
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'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano

A group of "spiderbots" released inside Mount St. Helens in Washington is the first network of volcano sensors capable of automatically communicating with each...

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
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Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic...

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Berkeley Lab Gets $62m to Build Blazing Ethernet Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been awarded $62 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to...

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Tiny 'mems' Devices to Filter, Amplify Electronic Signals

Purdue University researchers are developing a new class of microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices called resonators that contain vibrating, hair-thin structures...

Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions
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Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions

University of Washington researchers’ announcement that they had created an encryption scheme called Vanish captured a lot of attention for its elegant simplicity...

Sustained Quantum Processing Demo Seen as Step Toward Quantum Computers
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Sustained Quantum Processing Demo Seen as Step Toward Quantum Computers

Raising prospects for building a practical quantum computer, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated sustained...

­C San Diego Launches Triton Resource Supercomputer
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­C San Diego Launches Triton Resource Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego, has officially launched the Triton Resource, an integrated, data-intensive...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers
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Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers

True Engineering Technology has developed semantic technology that gives meaning to numerical data to prevent number-related mixups. The company has launched Numberspace...

Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity
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Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity

Recent research into the properties of graphene nanoribbons provides two new reasons for using the material as interconnects in future computer chips. In widths...

How to Harness Petaflop Performance
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How to Harness Petaflop Performance

Several petascale computers are up and running, and others are sure to follow. All of them face many unique challenges in trying to harness a petaflop.

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."

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Report Offers Principles For Maintaining the Integrity and Accessibility of Research Data

Though digital technologies and high-speed communications have significantly expanded the capabilities of scientists — allowing them to analyze and share vast amounts...
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