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Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power
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Researchers Attack Transistors to Slay Vampire Power

The European Union is sponsoring a multimillion-dollar research project to boost the efficiency of everyday electronics and choke the constant flow of wasted...

Wide Open Spaces
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Wide Open Spaces

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission's decision to open frequencies in the broadcast spectrum could enable broadband networks in rural areas, permit smart...

Career Opportunities
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Career Opportunities

What are the job prospects for today's—and tomorrow's—graduates?

Security in the Cloud
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Security in the Cloud

Cloud computing offers many advantages, but also involves security risks. Fortunately, researchers are devising some ingenious solutions.

Turning Data Into Knowledge
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Turning Data Into Knowledge

Today's data deluge is leading to new approaches to visualize, analyze, and catalog enormous datasets.

Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago
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Beagle Supercomputer Has Landed in Chicago

The University of Chicago Computation Institute at Argonne National Laboratory has introduced Beagle, a 150 teraflops, 18,000-core Cray XE6 supercomputer that will...

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd
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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.

Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin
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Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin

A team of researchers from the United States, China, Korea, and Singapore have developed flexible ultra-thin sheets of inorganic light-emitting diodes and photodetectors...

Batteries Smaller Than a Grain of Salt
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Batteries Smaller Than a Grain of Salt

Researchers in California are aiming to create some of the tiniest batteries on Earth, the largest of which would be no bigger than a grain of salt. These tiny...

The Second Coming of Tsubame
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The Second Coming of Tsubame

Tokyo Tech's TSUBAME 2.0 will officially be named the fastest Japanese supercomputer next month, with a raw performance of 2.4 petaflops that surpasses the total...

Faster Websites, More Reliable Data
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Faster Websites, More Reliable Data

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed TxCache, a database caching system that eliminates certain types of asymmetric data retrieval while...

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Parallel Java Programming System Launched By ­niversity

Researchers have launched a project to develop a Deterministic Parallel Java implementation, and say it would be the first implementation to guarantee deterministic...

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Nist Converts the Color of Single Photons Emitted By Quantum Dots

Researchers at NIST have demonstrated for the first time the conversion of single photons produced by a true quantum source to a near-visible wavelength, which...

Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules
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Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules

Isaac Asimov would probably have been horrified at the experiments under way in a robotics lab in Slovenia. There, a powerful robot has been hitting people over...

Study Shows Why It's Hard to Crash the Electric Grid
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Study Shows Why It's Hard to Crash the Electric Grid

A recent study accounting for the two most important laws of physics governing the flow of electricity shows why terrorists would have a hard time bringing down...

Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile
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Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to patrol the vast desert surrounding...

Planar Battery Could Help Integrate Solar, Wind Power Into the Grid
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Planar Battery Could Help Integrate Solar, Wind Power Into the Grid

A flat sodium-nickel chloride battery could deliver 30 percent more power at lower temperatures than its cylindrical counterpart, making it a viable alternative...

Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips
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Electronics Breakthrough Could Revolutionize Memory Chips

Rice University graduate student Jun Yao's research with silicon-oxide circuits could be a game-changer in nanoelectronics.

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Multifunctional Smart Sensors and High-Power Devices on a Computer Chip

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a process for integrating gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon to create a hybrid computer chip. This...

A Tracking Device That Fits on the Head of a Pin
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A Tracking Device That Fits on the Head of a Pin

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed nano-sized optical gyroscopes that can fit on standard-sized computer chips without compromising their sensitivity...
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