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'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...

Trip to Mars: Will Stress & Fatigue Impact Performance?
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Trip to Mars: Will Stress & Fatigue Impact Performance?

A six-man international crew entered an isolation chamber in Moscow on Thursday (June 3) for a simulated 520-day mission to Mars. 

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New Automated Tool 'debugs' Nuclear Weapon Simulations

Purdue University researchers, working with high-performance computing experts at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, have created an automated program to "debug"...

Willow Garage Gets Robots Into Researchers' Hands
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Willow Garage Gets Robots Into Researchers' Hands

Willow Garage has given 11 teams from around the world the right to use its PR2 open source robots and operating system to develop new uses for the technology and...

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Scaling Goes Extreme

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory researchers are developing software that is capable of describing the behavior of molecules in excited states, as well as...

Researchers Work to Help Mobile Devices Keep Going and Going . . .
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Researchers Work to Help Mobile Devices Keep Going and Going . . .

Three researchers have been awarded a $1.2 million, four-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop a more energy-efficient processor for mobile...

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Oak Ridge National Lab to Lead Reactor Simulation Innovation Hub

Oak Ridge National Laboratory was awarded $122 million to establish and operate a new Nuclear Energy Modeling and Simulation Energy Innovation Hub, which will...

China's Nebulae Supercomputer on Tail of Ornl Jaguar in Newest Top500 List
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China's Nebulae Supercomputer on Tail of Ornl Jaguar in Newest Top500 List

The newest version of the TOP500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers, which is issued twice yearly, was formally presented Monday (May 31) at the ISC'10...
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