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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars
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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts...

When Good Enough is Better
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When Good Enough is Better

MIT researchers have developed a system that automatically finds parts of computer code where accuracy can be traded for significant increases in speed. 

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One Group's Answer to Transistors Behaving Badly

Researchers are developing error-prone stochastic processors in the hope that their  looser architecture will make their mass production much less expensive and...

 Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators
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Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators

Sandia National Laboratories researchers and the U.S. Department of Energy recently hosted a workshop for photovoltaic systems integrators to identify and address...

Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing
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Quantum Move Toward Next Generation Computing

Physicists at McGill University have developed a system for measuring the energy involved in adding electrons to semiconductor nanocrystals, also known as quantum...

Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings
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Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings

Years of neglect have left many NASA labs that might be used for breakthrough technology research in rough shape, says a report from the U.S. National Academies...

Robot-Inflicted Injuries Studied
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Robot-Inflicted Injuries Studied

German researchers have developed a prototype safety system that would reduce the injuries of humans working alongside robots using household tools. 

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Ibm, Ntu Announce Collaborative Effort to Converge Hpc and Cloud Computing

IBM and Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) announced a joint effort to research and develop a platform for the convergence of cloud computing and...

Seeing the Forest For the Trees
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Seeing the Forest For the Trees

New object recognition systems that deconstruct images into ever smaller elements, using methods developed at MIT and UCLA, should be much more efficient than previous...

Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?
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Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?

Researchers have developed a way to use water to transfer layers from one surface to another by exploiting the fact that different materials have different hydrophilicity...

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area
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Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area

D.E. Shaw Research will house Anton, its new 512-node supercomputer, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center beginning next fall. 

Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores
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Microsoft Researches Low Latency Operating System For Multicores

The Microsoft Research Lab in Cambridge, England, has developed BarrelFish, an operating system designed to overcome the latency problem in multi-core computers...

The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner
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The Software Side of Flight Testing the 787 Dreamliner

With nearly 600 hours of testing completed, Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner is in the thick of its nearly year long flight test program. Delays in the program have...

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery
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The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery

We know more about the cosmos than we do about the human brain, but work by European researchers is allowing scientists to probe further into the mysteries of...

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N.y. Bomb Plot Highlights Limitations of Data Mining

The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City shows the limitations of data-mining technology. Using data mining to search for potential terrorists is similar...

An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication
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An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication

Tel Aviv University's Koby Scheuer has developed a nano-based filtering device using silicon rubber that is designed to enable faster communications over optical...

Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets
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Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets

Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals--unlike the PC market...

Complex Software Systems
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Complex Software Systems

Researchers from Israel and six EU countries have carried out pioneering work on self-healing software capable of automatically and autonomously detecting, identifying...

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics
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Self-Powered Flexible Electronics

Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung researchers have developed a way to capture the piezoelectric power generated when a touchscreen flexes under a user's touch...

Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions
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Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions

NIST has announced that 11 university teams will square off next week in two contests designed to prove the viability of advanced technologies for robotic manufacturing...
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