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Supercomputers Get Real
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Supercomputers Get Real

HPC designers, domain experts, and embedded chip makers are teaming up to create optimized applications.

Rare, Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis
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Rare, Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space shuttle Atlantis, which only five months ago flew the final mission of NASA's 30-year shuttle program, is now being prepared for its public display at the...

San Diego Supercomputer Center Welcomes 'gordon' Supercomputer as a Research Powerhouse
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San Diego Supercomputer Center Welcomes 'gordon' Supercomputer as a Research Powerhouse

The San Diego Supercomputer Center's new Gordon supercomputer is designed to help researchers solve the most challenging data-intensive problems, including mapping...

Sharpening the Lines
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Sharpening the Lines

Researchers at MIT and the University of Utah have developed a technique that they say surpasses the fundamental limits of microchip design and could lead to more...

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Iran Hijacked ­.s. Drone, Says Iranian Engineer

Iran guided the CIA's "lost" stealth drone to an intact landing inside hostile territory by exploiting a navigational weakness long-known to the U.S. military...

Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?
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Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?

Soon after the ill-fated Phobos-Grunt spacecraft stalled in Earth orbit, a former Russian official implicated "powerful American radars" in Alaska. Is there a...

Multi-Purpose Photonic Chip Paves the Way to Programmable Quantum Processors
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Multi-Purpose Photonic Chip Paves the Way to Programmable Quantum Processors

University of Bristol researchers have developed an optical chip that generates, manipulates, and measures two quantum phenomena, entanglement and mixture, which...

Streamlining Chip Design
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Streamlining Chip Design

MIT researchers have developed a system that enables hardware designers to specify, in a single programming language, all of the functions they want a device to...

It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone
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It Won't Be Easy For Iran to Dissect, Copy ­.s. Drone

Prepare the dissection table. Iran says it’s planning to disassemble its prized acquisition: a CIA-operated drone that apparently crashed in its territory. Its...

In Race For Fastest Supercomputer, China Outpaces U.s.
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In Race For Fastest Supercomputer, China Outpaces U.s.

China is outpacing the United States in terms of supercomputer development. In November the Chinese debuted the Tianhe-1A, a supercomputer with five times the...

NASA Presents Software of the Year Award
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NASA Presents Software of the Year Award

Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science (AEGIS), novel autonomy software that has been operating on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity since...

Look, ­p in the Sky! It's a Drone, Looking at You
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Look, ­p in the Sky! It's a Drone, Looking at You

Unmanned aircraft—or drones—are playing a large role in U.S. military operations in Afghanistan, but they're starting to show up the the skies above the U.S....

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IBM's 3 Big Chip Breakthroughs Explained

IBM has made three breakthroughs that could help chips continue following Moore's Law.

Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort
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Drone Crash in Iran Reveals Secret ­.s. Surveillance Effort

The stealth C.I.A. drone that crashed deep inside Iranian territory last week was part of a stepped-up surveillance program that has frequently sent the United...

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Studying Human-Robot Interactions

A few months ago, scientists at Willow Garage, a robotics company in Menlo Park, Calif., invited a few ordinary people into their labs and gave them an assignment...

IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools
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IBM Makes Revolutionary Racetrack Memory Using Existing Tools

IBM researchers have developed the first prototype of racetrack computer memory, which combines on one chip all of the components needed to read, store, and write...

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How the 'internet Of Things' Is Turning Cities Into Living Organisms

When city services can autonomously go online and digest information from the cloud, they can reach a level of performance never before seen. First up, water...

Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing
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Creating Artificial Intelligence Based on the Real Thing

Ever since the early days of modern computing in the 1940s, the biological metaphor has been irresistible.

Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon
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Microsoft's Kinect: A Robot's Low-Cost, Secret Weapon

As robots seek to mimic humans' ability to see and hear, they have a secret weapon in Microsoft's Kinect game motion-sensing controller.

Squishy, Soft Robots Crawl Their Way to the Cutting Edge
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Squishy, Soft Robots Crawl Their Way to the Cutting Edge

A new breed of robots based on spineless creatures such as starfish and caterpillars could change the way humans interact with machines.
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