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Table Salt Found to Boost Data Storage Density
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Table Salt Found to Boost Data Storage Density

Table salt could be used to increase the capacity of hard drives from as much as 4 Tbytes today to more than 21 Tbytes, according to researchers at the Institute...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE Euronext...

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Dennis Ritchie: The Shoulders Steve Jobs Stood On

The tributes to Dennis Ritchie won’t match the river of praise that spilled out over the web after the death of Steve Jobs. But they should.

Progress in Quantum Computing, Qubit by Qubit
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Progress in Quantum Computing, Qubit by Qubit

 Harvard University researchers have developed a method for capturing light in tiny diamond pillars embedded in silver, releasing a stream of single photons at...

Physicists to Develop New Way of Electronic Computing
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Physicists to Develop New Way of Electronic Computing

University of California, Riverside researchers are developing a new way of computing designed to accelerate applications that process large amounts of data, such...

Video Documents Three-Year Trek on Mars by NASA Rover
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Video Documents Three-Year Trek on Mars by NASA Rover

While NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was traveling from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater, between September 2008 and August 2011, the rover team...

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In Supercomputing, a Turn to Energy-Saving Graphics Chips

In computing, as in so many fields, the best path to progress is often not a straight line.

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Nsf Seeks Cyber Infrastructure to Make Sense of Scientific Data

The National Science Foundation recently called on University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill researchers to develop a national data infrastructure that will help...

Advances in Reliable Computing Draw Recognition For Doctoral Student
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Advances in Reliable Computing Draw Recognition For Doctoral Student

Arizona State University doctoral student Reiley Jeyapaul's research focuses on finding solutions to the problems that cause computers to crash, lose data, or behave...

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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE...

From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development
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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

Both Tim Willits and Matt Hooper got their start in game design as fans, creating maps for id Software games like Doom and Quake. Now, as the studio celebrates...

It's All About the Hair
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It's All About the Hair

Recent University of California, San Diego computer science Ph.D. graduate Iman Sadeghi developed a new way to light and animate characters' hair, and his method...

Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition
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Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition

As soon as Apple unveils its highly anticipated new version of the iPhone on Tuesday, millions of people are likely to start plotting how to be among the first...

The Internet of Tomorrow: Faster, Better and Cheaper
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The Internet of Tomorrow: Faster, Better and Cheaper

Researchers from the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and seven other institutions are trying to save the Internet by making it cheaper...

Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System
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Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System

Argonne National Laboratory researchers recently demonstrated how the Diebold Accuvote TS machine can be hacked using inexpensive, widely available electronic...

E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds
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E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds

A recent Delvinia report could lead to the introduction of Internet voting across all levels of government in Canada. 

Supercomputer Readies For Action
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Supercomputer Readies For Action

Yale University recently received the Bulldog O Omega supercomputer from an undisclosed government agency, and it is now almost ready for use by university researchers...

Ping-Pong With Electrons
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Ping-Pong With Electrons

A surface acoustic wave has enabled scientists at the University of Cambridge to gain greater control over how electrons move from one place to another. 

'stampede's' Comprehensive Capabilities to Bolster ­.s. Open Science Computational Resources
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'stampede's' Comprehensive Capabilities to Bolster ­.s. Open Science Computational Resources

The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center announced that it will deploy and support Stampede, a new supercomputer that will offer data...

Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell
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Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell

Intel recently demonstrated Claremont, an experimental low-power processor the size of a postage stamp that could run PCs using solar power by dropping energy consumption...
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