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Speedy Scanner Re-Writes Book on Publishing Technology
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Speedy Scanner Re-Writes Book on Publishing Technology

A Japanese research group at Tokyo University has created new software that allows hundreds of pages of a book to be scanned within minutes.

A Robot's Breakfast
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A Robot's Breakfast

University of Maryland professor Robert Finkelstein is building a robot designed to provide its own fuel source by grabbing sticks and branches, sawing them into...

Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency
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Nist Detector Counts Photons With 99 Percent Efficiency

NIST scientists have developed the world's most efficient single photon detector, which could bring improvements to secure electronic communication, advanced quantum...

Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web
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Google Trying Anew for a 3-D Web

Google is breathing new life into its effort to bring hardware-accelerated three-dimensional graphics to the Internet. 

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United States, Europe, Japan Agree on Data Center Efficiency Metric

U.S., European, and Japanese government agencies and industry groups are expected to announce an agreement that establishes a common metric that data centers worldwide...

Robots With Better Observation
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Robots With Better Observation

Researchers say that new three-dimensional sensing technology under development will be more similar to the human eye in the way it enables robots to observe their...

Software Simulates Evacuation of 70,000 Avatars From E-Stadium
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Software Simulates Evacuation of 70,000 Avatars From E-Stadium

Simulation software will create a safe, virtual stadium where security teams can practice guiding 70,000 fans to safety.

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Rampant Cheating Hurts China's Research Ambitions

Ghostwriting, plagiarizing or faking results is so rampant in Chinese academia that some experts worry it could hinder China's efforts to become a leader in science...

Stanford Researchers' Audi to Climb Pikes Peak Without a Driver
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Stanford Researchers' Audi to Climb Pikes Peak Without a Driver

It can traverse rough terrain, accelerate quickly and negotiate sharp turns like other high-performance sports cars, but there's one thing that sets this Audi coupe...

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New Software Design Technique Allows Programs to Run Faster

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a way for computer programs to run up to 20 percent faster and possibly incorporate new security measures...

Diamond Chips to Make Meaner, Greener Electronics
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Diamond Chips to Make Meaner, Greener Electronics

Researchers at Japan's AIST have developed synthetic diamonds that could be used to make microchips capable of processing high-powered signals without requiring...

Revolutionary New Solution for Semiconductor & Nano Materials
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Revolutionary New Solution for Semiconductor & Nano Materials

University of Maryland researchers have developed a new way to generate high quality semiconductor materials essential for advanced microelectronics and nanotechnology...

Paintable Electronics? Nist Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors
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Paintable Electronics? Nist Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors

A multidisciplinary research team at NIST has found that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells...

A Tiny Defect That May Create Smaller, Faster Electronics
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A Tiny Defect That May Create Smaller, Faster Electronics

Researchers at the University of South Florida have developed a technique to turn defects in graphene into tiny metallic wires.

Nasa Will Help Probe Toyota Acceleration Problem
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Nasa Will Help Probe Toyota Acceleration Problem

NASA and the National Academy of Sciences are joining the U.S. government's effort to figure out what caused the sudden acceleration problems that led to Toyota's...

Spies Among Us?
From Communications of the ACM

Spies Among Us?

Governments' practice of electronic surveillance—and the growing use of warrantless wiretapping—has observers deeply concerned.

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response
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Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.

Data Streaming 2.0
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Data Streaming 2.0

In today's real-time Web, data streaming applications no longer have the luxury of making multiple passes over a recorded data set.

Improved Nanogenerators Enable Self-Powered Nanosensors
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Improved Nanogenerators Enable Self-Powered Nanosensors

By combining a new generation of piezoelectric nanogenerators with two types of nanowire sensors, researchers have created what they believe are the first self-powered...

Laser Security for the Internet
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Laser Security for the Internet

Jacob Scheuer at Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering has developed an information security system that acts as a type of key bearer. 
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