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NIST Develops Experimental Validation Tool for Cell Phone Forensics

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new technique aimed at improving the validation of a crime lab's cell phone...

Medibots: The World's Smallest Surgeons
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Medibots: The World's Smallest Surgeons

A man lies comatose on an operating table. The enormous spider that hangs above him has plunged four appendages into his belly. The spider, made of white steel,...

Problem Solvers
From Communications of the ACM

Problem Solvers

This year's Grace Hopper Celebration focused on using technology for social good.

Making Automation Work
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Making Automation Work

Today's automated systems provide enormous safety and convenience. However, when glitches, problems, or breakdowns occur, the results can be catastrophic.

Ready For a Web OS?
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Ready For a Web OS?

The hegemony of the traditional desktop operating system is starting to fracture with the emergence of a new generation of Web browsers that may finally herald...

Blueprints For Self-Assembly
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Blueprints For Self-Assembly

Researchers are using tools from information theory and computer science to facilitate the automatic creation of nanoscale structures.

Prace Is Ready For Implementation: Applications Ported
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Prace Is Ready For Implementation: Applications Ported

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) has been researching promising petascaling techniques, as well as related work on optimization techniques...

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Tech Innovation Program Seeks Comments on Potential Future Funding Areas

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is asking for public comment on four white papers that outline potential areas for research funding grants...

Trust Linux!
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Trust Linux!

A team of researchers has implemented support for 'trusted computing' in a commercially available version of the open source operating system Linux, breaking new...

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Supercomputers With 100 Million Cores Coming By 2018

A key topic at this week's SC09 supercomputing conference, which takes place Nov. 14-20 in Portland, Ore., is how to reach the exascale plateau in supercomputing...

Stanford-Led Research Helps Overcome Barrier For Organic Electronics
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Stanford-Led Research Helps Overcome Barrier For Organic Electronics

Stanford University researchers have determined why some transistors made of organic crystals do not allow electricity to flow through them as easily as other electronics...

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Tough Choices For Supercomputing's Legacy Apps

The future of supercomputing holds several significant software challenges, writes Numerical Algorithms Group's Andrew Jones. The first challenge is the rapidly...

Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot
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Two Rival Supercomputers Duke It Out For Top Spot

A Cray supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has regained the title of the world's most powerful supercomputer, overtaking the installation that was ranked...

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Google Launches New Programming Language: Go

Google has unveiled Go, a new programming language the company says offers the speed of working in a dynamic language such as Python and the performance and safety...

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Spdy: An Experimental Protocol For a Faster Web

As part of the "Let's make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

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Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

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­nlimited Compute Capacity Coming, IBM Says

IBM Canada Lab director Martin Wildberger predicts that unlimited computing capacity will become a reality in the near future, putting the power of modern mainframes...

Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers
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Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Virginia Tech's Green500 list is getting a refresh. Since its 2007 debut, the Green500 has ranked only the energy efficiency of the world's 500 fastest performing...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...
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