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Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

M. Frans Kaashoek discusses systems work, "undo computing," and what he learned from Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

Beauty and Elegance
From Communications of the ACM

Beauty and Elegance

Leslie Valiant talks about machine learning; parallel computing, and his quest for simplicity.

Biology-Inspired Networking
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Biology-Inspired Networking

Researchers have developed a new networking algorithm, modeled after the neurological development of the fruit fly, to help distributed networks self-organize more...

The Best Error Pages on the Web
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The Best Error Pages on the Web

Anyone who has spent enough time online has at one point reached a dead end–known in Internet parlance as a 404 page. So what causes them? Web designers are coming...

New Ports Give Pcs More Speed and Flexibility
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New Ports Give Pcs More Speed and Flexibility

Computer shoppers are used to considering features such as design, processor speed, memory, battery life, and hard-disk size. But there's something else they...

NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit
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NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.

Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer
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Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer

The U.S. National Center for Supercomputing Applications has begun installing Forge, a 153-teraflop hybrid supercomputer that contains both central processing units...

Is Graphene a Miracle Material?
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Is Graphene a Miracle Material?

The material graphene was touted as "the next big thing" even before its pioneers were handed the Nobel Prize last year. Many believe it could spell the end for...

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Arm: Intel Has Tough Road Into Mobile Market

Intel may have made a big splash this week announcing it's going to focus on the mobile market, but its rival in the space says the chip maker has an uphill climb...

Fully Automatic Software Testing Now Possible
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Fully Automatic Software Testing Now Possible

University of Twente researcher Machiel van der Bijl has developed Model-Based Testing, a system that automates all steps in the software testing process. Model...

Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC
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Lack of Training Hinders GP­ in HPC

Several factors, including the lack of training in parallel programming and support from independent software vendors, are major obstacles keeping general-purpose...

Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight
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Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight

University of California, San Diego researchers recently completed a study aimed at finding a choke point that could reduce the flow of spam emails. 

Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels
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Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels

A circuit component touted as the "missing link" of electronics is starting to give up the secrets of how it works.

Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile
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Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile

CEO Paul Otellini said today that Intel is embarking on a big shift in focus, moving its center of gravity to the most power-efficient devices.

Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology
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Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology

Hewlett-Packard and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have mapped out the basic chemistry and structure of what happens inside a memristor during...

Toward Faster Transistors
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Toward Faster Transistors

In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But...

How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab
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How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab

Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced last week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in...

Better Glasses-Free 3-D
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Better Glasses-Free 3-D

MIT researchers have developed HR3D, a new method for glasses-free 3D displays. The researchers say their method could double the battery life of devices such...

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Humanoid Robots Catch Imagination at National Symposium in Pune

Research and Development Establishment, Engineers, recently held a two-day symposium on robotics and autonomous vehicles, which featured 250 delegates who discussed...

Herding Swarms of Microrobots
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Herding Swarms of Microrobots

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University demonstrated that they were able to control a group of microrobots to create complex patterns...
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