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App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
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App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon

University of California, San Diego researchers working on the GreenDroid project have developed software that scans the Android operating system and its most popular...

­a Engineers Win Patent For Protein-Based Electronic Circuits
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­a Engineers Win Patent For Protein-Based Electronic Circuits

University of Arizona researchers have patented a process for building microscopic wiring circuits made of copper insulated by proteins known as microtubules.

Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim
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Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim

University of Arkansas physicist Jak Chakhalian is seeking a new miniature building block for quantum computers, using a new class of nanomaterials known as topological...

Finding Experts: It's Who You Know
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Finding Experts: It's Who You Know

While current expert-finding methods provided the best expert in six out of 10 searches, a new user-oriented method finds the best one nine times out of 10, according...

Web Science Meets Network Science
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Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.

Deus Ex Machina
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Deus Ex Machina

Computational metaphysics is helping philosophers answer age-old questions, such as whether God exists.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
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Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

I, Domestic Robot
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I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.

Meet the Fastest Public-Key Algorithm Few Have Even Heard Of
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Meet the Fastest Public-Key Algorithm Few Have Even Heard Of

The Accredited Standards Committee X9 has approved NTRUEncrypt, a public-key algorithm that  is considered to be faster than both elliptic-curve cryptography and...

Microsoft Browser Would Offer Personalization Along With Privacy Protection
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Microsoft Browser Would Offer Personalization Along With Privacy Protection

Microsoft researchers have developed RePriv, a browser that analyzes users' online behavior and controls how their personal information is released to sites that...

European E-Science Group Extends Cloud Focus
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European E-Science Group Extends Cloud Focus

The e-Infrastructure Reflection Group (e-IRG), which consists of more than 100 members from European institutions, has issued a draft report illustrating how cloud...

New Spin on Graphene
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New Spin on Graphene

University of Manchester researchers have shown that electric current can magnetize graphene, a potential breakthrough for spintronics.

The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-­p
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The Business Market Plays Cloud Computing Catch-­p

The big spenders on technology are businesses and government agencies. They buy about 75% of the computing goods and services sold worldwide. Yet it is increasingly...

What Is a Cpu Thread?
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What Is a Cpu Thread?

Tech pundits, analysts, and reviewers often speak of "multithreaded" programs, or even "multithreaded processors," without ever defining what, exactly, a "thread"...

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Speedier Nanotube Circuits

Stanford University researchers recently expanded on an earlier study involving the development of faster nanotube circuits, which could lead to their use in complex...

Bye-Bye Electrons? Circuit Made From Flowing Atoms
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Bye-Bye Electrons? Circuit Made From Flowing Atoms

Kevin Wright and colleagues at NIST chilled 100,000 sodium atoms then used lasers to shape the blob of atoms into a torus and give it enough energy to circulate...

Supercomputers Let ­p on Speed
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Supercomputers Let ­p on Speed

Smarter rather than faster design appears to be coming into vogue as a gauge of a supercomputer's success. A federal report urges a more balanced portfolio of...

Ut Debuts Its Newest Supercomputer
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Ut Debuts Its Newest Supercomputer

The University of Texas at Austin, along with the Texas A&M University, Texas Tech, the University of Texas System, and others, has built the Lonestar 4 supercomputer...

­sing Adjacent Phone Antennas Could Improve Data Transfer
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­sing Adjacent Phone Antennas Could Improve Data Transfer

University of Bristol researchers are studying multiple-input multiple-output technology, which uses several antennas to transmit and receive data, in order to...
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