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Multicore May Not Be So Scary

Research suggests that the free operating system Linux will keep up with the addition of more "cores," or processing units, to computer chips.

Should Code Be Released?
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Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

Linear Logic
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Linear Logic

A novel approach to computational logic is reaching maturity, opening up opening up new vistas in programming languages, proof nets, and security applications.

Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'
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Growing Nanowires Horizontally Yields New Benefit: 'nano-Leds'

While refining their novel method for making nanoscale wires, chemists at NIST discovered an unexpected bonus—a new way to create nanowires that produce light similar...

Vigilant Camera Eye
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Vigilant Camera Eye

Researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology have developed an automated camera system that replicates some functions of the human...

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Fujitsu Begins Shipping 'k' Computer, Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer

Fujitsu has begun shipping the computing units for Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer, nicknamed the "K"  computer. The "K" computer is a central part of the...

First Improvement of Fundamental Algorithm in 10 Years
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First Improvement of Fundamental Algorithm in 10 Years

The max-flow problem, which is ubiquitous in network analysis, scheduling, and logistics, can now be solved more efficiently than ever.

Study: Servers Run Well Around Zero Degrees
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Study: Servers Run Well Around Zero Degrees

Researchers in Finland are studying the use of outdoor air to cool data centers in northern climates. They have been running servers in a tent on a roof terrace...

Researchers Provide Insight Into the Impacts of Too Much Communication
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Researchers Provide Insight Into the Impacts of Too Much Communication

Individuals within a networked system coordinate their activities by communicating their position, speed, or intention. This communication will pnly increase...

Lipscomb Cluster Performance Tops 40 Teraflops
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Lipscomb Cluster Performance Tops 40 Teraflops

The University of Kentucky's new high-performance computer was measured at speeds of over 40 teraflops during benchmark testing.

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Mobile Chips Battle For Processing Power

Inside your smartphone, a battle is raging. As tiny chips with big ambitions fight for processing power, is there anything the phones of the future will not be...

Watching Electrons Move in Real Time
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Watching Electrons Move in Real Time

Research published in The Journal of Chemical Physics describes the emerging technique of X-ray powder diffraction, which has been used to map the movement of electrons...

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Certain Doped-Oxide Ceramics Resist Ohm's Law

A group of researchers in England and Spain has discovered that certain barium titanate ceramics do not follow Ohm's Law. Applying a voltage to them gradually changes...

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UTD Team Evaluating Facial Recognition Techniques

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) researchers are working with the U.S. Department of Defense to find the most accurate and cost-effective way to recognize individuals...

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Technology in the Extreme

Researchers at Newcastle University's Centre for Extreme Environment Technology have developed radio transmitters that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees...

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ORNL Strengthens DOE-Funded Clean Vehicles Team

As a member of the recently announced clean vehicles consortium, part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers...

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Powerful Argument for Cutting IT Energy Consumption

Although technology is growing more and more energy efficient, more innovation is needed to offset the growing use of computers in countries such as India and China...

Three Teams Share $10 Million Purse in Automotive X Prize Competition
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Three Teams Share $10 Million Purse in Automotive X Prize Competition

Three teams were awarded a share of the $10 million purse in the Progressive Insurance Automotive X PRIZE for Super Fuel-Efficient Vehicles.

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Officials In The Dark About Voting Machine Glitches

Problems with voting machines are still popping up 10 years after the controversial presidential vote in Florida.
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