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Scientists Create Brain-Like, Massively Parallel Computer from Molecules
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Scientists Create Brain-Like, Massively Parallel Computer from Molecules

If you thought Japan was merely the master of miniaturization, tentacles, and creepy robots, think again: A group of Japanese scientists have built a massively...

Civilian Contractors Playing Key Roles in ­.s. Drone Operations
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Civilian Contractors Playing Key Roles in ­.s. Drone Operations

After a U.S. airstrike mistakenly killed at least 15 Afghans in 2010, the Army officer investigating the accident was surprised to discover that an American civilian...

Computer Chips That Repair Themselves
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Computer Chips That Repair Themselves

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign researchers have created a self-healing method that fixes cracks or failures in the circuits of computer chips.

Rise of the Drone: From Calif. Garage to Multibillion-Dollar Defense Industry
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Rise of the Drone: From Calif. Garage to Multibillion-Dollar Defense Industry

In 1980, Abraham Karem, an engineer who had emigrated from Israel, retreated into his three-car garage in Hacienda Heights outside Los Angeles and, to the bemusement...

Beijing Launches Its Own Gps Rival
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Beijing Launches Its Own Gps Rival

China has begun operating a homegrown satellite navigation service that is designed to provide an alternative to the U.S. Global Positioning System and, according...

Carmakers, ­.s. Worry About Hacking of Cars
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Carmakers, ­.s. Worry About Hacking of Cars

Imagine this nightmarish possibility: al-Qaida terrorists remotely disabling the brakes on thousands of cars racing down a Bay Area freeway during the morning...

John McCarthy, 1927 - 2011
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John McCarthy, 1927 - 2011

Winner of the 1971 A.M. Turing Award, John McCarthy was a founder of artificial intelligence and inventor of the Lisp programming language.

Revamping Storage Performance
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Revamping Storage Performance

Great strides are being made in finding fast alternatives to the slow disks that dominate storage systems, but fast media are not nearly enough.

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning
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Better Medicine Through Machine Learning

Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.

Congress Funds Exascale Computing
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Congress Funds Exascale Computing

The U.S. Department of Energy recently won full Congressional funding to support the pursuit of exascale computing. 

No More Access to Google's Hadoop Cloud For Researchers
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No More Access to Google's Hadoop Cloud For Researchers

Google announced it is ending its Academic Cloud Computing Initiative, a joint program with IBM and the National Science Foundation that gave researchers access...

Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel
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Self-Healing Electronic Chip Tests May Aid Space Travel

Self-repairing electronic chips are one step closer, according to a team of U.S. researchers, creating a circuit that heals itself when cracked thanks to the...

The Perfect Software Tester?
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The Perfect Software Tester?

As Aspiritech and other companies are discovering, autistic individuals possess certain unique skills that make them ideal as software testers.

Amazon Builds World's Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer
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Amazon Builds World's Fastest Nonexistent Supercomputer

The 42nd fastest supercomputer on earth doesn’t exist.

The Tevatron's Enduring Computing Legacy
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The Tevatron's Enduring Computing Legacy

Few laypeople think of computing innovation in connection with the Tevatron particle accelerator, which shut down earlier this year. Mention of the Tevatron inspires...

Mystery Men Forge Servers For Giants of Internet
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Mystery Men Forge Servers For Giants of Internet

If you drive down highway 880 from Oakland, Calif., take an exit about 30 miles south, and snake past a long line of car dealerships, you’ll find an ordinary...

How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time
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How the 10,000-Year Clock Measures Time

Ten thousand years is about the age of civilisation. Archaeologists have a few relics that have spanned this period, mostly stone tools and works of art. But...

Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters
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Why Apple's Acquisition of Anobit Matters

Apple reportedly acquired the Israeli flash memory design firm Anobit in a deal that cost the company $500 million.

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Quantum Computing with Holograms

Light is one of the most promising carriers of quantum information. It is robust against decoherence because it does not interact with stray electric and magnetic...

Supercomputers Get Real
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Supercomputers Get Real

HPC designers, domain experts, and embedded chip makers are teaming up to create optimized applications.
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