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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.

DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots
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DARPA Wants to Create Brainiac Bot Tots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is funding scientist Shane Mueller's efforts to expand upon the Turing test as part of an attempt to...

Computer Scientist Puts NSF Funding to Work for More Reliable Computing
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Computer Scientist Puts NSF Funding to Work for More Reliable Computing

University of California, San Diego professor Yuanyuan Zhou recently received several grants for research projects aimed at making computer systems more reliable...

Scientists Reveal Battery Behavior at the Nanoscale
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Scientists Reveal Battery Behavior at the Nanoscale

As industry seeks improved battery power sources, cutting-edge microscopy performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is providing...

Electric Skin That Rivals the Real Thing
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Electric Skin That Rivals the Real Thing

Two separate research groups have developed pressure-sensing devices that can match human skin in sensitivity and flexibility. 

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Software Improves Yuma Proving Ground Test Equipment

Researchers at the U.S. Army's Yuma Proving Ground have developed a program that can determine the positional and angular motion of relatively stationary test objects...

'Slow Light' on a Chip Holds Promise for Optical Communications
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'Slow Light' on a Chip Holds Promise for Optical Communications

Scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) and Brigham Young University have developed an optical device that has the slowest-ever light propagation...

Mapping New Paths For a Stressed-Out Internet
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Mapping New Paths For a Stressed-Out Internet

Researchers in the United States and Europe have created the first geometric "atlas" of the Internet as part of a project to prevent the world's most ubiquitous...

­CLA Chemists, Engineers Fabricate High-Speed Graphene Transistors
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­CLA Chemists, Engineers Fabricate High-Speed Graphene Transistors

UCLA researchers say they have fabricated the fastest graphene transistors ever using a nanowire as the self-aligned gate. Their fabrication technique enabled...

Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb
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Shape-Shifting Robot Compensates For Damaged Limb

European roboticists have developed software that enables a modular robot to adapt when one part stops working. 

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New Process Promises to Revolutionize Manufacturing of Products

University of Waterloo scientists have developed Multiple Memory Material Technology, a new manufacturing process that they say makes smart materials even smarter...

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Scientists Develop Device to Enable Improved Global Data Transmission

University of Southampton researchers have developed a data transmission system that could benefit optical communications networks by eliminating phase noise from...

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Computer Scientists Leverage Dark Silicon to Improve Smartphone Battery Life

A new smartphone chip prototype under development at the University of California, San Diego will improve smartphone efficiency by making use of "dark silicon"—the...

Researchers Create Robot That Can Pair, Fold Socks
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Researchers Create Robot That Can Pair, Fold Socks

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a robot that can pair and fold socks. The robot can determine whether a sock is inside out based on...

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Vulnerability in Commercial Quanto Cryptography

Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light have...

Researchers Develop New Piezoelectric Logic Devices
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Researchers Develop New Piezoelectric Logic Devices

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new class of electronic logic device in which current is switched by an electric field generated...

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Nsf Funds Expedition Into Software For Efficient Computing of Nanoscale Devices

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $10 million, five-year grant to researchers who will explore software-assisted monitoring of system components...

Wonder Conductors Will Spin ­p Cooler Computers
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Wonder Conductors Will Spin ­p Cooler Computers

Newly discovered materials called topological insulators could clear the way for blisteringly fast laptops and smartphones that don't warm your lap or singe your...
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