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May 2013


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Opening Doors to Foldable Electronics With Inkjet-Printed Graphene

Opening Doors to Foldable Electronics With Inkjet-Printed Graphene

Researchers have used a highly conductive, bendable graphene-based ink to inkjet-print graphene patterns that could be used as conductive electrodes. 


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Google Preps Dart 1.0 to Challenge Javascript

Google Preps Dart 1.0 to Challenge Javascript

Google is preparing to formally release Dart language version 1.0, as well as the 3.0 version of Google Web Toolkit.


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Inside Google's Secret Lab

Inside Google's Secret Lab

Last February, Astro Teller, the director of Google's secretive research lab, Google X, went to seek approval from Chief Executive Officer Larry Page for an unlikely acquisition.


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German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

German Railways to Test Anti-Graffiti Drones

The idea is to use airborne infra-red cameras to collect evidence, which could then be used to prosecute vandals who deface property at night.


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Century-Old Science Helps Confirm Global Warming

Century-Old Science Helps Confirm Global Warming

A new NASA and university analysis of ocean data collected more than 135 years ago by the crew of the HMS Challenger oceanographic expedition provides further confirmation that human activities have warmed our planet over the…


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Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

It's exactly the sort of futuristic thinking you'd expect from Google and NASA: Late last week, the organizations announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center.


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How Evolution May Help Build Better Robots

How Evolution May Help Build Better Robots

In the real world, animals have evolved the ability to get from point A to B by galloping, crawling, and jumping. Now, robots in the virtual world have accomplished something similar.


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Building Supercomputers with Raspberries

Building Supercomputers with Raspberries

At some point in the not-too-distant future, building powerful, miniature computing systems will be considered a hobby for high schoolers, just as robotics or even Lego-building are today.


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Ibm's Watson Tries to Learn...everything

Ibm's Watson Tries to Learn...everything

IBM has given Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute an open-ended three-year charter to improve the intelligence of IBM's Watson software. 


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Rice Unveils Method For Tailoring Optical Processors

Rice Unveils Method For Tailoring Optical Processors

Rice University researchers have developed a method for arranging metal nanoparticles in geometric patterns that can act as optical processors. 


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Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge

Cracking the 1,000-Core Processor Power Challenge

Researchers are working on solutions to growing power consumption, as mainstream processors are expected to contain hundreds of cores in the near future. 


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Exascale Computing Needs More Funding, Say Federal Computer Scientists

Exascale Computing Needs More Funding, Say Federal Computer Scientists

The U.S. Department of Energy's supercomputer efforts need at least another $400 million annually to possibly build an exascale computer by 2020.


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Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Hacking is openly discussed and promoted in China.


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Google ­nveils Tornado Crisis-Response Map Effort For Moore, Ok

Google ­nveils Tornado Crisis-Response Map Effort For Moore, Ok

Google's Crisis Response unit created a crisis map Web page to assist the community of Moore, OK, in its cleanup and recovery. 


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AI Gets Involved With the Law

AI Gets Involved With the Law

The application of artificial intelligence to the law aims to let automated systems handle arguments in which the logic is not clear. 


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Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S

Marketing to the Big Data Inside ­S

Companies market to you according to your shopping habits, your age, your salary, and your social-media activities. In the future, they may be able to advertise to you on the basis of your DNA.


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Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Hackers Find China Is Land of Opportunity

Name a target anywhere in China, an official at a state-owned company boasted recently, and his crack staff will break into that person's computer, download the contents of the hard drive, record the keystrokes, and monitor cellphone…


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Energy-Efficient Computing Work Earns Science Foundation's Support

Energy-Efficient Computing Work Earns Science Foundation's Support

Arizona State University professor Carole-Jean Wu is researching how to convert waste heat in computing systems to usable electricity.


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Innovation Could Bring Flexible Solar Cells, Transistors, Displays

Innovation Could Bring Flexible Solar Cells, Transistors, Displays

Researchers have developed a type of transparent electrode that could be used in solar cells, flexible displays, and future optoelectronic circuits. 


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New Technique May Open ­p an Era of Atomic-Scale Semiconductor Devices

New Technique May Open ­p an Era of Atomic-Scale Semiconductor Devices

A new technique can create high-quality semiconductor thin films only one atom thick. 


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Computational Tool Translates Complex Data Into 2-Dimensional Images

Computational Tool Translates Complex Data Into 2-Dimensional Images

A new computational method lets scientists visualize high-dimensional data produced by single-cell measurement technologies such as mass cytometry. 


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What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?

What Will Hackers Do with the New Kinect?

Microsoft announced a new version of the Xbox One earlier this week, and with it an improved and essentially reinvented version of Kinect, the company's body- and gesture-control sensor.


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One Day Your Phone Will Know If You're Happy or Sad

One Day Your Phone Will Know If You're Happy or Sad

As much time as we spend with our cell phones and laptops and tablets, it's still pretty much a one-way relationship.


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Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search

Computer Brain Escapes Google's X Lab to Supercharge Search

Two years ago Stanford professor Andrew Ng joined Google's X Lab, the research group that's given us Google Glass and the company's driverless cars. His mission: to harness Google's massive data centers and build artificial intelligence…


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Making Quantum Encryption Practical

Making Quantum Encryption Practical

One of the many promising applications of quantum mechanics in the information sciences is quantum key distribution (QKD) in which the counterintuitive behavior of quantum particles guarantees that no one can eavesdrop on a private…


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40 Years Ago, Ethernet's Fathers Were the Startup Kids

Bob Metcalfe, Dave Boggs, and the rest of the scientists at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center in 1973 were a lot like young developers at a Silicon Valley startup today.


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Robots Learn to Take a Proper Handoff By Following Digitized Human Examples

Robots Learn to Take a Proper Handoff By Following Digitized Human Examples

Researchers have developed a method that allows a humanoid robot to receive an object handed to it by a person with a somewhat-natural human-like motion. 


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UAB Research Finds New Channels to Trigger Mobile Malware

UAB Research Finds New Channels to Trigger Mobile Malware

Researchers have discovered new, hard-to-detect methods for triggering mobile device malware.


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Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results

Stacking 2-D Materials Produces Surprising Results

Researchers have made progress on the longstanding challenge of developing a band gap property in graphene, essential for using the material to make transistors. 


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3D Modeling Technology Offers Groundbreaking Solution for Engineers

3D Modeling Technology Offers Groundbreaking Solution for Engineers

New software will make it easier for engineers to develop real-world safety assessments of structures and foundations.