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April 2010


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Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners

Robot Soon Able to Operate Inside Mri Scanners

Researchers at the University of Twente's MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology, in partnership with Radboud University, are working to develop robot-assisted surgery inside an MRI scanner. 


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Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing

Babbage Nanomachine Promises Low-Energy Computing

Boston University researchers have created a nanoscale mechanical logic gate that could form the basis of tiny mechanical computers, descendants of Babbage's mechanical computers.


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World Record: Julich Supercomputer Simulates Quantum Computer

University of Groningen and Julich Supercomputing Center researchers recently broke the world record for running software that can simulate the largest quantum computer system with almost 300,000 processors.


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Robot Pruner May Cut Vineyard Labor Costs

Robot Pruner May Cut Vineyard Labor Costs

Vino Farms is one of several farms in California that have invested in the development of a new machine that uses vision systems to mechanically prune vine spurs.


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Two Programs Honored for Bringing ­nderrepresented Groups into Mathematics

The American Mathematical Society is honoring two programs that do an outstanding job of bringing more individuals from underrepresented minority groups into the mathematical sciences.


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Citizen Science Contributes to Research

Citizen Science Contributes to Research

As technology increases the amount of new information available in various fields of science, researchers are turning to citizen scientists to unlock the data. The goal of citizen-science projects is to tap growing amounts of…


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Hp Demos Rollup Flexible Displays

Hp Demos Rollup Flexible Displays

Hewlett-Packard (HP) researchers have developed display screens that are printed on flexible plastic sheets of mylar material that could be easily rolled during the manufacturing process. 


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Quantum Memories May Lead to Faster, More Secure Computers

Quantum Memories May Lead to Faster, More Secure Computers

Future communications networks could be based on quantum memories, which store data in a pulse of light and are the focus of research by University of Delaware professor Virginia Lorenz. 


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Rensselaer Launches the First ­.s. ­ndergraduate Web Science Degree Program

Rensselaer Launches the First ­.s. ­ndergraduate Web Science Degree Program

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has launched the nation's first undergraduate degree program devoted to the emerging interdisciplinary field of Web Science.


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Paintable Electronics? Nist Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors

Paintable Electronics? Nist Studies Spray-On Manufacturing of Transistors

A multidisciplinary research team at NIST has found that an organic semiconductor may be a viable candidate for creating large-area electronics, such as solar cells and displays that can be sprayed onto a surface as easily as…


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Copying Plant Anatomy Promises New Photovoltaics

University of Massachusetts Amherst chemists have identified a new polymer-based method inspired by plant anatomy and photosynthesis for creating photovoltaic devices.


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Nist Racetrack Ion Trap Is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest

Nist Racetrack Ion Trap Is a Contender in Quantum Computing Quest

Physicists at NIST have built and tested a device for trapping ions that potentially could process dozens at once with the most versatile control of any trap demonstrated to date, an advance towards the goal of building a practical…


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Energy Dashboard Helps ­csd Campus Curb Appetite For Power

Energy Dashboard Helps ­csd Campus Curb Appetite For Power

After an extensive period of testing, researchers this week have launched an Internet portal to showcase the real-time measurement and visualization of energy use on the University of California, San Diego campus.


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Data Streaming 2.0

Data Streaming 2.0

In today's real-time Web, data streaming applications no longer have the luxury of making multiple passes over a recorded data set.


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Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

Robots Gear Up For Disaster Response

After 15 years of research, robots for search and rescue may be nearing prime time.


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Spies Among Us?

Spies Among Us?

Governments' practice of electronic surveillance—and the growing use of warrantless wiretapping—has observers deeply concerned.

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