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May 2010


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Cyber Command: We Don

Cyber Command: We Don

Members of the military’s new Cyber Command insist that they’ve got no interest in taking over civilian Internet security--or even in becoming the Pentagon’s primary information protectors.


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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission may become the most efficient method of moving data the…


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Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of NASA Technologies

Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of NASA Technologies

Congressional staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 20 were wondering why a robot was roaming the halls. Those who followed the robot were led to further surprises: an igloo-shaped life raft, long socks full of…


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Outstanding in Their Field Effect

Rice University researchers have developed thin films of nanotubes made with ink-jet printers that offer a new way to make field-effect transistors (FETs). 


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Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields

Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields

Students at the new Hughes STEM High School, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, learn concepts of science, technology, engineering and math by using their hands. The school mirrors a national trend aimed at…


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Tokyo Tech Announces Plans for 2.4 Petaflop Supercomputer

The Tokyo Institute of Technology announced that the TSUBAME 2.0 supercomputer, a green, cloud-based supercomputer system with a top speed of 2.4 petaflops, will begin operation this fall.


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Advances Made in Walking, Running Robots

Advances Made in Walking, Running Robots

Oregon State University researchers say they have made a fundamental advance in robotics that could lead to robots that use little energy to walk and run effectively.


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Worldwide R&D Expenditures Top $330 Billion

U.S.-owned businesses and U.S. affiliates of foreign companies had worldwide R&D expenses of $330 billion in calendar year 2008 and worldwide sales of $11 trillion, according to the U.S. National Science Foundation.


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China's Fastest Computer Developed in Tianjin

A supercomputer that runs at more than one quadrillion calculations per second in practical use has been developed in Tianjin, making it the fastest one in China, its developers said.


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Japan Plans a Moon Base by 2020, Built by Robots for Robots

Japan Plans a Moon Base by 2020, Built by Robots for Robots

An ambitious $2.2 billion project in the works at JAXA, the Japanese space agency, plans to put humanoid robots on the moon by 2015, and the Japanese could have an unmanned lunar base up and running by 2020.


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Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals a Sea Change

Japan's iPad Frenzy Signals a Sea Change

The debut of Apple Inc.'s iPad tablet computer in Japan is generating a level of hype and excitement rarely seen these days for a new electronics product in the gadget-loving nation, underscoring the paucity of buzz-worthy…


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Fujitsu Supercomputer Achieves World Record in Computational Quantum Chemistry

Researchers in Japan used Fujitsu's T2K Open Supercomputer to successfully compute with high precision an optimization problem to reveal the molecular behavior of ethane (CH3), ammonia (NH3) and oxygen (O2).


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Despite Green Diet, Data Centers Still Gobble Power

Despite U.S. government warnings on exploding energy consumption, data centers are not getting more power-efficient.


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Google Gives Away Video Software to Lure Developers

Google Gives Away Video Software to Lure Developers

Google recently gave away a piece of intellectual property the company gained after its $120 million acquisition of On2 three months ago.


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Mobile Data: A Gold Mine for Telcos

Mobile Data: A Gold Mine for Telcos

Cell phone companies are finding that they're sitting on a gold mine--in the form of the call records of their subscribers.


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Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in your hand.


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Submissions Invited for Green500 Supercomputer Ranking

The next submission deadline for the Green500 List, which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, will be June 7.


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Robots Are the Key to Stopping the Oil Spill

Robots Are the Key to Stopping the Oil Spill

At its greatest depths, the sea floor is a dark, tranquil, and foreboding place, beyond the reach of both sunlight and human divers. Yet the area around the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, nearly a mile below the surface of the Gulf…


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Software Helps Researchers Find Meaning in Massive Scientific Data Sets

Researchers at Indiana University's Data to Insight Center have released XMC Cat, software that makes sorting the massive amounts of data produced by advanced scientific instruments and supercomputers more manageable. 


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Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus

Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus

University of Reading scientist Mark Gasson has deliberately infected himself with a computer virus in order to study the potential risks of implanting electronic devices in humans. 


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Major Step Ahead for Cryptography

Researchers at the University of Bristol and Katholieke University have developed a new system for encrypted data computing that they say could have a broad impact on areas such as database access, electronic auctions, and…


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The Doctor Is Out, but New Patient Monitoring and Robotics Technology Is In

The Doctor Is Out, but New Patient Monitoring and Robotics Technology Is In

A new generation of medical devices using wireless communications, sophisticated software and data center-driven "cloud" computing promises to deliver health care in ways previously limited to the confines of fancy hospital rooms…


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DARPA Builds Cyber Range to Test Security Measures

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with industry to develop the National Cyber Range, a cybersecurity testbed for researching network attack-and-defend strategies on a wide scale.


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Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power

Mistakes in Silicon Chips to Help Boost Computer Power

Silicon chips that are allowed to make mistakes could help ensure computers continue to get more powerful, say US researchers.


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Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics

Paper Supercapacitor Could Power Future Paper Electronics

Stanford University researchers have developed an onboard power source for paper transistors and paper displays.


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Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps

Researchers Design & Test Microfabricated Planar Ion Traps

Georgia Tech Research Institute is designing, fabricating and testing planar ion traps that can be more readily combined into large, interconnected trap arrays. In the future, these arrays may be used to create a useful quantum…


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Engineer Goes from Race Track to Classroom

Engineer Goes from Race Track to Classroom

Moving from the inner circles of professional automotive racing to the halls of academia has given Andrew Borme the second life he's wanted—teaching a new generation of motorsports engineers.


From ICT Results

Lights, Camera, Real-Time 3-D Action!

Lights, Camera, Real-Time 3-D Action!

The 3-D movies on today's cinema screens rely on visual tricks to cope with fast action. A new generation, produced at lower cost but delivering higher quality with real-time action, is soon to follow.


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Idea Man of LimeWire at a Crossroads

Idea Man of LimeWire at a Crossroads

Mark Gorton is a confident guy. He’s confident about his ideas. He’s confident about his enthusiasms. And he’s confident that his successes--like making money on Wall Street and promoting alternative transportation in New York…


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App Watch: Searching Without Words

App Watch: Searching Without Words

At some point, scientists think, you’ll be able to point a lens at almost any object and get information about what you’re seeing.

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