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Machine Science

Manually tracking all the published science relevant to a scientist's research is an impossible task, but it is predicted that computers capable of generating many...

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Cheaper Substrates Made of Oxide Materials

Researchers at Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University have made a discovery that opens the door to building cheaper electronic components like diodes on a variety...

New Languages, and Why We Need Them
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New Languages, and Why We Need Them

Creators of two dozen new programming languages—some designed to enable powerful new Web applications and mobile devices—presented their work last week in Portland...

Neurons to Power Future Computers
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Neurons to Power Future Computers

Researchers are developing novel computers by mimicking the way that neurons are built and how they talk to each other.

Researchers Create Sounds of Animated Things Breaking
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Researchers Create Sounds of Animated Things Breaking

A delicate wine glass shatters on the floor. A rock is thrown through a window. A child smashes his piggy bank. Dramatic moments like these in an animated movie...

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'broken Symmetry' Discovery Opens Path to Room-Temperature Superconductors

In a major step toward understanding the mysterious "pseudogap" state in high-temperature cuprate superconductors, a team of scientists have found a "broken symmetry...

DARPA
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DARPA

Darpa’s leading advocate for crowdsourcing and other ways of tapping new talent is leaving to join Microsoft—after only a year at the Defense Department’s top R&D...

Superconductor Research May Solve 'pseudogap' Problem in Physics
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Superconductor Research May Solve 'pseudogap' Problem in Physics

Binghamton University physicist Michael Lawler and his colleagues have made a breakthrough that could lead to advances in superconductors.

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Letting the Machines Decide

Wall Street is notorious for not learning from its mistakes. Maybe machines can do better.

In a First, Full-Sized Robo-Copter Flies With No Human Help
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In a First, Full-Sized Robo-Copter Flies With No Human Help

In mid-June, a single-turbine helicopter took off from a test field in Mesa, Arizona, avoided obstacles in-flight, scoped out a landing site and landed safely....

A Turning Point For Genetic Testing
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A Turning Point For Genetic Testing

In a prelude to overhauling its regulatory oversight of genetic diagnostic testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene a public meeting next week...

Crunching Cancer With Numbers
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Crunching Cancer With Numbers

When Danny Hillis spent a day watching a top surgeon perform keyhole cancer surgery, he was left both exhilarated and depressed. The clinical precision with which...

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly—unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism—and the boy is imitating...

Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Looks Promising For Future Electronics
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Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Looks Promising For Future Electronics

South Korean engineers have developed a flexible memory based on an organic transistor, which they say could be integrated, along with transistors and logic circuits...

Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens
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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

A research project from Intel can turn any surface into a touchscreen. Instead of propping up a tablet or putting a touchscreen computer in your kitchen, picture...

Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks
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Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks

Physicists at NIST have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions, allowing quantum information stored in...

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A Step Closer to Perfect 3D Data Storage

 In the introduction to a paper in press in the Journal of Biotechnology, Virgile Adam of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, along with a long list...

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'world's Thinnest' Metal Lines to Spur Device Miniaturization

A group of international scientists have collaborated to create what they say is the world's thinnest and smoothest metallic lines used in electronic components...

Planck Takes It All In
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Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year--surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.

Russian Mathematician Wins $1 Million Brize But Appears to Be Happy with $0
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Russian Mathematician Wins $1 Million Brize But Appears to Be Happy with $0

Who would turn down a $1 million prize for solving a math problem? Perhaps the smartest man in the world.
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