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Electronics 'Missing Link' ­nited With Rest of the Family
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Electronics 'Missing Link' ­nited With Rest of the Family

Memristors were identified by Hewlett-Packard (HP) as the missing link of electronics 18 months ago, and since then the same team of HP researchers has upgraded...

­.s. Air Force Funds Super-Fast, Secure Computing
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­.s. Air Force Funds Super-Fast, Secure Computing

The U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) is supporting University of Michigan (UM) physicists' development of components for quantum computers that...

Graphitic Memory Techniques Advance at Rice
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Graphitic Memory Techniques Advance at Rice

Rice University researcher James Tour and postdoctoral associate Alexander Sinitskii used industry-standard lithographic techniques to place 10-nanometer strips...

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits
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Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) researchers are developing a material that could enable a computer circuit to repair itself. The researchers have...

A Turing Test For Computer Game Bots
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A Turing Test For Computer Game Bots

Can a computer fool expert gamers into believing it's one of them? That was the question posed at the second annual BotPrize, a three-month contest that concluded...

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European Project Will Raise Interest in Scientific Study

Eight European universities, including the Technical University of Madrid, are participating in the European DynaLearn Project, which is designed to increase student...

Bio-Nano Device Could Lead to Better Electronics
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Bio-Nano Device Could Lead to Better Electronics

If manmade devices could be combined with biological machines, laptops and other electronic devices could get a boost in operating efficiency. Lawrence Livermore...

Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips
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Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips

A silicon chip about the size of a penny that uses photons to run Shor's algorithm has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Bristol in the...

­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center
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­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have received a five-year, $5 million National Science Foundation grant to establish the Simulation, Visualization...

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Paris Event to Showcase Informatics Advances, Honor European Pioneers

The fifth edition of the European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) will take place in Paris on October 8-9, 2009, with a special workshop for new (and not so new)...

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Researchers Design Graphene-Based Nano-Material with Magnetic Properties

An international team of researchers has designed a new graphite-based, magnetic nano-material that acts as a semiconductor and could help material scientists create...

After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm
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After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm

Gaze into the electron microscope display in Frances Ross’s laboratory here and it is possible to persuade yourself that Dr. Ross, a 21st-century materials scientist...

IBM 'x-Rays' a Molecule
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IBM 'x-Rays' a Molecule

IBM researchers have imaged the inner structure of a molecule, an achievement they say could lead to smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient processors and memory...

Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Scientists at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universitas Indonesia, in Indonesia, are researching artificial intelligence and the application...

Hankering For Molecular Electronics? Grab the New Nist Sandwich
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Hankering For Molecular Electronics? Grab the New Nist Sandwich

The sandwich recipe recently concocted by scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may prove tasty for computer chip designers...

Facing an Age-Old Problem
From Communications of the ACM

Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

Entering a Parallel Universe
From Communications of the ACM

Entering a Parallel Universe

The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel...

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After Boom, Is Wikipedia Heading For Bust?

The explosive growth of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is petering out, while a less welcoming attitude toward new contributors could negatively affect the archive's...

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Nist Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Processing in Step Toward Quantum Computers

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicists have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged...

Sustained Quantum Processing Demo Seen as Step Toward Quantum Computers
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Sustained Quantum Processing Demo Seen as Step Toward Quantum Computers

Raising prospects for building a practical quantum computer, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated sustained...
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