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Dennis Ritchie, C Creator and ­nix Developer, Has Passed Away
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Dennis Ritchie, C Creator and ­nix Developer, Has Passed Away

Dennis Ritchie, creator of the C programming language and developer of UNIX, has passed away at the age of 70.

Physicists to Develop New Way of Electronic Computing
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Physicists to Develop New Way of Electronic Computing

University of California, Riverside researchers are developing a new way of computing designed to accelerate applications that process large amounts of data, such...

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In Supercomputing, a Turn to Energy-Saving Graphics Chips

In computing, as in so many fields, the best path to progress is often not a straight line.

Ibm Projects It Will Have World
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Ibm Projects It Will Have World

IBM isn't resting on its laurels as the newly crowned second-most valuable technology company in the world.

Rice Physicists Move 1 Step Closer to Quantum Computer
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Rice Physicists Move 1 Step Closer to Quantum Computer

Rice University researchers have developed an electron superhighway that could be used to build a quantum computer. 

Ieee Conference Keynoters Lay Out Path to Exascale Computing
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Ieee Conference Keynoters Lay Out Path to Exascale Computing

Three keynote speakers addressed the challenges of exascale computing at the recent IEEE Cluster 2011 conference, and described the obstacles and opportunities...

Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)
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Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)

If anyone can be said to represent the spirit of an entrepreneurial generation, the man to beat for now is the charismatic cofounder and chairman of Apple Computer...

Students Building Satellite That's Seen as Future of Space Research
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Students Building Satellite That's Seen as Future of Space Research

University of California, Berkeley students and researchers are developing CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons & MAgnetic fields, a small satellite that could...

Decoding Our Chatter
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Decoding Our Chatter

Want to monitor an earthquake, track political activity or predict the ups and downs of the stock market? Researchers have found a bonanza of real-time data in...

Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System
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Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System

Argonne National Laboratory researchers recently demonstrated how the Diebold Accuvote TS machine can be hacked using inexpensive, widely available electronic...

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Wireless Network Can Watch Your Breathing

University of Utah researchers have found that wireless signals can indicate if people in the area are breathing. The researchers surrounded a volunteer with...

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Will Advanced Biometrics Automate Future War Machines?

At the recent Biometric Consortium Conference, researchers unveiled several prototypes of advanced camera-based systems that could be used to remotely capture...

E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds
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E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds

A recent Delvinia report could lead to the introduction of Internet voting across all levels of government in Canada. 

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Is Quantum Computing Real?

The answer is yes and no. And yes and yes. And no and no.

Supercomputer Readies For Action
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Supercomputer Readies For Action

Yale University recently received the Bulldog O Omega supercomputer from an undisclosed government agency, and it is now almost ready for use by university researchers...

Ping-Pong With Electrons
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Ping-Pong With Electrons

A surface acoustic wave has enabled scientists at the University of Cambridge to gain greater control over how electrons move from one place to another. 

Call It Your Online Driver's License
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Call It Your Online Driver's License

The White House's National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace encourages the private-sector creation and public adoption of online user authentication...

Smartphone Battery Life Could Dramatically Improve With New Invention
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Smartphone Battery Life Could Dramatically Improve With New Invention

University of Michigan researchers have developed the Energy-Minimizing Idle Listening system, which features a subconscious mode for smartphones and other Wi-Fi...

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Could Silicon Be Ideal in Quantum Computing?

Sandia National Laboratory researchers have found that one way to reduce noise in a quantum system is to use silicon. 

Caring, Empathetic Robots the Goal of Ou Professor's Research
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Caring, Empathetic Robots the Goal of Ou Professor's Research

University of Oklahoma professor Dean Hougen is studying whether robots can learn to care for one another, and possibly humans. 
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