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Nanotechnology Conference Is Full of Big Ideas

From solar panels to electric circuitry, the next big thing may be really tiny. Global leaders in nanotechnology — the science of the very, very small — spent two...

Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater
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Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater

IBM and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are building the Aquasar, a new supercomputer that will use water to keep the system cool and will recycle some...

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­csd Scientists Receive Innovation Research Awards From Hp Labs

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) computer scientists Amin Vahdat and Geoffrey Voelker are two of the 60 professors that will receive awards as part of...

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Finding Could Help Electronics Industry Enter New Phase

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have made a discovery that could lead to smaller, faster, more powerful, and more...

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Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

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New Exotic Material Could Revolutionize Electronics

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered that the compound bismuth telluride acts...

Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction
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Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction

In a groundbreaking study, scientists at FAU have created a "hybrid" system to examine real-time interactions between humans and machines (virtual partners). By...

Ibm Marks Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics
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Ibm Marks Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics

IBM scientists have succeeded in measuring the charge state of individual atoms using non-contact atomic force microscopy, which could have a major impact on molecular...

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The Dawn of Quantum Applications

Technologies that exploit the unique weirdness of quantum mechanics could debut in the very near future, thanks to the groundbreaking work of a huge European research...

Computing in the Quantum Dimension
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Computing in the Quantum Dimension

A huge consortium of European researchers is solving some of the fundamental obstacles blocking real quantum computing applications in the short term. At the same...

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'colossal' Magnetic Effect Under Pressure

Scientists are on the verge of understanding and controlling the colossal magnetoresistance effect (CMR), a phenomenon that is potentially up to a thousand times...

'electronic Glue' Promises Cheaper Semiconductors
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'electronic Glue' Promises Cheaper Semiconductors

Researchers at the University of Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed an "electronic glue" that could accelerate advances in semiconductor...

Better and Faster Search Engines
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Better and Faster Search Engines

Ola Agren, a Ph.D. candidate at Umea University in Sweden, has developed an algorithm that will make search engines faster and return more relevant results. Search...

Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine
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Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine

Scientists from the Institute of Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a method of nanofabrication that uses an atom pinhole camera to...

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French Physicists Claim Breakthrough in ­ltra-Fast Data Access

Superfast lasers could potentially be used to make storage and retrieval of data on hard disks up to 100,000 times faster, according to French physicists. A team...

Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor
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Memory with a Twist: Nist Develops a Flexible Memristor

Electronic memory chips may soon gain the ability to bend and twist as a result of work by engineers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)...

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Towards the Ultimate Transistor

In 1974 Ari Aviram and Mark Ratner from the IBM Thomas J Watson Research Center in New York suggested using molecules themselves as electronic components. In the...

Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids
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Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids

Cornell University computer science researchers have developed new algorithms to simulate the sounds of water to correspond with images. Cornell professor Doug...

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NIST Engineers Discover Fundamental Flaw in Transistor Theory

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) engineers have uncovered a flaw in the understanding of transistor noise, a phenomenon affecting the electronic...

Autonomous Helicopters
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Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.
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