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Kaashoek Wins Acm's Prize For Young Researchers
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Kaashoek Wins Acm's Prize For Young Researchers

Frans Kaashoek, a professor in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and associate director of the Computer Science and Artificial...

Spiders and Crabs Inspire Robot Locomotion
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Spiders and Crabs Inspire Robot Locomotion

The walking patterns of crabs, lobsters and spiders are helping to inspire new ways of getting robots to move around.

The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

European researchers have developed a computer processor and memory chip made from plastic semiconductors.  "Compared to using silicon, this has the advantage of...

Researchers Find a New Way to Mix Computers and Neurons
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Researchers Find a New Way to Mix Computers and Neurons

Nerve cell tendrils recently grew through tiny tubes made of semiconductor material in groundbreaking research conducted by University of Wisconsin, Madison graduate...

Swiping Is the Easy Part
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Swiping Is the Easy Part

The cellphone has been more than a cellphone for years, but soon it could take on an entirely new role—standing in for all of the credit and debit cards crammed...

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Diamond Could Store Quantum Information

Could be that diamonds are a geek’s best friend. Scientists have developed a new way to manipulate atoms inside diamond crystals so that they store information...

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Making a Microscope Without a Lens

Recent work from the University of Twente doesn't use a lens yet achieves a resolution that is about twice what you would expect under optimum conditions. How...

2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company
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2010: The Year Apple Also Became a Chip Company

While changes in the ancient market-share rivalry between chipmakers Intel and Advanced Micro Devices were unremarkable in 2010, the emergence of Apple as a force...

The First Plastic Computer Processor
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The First Plastic Computer Processor

Silicon may underpin the computers that surround us, but the rigid inflexibility of the semiconductor means it cannot reach everywhere. The first computer processor...

Computer Chips Wired with Nerve Cells
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Computer Chips Wired with Nerve Cells

Nerve cell tendrils readily thread their way through tiny semiconductor tubes, researchers find, forming a crisscrossed network like vines twining towards the...

Surveillance Robots Know When to Hide
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Surveillance Robots Know When to Hide

The spy approaches the target building under cover of darkness, taking a zigzag path to avoid well-lit areas and sentries. He selects a handy vantage point next...

How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become the Design Genius Behind
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How Did a British Polytechnic Graduate Become the Design Genius Behind

Few Westerners have ever seen the forging of a Japanese samurai sword. It's considered a sacred practice in Japan; one of the few traditional arts that has yet...

Tiny 3-D-Printed Insect Robots Take Flight
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Tiny 3-D-Printed Insect Robots Take Flight

A team of roboticists at Cornell University have created tiny flying robotic insects using 3-D printing. The flapping wings of the hovering robotic insects (known...

Terahertz Superchips Can Do It All
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Terahertz Superchips Can Do It All

Cornell University researchers have developed terahertz radiation microchips that could be used in a wide range of medical and scientific applications, including...

Quantum Computing Device Hints at Powerful Future
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Quantum Computing Device Hints at Powerful Future

One of the most complex efforts toward a quantum computer has been shown off at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas in the U.S. It uses the strange...

How Cruise Missiles Would Beat Gps Jammers in Libya
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How Cruise Missiles Would Beat Gps Jammers in Libya

Now that jammers are cheap and potentially ubiquitous, how do Tomahawk missiles stay on course?

Japan
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Japan

After more than than a week of gathering anecdotal reports about shortages here and there, the research firm IHS iSuppli has concluded that 25 percent of the...

Nasa's Messenger Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury
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Nasa's Messenger Spacecraft Begins Historic Orbit Around Mercury

NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft successfully achieved orbit around Mercury at approximately 9 p.m. EDT Thursday. This marks the first time a spacecraft has accomplished...

Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!
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Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!

What does Japan's earthquake mean for GPS? Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake was so powerful that it actually widened Japan. While parts of the country barely...

Keeping Tabs on the Infrastructure, Wirelessly
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Keeping Tabs on the Infrastructure, Wirelessly

Engineers routinely inspect bridges and other structures for cracks and corrosion. But because they can’t always be there in person, one highly intelligent bridge...
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