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Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...

UCLA Receives $5.5m For Work on High-Speed, High-Capacity Memory
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UCLA Receives $5.5m For Work on High-Speed, High-Capacity Memory

UCLA researchers recently received a $5.5 million U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency grant to continue developing technology that could lead to low-power...

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I.b.m. Supercomputer 'watson' to Challenge 'jeopardy' Stars

An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz...

Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han Starts to Think Small (devices)
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Multitouch Pioneer Jeff Han Starts to Think Small (devices)

For years now, Jeff Han has been working on large-screen multitouch displays. Han and his company, Perceptive Pixel, are best known for creating the giant touch...

Single Quantum Dot Nanowire Photodetectors
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Single Quantum Dot Nanowire Photodetectors

Moving a step closer toward quantum computing, a research team in the Netherlands recently fabricated a photodetector based on a single nanowire, in which the...

NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline
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NASA Probe Sees Solar Wind Decline

The 33-year odyssey of NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has reached a distant point at the edge of our solar system where there is no outward motion of solar wind.

A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer
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A Lego Reconstruction of the World's Earliest Computer

Before the birth of Christ the Greeks built a mechanical computer. Now an Apple engineer has made a functional Lego replica.

Elusive Spintronics Success Could Lead to Single Chip For Processing and Memory
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Elusive Spintronics Success Could Lead to Single Chip For Processing and Memory

The proactive control of magnetically polarized current has been demonstrated for the first time, raising the possibility of combining computer memory and processing...

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Technique Turns Computer Chip Defects Into An Advantage

Physicists at Ohio State University have discovered that tiny defects inside a computer chip can be used to tune the properties of key atoms in the chip.

Apple to Tap Intel's Graphics For Future Macbooks
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Apple to Tap Intel's Graphics For Future Macbooks

Apple has decided to use Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line, a transition that will occur in 2011, squeezing out Nvidia's graphics processors...

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World's Smallest Battery Created at DoE Nanotechnology Center

The Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies'  study of a single nanowire anode provides researchers with the closest view so far of what happens during the charging...

Let Your Coaster Do the Talking
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Let Your Coaster Do the Talking

An interactive surface encourages conversation by letting coasters communicate.

World's Fastest Computer Brings Incalculable Benefits
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World's Fastest Computer Brings Incalculable Benefits

Using the fastest supercomputer in the world, researchers in China can significantly shortened the amount of time it takes to process data and analyze solutions...

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In Historic Shift, Smartphones, Tablets to Overtake PCs

Shipments of smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake PC shipments in the next 18 months, an event that may signify the end of the PC-centric...

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Japanese Supercomputer Gets Faster But Draws No More Power

The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently developed Tsubame 2.0, a high-performance computer that is the second most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world...

­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad
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­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad

Behind the fly-off-the-shelf popularity of products like Apple's iPad and iPhone are hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs—mostly overseas. Is it possible...

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IBM Chip Breakthrough May Lead to Exascale Supercomputers

IBM's new CMOS Integrated Silicon Nanophotonics technology boosts the data transfer rate between computer chips using pulses of light, and could boost supercomputing...

Faculty Innovators Explore Ipad ­se
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Faculty Innovators Explore Ipad ­se

A nine-year-old Faculty Innovators program at Western Illinois University strives to mentor faculty on integrating technology and teaching. This year, participating...

Parc Readies Printed Electronics For Market
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Parc Readies Printed Electronics For Market

Early 2011 will see printed memory devices in toys and printed sensors in packages used to ship drugs.

Microsoft Develops Shape-Shifting Touchscreen
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Microsoft Develops Shape-Shifting Touchscreen

Microsoft has filed a patent application to add real texture to a tactile touchscreen. A layer of shape-memory plastic placed above a touchscreen would distort...
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