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All Optical Transistor
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All Optical Transistor

Researchers at EPFL have built a device that acts like an optical transistor. The device uses an optical microresonator to trap light in a tiny glass structure...

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­.s. Building Next Wave of Supercomputers

Both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are building 20-petaflop supercomputer systems that are expected to ready in 2012....

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Chinese Supercomputer Overtakes Jaguar

China's National University of Defense Technology's Tianhe-1A supercomputer has taken the top ranking from Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Jaguar supercomputer...

Supercomputers 'will Fit in a Sugar Cube,' Ibm Says
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Supercomputers 'will Fit in a Sugar Cube,' Ibm Says

IBM researchers led by Bruno Michel have developed a water-cooling method for creating supercomputer processors that could shrink them to the size of a sugar cube...

China Supercomputer Is Probably World's Fastest . . . But Not for Long
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China Supercomputer Is Probably World's Fastest . . . But Not for Long

In late October, China unveiled the world's "fastest" supercomputer, the Tianhe 1A. But around the world there are several systems currently being planned or...

Cameras to Catch Terrorists Triple in New York With Bomb Plots
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Cameras to Catch Terrorists Triple in New York With Bomb Plots

New York City is almost halfway to its goal of installing 3,000 cameras as part of a network to monitor signs of terrorism, about triple the number it had in...

Future Soldiers May Be Wearing 'iron Man' Suits
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Future Soldiers May Be Wearing 'iron Man' Suits

A lunchtime crowd is gathering beside the parking lot at Raytheon Sarcos, the defense contractor, on a recent day in Salt Lake City. White-collar workers from...

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Supercomputing Fest Will Spotlight World's Fastest Computers, High-Performance Issues

The SC10 supercomputing conference to be held in New Orleans will highlight high-performance computing advances in computation, networking, storage, and analysis...

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New Class of Malware Attacks Specific Chips

Computer scientists reveal malware that attacks specific processors rather than the operating system that runs on them.

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Imec Leads Development of Stretchable Electronic Fabrics

IMEC is leading a smart textiles project that is focusing on making electronic packages conform to the properties of textiles, rather than weaving rigid electrical...

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?
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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding...

Research Team Takes Another Big Step in Creating Small Chips
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Research Team Takes Another Big Step in Creating Small Chips

Researchers at the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology have developed a method for heating plastic in a microwave oven that could...

Nanogenerators Power Conventional Electronic Devices
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Nanogenerators Power Conventional Electronic Devices

Researchers have reached a significant milestone in their development of nanometer-scale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an...

Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?
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Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?

It's likely you've got an Apple product plugged into your ears when you're listening to music. Making a phone call? One out of every five people buying a smartphone...

Researcher: Rollable Displays Unfold in 2015
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Researcher: Rollable Displays Unfold in 2015

Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute has developed a flexible display that uses a plastic material that can withstand the high temperatures of the...

China's Supercomputers to Sharpen Competitive Edge
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China's Supercomputers to Sharpen Competitive Edge

As a China-made supercomputer was recently ranked as the world's fastest, Chinese high performance computer manufacturers are inspired to sharpen their competitive...

The Emergence of Holographic Video
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The Emergence of Holographic Video

Experimental networked display refreshes holograms every two seconds.

Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America
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Intel's Andy Grove on Manufacturing in America

Among the scores of fabless chip companies and product design houses in Silicon Valley, Intel is a standout. It's an American high-tech company that not only...

Nasa Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2
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Nasa Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2

NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is...

Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research
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Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research

A new breed of undersea robot promises to give oceanographers a deeper understanding of ocean life by going faster, farther, and longer than its predecessors—and...
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