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Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms
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Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms

When you are in hostile territory, it pays to stick together—especially if you are a robot. Falling into line will be easier with an innovative communication system...

Silk Moves from Textiles to Technology
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Silk Moves from Textiles to Technology

Synonymous with beauty, silk is a masterpiece of nature with amazing mechanical properties that support its use in a growing number of high-tech applications ranging...

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It Industry Working Toward Energy Efficiency, Report Finds

The information technology industry is on track to achieve the Climate Savers Computing Initiative's goal of reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by 54 million...

Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers
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Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers

New technology from Intel could lead to the development of computers that use light beams to move data. Intel says it has built a prototype communications device...

Defcon Ninja Party Badge
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Defcon Ninja Party Badge

A hacker group known as the Ninjas has created what may be the best DefCon badge ever. The badge allows wireless ninja battle between badge holders. Unlike the...

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Cheaper Substrates Made of Oxide Materials

Researchers at Taiwan's National Chiao Tung University have made a discovery that opens the door to building cheaper electronic components like diodes on a variety...

High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps
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High-Speed Laser Chips Move Data at 50 Gbps

A new research breakthrough from Intel combines silicon chips and lasers to transmit data at 50 gigabits per second—and someday, maybe as fast as a terabit per...

Acrobatic Robots
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Acrobatic Robots

Dennis Hong is living his dream, in a lab filled with wacky robots. He is director of Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory, which is filled with...

Polymer Synthesis Could Aid Future Electronics
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Polymer Synthesis Could Aid Future Electronics

Canadian and Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed a process that could lead to the development of brighter, clearer, and more energy-efficient...

In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip
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In Ruling on Iphones, Apple Loses a Bit of Its Grip

Apple likes to maintain tight control over what programs can appear on the iPhone—a task that just became a little bit harder.

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Nanowick at Heart of New System to Cool 'power Electronics'

Purdue University researchers have developed an advanced cooling technology that can handle about 10 times the heat generated by conventional computer chips. 

Xml Pioneer Pitches Functional Programming For Concurrency
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Xml Pioneer Pitches Functional Programming For Concurrency

XML co-inventor Tim Bray says that functional programming, rather than threads, is the best option for programmers developing code for multicore processors. 

Celebrating the Legacy of Plato
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Celebrating the Legacy of Plato

The PLATO@50 Conference marked the semicentennial of the computer system that was the forerunner of today's social media and interactive education.

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India ­nveils Prototype of $35 Tablet Computer

It looks like an iPad, only it's 1/14th the cost: India on Thursday (July 22) unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which...

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IBM ­nveils a New Generation of Mainframes

The mainframe business is to IBM what manufacturing is to the American economy, a shrinking but strategically vital part of the franchise. With the introduction...

Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing
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Spending Soars on Internet's Plumbing

Behind the recovery in business spending is a surge in purchases of the computers that form the backbone of the Internet, as companies scramble to meet growing...

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­se of Flexible Robotics Reduces Trauma in Surgery

Research conducted by surgeons from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center shows that using robotics reduces blood vessel trauma during minimally invasive...

European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand
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European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand

European researchers have built a robot for 'on-demand' garbage collection—just make a call and it will soon arrive at your door. It's ideal for collecting waste...

Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays
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Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays

Hewlett-Packard researchers are developing a composite material that use ambient light to create more vibrant colors for video-capable, low-power screens. 

Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons
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Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers receive $2.3 million NIH grant to develop and validate virtual reality hardware, software for training and certifying...
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