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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens
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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

A research project from Intel can turn any surface into a touchscreen. Instead of propping up a tablet or putting a touchscreen computer in your kitchen, picture...

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A Step Closer to Perfect 3D Data Storage

 In the introduction to a paper in press in the Journal of Biotechnology, Virgile Adam of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, along with a long list...

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'world's Thinnest' Metal Lines to Spur Device Miniaturization

A group of international scientists have collaborated to create what they say is the world's thinnest and smoothest metallic lines used in electronic components...

Planck Takes It All In
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Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year--surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.

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The Achilles' Heel of Your Computer

Device drivers account for most crashes and even introduce security problems; a new testing tool could provide an early warning.

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Insect-Like Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders' Ring

University of Washington engineers have built an insect-like robot with hundreds of tiny legs. The UW model can carry more than seven times its own weight and move...

Making Optical Switching More Practical For Telecom
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Making Optical Switching More Practical For Telecom

Using all-optical controls could speed the transmission of telecommunications data, but optical switches that can work at high bandwidths need a lot of energy to...

Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips
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Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips

Intel engineers have created computer processors with circuits capable of random behavior, a development that could lead to secure cryptography keys.

A Marriage of Origami and Robotics
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A Marriage of Origami and Robotics

Researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are learning to reshape the landscape of programmable matter by devising self-folding sheets...

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented
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Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts...

Barrier to Faster Integrated Circuits May Be Surmounted, Scientists Say
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Barrier to Faster Integrated Circuits May Be Surmounted, Scientists Say

Integrated circuits are constantly being made smaller, faster, and cheaper, but circuit scaling is perpetually in danger of hitting a wall that must be maneuvered...

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Beyond the Petaflop: DARPA Wants Quintillion-Speed Computers

DARPA announced an initiative to realize a quintillion calculations/second computer to "meet the relentlessly increasing demands for greater performance, higher...

Pentagon
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Pentagon

Even for the Pentagon’s science-fiction division, it seemed like a stretch. But in 2007, Darpa really did launch an effort to build programmable matter that could...

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Researchers Analyze the Future of Transistor-Less Magnonic Logic Circuits

The emerging field of magnonics is attracting researchers because of its possible role in the development of transistorless logic circuits, and researchers are...

Hop, Jump and Stick
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Hop, Jump and Stick

The behavioral laws of insects have the potential to give robots a greater complexity of movement without the need for high computational power, says the Ecole...

Silicon Chips to Enter World of High Speed Optical Processing
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Silicon Chips to Enter World of High Speed Optical Processing

University of Sydney physicists have developed an on-chip, all-optical temporal integrator on a complementary metal oxide semiconductor, a development that eventually...

Robocup 2010: Could Robot Versus Human Be Far Behind?
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Robocup 2010: Could Robot Versus Human Be Far Behind?

The goal of the RoboCup 2010 competition in Singapore is to advance the real-world applications of robotics and eventually to build a robot team that can beat the...

Eric Brewer: Change Agent
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Eric Brewer: Change Agent

Eric Brewer's latest project involves designing and deploying low-cost wireless infrastructure in developing regions.

Committed to Success
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Committed to Success

Charles P. Thacker talks about the importance of simplicity, reusable tools, thinking broadly, and his practice of Tom Sawyering.

Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.
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