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Insects Inspire Robot Design
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Insects Inspire Robot Design

Oregon State University professor John Schmitt and his colleagues look to cockroaches and guinea hens as locomotion models for future robots that can easily run...

Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips
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Tasty New Standards For Systems-on-Chips

European researchers have developed breakthrough standards that will let microchip designers integrate more complex circuits more easily. It will mean a faster...

Resilient Electric Grid Project Develops the ­ltimate Surge Protector
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Resilient Electric Grid Project Develops the ­ltimate Surge Protector

The Resilient Electric Grid project is developing a current limiting high-temperature superconductor cable that could be used to link substations and help ensure...

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Researchers Develop Ultra-Simple Method for Creating Nanoscale Gold Coatings

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an ultra-simple method for making layers of gold that measure only billionths of a meter thick,...

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Imec Set to Take Transistors 'sub-Threshold'

IMEC wants to use silicon transistors in the sub-threshold region as a way to achieve ultra-low power operation, and envisions a future system-on-a-chip for biomedical...

Microbarbershop Open For Business: To Cut a Single Hair
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Microbarbershop Open For Business: To Cut a Single Hair

A pea-sized microbarbershop able to cut a single hair, and the world's smallest chess board, were winners in this year's design contest for microelectromechanical...

Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer
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Researchers Move Organic Nanoelectronics a Step Closer

An international team of researchers has overcome a key stumbling block by using metal crystal to order the molecules in the PEDOT, the single most industrially...

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Gaming Chips Score in Data Centers

Computers based on the graphical processing unit chips that power today's computer games are increasingly being used in place of supercomputers for many technical...

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Imec Ramps Resistive Ram Research

Increasingly diverse applications that influence specifications and device requirements will prevent resistive RAMs from leading to a single "universal" memory,...

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3-D Without the Glasses

Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group has designed a lens that presents different images to a viewer's left and right eye, which could make it possible to watch three...

Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers
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Nanowires Could Lead to Foldable Tablets, Say Researchers

Duke University scientists have developed a method to make large quantities of copper nanowires, which could be used to create bendable, foldable tablet computers...

Programming Visually With Sikuli
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Programming Visually With Sikuli

Researchers at MIT and the University of Maryland have created Sikuli, software that could eventually make programming easy enough for everyday computer users. 

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Europe's PRACE HPC Grid Aims for Exaflop Power by 2019

The EC is funding a project to develop a grid of up to six "tier 0" high-performance computing systems and is aiming for a combined computing power in the multi...

Flying Bots That Self-Assemble
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Flying Bots That Self-Assemble

Swiss researchers are developing a swarm of single-propeller robots that are able to self-assemble and take flight. 

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Protecting Privacy: Make the Data 'fade Away'

Personal information can be protected by having it gradually fade away over time,  says the University of Twente's Harold van Heerde, whose dissertation shows that...

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Stretching Single Molecules Allows Precision Studies of Interacting Electrons

With controlled stretching of molecules, Cornell researchers have demonstrated that single-molecule devices can serve as powerful new tools for fundamental science...

Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center
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Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership have awarded grants for the design of an ultra-efficient...

Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry
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Scientists Strive to Replace Silicon with Graphene on Nanocircuitry

Scientists have made a breakthrough toward creating nanocircuitry on graphene.

'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing
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'Dark Pulse Laser' Produces Bursts of . . . Almost Nothing

In an advance that sounds almost Zen, researchers at NIST and JILA, a joint institute of NIST and the University of Colorado at Boulder, have demonstrated a new...

High-Wire Robot to Inspect the Grid
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High-Wire Robot to Inspect the Grid

Researchers at the Electric Power Research Institute have developed a robot that can crawl along transmission lines to inspect electrical wires without the need...
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