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A Vision of Computing From Microsoft's Future Thinker

Over the next 10 years, how people interact with computers will evolve drastically, with hand gesture controls becoming as common as keyboards, and file selection...

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Reconfigurable Computing Research Pushes Forward

Alan George, director of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Center for High-Performance Reconfigurable Computing (CHREC), says that challenges and objectives...

Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World
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Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World

A joint project between Texas A&M and Stanford universities is developing a rescue robot capable of connecting trapped victims with the outside world. The robot...

Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to 'See'
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Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to 'See'

Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from MIT and Harvard have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

Nanowires Key to Future Transistors, Electronics
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Nanowires Key to Future Transistors, Electronics

A major discovery by researchers at Purdue University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and IBM has brought the enablement of future ultrasmall transistors...

As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges
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As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges

Stanford University researchers are exploring the potential legal ramifications of the growing use of robots in society. "I worry that . . . we'll have some high...

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Scottish Supercomputer Fired ­p

The University of Strathclyde's new supercomputer, based on a Sun Microsystems kit, is now up and running. Strathclyde spent £500,000 on the high-performance computer...

Nadya Mason: From Pirouettes to Carbon Nanotubes
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Nadya Mason: From Pirouettes to Carbon Nanotubes

In 1986, Nadya Mason competed as a gymnast in Houston, training with the legendary Bela Karolyi as a member of the U.S. National Team, hoping to make it to the2009...

From ICT Results

Manufacturing, Reinvented

European researchers have created hardware and software that will enable companies to fundamentally revolutionize the way they manage and run their organization...

Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit
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Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit

Tokyo's University of Science demonstrated a new version of a robotic muscle suit during the recent International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. The new wearable robotic...

Linux Laptop Orchestra Gives Debut Performance
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Linux Laptop Orchestra Gives Debut Performance

Scoot over winds and brass, strings and chorale – it is time to make room for the laptop orchestra. Virginia Tech's laptop group has started the first Linux-based...

Researchers Create Shape-Shifting Antennas
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Researchers Create Shape-Shifting Antennas

Research from North Carolina State University is revolutionizing the field of antenna design — creating shape-shifting antennas that open the door to a host of...

Expensive Toy
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Expensive Toy

Japan Science and Technology Agency recently published a report on the cost of a "typical" giant mobile humanoid robot, specifically a warrior from the famous Gundam...

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Stony Brook ­niversity Students Win Sc09 Cluster Competition

A team of six computer-savvy Stony Brook University undergraduates won first place honors in the SC09 Student Cluster Competition during the annual, internationally...

New Computer Cluster Gets Its Grunt From Games
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New Computer Cluster Gets Its Grunt From Games

A new graphics processing units (GPUs) computer cluster will process CSIRO research data thousands of times faster and more efficiently than a desktop PC as a complementary...

Lean, Green Machines
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Lean, Green Machines

Designers of the German supercomputers that won the latest Green500 prize, which rewards not just computing power but energy efficiency, did not set out to win...

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­nflattening Touch-Screen Buttons

Ever wish the flat touch screen buttons on your phone felt more like physical buttons? Chris Harrison and Prof. Scott Hudson at Carnegie Mellon have developed...

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Research Team Wins Sc09 'storage Challenge' Award

A research team from the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego and the University of California's Lawrence Berkeley National...

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Intel Investing Millions For Supercomputer Research in Europe

Intel is collaborating with three French research institutes to invest in an exascale research center in Europe. The new Exascale Computing Research Center would...
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