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Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits
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Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits

Much attention has been given to the approaching scientific limit to chip miniaturization and the continuation of Moore's Law, but an economic limit is nearingView...

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Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer Configuration Is Decided

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Fujitsu will deploy a new system configuration with a scalar processing architecture in its next...

Beyond Flash
From ICT Results

Beyond Flash

The race is on for a successor to the popular flash memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined...

Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics
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Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

Those who learn by repetition rely on "muscle memory," a sense that practice trains muscles to perform specific actions without thought. But does muscle memory...

Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare
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Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare

New York University researchers have developed a camera that uses ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light to take photos in the dark without the use of a traditional...

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Future Cars Will Communicate to Avoid Collisions

The recent First Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) conference in Sydney featured a demonstration of how the flocking technique could be used to control cars....

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Robo-Wheels Go Where Caterpillar Tracks Fear to Tread

Rescue robots could be more useful in snowy conditions thanks to an adjustable wheel that has been developed by researchers in Japan. A team led by Taro Iwamoto...

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Trust But Verify: Security Risks Abound in the It Supply Chain

There are substantial national security issues associated with the use of information technology (IT) products delivered via the global supply chain, including...

Helping Robots Get a Grip
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Helping Robots Get a Grip

Columbia University robotics researchers Peter Allan and Matei Ciocarlie have developed a new way to control a dexterous robotic hand. The researchers realized...

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership
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Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership

A team of faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology has formed a historic partnership with the Korean government, industry, and universities to develop a...

From ICT Results

Smart Clothes For Better Healthcare

Comfortable smart clothes that monitor the wearer’s heart, breathing and body temperature promise to revolutionise healthcare by reducing hospital visits and allowing...

When Robots Invaded the Senate
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When Robots Invaded the Senate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a luncheon briefing and open house for U.S. Senate members to demonstrate cyber-physical systems (CPS), an emerging...

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Rethinking Code Optimization For Mobile and Multicore

The key to the creation of more efficient software for mobile platforms and multicore chips could lie in artificial intelligence (AI), and the MilePost project...

Shape-Shifting Material Suggests Morphable Hardware
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Shape-Shifting Material Suggests Morphable Hardware

Electronic devices that can change their physical shape depending on the needs of the user might sound far-fetched. But recent research advances on several fronts...

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants
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Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants

A key component of modern factories is the flexible production cell – a workstation staffed by a worker with the training and tools to carry out a variety of operations...

Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors
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Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors

Research supported by the U.S. Pentagon is attempting to turn insects into search-and-rescue systems capable of locating trapped victims in earthquake rubble and...

Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers
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Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers

Microsoft's External Research division launched a pair of new research tools — the Project Trident workbench and the Dryad/DryadLINQ programming environment — at...

Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects
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Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects

Japanese scientists are working to create insect-robot hybrids, including robot-moths capable of detecting drug stashes and robot-bees capable of navigating earthquake...

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DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...

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Ward Off Espionage: India to Design a Home-Grown Microprocessor

Top scientists at some of India's ace scientific institutions are pooling energies, and the government some money, in an ambitious attempt to design a home-grown...
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