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Toshiba Claims Data Storage Breakthrough

Toshiba says it has achieved a breakthrough in data storage technology that could lead to hard drives with much higher capacities than are currently available. 

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Extreme and Green: What Science Needs from Computing

Four participants in the upcoming Kavli Futures Symposium discuss what science needs from computing, how current computing advances are impacting research, and...

A Surfboard Gets an Onboard Computer
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A Surfboard Gets an Onboard Computer

Computers are everywhere these days—even on surfboards. University of California, San Diego mechanical engineering undergraduates outfitted a surfboard with a...

Clothing to Power Personal Computers
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Clothing to Power Personal Computers

Researchers at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science are developing technology that would enable individuals to power electronic...

Safe Travels
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Safe Travels

University of Texas at San Antonio researchers have developed SMall Aircraft Risk Technology (SMART), software that can run thousands of simulations on a given...

How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?
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How Much Smaller Can Chips Go?

Seven of the finest minds Intel can muster are lined up on stage, ready to take questions from a pack of visibly intimidated European journalists.

Researchers Develop Ultrahigh Energy Density Supercapacitors
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Researchers Develop Ultrahigh Energy Density Supercapacitors

A team of researchers from the United States and France have developed micro-supercapacitors with the potential to power nomad electronics, wireless sensor networks...

Innovation Could Bring Super-Accurate Sensors, Crime Forensics
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Innovation Could Bring Super-Accurate Sensors, Crime Forensics

Purdue researchers have developed technology that enables microelectromechanical systems to self-calibrate, which they say could lead to super-accurate sensors...

New System Tests and Evaluates High-Energy Laser Weapons
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New System Tests and Evaluates High-Energy Laser Weapons

A system developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute that can measure the power and spatial energy distribution of high-energy lasers will help accelerate...

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World Record Data Density for Ferroelectric Recording

Scientists in Japan have recorded data at a density of 4 trillion bits per square inch, a world record for the experimental "ferroelectric" data storage method....

Researchers Control Collective Spin States Electrically at Room Temperature
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Researchers Control Collective Spin States Electrically at Room Temperature

Physicists at the University of Nebraska Lincoln have changed the orientation of a  large number of electron spins collectively at room temperature by pure electrical...

Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones
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Building a Cloud Out of Smart Phones

An international group of researchers has developed Misco, a version of Google's MapReduce algorithm powered by cell phones in a self-contained cloud computing...

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Multicore Processing: Breaking Through the Programming Wall

Significant challenges remain for applications to take advantage of the first petascale supercomputers, which feature distributed memory architectures and multicore...

Machine, Heal Thyself
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Machine, Heal Thyself

Florida Institute of Technology researchers are developing ways for computers to sense damage to their systems and automatically make repairs. "We're exploring...

Nfl Considers Ball-Tracking Chips For Accuracy
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Nfl Considers Ball-Tracking Chips For Accuracy

From end zone to end zone, an NFL field is exactly 3,600 inches, and it’s easy enough for referees to spot a ball precisely when action stays within the bounds...

Wax, Soap Clean ­p Obstacles to Better Batteries
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Wax, Soap Clean ­p Obstacles to Better Batteries

A little wax and soap can help build electrodes for cheaper lithium ion batteries, according to a new study. The one-step method will allow battery developers to...

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Push-Button Logic on the Nanoscale

Scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology have used zinc oxide in the form of a nanowire to create smaller and simpler logic circuits. Zinc oxide was used...

Award-Winning Supercomputer Application Solves Superconductor Puzzle
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Award-Winning Supercomputer Application Solves Superconductor Puzzle

Superconducting materials, which transmit power resistance-free, are found to perform optimally when high- and low-charge density varies on the nanoscale level...

Web Plan Is Dividing Companies
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Web Plan Is Dividing Companies

In an emerging battle over regulating Internet access, companies are taking sides.

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Multi-Core With Virtualization, a Solution For Future Smart Phones

The Embedded Multi-Core Processing for Mobile Communications project has released an open source software platform designed to enable the efficient use of multi...
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