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Graphene Technology Moves Closer
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Graphene Technology Moves Closer

Graphene is a "wonder material" waiting to happen. Since this super-conductive form of carbon, made from single-atom-thick sheets, was first produced in 2004,...

Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78
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Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78

Robert Morris, a cryptographer who helped developed the Unix computer operating system, which controls an increasing number of the world's computers and touches...

Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies
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Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have developed the System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations framework, which is...

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Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans
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Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans

Intel's Larrabee GPU will finally go into commercial production next year, but not as a graphics processor. Instead, it will make its debut in a 50-core incarnation...

How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years
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How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years

High on a rocky ridge in the desert, nestled among 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, is the topmost part of a clock that has been ticking for thousands of years...

Brave, New Social World
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Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Automotive Autonomy
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Automotive Autonomy

Self-driving cars are inching closer to the assembly line, thanks to promising new projects from Google and the European Union.

Weighing Watson's Impact
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Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

From ACM TechNews

Careless Behavior of Cloud ­sers Leads to Crucial Security Threats

Cloud computing security experts often focus on the underlying infrastructure and provider, but a new analysis from Fraunhofer SIT and the System Security Lab at...

3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'
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3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'

Not long ago, I asked Scott Summit, a pioneer in using 3D printing in the design of custom prosthetics and an industrial design expert, who he would recommend...

New Technology Revs Up Pixar's 'cars 2'
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New Technology Revs Up Pixar's 'cars 2'

We all know what the reflections off cars or the roiling of the ocean are supposed to look like. So if you are tempted to believe that what you'll see in "Cars...

­CLA Team Reports Scalable Fabrication of Self-Aligned Graphene Transistors, Circuits
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­CLA Team Reports Scalable Fabrication of Self-Aligned Graphene Transistors, Circuits

University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed a scalable approach to fabricating high-speed graphene transistors. 

Japan's 8-Petaflop K Computer Is Fastest on Earth
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Japan's 8-Petaflop K Computer Is Fastest on Earth

An eight-petaflop Japanese supercomputer grabbed the title of fastest computer on earth in the new Top 500 Supercomputing List officially unveiled at the International...

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
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War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air...

How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?
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How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?

SpamRankings.net uses "name and shame" to publicize organizations that are infected by spam bots.

Java Standards Process to Get an Upgrade
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Java Standards Process to Get an Upgrade

The Java Community Process (JCP) is poised for an upgrade designed to instill greater transparency, while JCP members who ignore their duties may be stripped of...

World Ipv6 Day Concludes Without Major Problems
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World Ipv6 Day Concludes Without Major Problems

World IPv6 Day has come and gone and — as on January 1, 2000 when the world held its breath for Y2K zero hour — it's safe to say that no disaster has befallen the...

Intel Teaches Machines to Build Own Device Drivers
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Intel Teaches Machines to Build Own Device Drivers

Intel researchers are developing a method to automate the process of writing device drivers and porting them to different operating systems. 

New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability to Model Biological Systems
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New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability to Model Biological Systems

A new technique for using multicore chips more efficiently has been developed by researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU). 
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