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Microsoft Research Virtualizes Idle Desktops to Save Power

Microsoft Research India scientists have developed LiteGreen, power-saving technology that can virtualize enterprise desktops in a virtual machine and migrate them...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs
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Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Parting Shots from a Mars Rover
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Parting Shots from a Mars Rover

NASA is no longer sending commands to the Spirit rover on Mars, but the long-silent robot still has a few more chances to phone home. Not that anyone is expecting...

Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications
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Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications

Vint Cerf is one of the most recognized network engineers of all time. He is often referred to as one of the "fathers of the Internet" for his groundbreaking...

Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe
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Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe

Anthropologist Genevieve Bell gives the chip maker insight into how people experience new technologies.

W3c Officially Opens Html5 to Scrutiny
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W3c Officially Opens Html5 to Scrutiny

The World Wide Web Consortium recently announced that HTML5 has reached last call status, which opens the standard to industry scrutiny.

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New Bandwidth Management Techniques Boost Operating Efficiency in Multi-Core Chips

North Carolina State University researchers have developed two techniques that make semiconductor bandwidth allocation and data prefetching more efficient. 

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Mathematically Ranking Ranking Methods

A paper on an effort to mathematically analyze three commonly-used ranking methods appears this month in the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. 

All the News That's Fit For You
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All the News That's Fit For You

Personalized news promises to make daily journalism profitable again, but technical and cultural obstacles have slowed the industry's adoption of automated personalization...

Unlimited Possibilities
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Unlimited Possibilities

M. Frans Kaashoek discusses systems work, "undo computing," and what he learned from Andrew S. Tanenbaum.

Beauty and Elegance
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Beauty and Elegance

Leslie Valiant talks about machine learning; parallel computing, and his quest for simplicity.

Biology-Inspired Networking
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Biology-Inspired Networking

Researchers have developed a new networking algorithm, modeled after the neurological development of the fruit fly, to help distributed networks self-organize more...

The Best Error Pages on the Web
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The Best Error Pages on the Web

Anyone who has spent enough time online has at one point reached a dead end–known in Internet parlance as a 404 page. So what causes them? Web designers are coming...

New Ports Give Pcs More Speed and Flexibility
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New Ports Give Pcs More Speed and Flexibility

Computer shoppers are used to considering features such as design, processor speed, memory, battery life, and hard-disk size. But there's something else they...

NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit
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NASA Concludes Attempts To Contact Mars Rover Spirit

NASA is ending attempts to regain contact with the long-lived Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, which last communicated on March 22, 2010.

Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer
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Ncsa Installing 153 Teraflop Supercomputer

The U.S. National Center for Supercomputing Applications has begun installing Forge, a 153-teraflop hybrid supercomputer that contains both central processing units...

Is Graphene a Miracle Material?
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Is Graphene a Miracle Material?

The material graphene was touted as "the next big thing" even before its pioneers were handed the Nobel Prize last year. Many believe it could spell the end for...

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Arm: Intel Has Tough Road Into Mobile Market

Intel may have made a big splash this week announcing it's going to focus on the mobile market, but its rival in the space says the chip maker has an uphill climb...
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