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Robots Learning From Experience
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Robots Learning From Experience

Software that enables robots to move objects about a room, building up ever-more knowledge about their environment, is an important step forward in artificial intelligence...

Scientists Help Explain Graphene Mystery
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Scientists Help Explain Graphene Mystery

Nanoscale simulations and theoretical research performed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are bringing scientists closer to realizing...

From ACM TechNews

The Future of the Web Is a Matter of Semantics

Researchers at Athens Information Technology and the National Technical University of Athens say there are three main issues to overcome before the semantic Web...

Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution
From ACM TechNews

Ho-Hum to High Performance: Boring Material Could Lead to Electronics Revolution

Cornell University researchers have found that when the oxide compound europium titanate is sliced nanometers thin and stretched on a specially designed template...

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Researcher Cracks Recaptcha

Independent researcher Chad Houck recently released algorithms that can crack Google's reCAPTCHA program, even after the company's recent improvements to the security...

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Cool! Researchers Find Way to ­se Hvac Ducts For Wireless Monitoring Technology

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system based on RFID tags that uses a building's heating, ventilating, and air conditioning ducts for...

From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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?
From ACM News

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
From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM News

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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...
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