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Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays
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Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays

Hewlett-Packard researchers are developing a composite material that use ambient light to create more vibrant colors for video-capable, low-power screens. 

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Pitting Cloud Against Cloud

Tools that benchmark performance promise to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of competing cloud providers.

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'broken Symmetry' Discovery Opens Path to Room-Temperature Superconductors

In a major step toward understanding the mysterious "pseudogap" state in high-temperature cuprate superconductors, a team of scientists have found a "broken symmetry...

Video Game Processors Help Lower Ct Scan Radiation
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Video Game Processors Help Lower Ct Scan Radiation

A new approach to processing X-ray data could lower by a factor of ten or more the amount of radiation patients receive during cone beam CT scans, report researchers...

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New Research Can Spot Cloud Computing Problems Before They Start

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system that will enable large-scale, computer-hosting infrastructure providers to more accurately predict...

Tiny Springs Could Reduce Microchip Waste
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Tiny Springs Could Reduce Microchip Waste

Palo Alto Research Center researchers led by Eugene Chow have developed a technique involving microscale springs that make computer chips more reliable and less...

Battery Research Could Shorten Recharge Time For Cell Phones
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Battery Research Could Shorten Recharge Time For Cell Phones

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have demonstrated that small quantities of graphene can dramatically improve the power and cycling stability...

Rainbow Trapping in Light Pulses
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Rainbow Trapping in Light Pulses

A group of scientists at Nanjing University in China have shown how a rather wide spectrum of light—a rainbow of radiation—can be trapped in a single structure....

Autonomous Cars Could Let Drivers Check Email
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Autonomous Cars Could Let Drivers Check Email

Oxford University researchers are developing autonomous vehicle technology that enables drivers to check their email while the car drives itself. 

Japanese Supercomputer Ranked 1st in Little Green500 List
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Japanese Supercomputer Ranked 1st in Little Green500 List

Japan's Grape-DR supercomputer tops the June 2010 edition of Green500.org's Little Green500 list, which ranks the performance per unit power consumption of smaller...

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Meeting Consumers' Hd Demands With a Faster Algorithm

Lehigh University researchers have developed signal-processing algorithms that enable handheld devices to display high-definition images. 

Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Looks Promising For Future Electronics
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Flexible Organic Transistor Memory Looks Promising For Future Electronics

South Korean engineers have developed a flexible memory based on an organic transistor, which they say could be integrated, along with transistors and logic circuits...

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Project to Quadruple Solar Energy Output on Furman Campus

Furman University will use a $340,000 grant for a new installation of solar panels that are expected to quadruple the solar energy output on campus.

Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech
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Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, NATO warplanes dropped precision-guided munitions on a band of Afghans who seemed like militants in the provincial district of Andor....

Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks
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Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks

Physicists at NIST have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions, allowing quantum information stored in...

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The Achilles' Heel of Your Computer

Device drivers account for most crashes and even introduce security problems; a new testing tool could provide an early warning.

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Insect-Like Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders' Ring

University of Washington engineers have built an insect-like robot with hundreds of tiny legs. The UW model can carry more than seven times its own weight and move...

The Challenge of Molecular Communication
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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Research led by Ph.D. student Sachin Kadloor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are investigating how much information can be exchanged via molecular...

Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips
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Nanoscale Random Number Circuit to Secure Future Chips

Intel engineers have created computer processors with circuits capable of random behavior, a development that could lead to secure cryptography keys.

Barrier to Faster Integrated Circuits May Be Surmounted, Scientists Say
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Barrier to Faster Integrated Circuits May Be Surmounted, Scientists Say

Integrated circuits are constantly being made smaller, faster, and cheaper, but circuit scaling is perpetually in danger of hitting a wall that must be maneuvered...
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