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Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing
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Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing

It's a laser, but not as we know it. For a start, you need a microscope to see it. Gleaming eerily green, a "spaser" is a single spherical particle just a few tens...

Security Technique Protects Multi-Party Computation
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Security Technique Protects Multi-Party Computation

Recent academic research is advancing the development of secure multi-party computation (SMC), an security technique aimed at protecting data for various online...

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Outsourcing Makes A Comeback

After fizzling out over the past couple years, outsourcing is back in vogue. A new PricewaterhouseCoopers study shows outsourcing has roared back to life in the...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...

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Grid Computing and the Future of Cloud Computing

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the idea of grid computing, a type of distributed computing that harnesses the power of many computers to handle large computational...

Picture-Driven Computing
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Picture-Driven Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed Sikuli, a system that enables computer users to write programs using screen shots of graphical...

From ACM TechNews

R&d Partnership to ­sher in Era of Petascale Computing in Singapore

Fujistu and the Institute of High Performance Computing at Singapore's Agency for Science Technology and Research have announced a joint research and development...

Slime Design Mimics Tokyo's Rail System
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Slime Design Mimics Tokyo's Rail System

Hokkaido University researchers, working with colleagues in the United Kingdom and Japan, recently completed a study suggesting that a fungus-like mold might be...

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Tech Volunteers Aiding Haiti Relief Efforts

Software developers and tech-savvy individuals from around the world are organizing to help with the Haiti relief effort. Projects already underway include the...

Data at the End of the Tunnel
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Data at the End of the Tunnel

Scientists at Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin and French research facility CNRS have made advances in the development of tunnel magnetoresistance-based memory. 

Ict Research to Boost India Socio-Economic Development
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Ict Research to Boost India Socio-Economic Development

William Thies and other scientists at Microsoft Research India have created technologies specifically designed to facilitate socio-economic development, spanning...

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Industry Says Gov't Must Regulate 'cloud' to Protect User Privacy

The federal government needs to address electronic security to calm Americans' uncertainty about cloud computing and secure its privacy, according to industry representatives...

Supercomputer Flexibility Increased By Virtualized Operating System
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Supercomputer Flexibility Increased By Virtualized Operating System

New work on Sandia National Laboratories’ Red Storm supercomputer — the 17th fastest in the world — is helping to make supercomputers more accessible, in effect...

Watching Crystals Grow May Lead to Faster Electronic Devices
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Watching Crystals Grow May Lead to Faster Electronic Devices

The quest for faster electronic devices recently got something more than a little bump up in technological knowhow. Scientists at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)...

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If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It Hackme

Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.” Despite all the reports...

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Cmu, Intel Collaborate to Improve Energy Costs and Efficiency in Chip Making

Researchers at Intel and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a new class of materials called solder magnetic nanocomposites, which could help streamline...

Security Experts Poke Theoretical Holes in 3g Encryption
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Security Experts Poke Theoretical Holes in 3g Encryption

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers recently created a theoretical attack capable of breaking the encryption protocol that is planned for use on 3G telephony...

Tech Volunteers Build New Tools to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts
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Tech Volunteers Build New Tools to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts

Techies are gathering in person and online to collaborate on the development of new systems to support rescuers and relief workers on the ground in Haiti, and to...

Willow Garage to Give Away Personal Robots
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Willow Garage to Give Away Personal Robots

Willow Garage unveiled its PR2 Beta robot last week, and announced to research institutions around the world that they can apply to have one at no cost.

Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible
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Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible

Blind musicians have had restricted access to scores due to the scarcity and limitations of Braille transcriptions. A new European system makes music for the blind...
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