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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...

Cybersecurity Expert Stays Creative Baking Bread
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Cybersecurity Expert Stays Creative Baking Bread

Is there a recipe a scientist might follow to spur creativity and cook up new discoveries? Cyber security expert Kevin Fu of the University of Massachusetts Amherst...

Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine
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Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine

The U.S. plans to make unrestricted access to the Internet a top foreign-policy priority, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to announce Thursday (January...

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Google Patents Mapreduce

Google has received a patent for the technique known as MapReduce. The patent, number 7,650,331, applied for in 2004, is entitled "System and method for efficient...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

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U.s. Keeps Science Lead, But Other Countries Gain

The United States remains the world's leader in science and technology, based on factors such as gross dollars spent, relative spending on research, research articles...

Organized Chaos Gets Robots Going
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Organized Chaos Gets Robots Going

Gottingen scientists have created a walking robot that can switch between multiple gaits depending on the surrounding environment. The robot uses a single central...

China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plan
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China Details Homemade Supercomputer Plan

Researchers at the Chinese Institute of Computing Technology (ICT) have built a supercomputer using only home-grown microprocessors. The supercomputer, known as...
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