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Tech to Cure Crop Failure and Look Inside Einstein's Mind?

Technology will help solve some of the most pressing issues the world is facing, says ACM president and University of Southampton professor Dame Wendy Hall. Hall...

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Information Architect Alex Wright Talks About the Lessons of It History

New York Times information architect Alex Wright says in an interview that there is a tendency to concentrate on information technology's future at the expenseView...

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Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming

Scratch, created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, is a programming environment for creating interactive...

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Supercomputing Seeks Energy Savings

New energy-saving technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has established a standard for resource-responsible high-performance computing (HPC) research...

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Powernap Plan Could Save 75 Percent of Data Center Energy

The University of Michigan plans to save up to 75 percent of the energy that computer data centers consume by putting servers into sleep mode when they are notView...

Researchers Discover a Potential On-Off Switch For Nanoelectronics
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Researchers Discover a Potential On-Off Switch For Nanoelectronics

Berkeley Lab News CenterResearchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Columbia University have demonstrated that electrical...

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IBM Tries to Tackle Nanotube Chip Cooling

Network WorldIBM researchers are exploring ways to improve heat management in carbon nanotube transistors to prevent the devices from self destructing. IBM's Phaedon...

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Knowing When to Fold: Engineers Use 'nano-Origami' to Build Tiny Electronic Devices

MIT NewsMassachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing nano-origami, a new technique that enables engineers to fold nanoscale materials into simple...

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Indian Colleges to Compete in IBM's 'Blue Battle'

EE Times IndiaIBM has launched IBM Blue Battle, a technology competition for 25 Indian engineering colleges that offers students the opportunity to obtain hands...

Titanic Twisters
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Titanic Twisters

Significant work in the area of tornado simulation has been conducted by a team of University of Oklahoma researchers with the aid of the Texas Advanced Computing...

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NSF Requests $7 Billion to Fund Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested a $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 to fund science and technology research at U.S. universities,...

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Quantum Dance: Discovery Led By Princeton Researchers Could Revolutionize Computing

A Princeton University-led group of international scientists has observed a unique behavior in the spin of electrons within a new material that could be used to...

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ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership...

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Microsoft Research Social App Marries Web, Desktop

Microsoft Research has unveiled the Social Desktop, a new proof-of-concept application that integrates features from the Windows operating system and the Windows...

The Evolution of Virtualization
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The Evolution of Virtualization

Virtualization is moving out of the data center and making inroads with mobile computing, security, and software delivery.

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Howard S. Smith: Will Robotics Advance on the Battlefield?

Optimal Robotics founder Howard S. Smith says the military is the most likely place for artificially intelligent machines. Developing the technology that will be...

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Researchers Cool Cpus With Nano-Size Fridges

As chips become increasingly dense, the extreme heat they generate has pushed researchers to search for ways to mitigate it. Intel, RTI International, and Arizona...

The First Internet President
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The First Internet President

Barack Obama's presidential campaign utilized the Internet and information technology unlike any previous political campaign. How politicians and the public interact...

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More Chip Cores Can Mean Slower Supercomputing, Sandia Simulation Shows

Simulations at Sandia National Laboratory have shown that increasing the number of processor cores on individual chips may actually worsen the performance of many...

The Long Road to 64 Bits
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The Long Road to 64 Bits

The sometimes contentious development of 64-bit systems shows how technology decisions can have unexpected, enduring consequences.
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