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Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search
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Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search

Google has developed new search technology that recognizes images significantly faster than the computers currently used in its data centers. The image search...

Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory
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Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory

Various technologies are under development in labs worldwide to dramatically enhance computer memory capacity beyond that of flash memory. 

Computing With a Wave of the Hand
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Computing With a Wave of the Hand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researchers have devised a way to turn liquid crystal displays (LCDs) into lens-less cameras through the use of...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

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Wales Gets

The Welsh Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced HPC Wales, a new high-performance computing (HPC) institute that will provide the industrial...

China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics
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China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics

In an effort to strengthen achievements in the technology sector, China will hold a special olympics event for robots. The International Humanoid Robot Olympic...

Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations
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Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations

The new University of Southampton supercomputer, which will go live in January 2010, will enable students in the school's Institute for Complex Systems Simulation...

Benchmarking Tools Compare Robot Algorithms
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Benchmarking Tools Compare Robot Algorithms

"What does the world look like?" and "Where am I?" are two questions robots must solve if they are to act autonomously in an unknown environment. Work by European...

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Scientists, IT Community Await Exascale Computers

The information technology (IT) industry discussed the challenges it faces in developing exascale systems, a new generation of supercomputers that promise to be...

Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize
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Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize

University of Bristol postdoctoral researcher Rio Yokota was a member of the team that won the first Gordon Bell prize in the price per performance category of...

'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math
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'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math

University of Washington computer science undergraduates have developed a system that lets up to four students share a single computer to do interactive math problems...

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Popeye, the Robot with Brains Not Brawn

European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could empower computers to respond intelligently to human behaviour as well as...

Breakthrough in 'spintronics' Can Lead to Energy Efficient Chips
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Breakthrough in 'spintronics' Can Lead to Energy Efficient Chips

Scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology at University of Twente, and from the FOM Foundation, have successfully transferred magnetic information...

Pneumatic Ball-Levitating Robot Wins at Beer Pong
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Pneumatic Ball-Levitating Robot Wins at Beer Pong

A pair of grad students at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign are using a computer-controled gimbaled air-jet system with two degrees of motion to not...

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22 Stories ­nderground: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

Down a road that winds through the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just across from a cow pasture, the bucolic scenery of Butler County is interrupted by...

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At a Loss For Words? Google Offers Search By Sight

Google's first search engine let people search by typing text onto a Web page. Next came queries spoken over the phone. On Monday, Google announced the ability...

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Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

Scientists and legal scholars are studying the likely effects of the inevitable bond that will form between humans and robots in the coming decade. Although robots...

Paper Screens Could Provide Depth to Computer Display
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Paper Screens Could Provide Depth to Computer Display

Researchers have designed an inexpensive interface system that uses a ceiling-mounted projector and an infrared camera to detect the placement of objects on a horizontal...

Replica of Groundbreaking Computer Going to Computer History Museum
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Replica of Groundbreaking Computer Going to Computer History Museum

Iowa State University's full-scale, working replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, a groundbreaking machine built on the Iowa State campus from 1939 to 1942,...

Microscopic Gyroscopes Aim For Mass Appeal
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Microscopic Gyroscopes Aim For Mass Appeal

Tiny devices made possible by combining the latest advances in mechanical and electronics technology could be at the heart of next-generation personal navigation...
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