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Seeking Efficiency, Scientists Run Visualizations Directly on Supercomputers
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Seeking Efficiency, Scientists Run Visualizations Directly on Supercomputers

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory are using a method called software-based parallel volume rendering to accelerate...

Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity
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Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity

Recent research into the properties of graphene nanoribbons provides two new reasons for using the material as interconnects in future computer chips. In widths...

Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale
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Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale

A well-established physical law formulated by Max Planck describes the transfer of heat between two objects, but some physicists have long predicted that the law...

How to Harness Petaflop Performance
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How to Harness Petaflop Performance

Several petascale computers are up and running, and others are sure to follow. All of them face many unique challenges in trying to harness a petaflop.

Computer Game U­tilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems
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Computer Game U­tilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems

A new computer game prototype combines work and play to help solve a fundamental problem underlying many computer hardware design tasks. The online logic puzzle...

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."

45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi
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45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi

Powerful new radio technologies that promise blisteringly fast WiFi have been given a boost by a team of European researchers’ cutting-edge work on miniscule microchips...

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Ntu ­nveils Green and Fastest Supercomputer in Asean

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has partnered with Jardine OneSolution, IBM, and Red Hat to install a green supercomputer at its new High Performance Computing...

Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware
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Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware

A new satellite, planned for launch in 2012, will contain a flight computer built with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that can be completely reconfigured...

Molecules Mean More Moore
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Molecules Mean More Moore

Researchers from Rice University and North Carolina State University say that Moore's Law could be prolonged by attaching molecules to the surface of silicon....

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Dac Preview: Power Again Takes Center Stage

Low-power design will be a key theme of the 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC), with Synopsys' Cary Chin agreeing that "low power is one of the biggest challenges...

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare
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How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare

Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, with drones dramatically tilting the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in favor of the United States...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
From ICT Results

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws
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Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws

Researchers continue to work to make robots safer to be around humans, but some robot experts say the key is to stop making robots that lack ethics. "If you build...

Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection
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Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection

A discovery-based, three-day workshop at Arizona State University (ASU) for junior high school students aims to get young adults interested in science, technology...

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Three Atom Spintronic Device

Engineers in the United Kingdom and China are working to find alternative ways of creating the microelectronic components of the future. Surrey University physicists...

Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits
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Moore's Law Hits Economic Limits

Much attention has been given to the approaching scientific limit to chip miniaturization and the continuation of Moore's Law, but an economic limit is nearingView...

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Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer Configuration Is Decided

Japan's Institute of Physical and Chemical Research (RIKEN) and Fujitsu will deploy a new system configuration with a scalar processing architecture in its next...

Beyond Flash
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Beyond Flash

The race is on for a successor to the popular flash memory used in portable devices. European researchers think they have found a candidate in novel materials combined...

Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics
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Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

Those who learn by repetition rely on "muscle memory," a sense that practice trains muscles to perform specific actions without thought. But does muscle memory...
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