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Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight
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Study Sees Way to Win Spam Fight

University of California, San Diego researchers recently completed a study aimed at finding a choke point that could reduce the flow of spam emails. 

Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels
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Memristors' Current Carves Protected Channels

A circuit component touted as the "missing link" of electronics is starting to give up the secrets of how it works.

Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile
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Intel Ceo: Big Shift to Mobile

CEO Paul Otellini said today that Intel is embarking on a big shift in focus, moving its center of gravity to the most power-efficient devices.

Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology
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Hp Advances Next-Gen 'memristor' Memory Technology

Hewlett-Packard and University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have mapped out the basic chemistry and structure of what happens inside a memristor during...

Toward Faster Transistors
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Toward Faster Transistors

In the 1980s and '90s, competition in the computer industry was all about "clock speed"—how many megahertz, and ultimately gigahertz, a chip could boast. But...

How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab
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How Three-Dimensional Transistors Went from Lab to Fab

Intel's new three-dimensional transistor design, announced last week, is the culmination of more than a decade of research and development work that began in...

Better Glasses-Free 3-D
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Better Glasses-Free 3-D

MIT researchers have developed HR3D, a new method for glasses-free 3D displays. The researchers say their method could double the battery life of devices such...

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Humanoid Robots Catch Imagination at National Symposium in Pune

Research and Development Establishment, Engineers, recently held a two-day symposium on robotics and autonomous vehicles, which featured 250 delegates who discussed...

Herding Swarms of Microrobots
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Herding Swarms of Microrobots

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Duke University demonstrated that they were able to control a group of microrobots to create complex patterns...

App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
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App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon

University of California, San Diego researchers working on the GreenDroid project have developed software that scans the Android operating system and its most popular...

­a Engineers Win Patent For Protein-Based Electronic Circuits
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­a Engineers Win Patent For Protein-Based Electronic Circuits

University of Arizona researchers have patented a process for building microscopic wiring circuits made of copper insulated by proteins known as microtubules.

Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim
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Quantum Computer Scientist's Aim

University of Arkansas physicist Jak Chakhalian is seeking a new miniature building block for quantum computers, using a new class of nanomaterials known as topological...

Finding Experts: It's Who You Know
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Finding Experts: It's Who You Know

While current expert-finding methods provided the best expert in six out of 10 searches, a new user-oriented method finds the best one nine times out of 10, according...

Web Science Meets Network Science
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Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.

Deus Ex Machina
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Deus Ex Machina

Computational metaphysics is helping philosophers answer age-old questions, such as whether God exists.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
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Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

I, Domestic Robot
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I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.

Meet the Fastest Public-Key Algorithm Few Have Even Heard Of
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Meet the Fastest Public-Key Algorithm Few Have Even Heard Of

The Accredited Standards Committee X9 has approved NTRUEncrypt, a public-key algorithm that  is considered to be faster than both elliptic-curve cryptography and...

Microsoft Browser Would Offer Personalization Along With Privacy Protection
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Microsoft Browser Would Offer Personalization Along With Privacy Protection

Microsoft researchers have developed RePriv, a browser that analyzes users' online behavior and controls how their personal information is released to sites that...
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