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Engineers Work to Ease Internet Data Flow as Demand For Video Grows
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Engineers Work to Ease Internet Data Flow as Demand For Video Grows

Princeton University researchers have developed the Edge Laboratory, a miniature version of the global communications network, to develop new ideas and systems...

Wi-Fi 'napping' Doubles Phone Battery Life
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Wi-Fi 'napping' Doubles Phone Battery Life

Duke University researchers have developed SleepWell, software that can double the battery life of mobile devices by making changes to Wi-Fi technology. 

Magnetic Memory and Logic Could Achieve Ultimate Energy Efficiency
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Magnetic Memory and Logic Could Achieve Ultimate Energy Efficiency

Future computers may rely on magnetic microprocessors that consume the least amount of energy allowed by the laws of physics, according to an analysis by University...

Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?
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Was the Space Shuttle a Mistake?

Forty years ago, I wrote an article for Technology Review titled "Shall We Build the Space Shuttle?" Now, with the 135th and final flight of the shuttle at hand...

From ACM TechNews

Moore's Law Meets Exascale Computing

Moore's law will end during the decade of exascale computing, predicts a new white paper. 

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Model Finds Optimal Fiber Optic Network Connections 10,000 Times More Quickly

Designers of fiber-optic networks will be able to find the most efficient way to connect phones and computers that are in different places in just a few seconds...

DARPA Sharpens Focus on Video Analysis Technology
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DARPA Sharpens Focus on Video Analysis Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing two video-analysis technologies for detecting activity from different imaging-capturing sensors...

Graphene Technology Moves Closer
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Graphene Technology Moves Closer

Graphene is a "wonder material" waiting to happen. Since this super-conductive form of carbon, made from single-atom-thick sheets, was first produced in 2004,...

Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78
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Robert Morris, Pioneer in Computer Security, Dies at 78

Robert Morris, a cryptographer who helped developed the Unix computer operating system, which controls an increasing number of the world's computers and touches...

Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies
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Researchers Share ­seful Lessons Learned in Evaluating Emerging Technologies

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have developed the System, Component, and Operationally Relevant Evaluations framework, which is...

From ACM News

Big Win For the Losers at D-Wave

Does D-Wave's first big sale disprove the quantum computing naysayers?

Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans
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Intel Takes Wraps Off 50-Core Supercomputing Coprocessor Plans

Intel's Larrabee GPU will finally go into commercial production next year, but not as a graphics processor. Instead, it will make its debut in a 50-core incarnation...

How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years
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How to Make a Clock Run For 10,000 Years

High on a rocky ridge in the desert, nestled among 5,000-year-old bristlecone pines, is the topmost part of a clock that has been ticking for thousands of years...

Brave, New Social World
From Communications of the ACM

Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Automotive Autonomy
From Communications of the ACM

Automotive Autonomy

Self-driving cars are inching closer to the assembly line, thanks to promising new projects from Google and the European Union.

Weighing Watson's Impact
From Communications of the ACM

Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

From ACM TechNews

Careless Behavior of Cloud ­sers Leads to Crucial Security Threats

Cloud computing security experts often focus on the underlying infrastructure and provider, but a new analysis from Fraunhofer SIT and the System Security Lab at...

3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'
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3D Printing Creating 'a Whole New World'

Not long ago, I asked Scott Summit, a pioneer in using 3D printing in the design of custom prosthetics and an industrial design expert, who he would recommend...

New Technology Revs Up Pixar's 'cars 2'
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New Technology Revs Up Pixar's 'cars 2'

We all know what the reflections off cars or the roiling of the ocean are supposed to look like. So if you are tempted to believe that what you'll see in "Cars...

­CLA Team Reports Scalable Fabrication of Self-Aligned Graphene Transistors, Circuits
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­CLA Team Reports Scalable Fabrication of Self-Aligned Graphene Transistors, Circuits

University of California, Los Angeles researchers have developed a scalable approach to fabricating high-speed graphene transistors. 
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