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Japan's 8-Petaflop K Computer Is Fastest on Earth
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Japan's 8-Petaflop K Computer Is Fastest on Earth

An eight-petaflop Japanese supercomputer grabbed the title of fastest computer on earth in the new Top 500 Supercomputing List officially unveiled at the International...

War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs
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War Evolves With Drones, Some Tiny as Bugs

Two miles from the cow pasture where the Wright Brothers learned to fly the first airplanes, military researchers are at work on another revolution in the air...

How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?
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How Much Spam Does Your Company ­nknowingly Send?

SpamRankings.net uses "name and shame" to publicize organizations that are infected by spam bots.

Java Standards Process to Get an Upgrade
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Java Standards Process to Get an Upgrade

The Java Community Process (JCP) is poised for an upgrade designed to instill greater transparency, while JCP members who ignore their duties may be stripped of...

World Ipv6 Day Concludes Without Major Problems
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World Ipv6 Day Concludes Without Major Problems

World IPv6 Day has come and gone and — as on January 1, 2000 when the world held its breath for Y2K zero hour — it's safe to say that no disaster has befallen the...

Intel Teaches Machines to Build Own Device Drivers
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Intel Teaches Machines to Build Own Device Drivers

Intel researchers are developing a method to automate the process of writing device drivers and porting them to different operating systems. 

New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability to Model Biological Systems
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New Parallelization Technique Boosts Our Ability to Model Biological Systems

A new technique for using multicore chips more efficiently has been developed by researchers at North Carolina State University (NCSU). 

­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors
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­.s. ­nderwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy "shadow" Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments...

At&t Researchers Call For Smartphone Apps That Won't Suck Your Battery Dry
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At&t Researchers Call For Smartphone Apps That Won't Suck Your Battery Dry

AT&T researchers are calling on developers to build more energy-aware apps to conserve battery life in smartphones. 

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Many Stuxnet Vulnerabilities Still Unpatched

The media storm over the Stuxnet worm may have passed, but many of the software holes that were used by the worm remain unpatched and leave Siemens customers...

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Microsoft Research Virtualizes Idle Desktops to Save Power

Microsoft Research India scientists have developed LiteGreen, power-saving technology that can virtualize enterprise desktops in a virtual machine and migrate them...

Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions
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Air France Crash Probe Raises Pilot Training Questions

Air France Flight 447 stalled high over the Atlantic Ocean and plunged into the sea even as the pilots repeatedly tried to pull the nose up—a reaction opposite...

Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs
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Scientists Undeterred By Hubble Successor's Costs

The successor to the Hubble Space Telescope is facing cost overruns and years of delay before it launches, but that hasn't dampened the enthusiasm of scientists...

Long Live the Qubit!
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Long Live the Qubit!

A quantum computer is a device—still largely theoretical—that could perform some types of calculations much more rapidly than classical computers. While a bit...

Parting Shots from a Mars Rover
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Parting Shots from a Mars Rover

NASA is no longer sending commands to the Spirit rover on Mars, but the long-silent robot still has a few more chances to phone home. Not that anyone is expecting...

Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications
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Vint Cerf on the Internet and Out-of-This-World Communications

Vint Cerf is one of the most recognized network engineers of all time. He is often referred to as one of the "fathers of the Internet" for his groundbreaking...

Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe
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Intel Anthropologist: Fieldwork with the Silicon Tribe

Anthropologist Genevieve Bell gives the chip maker insight into how people experience new technologies.

W3c Officially Opens Html5 to Scrutiny
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W3c Officially Opens Html5 to Scrutiny

The World Wide Web Consortium recently announced that HTML5 has reached last call status, which opens the standard to industry scrutiny.

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New Bandwidth Management Techniques Boost Operating Efficiency in Multi-Core Chips

North Carolina State University researchers have developed two techniques that make semiconductor bandwidth allocation and data prefetching more efficient. 

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Mathematically Ranking Ranking Methods

A paper on an effort to mathematically analyze three commonly-used ranking methods appears this month in the SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing. 
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