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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE...

From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development
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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

Both Tim Willits and Matt Hooper got their start in game design as fans, creating maps for id Software games like Doom and Quake. Now, as the studio celebrates...

It's All About the Hair
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It's All About the Hair

Recent University of California, San Diego computer science Ph.D. graduate Iman Sadeghi developed a new way to light and animate characters' hair, and his method...

Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition
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Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition

As soon as Apple unveils its highly anticipated new version of the iPhone on Tuesday, millions of people are likely to start plotting how to be among the first...

The Internet of Tomorrow: Faster, Better and Cheaper
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The Internet of Tomorrow: Faster, Better and Cheaper

Researchers from the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and seven other institutions are trying to save the Internet by making it cheaper...

Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System
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Argonne Researchers 'hack' Diebold E-Voting System

Argonne National Laboratory researchers recently demonstrated how the Diebold Accuvote TS machine can be hacked using inexpensive, widely available electronic...

E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds
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E-Voting Gets Almost ­nanimous Praise, Study Finds

A recent Delvinia report could lead to the introduction of Internet voting across all levels of government in Canada. 

Supercomputer Readies For Action
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Supercomputer Readies For Action

Yale University recently received the Bulldog O Omega supercomputer from an undisclosed government agency, and it is now almost ready for use by university researchers...

Ping-Pong With Electrons
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Ping-Pong With Electrons

A surface acoustic wave has enabled scientists at the University of Cambridge to gain greater control over how electrons move from one place to another. 

'stampede's' Comprehensive Capabilities to Bolster ­.s. Open Science Computational Resources
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'stampede's' Comprehensive Capabilities to Bolster ­.s. Open Science Computational Resources

The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center announced that it will deploy and support Stampede, a new supercomputer that will offer data...

Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell
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Intel Runs PC on CPU Powered by Solar Cell

Intel recently demonstrated Claremont, an experimental low-power processor the size of a postage stamp that could run PCs using solar power by dropping energy consumption...

Living in a Digital World
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Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior...

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces
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Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers are demonstrating advances in restorative BCI systems that are giving paralyzed individuals more effective ways to communicate, move, and interact with...

Nasa Announces Two Game-Changing Space Technology Projects
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Nasa Announces Two Game-Changing Space Technology Projects

NASA has selected two game-changing space technology projects for development. The selections are part of the agency's efforts to pursue revolutionary technology...

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A Future For Drones: Automated Killing

One afternoon last fall at Fort Benning, GA, two model-size planes took off, climbed to 800 and 1,000 feet, and began criss-crossing the military base in search...

Carriers May Be Handicapping Cell Phone Networks
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Carriers May Be Handicapping Cell Phone Networks

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Microsoft Research found that wireless operators may unknowingly be degrading performance on their networks as the...

Microsoft
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Microsoft

Reading my RSS and Twitter feeds Tuesday night, I turned to a tech writer friend and said, "the Wintel Era just ended, and half of these people are fighting over...

New Technologies to Lighten the Web's Energy Load
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New Technologies to Lighten the Web's Energy Load

An international research team has developed a chip that promises to reduce the carbon footprint of the Internet's core telecommunications and computing technology...

How 9/11 Inspired a New Era of Robotics
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How 9/11 Inspired a New Era of Robotics

When Robin Murphy saw the World Trade Center towers fall on September 11, she knew of an unexpected group that could help respond: robots.

Flexible Electronics Hold Promise
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Flexible Electronics Hold Promise

A team from Wake Forest University, working with interdisciplinary collaborators from Stanford University, Imperial College London, the University of Kentucky,...
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