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Laser Security for the Internet
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Laser Security for the Internet

Jacob Scheuer at Tel Aviv University's School of Electrical Engineering has developed an information security system that acts as a type of key bearer. 

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Pushing For Software Quality Assurance

In a recent Journal of Computer Science research article, "Resistance Factors in the Implementation of Software Process Improvement Project in Malaysia," the authors...

An Express Lane From Camera to Computer
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An Express Lane From Camera to Computer

Intel is developing the Light Peak fiber-optic link, cable technology that will transmit 10 gigabits of data per second bidirectionally, and is expected to scale...

Human Arm Transmits Broadband
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Human Arm Transmits Broadband

Korea University researchers have developed a method for transmitting data at a rate of 10 megabits per second through a person's arm, between two electrodes on...

A New System Makes Household Communication Networks More Versatile
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A New System Makes Household Communication Networks More Versatile

Universidad Carlos III de Madrid researchers have developed a configuration for a residential gateway device, which would connect a residential communications network...

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Supercapacitors Boost Efficiency

University of Waikato researchers have developed working prototypes of a supercapacitor that could enable mobile phones and laptop computers to run longer between...

Jpl Program Cleans Mars Mission Code
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Jpl Program Cleans Mars Mission Code

Jet Propulsion Laboratory uses formal verification at every step of software development, and is applying some of those techniques to the flight code for next year's...

Computer Algorithm 'reads' Memories
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Computer Algorithm 'reads' Memories

Computer algorithms developed at University College London (UCL) can predict which of three short films a person is thinking about, just by looking at their brain...

Institute Says It Can Mass-Produce Graphene
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Institute Says It Can Mass-Produce Graphene

Scientists have leaped over a major hurdle in efforts to begin commercial production of graphene, a form of carbon that could rival silicon in its potential for...

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Academics and software engineers from the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, and Southampton have established the Software Sustainability Institute with research...

Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development
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Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development

Automation technology has revolutionized the fine-tuning needed to maximize software performance on devices such as mobile phones.

Quantum Dots Could Lead to Faster Computers
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Quantum Dots Could Lead to Faster Computers

An international team of scientists has developed a new type of semiconductor that could lead to faster and more efficient computers.The new research centers on...

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For Smaller Chips, Borrow 18th-Century Tricks

A new take on a centuries-old printing technique could shrink silicon chips and lead to advances in ultra-high-density computer storage. Computer chips are made...

Magnetic Solder to Wire 3-D Chips
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Magnetic Solder to Wire 3-D Chips

A new type of solder can be melted and shaped in three dimensions under the force of a weak magnetic field. Using a magnet to pull the solder up through narrow...

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Project Peppher Announced

The European PErformance Portability and Programmability of Heterogeneous many-core aRchitectures (PEPPHER) project is developing a methodology and architecture...

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Researchers to Develop Tiny Metamaterial Antennas

Northeastern University engineering professor Hossein Mosallaei is leading an effort to use metamaterials to make smaller antennas that allow quicker and more efficient...

Nasa Grooming Satellite Repair-Bots
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Nasa Grooming Satellite Repair-Bots

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing satellite repair-bots to demonstrate the feasibility of refueling, repairing, and servicing...

What's Next For High-Performance Computing?
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What's Next For High-Performance Computing?

The fusion of high-performance computing (HPC) and high-performance data could potentially result in the generation of robust systems that are at least one order...

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Software Sniffs Out Criminals By the Shape of Their Nose

University of Bath scientists have developed a biometric system for identifying people based on their nose shape. The researchers used a photographic system to...

Optical System Promises to Revolutionize ­ndersea Communications
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Optical System Promises to Revolutionize ­ndersea Communications

In a technological advance that its developers are likening to the cell phone and wireless Internet access, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists...
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