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posted in August 2008

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Bell Labs exits chip research
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8/29/2008   2 comments
Bell Labs is out of the material sciences and device physics research business.
Robot removes kidney
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
A robot has for the first time removed a kidney with only a single incision.
3-D lidar said to detect weather conditions
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8/28/2008   Post a comment
Swiss researchers claim to have made the weather balloon obsolete with a vertically projecting lidar system that scans the sky instantaneously up to 10 kilometers.
Green energy research targets hydrogen, photosynthesis
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8/27/2008   Post a comment
Green energy initiatives are striving to replace fossil fuels with renewable resources like hydrogen and photosynthesis.
Virus patterns nanoscale battery
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8/26/2008   Post a comment
By combining microcontact printing and virus-based self-assembly, Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers claimed to have fabricated micron-scale batteries.
IBM demonstrates light-emitting nanotube
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8/25/2008   Post a comment
Researchers at IBM Corp.'s Thomas J. Watson Research Center have brought silicon photonics one step closer to reality.
Updated: Intel CTO surveys tech future
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8/21/2008   Post a comment
Intel Corp. is celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2008, and Intel CTO Justin Rattner devoted his keynote address at its developer forum to "what the next 40 years of technology might look like."
Intel designing wireless wallet for e-cash
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8/20/2008   1 comment
Digital money, from smart cards to wireless wallets, will be featured during this week's Intel Developers Forum in San Francisco.
TI aims DLP at new applications
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has unveiled a platform designed to ease the development of spatial light modulation applications on digital light processors.
Updated: Smallest SRAM debuts
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8/18/2008   Post a comment
IBM Research claims to have fabricated the world's smallest SRAM bit cell with joint industry and university development partners.
Will memristors prove irresistible?
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8/18/2008   6 comments
Memristors mark the fourth passive circuit element after resistors, capacitors and inductors, and have found a corporate champion in HP Labs which hopes to popularize the first killer application--resistive random-access memories.
Terabit hard-disk technique uses 'density multiplication'
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8/14/2008   Post a comment
A demonstration of terabit-per-square-inch densities for hard-disk media used self-assembling block co-polymers to perform "density multiplication."
Fluid mechanics used to improve U.S. Olympic swimmers
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8/13/2008   1 comment
Olympic swimmers are clocking times milliseconds faster at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing thanks in part to engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Going deep: Ocean to power grid, recharge fuel cells
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8/12/2008   Post a comment
Harnessing ocean power to generate electricity, hydrogen to fuel cars and heat exchangers to cool buildings is the aim of a $13.75 million effort at Florida Atlantic University's Center for Ocean Energy Technology.
First 3-D ICs debut
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8/11/2008   2 comments
The world's first 3-D chip process is ready for licensing from the fabless semiconductor design house BeSang Inc.
Card-playing bots could doom online poker
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8/7/2008   Post a comment
The premise underlying online poker is that all players are humans. But with the growing availability of free poker "bot" downloads, it is becoming difficult to detect whether a player is real or a possibly unbeatable bot.
Fuel cell advance could lower cost, boost efficiency
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8/6/2008   Post a comment
A superlattice electrolyte with far greater conductivity could significantly boost fuel cell efficiency while lowering costs when compared to current solid-oxide fuel cells.
Cheaper 'supermagnets' could drive future hybrid cars
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8/5/2008   Post a comment
Northeastern University researchers claim to have invented a cheap, green, one-step process for creating samarium cobalt permanent magnets.
World's highest highest-resolution holograms debut
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8/4/2008   Post a comment
An international team of researchers combined an X-ray laser and a lens-less pinhole camera to demonstrate the world's smallest and highest-resolution holograms of micron-size objects at nanometer resolution.
Torch is passed to MEMS
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8/4/2008   Post a comment
Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) chips have been built into the Olympic Torch--not the one that traveled around the world, but the replicas that spectators will wave at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Olympics technology: Keeping 'em honest
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8/4/2008   Post a comment
About 4,500 separate tests will be performed at the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing to screen the participating athletes for banned substances.


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