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Embedded systems gaining secure footing
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8/24/2011   5 comments
Today's embedded system designers optimize mainly for performance and footprint, but with the rise of Internet-enabled devices, security has become the third leg of the embedded design process.
Image gallery: Kepler technology spots 'exoplanets'
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8/19/2011   14 comments
In a matter of months after its launch two years ago, the Kepler spacecraft had made more planet sightings than in the entire history of astronomy—1,235 and counting.
IBM demos cognitive computer chips
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8/18/2011   28 comments
IBM demonstrated proof-of-concept cognitive computing chips that replicate the functions of neurons and synapses in the brain with digital integrators and crossbar switches.
NIST hawks microwave-based quantum computers
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8/12/2011   3 comments
The National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrated a microwave technique for performing quantum entanglement, opening the door for inexpensive quantum computers to perform what so far only been possible with expensive lasers.
New architecture promises better batteries
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8/11/2011   23 comments
A change in architecture is promising to close the gap between semiconductor technology and battery technology, which has traditionally lagged behind semiconductors due to its dependence on unchangeable chemical reactions.
Comment: re: Rare earths get rarer - 8/8/2011
Rare earths get rarer
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8/8/2011   42 comments
Supplies of rare earth materials are tightening, prompting manufacturers to seek alternatives.
Nanocircuits that adhere to any substrate
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8/1/2011   6 comments
Researchers at Stanford University recently demonstrated a novel wafer-scale lift-off process for fabricating nanowire-based circuits on reusable silicon wafers, then transferring them to any substrate in any shape.


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