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Instant-Start Computers With New Breakthrough

Instant-Start Computers With New Breakthrough

To encode data, today’s computer memory technology uses electric currents — a major limiting factor for reliability and shrinkability, and the source of significant power consumption. If data could instead be encoded without current — for example, by an electric field applied across an insulator — it would require much less energy, and make things [...]

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Lens-Free Microscope Detects Cancer at Cell Level

Lens-Free Microscope Detects Cancer at Cell Level

UCLA researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer or other cell-level abnormalities with the same accuracy as larger and more expensive optical microscopes.   The invention could lead to less expensive and more portable technology for performing common examinations of tissue, blood and other biomedical specimens. [...]

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Thumbs-Up for Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

Thumbs-Up for Mind-Controlled Robotic Arm

A paralysed woman who controlled a robotic arm using just her thoughts has taken another step towards restoring her natural movements by controlling the arm with a range of complex hand movements.   Thanks to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Jan Scheuermann, who has longstanding quadriplegia and has been taking part in the study [...]

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Data Center Site Selection Panel at Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference

Data Center Site Selection Panel at Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference

The US is a big country and each state has great independence. That is sometimes good and sometimes not so good. Each region is unique in many ways. Energy resources, climates, taxes, populations, laws and regulations, and awareness of environment are vastly different. Japan, where I originally came from, is in general a uniform, small [...]

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Impacts of Regulations on Data Center Operations

Impacts of Regulations on Data Center Operations

At the recent Motivated to Influence Data Center Conference in San Francisco, there was a session titled, Will Regulation and European Standards on Energy and Carbon Efficiency Create an Inflection Point for the US Data Center Industry? There has been a lot of discussion about how to regulate data centers and their operations, because they [...]

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Scientists Measure Speedy Electrons in Silicon

Scientists Measure Speedy Electrons in Silicon

The entire semiconductor industry, not to mention Silicon Valley, is built on the propensity of electrons in silicon to get kicked out of their atomic shells and become free. These mobile electrons are routed and switched though transistors, carrying the digital information that characterizes our age.   An international team of physicists and chemists based [...]

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‘Electronic Skin’ Accurately Detects Pressure

‘Electronic Skin’ Accurately Detects Pressure

Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable “electronic skin” closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but also what direction it’s coming [...]

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Composite Materials can be Designed in a Supercomputer ‘Virtual Lab’

Composite Materials can be Designed in a Supercomputer ‘Virtual Lab’

UCL scientists have shown how advanced computer simulations can be used to design new composite materials. Nanocomposites, which are widely used in industry, are revolutionary materials in which microscopic particles are dispersed through plastics. But their development until now has been largely by trial and error.   The ‘virtual lab’ developed using supercomputer simulations greatly [...]

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Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials

Using Robots to Get More Food from Raw Materials

Can an industrial robot succeed both at removing the breast fillet from a chicken, and at the same time get more out of the raw materials? This is one of the questions to which researchers working on the CYCLE project now have the answer.   They have built a fully-functional robot in the lab to [...]

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Security and Data Centers

Security and Data Centers

Twenty years ago, I ran a small group in a large corporation’s subsidiary, which developed firewall and virtual networking gear. In those days, most people were beginning to discover what the Internet and the World Wide Web were. That security was required for the Internet was not well recognized. It was inconceivable for many that [...]

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