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'Melbourne Shuffle' Secures Data in the Cloud

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | by Brown University | News | Comments

To keep data safe in the cloud, a group of computer scientists suggests doing the Melbourne Shuffle. That may sound like a dance move (and it is), but it's also a computer algorithm developed by researchers at Brown University. The computing version of the Melbourne Shuffle aims to hide patterns that may emerge as users access data on cloud servers...

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Speeding up Data Storage by a Thousand Times with 'Spin Current'

July 10, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eindhoven University of Technology | News | Comments

A hard drive stores bits in the form of tiny magnetic domains. The directions of the magnetic north and south poles of these domains, which are referred to as the magnetization, determine whether they are a 0 or a 1. Data is stored by changing the direction of the magnetization of the associated bits...

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Study Advances Limits for Ultrafast Nano-Devices

July 10, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing...

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New System Would Give Individuals More Control over Shared Digital Data

July 10, 2014 12:47 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Cellphone metadata has been in the news quite a bit lately, but the National Security Agency isn't the only organization that collects information about people's online behavior. Newly downloaded cellphone apps routinely ask to access your location information, your address book, or other apps, and of course, websites...

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Photos of the Day: A Robotic Pen Scribe

July 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A robot writes a Torah at an installation in the Jewish Museum in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, July 10, 2014. It is an installation by the artist group robotolab. The robot is equipped with a pen nib and ink and will write the Torah in human speed...  

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Robot Writes Torah at Berlin's Jewish Museum

July 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks. The Torah-writing robot was developed by the German artists'...

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Samsung Faces Fresh Child Labor Claim in China

July 10, 2014 10:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant. Samsung Electronics Co. said Thursday it is looking into the allegation by China Labor Watch that its supplier Shinyang Electronics in Dongguan hired

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Report: Chinese Hackers Hit U.S. Personnel Networks

July 10, 2014 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese hackers broke into the computer networks of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management earlier this year with the intention of accessing the files of tens of thousands of federal employees who had applied for top-secret security clearances, according to The New York Times. Senior U.S. officials say the hackers gained access...

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U.S., China Talk Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 10, 2014 10:37 am | by Bradley Klapper & Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the two powers had a frank exchange on the issue...

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Photos of the Day: Autonomous Robots Compete at the RoboCup

July 10, 2014 9:58 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The international robot soccer tournament called RoboCup takes place in Brazil right after the World Cup. The ultimate goal of the yearly event is bold: To create a robot team that can defeat the human World Cup winners by 2050. It is about teaching the fully autonomous robots to make quick, smart decisions while working together in a changing environment...

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Heads up, World Cup Teams: The Robots Are Coming

July 10, 2014 9:35 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

When robots first started playing soccer, it was a challenge for them just to see the ball. And to stay upright. But the machines participating in this month's international RoboCup tournament are making passes and scoring points. Their ultimate goal? To beat the human World Cup champs within the next 35 years...

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New Technology Illuminates Colder Objects in Deep Space

July 9, 2014 5:43 pm | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Too cool and faint, many objects in the universe are impossible to detect with visible light. Now a McCormick team has refined a new technology that could make these colder objects more visible, paving the way for enhanced exploration of deep space...“

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Projecting a Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 5:39 pm | by American Friends of Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Since the 1960s, theatergoers have shelled out for crude 3-D glasses, polarized glasses, and shutter glasses to enhance their viewing experience. These basic devices, used to trick the brain into perceiving an artificial three-dimensional reality, may soon be rendered obsolete with the introduction of...

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Chemists Develop Novel Catalyst with Two Functions

July 9, 2014 5:10 pm | by Ruhr-University Bochum | News | Comments

Chemists at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum have made a decisive step towards more cost-efficient regenerative fuel cells and rechargeable metal-air batteries. They developed a new type of catalyst on the basis of carbon, which can facilitate two opposite reactions: electrolysis of water and combustion of hydrogen with oxygen...

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Using Sand to Improve Battery Performance

July 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by University of California, Riverside | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering have created a lithium ion battery that outperforms the current industry standard by three times. The key material: sand. Yes, sand. “This is the holy grail – a low cost, non-toxic, environmentally friendly way..."

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