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Researchers at University of Glasgow Create 1,000-Core Processor

Researchers at University of Glasgow Create 1,000-Core Processor

Lead by researcher Dr. Wim Vanderbauwhede, a team of scientists have used the technology found in Field Programmable Gate Arrays, or FPGAs, to create a 1,000-core processor. At this point, they've effectively created a proof of concept that can perform almost 20 times faster than "modern computers." To add to the possibility of this new processor finding its way to the real world eventually, it seems that Intel has been playing around with the idea, very recently, and believe that a processor of that magnitude is certainly "feasible."

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Auto Stop-Start Technology by Ford Heading to the US in 2012

Auto Stop-Start Technology by Ford Heading to the US in 2012

Saving money on gas is one thing, but having a car that doesn't go through fuel like its not a precious commodity is also part of the equation. Ford announced today their plans to bring their Auto Stop-Start Technology to the United States in 2012. Also called idle-stop technology, or even microhybrid, it's designed to turn off the engine when the car is not in motion. The electrical system stays on, so you'll still have music and heat, but the engine will be off. As soon as the driver puts their foot back on the gas, the engine fires back up, and they can be on their way.

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Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

Engineering Students Create Cheap Way to Tell When Water is Safe to Drink

There's one way that will usually make a concept go from a plan to the real deal pretty quickly: make it cheap. While some concept designs may focus on helping the environment, or finding new ways to help humans in certain situations, they may make it too impractical due to costs. But, if you can manage to create something that is practical and costs less than five dollars to make, we're pretty sure that means you've got a winner on your hands. At least, that's what students from the University of Washington are hoping.

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ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

ET3 Tube System Wants to Take You From New York to Beijing in 2 Hours

If you're claustrophobic, then travelling on any kind of vehicle for transportation is probably pretty rough. Especially an airplane, where you're sitting right next to a lot of people, in a relatively small space (depending on how you fly, of course). So maybe a giant tube system wouldn't be to your liking. But, if you've got to get somewhere, even somewhere around the world, in a hurry, the ET3 system could be just what the world has been waiting for.

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Thin-Film Transistors to Cover Paper Money, Make Counterfeiting Harder

Thin-Film Transistors to Cover Paper Money, Make Counterfeiting Harder

Counterfeiting is an arm's race to nowhere. An endless struggle, with both sides trying to out-wit the other. While treasuries all around the world try to find new ways to make counterfeiters sweat, and ultimately unable to make fake money, the counterfeiters in the world just need to figure out how those individuals are making new money, and copy it. There have been plenty of options in the past, like watermarks, ink that never dries, holograms, and colors that can't be copied. But, they've all been figured out in one way or another. But now, thanks to thin-film transistors, it may be almost impossible for counterfeiters to get the job done.

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Cyberdyne HAL Exoskeleton to Be Shown Off at CES 2011

Cyberdyne HAL Exoskeleton to Be Shown Off at CES 2011

Way back in 2007, Cyberdyne was showing off their latest version of the Hybrid Assistive Limb exoskeleton, better known as HAL. They were even talking about how in 2008, people would be able to rent the exoskeleton for whatever purpose they needed. While the scientists, researchers, and designers at Cyberdyne originally promoted the exoskeleton for those with disabilities and the elderly, it's looking more and more like HAL is all set to be shown off for everyone.

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Willow Garage Announces Expansion of PR2 Robot Community

Willow Garage Announces Expansion of PR2 Robot Community

With all of the ridiculously advanced robots out there, it probably won't be the PR2 robots that start, or finish the war between man and machines. Their duties, which border on the strictly mundane, include that of folding laundry. But that doesn't mean even the smallest robots out there shouldn't have plenty of people making them do those mundane things in the best possible way. Willow Garage has announced that the community focused on these small robots has expanded, and now includes 16 leading research laboratories around the world.

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SEGA Toirettsu Brings Video Game to Men’s Urinal [Video]

SEGA Toirettsu Brings Video Game to Men’s Urinal [Video]

Over the years, there's been all sorts of additions to men's urinals to "help" those using it stay in the urinal, and not make a mess of the floor (or themselves). While there are still some urinals out there that feature cute little designs near the bottom, like that of a bee, it seems that Japan is still having some major issues, and now they're doing what they should have done right from the start: made it a game.

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Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

There's no hiding the fact that several ideas that we see every day in the real world, have stemmed from concepts thought up within that of a science fiction-based reality. While time travelling may not be happening right now, scientists are still working hard on the idea, trying to make it real. But, what about something like the sonic screwdriver, which has become a standard utensil used by The Doctor, from Doctor Who? According to a professor from Bristol, UK, it looks like the sonic screwdriver may become a reality sooner than later.

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DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

The Transformer project, or TX, from DARPA has been moving forward in its development stages pretty steadily. It wasn't too long ago that we first reported about the project, and at the end of September we told you that DARPA was one step closer to making the Transformer project the real deal. And now it looks like, thanks to some cost reports and design elements, the military may be getting their hands on a flying Humvee sooner than we ever believed.

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