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Expert help from a distance

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TechAndComputer (July 14, 2011) — When electronic devices refuse to work, you rarely find the solution in the manual. Technicians often face similar problems with industrial machines, and companies end up flying in experts from the manufacturer to get things running again. A new system aims to help manufacturers lend a hand regardless of how far away they are located.

Machines stretch from one end of the production hall to another, each of them...

TechAndComputer (July 14, 2011) — When electronic devices refuse to work, you rarely find the solution in the manual. Technicians often face similar problems with industrial machines, and companies end up flying in experts from the manufacturer to get things running again. A new system aims...

Chips hold the key to understanding the human brain

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TechAndComputer (July 8, 2011) — Chips based on ARM processor technology will be linked together to simulate the highly-complex workings of the brain, whose functionality derives from networks of billions of interacting, highly-connected neurons.

The chips upon which this work critically depends were delivered last month, and have passed their functionality tests with flying colours.

They will form the system architecture for a massive computer,...

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Safer skies: New algorithm could help prevent midair collisions

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TechAndComputer (July 5, 2011) — The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has mandated that by 2020, all commercial aircraft -- and small aircraft flying near most airports -- must be equipped with a new tracking system that broadcasts GPS data, providing more accurate location information than ground-based radar. In anticipation of the deadline, the FAA has also charged MIT researchers with leading an investigation of the system's limits and...

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Social networking -- 400 years ago

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TechAndComputer (July 1, 2011) — Renaissance specialists at Royal Holloway, University of London have discovered that the art of social networking pre-dates the Twitter and Facebook generations by more than 400 years.

An extensive research project investigating the work of the Italian academies, a group of alternative institutions to the universities and the courts that was responsible for debate and discussion on topical issues, has found that...

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Model finds optimal fiber optic network connections 10,000 times more quickly

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TechAndComputer (June 28, 2011) — Designing fiber optic networks involves finding the most efficient way to connect phones and computers that are in different places -- a costly and time-consuming process. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a model that can find optimal connections 10,000 times more quickly, using less computing power to solve the problem.

"Problems that used to take days to solve can now be...

TechAndComputer (June 28, 2011) — Designing...