Scientists develop system that uses micropipes to cool microchips


Scientists from the IBM Zurich Research Lab and the Fraunhofer Institute are developing a microchip that cools itself using mircropipes, IBM announced Thursday. Microchips that use a 3D stack formation provide more information pathways and can reduce the distance information travels by as much as 1,000 times. However, this chip structure generates a huge amount of heat. The IBM and Fraunhofer team have created a cooling system that intersperses micropipes of water between each layer of the chip to offset the heat problem. Each micropipe is roughly as thin as a human hair (50 microns). (CNET, 06/05/08)

Google updates its deep Web search tool for businesses

Google on Tuesday upgraded and renamed its Custom Search Business Edition. The product is now called Google Site Search and features enchanced search and filtering capabilities. (Network World, 06/03/08)

NIST researchers find way to lower quantum cryptography costs

In a paper to be published in June, researchers at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology describe a technique to lower the costs of quantum cryptography. The researchers' technique reduces the number of photon detectors needed to polarize light, which is used to encode and decode information. (eNews, 06/03/08)

Europe in the race to build more high-performance computing centers

Developing high-performance computing centers is the key to boost science and industry across the European Union, researchers said Tuesday. (CIO, 06/03/08)

New AT&T encryption tool for business email released

On Tuesday, AT&T released its AT&T Encryption Services, a service package for businesses that encrypts email, folders, or network drives, and enforces enterprise encryption policies. The service integrates with antivirus and antispam software. (Network World, 06/03/08)

XP deadline extended for low-end PC makers

Low-cost computer manufacturers can continue to install Windows XP on their machines, Microsoft announced Tuesday. (Network World, 06/03/08)

New interface will move the shape of computers out of the 2D box


Researchers at Queen's University Human Media Laboratory have developed an Orgainic User Interface (OUI) that will let next-generation computers move beyond the rigid 2D realm of current devices. (Science Daily,  06/02/08)

Nvidia's faster processors run faster, last longer


Nvidia announced its new line of fast Tegra 600 and Tegra 650 processors on Sunday. The processors are targeted at the emerging category of mobile Internet devices and feature a longer battery life. (Reuters, 06/02/08)


Paralyzed man takes a walk in SecondLife


Using only his brain waves, a man paralyzed for more than 30 years took a walk in SecondLife, Japanese researchers said Monday.  Headgear, electrodes that monitored brain waves, and a mircophone let the man  walk and talk with another character in the virtual reality game. (Yahoo News, 06/02/08)

Scientists closer to understanding brain thought patterns with new computational model


Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have developed a new computational model that correctly determines brain activation patterns associated with words. Computers using this model predicted what each subject's brain pattern would look like when thinking about certain words. (Science Daily, 06/02/08)

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