Supercomputers a hidden power center of Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is famed for spawning the desktop, mobile and cloud computing revolutions. What is less well known is that it's one of the nerve centers for building the world's fastest number-crunchers.
Defense Department's tech investing signals Silicon Valley's importance in cyberwarfare
As more conflicts shift from land to cyberspace, the nation's defense agencies are relying less on missiles and tanks and more on Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs and startups to secure the country's porous Internet ...
Laser technology advances microchip production
A new process for cutting silicon wafers could streamline the production of smaller and more powerful microchips for electronic devices.
Silicon Valley aims for Cuba, but treads carefully
If Horacio Nunez grew up in the United States instead of Cuba, the 26-year-old software engineer might have spent hours of his youth surfing the Web. But he had no Internet connection to his Havana home, so he learned how ...
Google backs farm-focused startup as 'AgTech' blooms
Google on Tuesday pumped $15 million into a farming-focused technology startup, the latest in a surge of investment applying Internet innovations to growing food.
Appeals court sides with Google in anti-Muslim film case
A federal appeals court panel should not have forced YouTube to take down an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East and death threats to actors, a larger group of judges ruled Monday in ...
Efficiency record for black silicon solar cells jumps to 22.1 percent
The researchers from Finland's Aalto University and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya have obtained the record-breaking efficiency of 22.1% on nanostructured silicon solar cells as certified by Fraunhofer ...
Computing at the speed of light: Team takes big step toward much faster computers
University of Utah engineers have taken a step forward in creating the next generation of computers and mobile devices capable of speeds millions of times faster than current machines.
Quantum physics on tap: Nano-sized faucet offers experimental support for longstanding quantum theory
We all know intuitively that normal liquids flow more quickly as the channel containing them tightens. Think of a river flowing through narrow rapids.
New shortcut to solar cells: Discovery employs electrodes as catalysts to make black silicon
Rice University scientists have found a way to simplify the manufacture of solar cells by using the top electrode as the catalyst that turns plain silicon into valuable black silicon.
Tech professionals gravitate toward high-altitude mountaineering
The slow slog through thin air atop a glacier-capped Himalayan peak is about the farthest you can get from Silicon Valley's fast-paced tech world, where digital screens are often the only view and the instruments for survival ...
Silicon photonics technology ready to speed up cloud and big data applications
IBM today announced a significant milestone in the development of silicon photonics technology, which enables silicon chips to use pulses of light instead of electrical signals over wires to move data at rapid speeds and ...
A metal composite that will (literally) float your boat
Researchers have demonstrated a new metal matrix composite that is so light that it can float on water. A boat made of such lightweight composites will not sink despite damage to its structure. The new material ...
Tiny silicone spheres come out of the mist
Technology in common household humidifiers could enable the next wave of high-tech medical imaging and targeted medicine, thanks to a new method for making tiny silicone microspheres developed by chemists ...