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2008-07-23 16:26:46

Since the idea of using DNA to create faster, smaller, and more powerful computers originated in 1994, scientists have been scrambling to develop successful ways to use genetic code for computation. Now, new research from a professor at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute suggests that if we want to carry out artificial computations, all we have to do is literally look around. Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science Mark Changizi has begun to develop a technique to turn our eyes and visual...

2008-07-16 06:00:00

By Larry Rulison, Albany Times Union, N.Y. Jul. 16--ALBANY -- A $1.6 billion deal between IBM Corp. and New York state was sealed with a cellphone call made to Lake George on Mother's Day. Gov. David Paterson recalled Tuesday during a news conference announcing the wide-ranging nanotechnology project how he talked that Sunday with John Kelly III, IBM's director of research, who was vacationing on the lake. The plan, which includes $1.5 billion from IBM and $140 million from the state,...

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2008-05-19 00:25:00

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created an avatar for the popular virtual world "Second Life" with the limited ability to converse and reason. The interesting part is that Edd is completely controlled by a computer.Edd Hifeng is the avatars name and he looks like any other avatar roaming around Second Life, a place where pixilated avatars chat, interact and fly around. Artificial Intelligence (AI) researchers are using Second Life as a controllable environment to test out...

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2008-05-13 13:55:00

Even before Weixiao Huang received his doctorate from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, his new transistor captured the attention of some of the biggest American and Japanese automobile companies. The 2008 graduate's invention could replace one of the most common pieces of technology in the world"”the silicon transistor for high-power and high-temperature electronics.Huang, who comes from humble roots as the son of farmers in rural China, has invented a new transistor that uses a...

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2008-05-01 00:45:00

The latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary boasts 22,000 pages of definitions. While that may seem far from succinct, new research suggests the reference manual is meticulously organized to be as concise as possible "” a format that mirrors the way our brains make sense of and categorize the countless words in our vast vocabulary. "Dictionaries have often been thought of as a frustratingly tangled web of words where the definition of word A refers users to word B, which is...

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2008-04-30 11:31:11

The latest edition of the Oxford English Dictionary boasts 22,000 pages of definitions. While that may seem far from succinct, new research suggests the reference manual is meticulously organized to be as concise as possible "” a format that mirrors the way our brains make sense of and categorize the countless words in our vast vocabulary."Dictionaries have often been thought of as a frustratingly tangled web of words where the definition of word A refers users to word B, which is...

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2008-03-13 09:34:00

Scientists create robust quantum models to compare key characteristics of copper and CNTsResearchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created a road map that brings academia and the semiconductor industry one step closer to realizing carbon nanotube interconnects, and alleviating the current bottleneck of information flow that is limiting the potential of computer chips in everything from personal computers to portable music players.To better understand and more precisely measure the...

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2008-03-10 13:35:00

Today's video games and online virtual worlds give users the freedom to create characters in the digital domain that look and seem more human than ever before. But despite having your hair, your height, and your hazel eyes, your avatar is still little more than just a pretty face.A group of researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is working to change that by engineering characters with the capacity to have beliefs and to reason about the beliefs of others. The characters will be...

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2008-02-20 10:40:00

New study paves way for using nanofluids in cameras, microdevices, and displays Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have demonstrated that liquids embedded with nanoparticles show enhanced performance and stability when exposed to electric fields. The finding could lead to new types of miniature camera lenses, cell phone displays, and other microscale fluidic devices."This study may open up a new vista for using nanofluids in microscale and nanoscale actuator device applications,"...

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2008-01-11 15:30:00

A recent study of 240 employees at a medium sized company shows that telecommuting has led to decreased morale and added stress for those who remain in the office. The Society of Human Resource Management's statistics show that about 37 percent of U.S.-based and international companies offer telecommuting positions, and the number of those programs is growing at a rate of 11 percent a year. These numbers have been growing since about the year 2000, when telecommuting became a viable option...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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