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Super-thin semiconductors delay the 'death' of silicon

Silicon has been the backbone of processors for decades, but it's rapidly approaching its physical limits: making a chip on a process smaller than 5 nanometers is usually impossible without introducing problems. How is Moore's Law for chip complexity going to survive? Stanford researchers have a …

Great R packages for data import, wrangling and visualization

One of the great things about R is the thousands of packages users have written to solve specific problems in various disciplines -- analyzing …

Data Science

On Visualizing Data Well

William Zinsser, 92, died last week. Zinsser, author of <i>On Writing Well</i>, the classic guide to writing nonfiction, has been an inspiration to writers …

Data Visualization

Nepal Continues to Dig Out: Pictures

South Asia

Rosetta mission's Philae lander powers down in comet's darkness

The audacious Rosetta mission’s attempt to land on a comet and send back scientific data is over – for now.<p>Despite a last-roll-of-the-dice attempt to nudge the Philae lander into better sunlight, which might have recharged its batteries, the end came when contact was lost at 00.36 GMT on Saturday …

The Most Exciting New Science Fiction And Fantasy Books In November

Science fiction and fantasy never stop moving forward. Because the future is endless, and so is the power of the unknown. So another month brings …

Books

Forecast for new Congress: Gridlock, partisan warfare

Voters who are fed up with endless gridlock might be disappointed if they expect a Senate now controlled by Republicans to change things.<p>One congressional expert put it bluntly: "The basic factors causing [gridlock] are not gone," said James Thurberfrom, a professor at American University. "So it …

Jet-fueled electronics are coming

Fuel cells may be a practical reality, but there aren't many choices for the fuel itself -- you usually have to rely on hydrogen, which dictates where and how those cells work. The University of Utah may have a clever alternative in store, however. Its researchers have developed a cell that runs on …