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When Robots Invaded the Senate
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When Robots Invaded the Senate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a luncheon briefing and open house for U.S. Senate members to demonstrate cyber-physical systems (CPS), an emerging...

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Algorithms to Stop Net Threats

University of Wollongong professor Willy Susilo has received a grant to develop cryptographic algorithms that will stay secure against quantum computer attacks....

How New Technologies Will Ease Our Traffic Woes
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How New Technologies Will Ease Our Traffic Woes

A new generation of monitoring and data-gathering technologies could drastically alter how people travel by car by providing them with more accurate information...

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Rethinking Code Optimization for Mobile and Multicore

The key to the creation of more efficient software for mobile platforms and multicore chips could lie in artificial intelligence (AI), and the MilePost project...

Touch Typists Could Help Stop Spammers in Their Tracks
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Touch Typists Could Help Stop Spammers in Their Tracks

Newcastle University computer scientists have developed Magic Bullet, a computer game that turns a tedious manual labeling task into entertainment, giving companies...

Data Overload on Dating Sites
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Data Overload on Dating Sites

New research on online dating sites shows that users can experience "cognitive overload" when faced with too many choices, causing them to make poorer decisions...

Shape-Shifting Material Suggests Morphable Hardware
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Shape-Shifting Material Suggests Morphable Hardware

Electronic devices that can change their physical shape depending on the needs of the user might sound far-fetched. But recent research advances on several fronts...

Computer Games Stretch and Hone Older Brains
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Computer Games Stretch and Hone Older Brains

Seniors are sharpening their recall and other mental processes at The Brain Emporium, a community center program in Cleveland opened and run by Case Western Reserve...

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants
From ICT Results

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants

A key component of modern factories is the flexible production cell – a workstation staffed by a worker with the training and tools to carry out a variety of operations...

Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors
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Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors

Research supported by the U.S. Pentagon is attempting to turn insects into search-and-rescue systems capable of locating trapped victims in earthquake rubble and...

Georgia Tech to Lead Fight Against Cell Phone Hackers
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Georgia Tech to Lead Fight Against Cell Phone Hackers

The Georgia Institute of Technology has won a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research into securing cell phones. Georgia...

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Social Networking Helping Women Turn on to Tech

A new report from Orange Labs suggests that technology will play a key role in drawing more women to careers in information technology. The report, "Her Code:...

Australia's Top Models at Science Conference
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Australia's Top Models at Science Conference

Australia's IMACS/MODSIM Congress will feature more than 650 modeling and simulation experts from around the world. Mathematical models describe the actions of...

Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers
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Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers

Microsoft's External Research division launched a pair of new research tools — the Project Trident workbench and the Dryad/DryadLINQ programming environment — at...

Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects
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Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects

Japanese scientists are working to create insect-robot hybrids, including robot-moths capable of detecting drug stashes and robot-bees capable of navigating earthquake...

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DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...

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Ward Off Espionage: India to Design a Home-Grown Microprocessor

Top scientists at some of India's ace scientific institutions are pooling energies, and the government some money, in an ambitious attempt to design a home-grown...

Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses
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Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new type of fiber that is capable of producing images without the need for a lens...

Catching Spammers in the Act
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Catching Spammers in the Act

Indiana University researchers have exposed some of the methods spammers use to collect email addresses and send junk mail through multiple computers. In a paper...

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Computer Learns Sign Language by Watching TV

Software developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds has autonomously determined the basics of sign language by watching TV...
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