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Georgia Tech Keeps Sights Set On Exascale at SC10
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Georgia Tech Keeps Sights Set On Exascale at SC10

Georgia Tech will display ongoing projects and new research initiatives directly addressing core high-performance computing issues such as sustainability, reliability...

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...

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Battling Over the Future of TV

When AT&T last week had to renew its contract with Scripps, the owner of popular lifestyle shows such as Rachael Ray and "House Hunters," it made a demand that...

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'Desktop Medicine' Will Transform the Practice of Medicine

A new approach to medicine is emerging in which physicians rely on electronic information and statistical models to identify risk-factors for medical conditions...

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Search Engine Optimization 'Poisoning' Way Up This Year: Report

Websense says 22.4% of Google searches lead to bad URLs vs. 13.7% at end of 2009.

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IMEC Leads Development of Stretchable Electronic Fabrics

IMEC is leading a smart textiles project that is focusing on making electronic packages conform to the properties of textiles, rather than weaving rigid electrical...

Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy
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Stage Set for Showdown on Online Privacy

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Commerce Department are planning to release separate and possibly conflicting reports regarding online privacy. Commerce...

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Why There Are So Few Women in Tech

Women with engineering or computer science degrees face a tricky career path at technology companies and often leave their jobs just as they near their career peaks...

Human-Computer Music Performance System Links Music and Musical Gestures
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Human-Computer Music Performance System Links Music and Musical Gestures

University of Victoria researchers have developed a new method for capturing musical gestures and mapping them to sounds. The method involves the use of sensors...

Cyber Storm Drill to Yield New Lessons, Feds Say
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Cyber Storm Drill to Yield New Lessons, Feds Say

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently concluded a cyberwar simulation that connected thousands of participants from the state, federal, and private...

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Quantum Computers a Step Closer to Reality Thanks to New Finding

Quantum computers could have a much higher threshold for error than previously thought. New research reveals that a quantum computer could still be made to work...

Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything
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Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything

Kinect isn't just for gaming. Microsoft has plans to use the motion-based technology in phones, computers and more.

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?
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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding...

Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors

The military has a ton of ground robots scurrying around Afghanistan. Too bad they’re dumb as puppets, unable to make the slightest move without a human pulling...

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power
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Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

In 1981 the physicist Richard Feynman speculated about the possibility of "tiny computers obeying quantum mechanical laws." He suggested that such a quantum computer...

WHOI Receives Foundation Grant for Oceanography Imaging Informatics
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WHOI Receives Foundation Grant for Oceanography Imaging Informatics

In a significant step toward a new era in the collection and understanding of ocean science data, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received a...

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Microsoft Releases F# Under Open Source License

Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the F# compiler and core library under an Apache 2.0 open source license. The development team plans to release new versions...

It's a Smart World
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It's a Smart World

The spread of linked sensors and cameras, ubiquitous wireless networks, communications standards, and people's activities is facilitating a convergence of the real...

Research Team Takes Another Big Step in Creating Small Chips
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Research Team Takes Another Big Step in Creating Small Chips

Researchers at the University of Alberta and the National Institute for Nanotechnology have developed a method for heating plastic in a microwave oven that could...

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Versatile Algorithms for Nanoscale Designs

The ICESTARS project aims to develop and deploy integrated simulation algorithms and prototype tools that will overcome the barriers in existing and future radio...
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