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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

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Carnegie Mellon Java Tools Employ Human-Centered Design Techniques

Carnegie Mellon NewsCarnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have developed Jadeite and Apatite, two tools designed to help programmers choose between the thousands...

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Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction

Florida Atlantic University (FAU) scientists have developed Virtual Partner Interaction (VPI), a hybrid system capable of examining real-time interactions between...

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New Exotic Material Could Revolutionize Electronics

Physicists at the U.S. Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered that the compound bismuth telluride acts...

Synthetic Cells Get Together to Make Electronics
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Synthetic Cells Get Together to Make Electronics

University of Oxford chemists, working with colleagues at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, have built a network of artificial cells that acts like an...

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Administration Plans to Scale Back Real ID Law

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano is calling on lawmakers to change the Real ID Act to make it more palatable to states. Eleven states have refused...

Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky
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Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky

Duke University engineering students have developed the PhonePoint Pen, a program that uses the accelerometers in smart phones to enable users to write messages...

ISuppli: Gear Costs to Derail Moore's Law in 2014
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ISuppli: Gear Costs to Derail Moore's Law in 2014

Market research firm ISuppli predicts Moore's Law will end after 2014 due to the high cost of chip manufacturing equipment. The market research firm expects advances...

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E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

A National Security Agency (NSA) operation involving surveillance of American residents' communications, especially domestic email, is fueling debate in the U.S...

China Backpedals on Filtering Software Order
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China Backpedals on Filtering Software Order

China has backed down on its mandate that all personal computers sold within its borders come with pre-installed Internet-filtering software. The software, called...

Spintronic
From ICT Results

Spintronic

European researchers have developed novel concept devices called spintronic devices using ferromagnetic semiconductors.

Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction
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Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction

In a groundbreaking study, scientists at FAU have created a "hybrid" system to examine real-time interactions between humans and machines (virtual partners). By...

Cheerleader for New Domain Names Defends ICANN Plan
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Cheerleader for New Domain Names Defends ICANN Plan

A pair of recently released reports, authored by University of Chicago professor Dennis Carlton, says that introducing new top-level domains (TLDs) will not force...

Tool Can Get Most Pollution Control for the Money
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Tool Can Get Most Pollution Control for the Money

Purdue University professor Indrajeet Chaubey has developed a new tool that could help choose the most efficient ways to control pollution. Chaubey combined a...

IBM Marks Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics
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IBM Marks Breakthrough in Molecular Electronics

IBM scientists have succeeded in measuring the charge state of individual atoms using non-contact atomic force microscopy, which could have a major impact on molecular...

Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity
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Vinton Cerf: Outer Space Could be Next Frontier for Cybersecurity

NASA and Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf are currently testing an extraterrestrial Internet that could lead to technology for use in securing ad hoc networks...

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Five Cool Cloud Computing Research Projects

The HotCloud conference on cloud computing in San Diego will showcase a number of research projects. One such project is a Trusted Cloud Computing Platform developed...

From ICT Results

The Dawn of Quantum Applications

Technologies that exploit the unique weirdness of quantum mechanics could debut in the very near future, thanks to the groundbreaking work of a huge European research...

Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore
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Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore

Elijah Mayfield from the University of Minnesota at Morris will be among the students presenting papers during the Student Workshop for the 47th Annual Meeting...

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China Says Unpopular Filtering Software Optional

China appeared to cave in to public pressure Tuesday (June 16) by announcing that computer users are not required to install Internet-filtering software — though...
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