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An Optical Traffic Cop for Rapid Communication
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An Optical Traffic Cop for Rapid Communication

Tel Aviv University's Koby Scheuer has developed a nano-based filtering device using silicon rubber that is designed to enable faster communications over optical...

Intel Launches Chip for Smartphones, Tablets
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Intel Launches Chip for Smartphones, Tablets

Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals--unlike the PC market...

Rensselaer Launches $16.75 Million Center To Research Social Cognitive Networks
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Rensselaer Launches $16.75 Million Center To Research Social Cognitive Networks

Funded by the Army Research Lab, the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is dedicated to the emerging discipline...

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer Losing Browser Share

Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) web browser, now accounts for less than 60% of the market, down from 95% at its peak in 2003, according to new figures.

New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage
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New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage

A technology with data from social media is now being used to log the effects of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico's north coast. Witnesses' texts, tweets and...

Redesigning the Web for Touch Screens
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Redesigning the Web for Touch Screens

Last week, in an essay criticizing Adobe's Flash platform, Apple CEO Steve Jobs drew attention to, among other things, its lack of support for touch--something...

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Intel Labs Finds a Way to Create Routers Using Clustered Servers

Intel Labs says it can reuse or reconfigure commodity type servers and convert them into data center routers.  The reused servers are programmable and scalable. 

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain
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Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain

If you have a smartphone, you probably have a slice of Steve Furber's brain in your pocket. By the time you read this, his 1-billion-neuron silicon brain will be...

Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones
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Audiences, and Hollywood, Flock to Smartphones

It might be hard to imagine watching "The Office" on a screen no bigger than a business card. But tens of thousands of people--by the most conservative estimate...

Why Are Computer Users Still Choking on Spam?
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Why Are Computer Users Still Choking on Spam?

Who is actually responsible for sending spam. It might surprise many to learn that the number one source of spam is the United States, according to a new report...

Complex Software Systems
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Complex Software Systems

Researchers from Israel and six EU countries have carried out pioneering work on self-healing software capable of automatically and autonomously detecting, identifying...

Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App for That
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Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App for That

IPhone, iPad and Motorola Droid users can now, with the touch of a button, instantly access the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office with a new, free app...

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Nanodots Breakthrough May Lead to 'A Library on One Chip'

North Carolina State University's Jay Narayan led a research effort to create a computer chip that has enough memory to store all the information in a library. 

Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency
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Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency

The European Union-funded ARRIVAL project, a collaboration of researchers from seven European countries, has developed algorithms that can optimize planning and...

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Innovations in STEM Education: A Conversation With PCAST's Jim Gates

An upcoming President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report will address the issue of improving pre-college math and science education...

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NIST: Federal R&D Boosts Industry

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) annual report details innovations developed by federal labs and private-sector organizations. 

EU Security Agency Backs Cloud Computing Research
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EU Security Agency Backs Cloud Computing Research

A report from European Union security agency Enisa says that cloud computing, wireless networks, and supply chain integrity should be the focus of information technology...

'Smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything
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'Smart Dust' Aims to Monitor Everything

In the 1990s, a researcher named Kris Pister dreamed up a wild future in which people would sprinkle the Earth with countless tiny sensors, no larger than grains...

The Data-Driven Life
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The Data-Driven Life

Humans make errors. We make errors of fact and errors of judgment. We have blind spots in our field of vision and gaps in our stream of attention. Sometimes we...
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