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NSF Celebrates Computer Science Education Week 2010
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NSF Celebrates Computer Science Education Week 2010

The High-Low Tech research group at MIT's Media Lab seeks to engage diverse people in developing their own technologies. The research is part of the NSF-funded...

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"This Paper Should Not Have Been Published"

Scientists see fatal flaws in the NASA study of arsenic-based life.

Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators
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Top Test Scores From Shanghai Stun Educators

With China’s debut in international standardized testing, students in Shanghai have surprised experts by outscoring their counterparts in dozens of other countries...

WikiLeaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks
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WikiLeaks Armors Itself to Survive Cyberattacks

As its operations have come under increasing financial and political pressure, WikiLeaks has quietly bolstered its electronic defenses in an attempt to become...

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Suit to Snuff Out 'History Sniffing' Takes Aim at Tracking Web Users

A lawsuit filed last Friday for alleged use of "history sniffing," a method for surreptitiously detecting what websites a person has visited, is the latest to...

Let Your Coaster Do the Talking
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Let Your Coaster Do the Talking

An interactive surface encourages conversation by letting coasters communicate.

World's Fastest Computer Brings Incalculable Benefits
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World's Fastest Computer Brings Incalculable Benefits

Using the fastest supercomputer in the world, researchers in China can significantly shortened the amount of time it takes to process data and analyze solutions...

ABI Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India
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ABI Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India

Almost 600 attendees from 79 organizations participated in the opening day of the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India Conference, the only...

Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft
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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people...

From ACM News

In Historic Shift, Smartphones, Tablets to Overtake PCs

Shipments of smartphones, tablets and other app-enabled devices will overtake PC shipments in the next 18 months, an event that may signify the end of the PC-centric...

From ACM TechNews

DoD Creates a Test Range for Cyberspace

The U.S. Department of Defense has set up the Information Assurance Range as a simulation of the Global Information Grid, as well as a virtual training ground for...

Tiny Laser Light Show Illuminates Quantum Computing
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Tiny Laser Light Show Illuminates Quantum Computing

With similarities to the light-show projectors used at planetariums, a new laser-beam steering system that aims and focuses bursts of light onto single atoms for...

Robots Imitate Honey Bees for Aircraft Aerobatics
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Robots Imitate Honey Bees for Aircraft Aerobatics

University of Queensland scientists have developed an autopilot system that is able to guide planes through extreme maneuvers, such as loops and barrel rolls, by...

Math Puzzles
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Math Puzzles

I met a man with seven wives. ...” You may know this singsong quiz, But what you might not know is this: That it began with ancient Egypt’s Early math-filled manuscripts...

From ACM TechNews

Tongue Clicks to Control Wheelchairs

The University of Bristol's Ravi Vaidyanathan is leading a research effort to develop an in-ear device that would enable people to control a wheelchair by clicking...

Stanford Students Create 'Do Not Track' Software
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Stanford Students Create 'Do Not Track' Software

Stanford University researchers have developed Do Not Track, software that enables users to disable third-party Web tracking technology and tell advertisers to...

From ACM TechNews

Virtual Training Gets Real!

University of Leeds researchers are leading the ImREAL project, which is developing a virtual-reality training tool aimed at creating a simulated learning environment...

From ACM News

How Can Online Advertising Companies Be Kept from Tracking Web Surfers?

The FTC is calling for "do not track" software, but one privacy and security expert said such programming would have to be incorporated into a browser for it...

From ACM TechNews

It Will Soon Be Too Late to Stop the Cyberwars

Clearly defining cyberwar is problematic because there are various levels of cyberespionage and tactics that create uncertainty, writes Bruce Schneier.

Green Grid Creates More Metrics for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
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Green Grid Creates More Metrics for Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

The Green Grid consortium is developing two metrics to add to its power usage effectiveness metric for measuring energy efficiency in data centers. The new metrics...
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