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January 2011


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Hidden Fractals Suggest Answer to Ancient Math Problem

Hidden Fractals Suggest Answer to Ancient Math Problem

Researchers have found a fractal pattern underlying everyday math. In the process, they’ve discovered a way to calculate partition numbers, a challenge that’s stymied mathematicians for centuries.


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'Radical Redesign' Urged for Future Computers

'Radical Redesign' Urged for Future Computers

University of Maryland professor Uzi Vishkin believes that computer architecture needs to be redesigned in order to effectively use multicore processors. 


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Stanford and Intel Test the Boundaries of Visual Computing

Researchers from Intel and Stanford University are collaborating on a five-year, $10 million project to advance the field of visual computing. Intel is funding research involving several U.S. universities to promote innovation…


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European Project Keeps Personal Details Private

The European Union recently launched the ABC4Trust project, which will use encryption technology developed by IBM Research, academic institutions, Microsoft, and others to increase online privacy by requiring that users submit…


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Robots Get Ready for Mass Markets

Robots Get Ready for Mass Markets

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology's Laboratory of Intelligent Systems and a group of laboratories are collaborating to launch the National Center of Competence in Research, which is aimed at designing robots based on…


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Intel

Intel Corp. surprised investors Monday with news that it has found a design flaw found in a support chip that works with its ballyhooed new chip, code-named Sandy Bridge, and it has to replace systems in the market.


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Intel Spreads Its University Research Bets

Computing in general is increasingly applying the old engineering dictum, divide and conquer. Look at the engines behind cloud computing—vast, distributed armies of server computers.


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Future Phone Networks to Use Miniature Base Stations

Future Phone Networks to Use Miniature Base Stations

University of York researchers are working on the BuNGee project, which is developing a network infrastructure to support future mobile devices that can receive data faster than current 3G smartphones using intelligent miniature…


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Hardware, Software Advances Help Protect Operating Systems From Attack

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a system that utilizes hardware and software to restore an operating system if it is attacked. The focus is on attacks involving compromised computer applications that…


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Egypt's Internet Goes Dark During Political Unrest

Egypt has gone offline.


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Intel Agency: Without Videogames, We

Intel Agency: Without Videogames, We

American intelligence analysts are biased, and therefore make lousy decisions—even the spooky agencies admit that. The spy guys’ new hope for introducing some objectivity: Get the analysts to start playing a videogame.


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Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled

This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication. Not really, I confessed.


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New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

Soon San Francisco drivers won't need to cruise endlessly in search of an available parking spot.


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Researchers Build Flying Robotic 'Tree Helicopter'

Researchers Build Flying Robotic 'Tree Helicopter'

University of Maryland researchers have developed a robotic flying device based on samaras — single-winged seeds that are released by trees. The researchers built three robotic samaras ranging in size from 7.5 centimeters to…


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GRIN Plasmonics: A Practical Path to Superfast Computing

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and UC Berkeley researchers have completed the first experimental demonstration of gradient index (GRIN) plasmonics, a technology that could lead to superfast computers based on light instead…


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Headless Conficker Worm Lives in Computers

Headless Conficker Worm Lives in Computers

The people who control the Conficker computer worm have been prevented from using it to control computers and create a botnet, according to a new report. However, the report says that more than 5 million computers remain infected…


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Public Art? There's an App for That

Public Art? There's an App for That

"Take It Artside!," a free smartphone application developed by students and faculty at the University of Kentucky, includes images, descriptions, and the location of public art in Central Kentucky.


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The Fantastical Promise of Reversible Computing

University of South Florida researchers are studying computation that takes place in steps that are time reversible, known as reversible computing, as a way to make computing more efficient overall. 


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Sandia's Heroux Named Editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Sandia's Heroux Named Editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Heroux has been named editor-in-chief of the ACM  journal Transactions on Mathematical Software.


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The Triumph of Hacker Culture

The Triumph of Hacker Culture

Stuxnet and the iconic, pioneering hacker Captain Crunch.


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3D TV? How About Holographic TV?

3D TV? How About Holographic TV?

Using a single Xbox Kinect and standard graphics chips, MIT researchers demonstrate the highest frame rate yet for streaming holographic video.


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Binghamton CS Grad Designs Android Application

Binghamton CS Grad Designs Android Application

Binghamton University researchers have developed Lake Sunapee Protective Association Recorder, an Android application that enables users to record observations on environmental data around Lake Sunapee in Sunapee, N.H. 


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Carnegie Mellon Researcher Creates Song-o-Matic

Carnegie Mellon University's Burr Settles has developed Titular, software that helps songwriters come up with titles for their new songs. Titular produces five new potential song titles each time the user clicks the "get new…


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Supercomputers Increase Research Competitiveness

Supercomputers Increase Research Competitiveness

Consistent investment in high-performance computing leads to greater research competitiveness for U.S. academic institutions, according to a new study on the impact of investment.


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Domestic Use of Aerial Drones by Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed the man inside had a large stash of drugs and a cache of weapons…


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Qualified Success Claimed Against Computer Worm

Cybersecurity experts combating the Conficker worm claimed qualified success but said millions of computers world-wide were still infected by the malicious software.


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Engineers Increasing Wireless Speed

Engineers Increasing Wireless Speed

As part of a study funded by InterDigital, Virginia Tech researchers have made great strides in the development of more reliable and efficient spectrum sensing techniques that will be needed to meet the ever-expanding demand…


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Rise of the Robot Astronomers

Rise of the Robot Astronomers

Mount Palomar Observatory's Palomar Transient Factory uses AI to locate variable stars, or transients. "Our grand goal is to remove astronomers from the real-time loop of looking at images and doing discovery of astronomical…


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Smart Use of Mobile Phone Power

University of Portsmouth's Mohamed Gaber is researching how smartphones could be combined to quickly collect and process information without using centralized computers. He says the combined phones could revolutionize healthcare…


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The Human Touch, in Robots

The Human Touch, in Robots

Researchers at the A*STAR Institute of High Performance Computing are developing robots that can respond directly to human speech. 

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