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November 2010


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Leveraging Linux for Supercomputing

Leveraging Linux for Supercomputing

The Beowulf project pioneered the use of off-the-shelf, commodity computers running open source operating systems for high-performance computing. Beowulf clusters have a lower purchase price and better performance than SMP systems…


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NASA Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, evolution,…


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Nano-Diamond Qubits and Photonic Crystals

Researchers in Germany have successfully fabricated a rudimentary quantum computing hybrid system that may allow integration of multi-qubit systems on a single micrometer-sized chip for future quantum computers.


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Intelligent Detector Provides Real-Time Information on Available Parking Spaces

Intelligent Detector Provides Real-Time Information on Available Parking Spaces

A Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya research team has developed a way to locate available parking spaces using optical and magnetic sensors. The researchers plan to make the information available on luminous panels in public…


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Google Wave May Become an Apache Project

Google Wave's developers have submitted the software to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), making it a candidate to become a Podling included in the Apache Incubator, ASF's preparation platform for open source projects. 


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With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

The release of a huge tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables has laid bare the primary risk associated with the U.S. government's attempt to encourage better information-sharing: Someone is bound to leak.


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Computers Get Help from the Human Brain

Computers Get Help from the Human Brain

Tapping into the processing power of the human brain could help computers with some tasks.


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UIDAI: Inside the World's Largest Data Management Project

UIDAI: Inside the World's Largest Data Management Project

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an Indian government body mandated with the task of assigning every single one of India's 1.2 billion citizens a Unique Identity number. No system in the world has handled…


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European Union Funds Cloud Security Project

The European Union is funding Trustworthy Clouds, a research project aimed at developing a series of technical advances that will increase the security of cloud computing. 


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UC Breakthrough May Lead to Disposable e-Readers

UC Breakthrough May Lead to Disposable e-Readers

University of Cincinnati researchers have developed a low-cost, paper-based, disposable e-reader. The researchers say the paper could be used as a flexible substrate for an electrowetting device. 


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Ahead in the Cloud

Ahead in the Cloud

Amazon's cloud computing has revolutionized American small business, but can Amazon beat rising competitors?


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EU, US and NATO to Work Together on Cyber Defense

The European Union, the United States, and NATO have approved a range of new plans to meet cyberdefense challenges. The European Commission has announced proposals to develop systems to make citizens and businesses more secure…


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Out of Many, One In-box

Out of Many, One In-box

Nokia is developing a universal in-box that collects messages and updates from different smartphone applications and organizes them in one location so users can see everything at once. The in-box hold emails, texts, call logs…


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Graduate Students Create Recyclable Laptop

Graduate Students Create Recyclable Laptop

Graduate students at Stanford University and Finland's Aalto University have created a prototype of a recyclable laptop that can be disassembled in about 30 seconds. The Bloom laptop is almost entirely made of components that…


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Researchers Link Most Spam to Only 50 ISPs

The majority of spam messages come from a limited number of Internet service providers and countries, according to a study by researchers at Delft University of Technology and Michigan State University. 


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WikiLeaks Files Detail U.S. Electronic Surveillance

WikiLeaks Files Detail U.S. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personal encryption keys, and types of VPN versions used" and biometric information…


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War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat

War Machines: Recruiting Robots for Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.


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Professors Use Twitter in Foreign Language Teaching

Professors Use Twitter in Foreign Language Teaching

Two professors at the University of South Carolina are using Twitter as a tool in teaching foreign languages.


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In Class, Texting Is the New Doodling

Top classroom distraction surpasses doodling, daydreaming and note-passing.


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The Birth of a U.K. Tech Giant

The Birth of a U.K. Tech Giant

British chip designer ARM will soon be 20 years old. Bill Thompson was there at the start.


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Computing the Scene of a Crime

The use of fingerprints, shoeprints, handwriting, and other forensic evidence may seem like good science—but often it's not, as it relies heavily on humans for the analysis.


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Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites for Sharing User Data With Marketers

Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites for Sharing User Data With Marketers

QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and email newsletters on a variety of topics, including diabetes, allergies, asthma and arthritis…


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Berners-Lee: Social Networks Are a 'Threat to the Web'

Social networks pose a threat to the Web because they capture and reuse users' information rather than share it with other sites, says Sir Tim Berners-Lee. He says large social networking sites are silos of closed content that…


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Crossing the Uncanny Valley

Crossing the Uncanny Valley

Developers of robots and computer-generated films face the difficult task of making their creations as human as possible without looking too human, a perceptual gap that experts call the uncanny valley.


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New IBM Architecture Doubles Analytics Processing Speed

IBM recently revealed details about a new storage architecture design that it says can double analytics processing speed. IBM says the architecture can convert terabytes of information into actionable insights twice as fast…


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Distributed Computing in a Wireless Environment

Distributed Computing in a Wireless Environment

Virginia Tech researchers have launched a proof-of-concept study to develop highly connected computer systems that work in a wireless environment. The study is backed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


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Technology Puts Mind Over Body

Technology Puts Mind Over Body

Researchers working on Mahidol University's iThink2 project have developed a brain computer interface that controls electronic devices with brain signals and could help quadriplegic patients improve their quality of life. 


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Joint Project to Create a Processor the Size of a Molecule

The European Union will launch a project to build a single molecule processor chip. The Atomic Scale and Single Molecule Logic Gate Technologies project will establish a new process for making a complete molecular chip. 


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Top Scientist Urges 'Ambitious' U.S. Exascale Supercomputer Plan

Top Scientist Urges 'Ambitious' U.S. Exascale Supercomputer Plan

Peter Beckman, director of the DOE's Exascale Technology and Computing Institute, says the United States needs to make a sizable push to open up funding resources if the country is to have a chance of winning the race to build…


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Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry

Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry

Cyberforensics, the science of finding and securing digital evidence buried deep within company networks, is fast emerging as a global industry.

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