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World's Top Cryptographers on Encryption Backdoors: No Way
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World's Top Cryptographers on Encryption Backdoors: No Way

A panel of leading cryptographers at this week's RSA Conference agreed inserting backdoors to unscramble encrypted communications is a threat to confidentiality...

Internet2 at 20: Alive and Kicking
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Internet2 at 20: Alive and Kicking

Nearly two decades since its launch, Internet2 continues to run on U.S. university campuses. 

How the Open Compute Project's Telco Project Could Transform the Iot, Driverless Cars
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How the Open Compute Project's Telco Project Could Transform the Iot, Driverless Cars

The Open Compute Project recently announced the Telco Project, which is focused on data center technologies for telecommunications companies.

Eye-Opening Optical Research Projects That Could Supercharge the Internet
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Eye-Opening Optical Research Projects That Could Supercharge the Internet

Several research teams around the world are investigating optical technologies that have the potential to make networks--and the Internet--faster and more efficient...

Algorithm Developed to Predict Future Botnet Attacks
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Algorithm Developed to Predict Future Botnet Attacks

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University in Israel have developed an algorithm that can trace botnets back to their perpetrators. 

Machine Learning, Social Media Data Help Spot Flooded Areas
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Machine Learning, Social Media Data Help Spot Flooded Areas

Researchers analyzed 2013 flooding in Colorado and found 150,000 tweets from people affected by the disaster. 

British Voice Encryption Protocol Has Massive Weakness, Researcher Says
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British Voice Encryption Protocol Has Massive Weakness, Researcher Says

A researcher charges the protocol created by a U.K. governmental group to encrypt voice calls has a weakness built into it by design that could enable mass surveillance...

Image Too Good to Be True? DARPA Program Targets Image Doctoring
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Image Too Good to Be True? DARPA Program Targets Image Doctoring

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to develop an easy-to-use toolset to detect altered images.

Can Myriad Wireless Networks Connect as One Fast, Secure System?
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Can Myriad Wireless Networks Connect as One Fast, Secure System?

U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency researchers are working on a program that aims to solve critical wireless technology problems. 

How Keystroking Style Could Replace Passwords For Authentication
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How Keystroking Style Could Replace Passwords For Authentication

Researchers at Jeppiaar Engineering College in Chennai, India, have developed a biometric keystroke algorithm that learns how the user types.

Researchers Tout Technology to Make Electronics Out of Old Tires
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Researchers Tout Technology to Make Electronics Out of Old Tires

Discarded tires could be used to create electrodes for supercapacitors. 

STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors
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STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degree holders were among the top earners in a new ranking of bachelor-level majors by PayScale. 

DARPA Wants to Transform Vacuum Electronics For Superior Communications, Data Transmissions
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DARPA Wants to Transform Vacuum Electronics For Superior Communications, Data Transmissions

DARPA wants to improve the performance and reliability of vacuum electronic devices, critical components of defense and civilian systems that require high power...

NASA Algorithms Keep Unmanned Aircraft Away From Commercial Aviation
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NASA Algorithms Keep Unmanned Aircraft Away From Commercial Aviation

New algorithms could enable large unmanned aircraft to remain "well clear" of commercial airliners in flight and prevent a disaster. 

Revenge of the Nerds: Starting Salaries For Class of 2015 Techies Top $100k
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Revenge of the Nerds: Starting Salaries For Class of 2015 Techies Top $100k

Demand for students graduating with computer science, software engineering, and computer engineering degrees is on the rise.

Darpa Wants Software That Adapts, Lasts Over 100 Years
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Darpa Wants Software That Adapts, Lasts Over 100 Years

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has launched a project to develop software systems that can adapt and survive for more than 100 years. 

Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175k Computer Science Award
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Stanford Crypto Expert Dan Boneh Wins $175k Computer Science Award

Stanford University professor Dan Boneh's contributions to cryptography have earned him the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences.

Computer Science Surge Sparks Campus Building Boom
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Computer Science Surge Sparks Campus Building Boom

Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been building new facilities to keep up with expanding science, technology, engineering, and math programs. 

DARPA Accelerates ­ltimate Automated Pilot Software
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DARPA Accelerates ­ltimate Automated Pilot Software

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded its first contracts to vendors to build an automated system designed to reduce pilot fatigue. 

Shortage of Security Pros Worsens
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Shortage of Security Pros Worsens

Cybersecurity job postings grew 74 percent from 2007 to 2013, more than twice the rate of all information technology jobs, according to a Burning Glass study. 
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