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Less Clumsy Code For the Cloud

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley are working on a project called BOOM, which is developing new programming techniques for cloud computing....

Translation Technologies Advancing Rapidly, Expert Says
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Translation Technologies Advancing Rapidly, Expert Says

Automatic translation technologies are swiftly advancing to the point where a classroom of speakers of different languages could hear the lecture in their native...

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Launch of First Operating System For Smart Grid Home Automation

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy and Energy System Technology (IWES) has founded the Open Gateway Energy Management Alliance (OGEMA) to promote an open...

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Racing, Shooting, and Zapping Your Way to Better Visual Cognition Skills

Regular video gamers are fast and accurate information processors, not only during game play, but in real-life situations as well, according to a new study in Current...

Growing Europe's Nanowires
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Growing Europe's Nanowires

European researchers engaged in the NODE project have devised a cutting-edge technology for "growing" nanowires in a vertical configuration, which could lead to...

Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition
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Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition

The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the "Terminator" films are becoming less sci-fi and more certain future every day. Now, a team of robotics researchers from...

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ACM India to Launch in January

The first major event for the ACM community in India is set for January 21, 2010 in Bangalore. The ACM India Launch Event will be a full day event featuring speakers...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

Augmented Reality Gets Ready For Work
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Augmented Reality Gets Ready For Work

Much of the work on augmented reality (AR) has focused on applying computer-generated virtual imagery to video games and other consumer applications, but the technology...

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NexGen Air Transport System to ­ltimately Succeed, Computer Scientist Predicts

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NexGen) across the United States. University...

Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search
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Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search

Google has developed new search technology that recognizes images significantly faster than the computers currently used in its data centers. The image search...

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­niversity of Toronto Physicists Lay the Groundwork for Cooler, Faster Computing

Researchers at the University of Toronto (UT) have discovered new behaviors of light that could lead to faster optical information processing and compact computers...

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Surgery on Beating Heart Thanks to Robotic Helping Hand

Researchers at France's Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics have developed a computerized three-dimensional (3D) model that enables...

Tenure-O-Meter
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Tenure-O-Meter

Indiana University computer scientists have developed the Tenurometer, a tool for evaluating the impact of scholars in their field. Tenurometer counts the number...

Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory
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Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory

Various technologies are under development in labs worldwide to dramatically enhance computer memory capacity beyond that of flash memory. 

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Glasgow's Joking Computer

A computer that is capable of using simple language rules and a large vocabulary to generate cracker-style jokes, based on puns, is the subject of a new exhibit...

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New Open Source Stack Saves Money

Vienna University of Technology researchers have created the Open Source EtherNet/IP Adapter Stack for connecting a wide range of industrial products that already...

Computing With a Wave of the Hand
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Computing With a Wave of the Hand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researchers have devised a way to turn liquid crystal displays (LCDs) into lens-less cameras through the use of...

Advancing STEM Education
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Advancing STEM Education

Seven institutions received funding in fiscal year 2009 through Innovation through Institutional Integration, or I3 — an effort intended to link institutions' existing...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...
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