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Nanowires Key to Future Transistors, Electronics
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Nanowires Key to Future Transistors, Electronics

A major discovery by researchers at Purdue University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and IBM has brought the enablement of future ultrasmall transistors...

Research Group to Tackle Cybersecurity
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Research Group to Tackle Cybersecurity

Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Northrop Grumman have launched a five-year research effort to tackle...

As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges
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As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges

Stanford University researchers are exploring the potential legal ramifications of the growing use of robots in society. "I worry that . . . we'll have some high...

Darpa's Latest Challenge: Locate These 10 Balloons
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Darpa's Latest Challenge: Locate These 10 Balloons

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will award $40,000 to the first person who can complete a new social-networking challenge. DARPA wants to...

New Algorithms For Computerized, Large-Scale Surveillance
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New Algorithms For Computerized, Large-Scale Surveillance

The U.S. Air Force has adapted the advanced algebraic theories of mathematicians Myoung An and Richard Tolimieri to improve its object and target detection technology...

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Scottish Supercomputer Fired ­p

The University of Strathclyde's new supercomputer, based on a Sun Microsystems kit, is now up and running. Strathclyde spent £500,000 on the high-performance computer...

H-1b Demand Spike May Signal Improving Outlook For Skilled Pros
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H-1b Demand Spike May Signal Improving Outlook For Skilled Pros

Demand for H-1B visas has risen sharply over the past six to eight weeks, and the number of companies planning to increase college hiring is also rising, indicating...

Iphones Are Musical Instruments in New Course and Ensemble
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Iphones Are Musical Instruments in New Course and Ensemble

iPhones are being used as musical instruments in a new course at the University of Michigan. Course students — who design, build and play instruments on their smartphones...

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NIST Develops Experimental Validation Tool for Cell Phone Forensics

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new technique aimed at improving the validation of a crime lab's cell phone...

ACM Names 47 Fellows for Innovations in Computing and IT
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ACM Names 47 Fellows for Innovations in Computing and IT

ACM has recognized 47 of its members for their contributions to computing and computer science that have contributed fundamental knowledge to the field and generated...

Nadya Mason: From Pirouettes to Carbon Nanotubes
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Nadya Mason: From Pirouettes to Carbon Nanotubes

In 1986, Nadya Mason competed as a gymnast in Houston, training with the legendary Bela Karolyi as a member of the U.S. National Team, hoping to make it to the2009...

From ICT Results

Manufacturing, Reinvented

European researchers have created hardware and software that will enable companies to fundamentally revolutionize the way they manage and run their organization...

Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit
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Tokyo Students Design a New Robotic Muscle Suit

Tokyo's University of Science demonstrated a new version of a robotic muscle suit during the recent International Robot Exhibition in Tokyo. The new wearable robotic...

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Apache Moves Forward With Machine-Learning Project

Apache Lucene developers have released version 0.2 of the Apache Mahout project, which is an attempt to build libraries and algorithms needed to create machine-learning...

Linux Laptop Orchestra Gives Debut Performance
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Linux Laptop Orchestra Gives Debut Performance

Scoot over winds and brass, strings and chorale – it is time to make room for the laptop orchestra. Virginia Tech's laptop group has started the first Linux-based...

Researchers Create Shape-Shifting Antennas
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Researchers Create Shape-Shifting Antennas

Research from North Carolina State University is revolutionizing the field of antenna design — creating shape-shifting antennas that open the door to a host of...

Expensive Toy
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Expensive Toy

Japan Science and Technology Agency recently published a report on the cost of a "typical" giant mobile humanoid robot, specifically a warrior from the famous Gundam...

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Open Source as a Model For Business Is Elusive

SAN FRANCISCO — In many ways, MySQL embodies the ideals of the populist software movement known as open source, in which a program’s creator releases it to the...

Cell Phones to Provide Picture of Human Interaction
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Cell Phones to Provide Picture of Human Interaction

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers are studying how emotions, physical health, and personal interactions affect individuals and those they interact...

Magic Box For Mission Impossible
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Magic Box For Mission Impossible

Inspired by the struggles rescue workers faced following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, researchers in Norway, Spain, and Finland launched the CELTIC project...
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