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Software to Track Our Emotional Outbursts
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Software to Track Our Emotional Outbursts

Sentiment analysis agents are designed to teach computers to comprehend the emotions expressed in text just as well as people do, and early adopters include big...

Cifellows Project Fosters Computing Innovation
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Cifellows Project Fosters Computing Innovation

The Computing Innovation Fellows project announced by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA) will award grants to...

The Next Best Thing to You
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The Next Best Thing to You

Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once? Perhaps you've had the desire to create a copy of yourself that could stand in for you at a meeting, freeing...

A Third Dimension for Mobile Phones
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A Third Dimension for Mobile Phones

Three-dimensional (3D) television and film has been a niche application partly because of cost, but mobile devices equipped with simpler and less expensive 3D technology...

Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?
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Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?

The "secret questions" that protect online accounts and passwords may be far less secure than commonly believed, largely because their answers are often far too...

From ACM TechNews

Superstumble For Japan's Supercomputer

Two private companies have recently withdrawn from a Japanese consortium established to build the world's fastest supercomputer. The Next-Generation Supercomputer...

Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center
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Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center

In an effort to strength the Middle East's technical work force, Intel will help establish a nanoelectronics research center at the King Abdul-Aziz City of Science...

Autonomous Helicopters
From Communications of the ACM

Autonomous Helicopters

Researchers are improving unmanned helicopters' capabilities to address regulatory requirements and commercial uses.

Content Control
From Communications of the ACM

Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
From Communications of the ACM

Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

A Blueprint to Stop Browser Attacks
From ACM TechNews

A Blueprint to Stop Browser Attacks

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers will present a new way of defending against cross-site scripting attacks at the upcoming IEEE Symposium on Security...

From ACM TechNews

Is the ­U.S. Ready For Government-Sponsored Cyberattacks?

A recently published report from the National Research Council (NRC) contends that there has to be more public disclosure and informed debate about cyberarms and...

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Simulator of Human Nervous System Will Aid Disease Research, Test Medicines

University of Granada researchers have developed EDLUT, an event-driven, lookup-table-based simulator that can reproduce any part of the human body's nervous system...

House Passes Bill to Strengthen Planning, Coordination of It R&d
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House Passes Bill to Strengthen Planning, Coordination of It R&d

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2020, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2009 by a voice vote on Tuesday (May...

Daskalakis Wins ACM Award For Advances in Analyzing Behavior in Conflict Situations
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Daskalakis Wins ACM Award For Advances in Analyzing Behavior in Conflict Situations

Constantinos Daskalakis has won the 2008 Doctoral Dissertation Award from ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) for his work on behavior in complex networks...

Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push
From ACM News

Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other's minds...

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Google Labs Cooks Up New Recipes For Web Wandering

Google has revealed an array of new search tools--Search Options, Wonder Wheel, Rich Snippets, and Google Squared--that enable users to combine options for displaying...

Test Facility Aims to Improve Land Mine Detection Equipment
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Test Facility Aims to Improve Land Mine Detection Equipment

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a test facility to evaluate and enhance sensors designed to detect buried land mines. The unique automated...

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Intel Launches Visual Computing Institute

Intel and Germany's University of Saarland have launched Intel VCI, a new visual computing institute that will focus on software architectures and algorithms for...

Study: More Is Not Better in Search Engine ­se
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Study: More Is Not Better in Search Engine ­se

Fewer items on the results page of a Web search might be more appropriate for certain situations and users, according to a new study from researchers at the Helsinki...
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