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Spdy: An Experimental Protocol For a Faster Web

As part of the "Let's make the web faster" initiative, we are experimenting with alternative protocols to help reduce the latency of web pages. One of these experiments...

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Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference
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Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference

Milestones by five NASA research centers in the fields of science, engineering, and technology will be showcased at the ACM-sponsored SC09 supercomputing conference...

Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves
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Web Security Tool Copies Apps' Moves

Scientists at Microsoft research have unveiled Ripley, a new way to secure complex Web applications by effectively cloning the user's browser and running it remotely...

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Terrorism in the Age of Technology: Biothreats And?cyber Warfare

While once considered unconventional, cyber attacks and biological warfare have become an increasing threat to security and a tactic of rising concern. Spanning...

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Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

Rutgers Computer Scientists Work to Strengthen Online Security
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Rutgers Computer Scientists Work to Strengthen Online Security

Rutgers University computer scientists are developing an alternative to online security questions that is designed to be easier for legitimate users and more secure...

Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers
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Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Virginia Tech's Green500 list is getting a refresh. Since its 2007 debut, the Green500 has ranked only the energy efficiency of the world's 500 fastest performing...

Splitting ­p Search
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Splitting ­p Search

Searching the Web could become faster for users and much more efficient for search companies if search engines were split up and distributed around the world, according...

Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer
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Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies
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Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies

Amir Pnueli, a professor of Computer Science at New York University and winner of the 1996 ACM A. M. Turing Award, died suddenly on November 2 of a brain hemorrhage...

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say
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­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say

Three cybersecurity experts recently told a meeting of the Congressional Cyber Caucus that current U.S. policies for protecting the United States against various...

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Software That Fixes Itself

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers led by professor Martin Rinard have developed ClearView, software capable of finding and fixing certain types...

How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World
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How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World

A conference at UCLA on Thursday marked the 40th birthday of the Internet, which was created on Oct. 29, 1969, when a team led by Engineering Professor Leonard...

Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer
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Defense ­niversity Builds China's Fastest Supercomputer

China's National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has unveiled the Tianhe supercomputer, the fastest supercomputer in China. Tianhe runs at 563.1 teraflops...

Cell Phones Become Data Collection Tools For Global Development
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Cell Phones Become Data Collection Tools For Global Development

Computer scientists at the University of Washington have used the Android open-source mobile operating system to turn a cell phone into a versatile data-collection...

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Virtual Surgery Aims to Replace Risky Training

A new haptically enabled computer simulation system is undergoing clinical trials at Cork University Hospital in Ireland and Pecs University in Hungary. The virtual...

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Science at the Petascale: Roadrunner Results ­nveiled

Roadrunner, housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), recently completed its initial shakedown phase while performing accelerated petascale computer modeling...
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