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Taking the Hard Work Out of Software
From ICT Results

Taking the Hard Work Out of Software

Software development is a complex and sophisticated process that can take entire teams years to develop a program. Building, testing and releasing software consumes...

Molecules Mean More Moore
From ACM TechNews

Molecules Mean More Moore

Researchers from Rice University and North Carolina State University say that Moore's Law could be prolonged by attaching molecules to the surface of silicon....

From ACM TechNews

Iphone App Predicts Ipv4 Doomsday

Several companies and researchers have offered predictions for when the supply of IPv4 addresses will be exhausted. Hurricane Electric, for example, recently introduced...

From ACM TechNews

How Networking Is Transforming Healthcare

High-speed computer networks have the potential to transform the healthcare industry, according to Mike McGill, program director for Internet2's Health Sciences...

Mentornet Provides Success and Service
From ACM TechNews

Mentornet Provides Success and Service

Michigan Technological University's (MTU's) MentorNet program matches students and new educators with mentors in either educational or professional positions to...

From ACM TechNews

Dac Preview: Power Again Takes Center Stage

Low-power design will be a key theme of the 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC), with Synopsys' Cary Chin agreeing that "low power is one of the biggest challenges...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have spurred a group of computer scientists to consider whether research that might lead to a loss of human control over...

From ACM News

Skilled Immigrants on Why They're Leaving the U.s.

A number of highly skilled immigrants are preparing to leave the U.S. as the nation's economy slows. With the U.S. unemployment rate approaching double digits,...

Top Designers in Your Own Home?
From ICT Results

Top Designers in Your Own Home?

A Web tool that gives homeowners a virtual representation of how new products  look in their home promises to help textile producers boost product development.AsIsKnown...

A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants
From ACM TechNews

A Contest to Train Cyber Combatants

A consortium that includes the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the SANS Institute, and the U.S. Department of Defense aims to cultivate a new generation...

From ACM News

Report Offers Principles For Maintaining the Integrity and Accessibility of Research Data

Though digital technologies and high-speed communications have significantly expanded the capabilities of scientists — allowing them to analyze and share vast amounts...

From ACM TechNews

Computing For the Future of the Planet

Computing could go a long way toward ensuring a sustainable future for human society and the earth, argue professor Andy Hopper and Andrew Rice of the University...

Government Is Falling Behind on Cybersecurity, Report Finds
From ACM TechNews

Government Is Falling Behind on Cybersecurity, Report Finds

A report released by the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton has found that the U.S. federal government is falling behind in its efforts to protect...

Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds
From ACM TechNews

Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds

Practitioners of high-frequency trading use powerful computers to transmit millions of orders at incredible speed, and critics warn that the method could be used...

Mobile Computing Task Force: Making the Way For Mobile Learning
From ACM News

Mobile Computing Task Force: Making the Way For Mobile Learning

"I am helping to change the classroom." That's what Mike Dickson told his grandmother during a telephone conversation when she asked what he did for a living. Dickson...

Technology on Way to Forecasting Humanity's Needs, Researcher Reports
From ACM News

Technology on Way to Forecasting Humanity's Needs, Researcher Reports

Much as meteorologists predict the path and intensity of hurricanes, Indiana University's Alessandro Vespignani believes we will one day predict with unprecedented...

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare
From ACM News

How Robot Drones Revolutionized the Face of Warfare

Today's warriors are fighting without getting in harm's way, with drones dramatically tilting the war in Afghanistan and Pakistan in favor of the United States...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
From ICT Results

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws
From ACM TechNews

Robo-Ethicists Want to Revamp Asimov's 3 Laws

Researchers continue to work to make robots safer to be around humans, but some robot experts say the key is to stop making robots that lack ethics. "If you build...

Researchers Set New Distance Record for Quantum Key Distribution
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Set New Distance Record for Quantum Key Distribution

Researchers from the University of Geneva in Switzerland and Corning Inc. have set a new distance record for quantum key distribution (QKD) using a new prototype...
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