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Wireless Optical Transmission Key to Better Indoor Communications
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Wireless Optical Transmission Key to Better Indoor Communications

Penn State University researchers have developed a wireless optical communications system that could provide faster, more secure communications with a wider bandwidth...

High, Not Flat: Nanowires for a New Chip Architecture
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High, Not Flat: Nanowires for a New Chip Architecture

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Microstructure Physics and the Forschungszentrum Dresden-Rossendorf have described the electrical resistance and current...

Competition Seeks to Attract More Women Into It
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Competition Seeks to Attract More Women Into It

Britain's Women in Technology has teamed up with the National IT Learning Center to introduce the Rise of the Cyberella Competition, which will provide funding...

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Best Connected Individuals Are Not the Most Influential Spreaders in Social Networks

Boston University researchers have developed a method for studying and identifying hubs within social networks. The approach emphasizes the location of the individual...

Making Vagueness Into an Exact Science
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Making Vagueness Into an Exact Science

Aberdeen University computer scientist Kees van Deemter is creating a system that would be able to understand the meaning of vague phrases. 

Web Exhibit Tells Story of Laser's Invention
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Web Exhibit Tells Story of Laser's Invention

Military agencies wanted a death ray, and they were willing to pay for it. That was one of the forces spurring scientists in a race that ended with the invention...

Firm Develops Technology to Crush Cyber Attacks in Their Tracks
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Firm Develops Technology to Crush Cyber Attacks in Their Tracks

Cyber attacks are becoming the bane of governments and companies alike. A Virginia based engineering research company may have the answer. InZero Systems has developed...

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Trail of Iowa Computer Hack Points to China

Iowa investigators suspect a serious breach of a state government computer database last week originated in China. The hackers gained access to a computer system...

Toyota Problems 'Caused by Faulty Software'
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Toyota Problems 'Caused by Faulty Software'

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and a Toyota Prius owner, has suggested that the "unintended acceleration" problems affecting Toyota's cars may be caused...

DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain
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DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain

Looking like a robotic mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will carry 400 pounds of equipment...

Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly
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Crts Going Down the Tubes? Hardly

Many people may assume that conventional television sets and computer monitors — the kind that use  CRTs rather than flat panel screens — have virtually disappeared...

Internet Backbone Breaks the 100-Gigabit Barrier
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Internet Backbone Breaks the 100-Gigabit Barrier

A new 900-kilometer fiber-optic link between Paris and Frankfurt is the first step to creating a high-speed Internet backbone with enough capacity to satisfy bandwidth...

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Acacia: The Company Tech Loves to Hate

For a company that makes no products, Acacia Research spends a lot of time fighting over patents in court. Acacia has filed at least 337 patent-related lawsuits...

Videogame Glitches Open the World of Computing to Students
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Videogame Glitches Open the World of Computing to Students

Why is the National Science Foundation helping Morehouse College pay students to test videogames? The school's Glitch Game Testers program is one of many NSF efforts...

Computer Model Demonstrates That White Roofs May Successfully Cool Cities
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Computer Model Demonstrates That White Roofs May Successfully Cool Cities

Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming, a new study indicates. The research...

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Google Attack Highlights 'zero-Day' Black Market

The recent hacking attack that prompted Google's threat to leave China is underscoring the heightened dangers of previously undisclosed computer security flaws...

Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems
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Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder  draws on statistics,...

Hacking For Fun and Profit in China's Underworld
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Hacking For Fun and Profit in China's Underworld

With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his latest victims. He operates secretly and illegally...

The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones
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Energy-Harvesting Rubber Sheets Could Power Pacemakers, Mobile Phones

Princeton University researchers have developed power-generating rubber films that can harness natural body movements such as breathing and walking to power electronic...
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