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Robots That Monitor Emotions of Asd Children
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Robots That Monitor Emotions of Asd Children

ExplorationVanderbilt University researchers have developed a system that enables robots to monitor a child's emotional state, potentially leading to robotic playmates...

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Commerce Chief Faces 5 Internet Emergencies

Network WorldAssuming former Washington Gov. Gary Locke (D) is confirmed as President Obama's Commerce Secretary, he will need to immediately begin addressing a...

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Semantics-Empowered Social Computing

The sheer scope of user-generated content (UGC) requires a level of organization in order to take advantage of the vast corpus of information and construct applications...

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Surprise: America Is No. 1 in Broadband

Although some countries have far more broadband-connected homes and higher broadband speeds than the United States, the U.S. leads the world in putting broadband...

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Researchers Say Gazelle Browser Offers Better Security

Researchers at various universities are working with Microsoft Research to develop a more secure Web browser code-named Gazelle. The researchers recently demonstrated...

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'Cyber Footballers' Cloned

Researchers at the Carlos III University in Madrid (UC3M) have programmed clones that imitate the actions of humans playing soccer on a computer using behavioral...

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Microsoft Hopes to Train 2 Million in It By 2012

Microsoft plans to provide technology training to as many as 2 million people over the next three years, and 1 million will receive vouchers for free online coursework...

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Report From Dartmouth's Institute For Information Infrastructure Protection (i3p) Makes Cyber Security Research Recommendations

Dartmouth College's Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) has given the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs...

Titanic Twisters
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Titanic Twisters

Significant work in the area of tornado simulation has been conducted by a team of University of Oklahoma researchers with the aid of the Texas Advanced Computing...

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NSF Requests $7 Billion to Fund Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested a $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 to fund science and technology research at U.S. universities,...

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Duke Software Dramatically Speeds Enzyme Design

Duke University researchers have developed software that shows experimentalists how to alter the machinery that bacteria uses to make natural antibiotics. The...

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In Science and Technology, Efforts to Lure Women Back

Numerous return-to-work programs are emerging in the science, engineering, and technology sectors, as many employers expect a talent shortage due to the high quit...

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New Bluetooth Standards to Bring Speed, Energy Efficiency

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is working on two new standards to improve the wireless technology's speed and energy use. Bluetooth SIG executive director...

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New Direction in Teaching Computer Science Emphasizes Activity, Interaction, Critique

The Washington University in St. Louis computer science department is using a new "active learning" approach to teach undergraduate students in an effort to better...

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Quantum Dance: Discovery Led By Princeton Researchers Could Revolutionize Computing

A Princeton University-led group of international scientists has observed a unique behavior in the spin of electrons within a new material that could be used to...

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ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership...

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­U.S. Said to Be Losing Competitive Edge

The U.S. economy has lost much of its competitive edge during the past decade, concludes a new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report. The United...

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Microsoft Research Social App Marries Web, Desktop

Microsoft Research has unveiled the Social Desktop, a new proof-of-concept application that integrates features from the Windows operating system and the Windows...

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­Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' Cloud Computing Initiative

The Tools as a Service (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program involving the IBM Canada Software Lab and the Ontario Centres of Excellence is up and running at participating...

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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...
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