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Sensors For Tracking Home Water ­se

When a cell phone or credit-card bill arrives, each call or purchase is itemized, making it possible to track trends in calling or spending. Within the next few...

Icann Hires Former Cybersecurity Chief as New Ceo
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Icann Hires Former Cybersecurity Chief as New Ceo

Rod Beckstrom, the former director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity Center, has been chosen to replace Paul Twomey as the CEO...

Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally
From ICT Results

Human-Like Vision Lets Robots Navigate Naturally

A robotic vision system that mimics key visual functions of the human brain promises to let robots maneuver quickly and safely through cluttered environments, and...

Computer Failures Are Probed in Jet Crash
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Computer Failures Are Probed in Jet Crash

Aviation investigators looking for a cause of the crash of Air France Flight 447 believe that a rapid chain of computer and equipment failures may have stripped...

Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision
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Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision

Of every tunnel ever discovered by U.S. border patrol agents,  "all of them have been found by accident or human intelligence," said Ed Turner, a project manager...

The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives
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The Bottom Line on Solid State Drives

The majority of an organization's stored data sits untouched. Andrew Leung, a computer science researcher at the University of California, was part of a team that...

Graduate Science Enrollment Rises, Bringing More Diversity
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Graduate Science Enrollment Rises, Bringing More Diversity

Enrollment in graduate science and engineering (S&E) programs has risen to new levels, including greater percentages of non-White ethnic groups and women, according...

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Metrorail Crash May Exemplify Automation Paradox

The fatal collision of two trains on Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line may come to symbolize the core problem of automation, which is the relationship between...

Less Fuss, More Muscle in Quantum Data Transfer
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Less Fuss, More Muscle in Quantum Data Transfer

Australian National University (ANU) researchers have discovered a more efficient way to use light to convey information. The approach to generating quantum entanglement...

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Ibm Aims For a Battery Breakthrough

IBM has announced a multiyear effort to increase the performance of rechargeable batteries 10-fold, with the goal of designing batteries that enable electric vehicles...

Master of Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Liskov's Creative Joy
From Communications of the ACM

Liskov's Creative Joy

Barbara Liskov muses about the creative process of problem solving, finding the perfect design point, and pursuing a research path.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Toward Native Web Execution
From Communications of the ACM

Toward Native Web Execution

Several software projects are narrowing the performance gap between browser-based applications and their desktop counterparts. In the process, they're creating...

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
From Communications of the ACM

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

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Cifellows Status Report

The Computing Innovation Fellows (CIFellows) Project has received 526 applications for CIFellowships from 145 distinct colleges and universities. The applications...

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Report Calls For Grassroots But Comprehensive Changes

A $1.5 million study from the Carnegie Corp. of New York focuses on weaknesses in U.S. math and science education. The report calls for more comprehensive math...

­sing Computer Models to Predict War
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­sing Computer Models to Predict War

New York University professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has developed a computer model that can forecast the outcomes of international conflicts, and the U.S. Defense...

Nanotubes Weigh the Atom
From ICT Results

Nanotubes Weigh the Atom

How can you weigh a single atom? European researchers have built an exquisite new device that can do just that. It may ultimately allow scientists to study theCARDEQ...

­nderwater Robots Identify Potential Threats in Murky Waters
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­nderwater Robots Identify Potential Threats in Murky Waters

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University has received $2 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, to continue...
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