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Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson
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Open Source Identity: Ruby on Rails Creator David Heinemeier Hansson

One of the most popular and successful open source software development initiatives is Ruby on Rails, created by David Heinemeier Hansson. "I think the fundamental...

Muscle-Bound Computer Interface
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Muscle-Bound Computer Interface

Researchers at Microsoft, the University of Washington, and the University of Toronto have developed a human-computer interface that uses muscle movement for hands...

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...

Listen, Watch, Read
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Listen, Watch, Read

European researchers have created the first integrated semantic search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The system can 'watch' films, 'listen' to...

­c Researchers Create All-Electric Spintronics
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­c Researchers Create All-Electric Spintronics

University of Cincinnati (UC) researchers have developed a way to control an electron's spin orientation using only electrical means. Previous methods to develop...

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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...

Bogus E-Mails From Fdic Link Computer ­sers to Viruses, Expert Says
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Bogus E-Mails From Fdic Link Computer ­sers to Viruses, Expert Says

Computer forensics researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have been tracking new spam that claims to come from the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance...

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Semantic Integration: Meeting the Challenge

Interoperability between data sources is the fundamental challenge of data integration, and NASA computer scientist Richard Keller says that although standards...

Crash, Bang, Rumble! Bringing Noise to Virtual Worlds
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Crash, Bang, Rumble! Bringing Noise to Virtual Worlds

Cornell University computer scientists have developed a method for generating the crashing and rumbling noises of objects made from thin harmonic shells such as...

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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...

Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies
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Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies

Mathematics, science, and technology must continue to be a priority for U.S. higher education to ensure that the United States remains globally competitive, according...

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Wiser Owl Learns to ­nravel Doctor Talk

OWL 2, a new Internet language developed by an international team led by computer scientists from the University of Manchester and Oxford University, is designed...

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DARPA Looks to Send the Internet Into Orbit

There’ve been satellites orbiting Earth for half a century. But getting information to and from them is still a pain. Which is why Pentagon research arm Darpa is...

Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health
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Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health

Electronic tools and technology applications for consumers can help improve health care processes, such as adherence to medication and clinical outcomes like smoking...

Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours
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Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new, environmentally friendly silicon-air battery capable of supplying non-stop power...

Embedded Design
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Embedded Design

Embedded computer systems must be fast and efficient. A European consortium has created a new modelling framework that lets designers strike the best balance between...

Robert L. Ashenhurst, Former Communications Editor-in-Chief, Dies
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Robert L. Ashenhurst, Former Communications Editor-in-Chief, Dies

Robert L. Ashenhurst, professor emeritus of applied mathematics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a former editor-in-chief of Communications...

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Eavesdropping on Smartphone Secrets

Security researchers at Cryptography Research say the smart card attack involving differential power analysis could be used to target smartphones. Cryptography...

Internet Set For Change With Non-English Addresses
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Internet Set For Change With Non-English Addresses

Internationalized domain names (IDNs) will be one of the central topics at ICANN’s 36th International Public Meeting, which takes place October 25-30 in Seoul,...

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data
From ICT Results

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data

European researchers developed technology that enables a robot to combine data from both sound and vision to create combined, purposeful perception. In the process...
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