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$1.25 Million Grant to Develop Teacher Training Institute

The U.S. National Science Foundation has given Arizona State University a five-year, $1.25 million grant to create the Modeling Institute, which will pool university...

Csi in a Virtual World: Grant Furthers Nc State's Work in Forensic Science
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Csi in a Virtual World: Grant Furthers Nc State's Work in Forensic Science

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to adapt the process used in building video games to help...

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Eight-State Cyber Consortium Gets $2.7 Million Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.7 million grant to an eight-state consortium of technology centers and community colleges that is working...

Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Portal to be Developed
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Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Portal to be Developed

Virginia Tech has been awarded a $1.25 million five-year contract by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop, manage, and maintain a public Smart Grid Information...

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Risky Business

A panel of researchers made a case for funding "high risk, high reward" research during a recent hearing of the U.S. House Science and Technology Subcommittee on...

Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot
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Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot

Can children who do not know how many sides a triangle has get excited about learning math and engineering? Maybe a field trip to an amusement park will do the...

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A View From the 2009 European Computer Science Summit

A recurring theme at Informatics Europe's recent European Computer Science Summit 2009, which took place Oct. 8-9 in Paris, was the concern that the European scientific...

The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing
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The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing

Governments around the world have put more of their data on the Web this year than previous years, and the United States and Britain have led the way, said Sir...

Computer Program Proves Shakespeare Didn't Work Alone, Researchers Claim
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Computer Program Proves Shakespeare Didn't Work Alone, Researchers Claim

An expert on William Shakespeare at the University of London has used plagiarism-detection software to determine that Shakespeare co-wrote the unattributed play...

Why Desktop Multiprocessing Has Speed Limits
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Why Desktop Multiprocessing Has Speed Limits

Despite the mainstreaming of multicore processors for desktops, not every desktop application can be rewritten for multicore frameworks, which means some bottlenecks...

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Machine Learning by Watching and Listening

A team led by University of Pennsylvania professor Ben Taskar has demonstrated that computers can be educated to associate the content of video clips with existing...

Computing Project Combats Card Counting
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Computing Project Combats Card Counting

A cost-effective computer system for identifying card counters and detecting dealer errors has been developed by a recent graduate of the University of Dundee....

Rewiring Cities For a More Convenient Future
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Rewiring Cities For a More Convenient Future

Over the next few years, several Chinese cities aim to add broadband and other services that establish them as "e-cities" or "digital cities." The cities will use...

$2 Million Grant to Fund Research on Wireless Patient Monitoring
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$2 Million Grant to Fund Research on Wireless Patient Monitoring

A team of wireless researchers and doctors from Rice University and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute have won a $2 million federal grant to design and...

Robotic Assistant Lessens Pain of Surgery for Spina Bifida Patients
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Robotic Assistant Lessens Pain of Surgery for Spina Bifida Patients

For the first time, a surgical robot has been used to perform minimally invasive reconstructive surgery on five children whose bladder was dysfunctional because...

3D Cmos Camera For Your Mobile?
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3D Cmos Camera For Your Mobile?

European researchers have created a world-leading camera in CMOS that can record photons at a million times a second. Best of all, it will be really cheap to manufacture...

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Industry Body Forming to Address IT Graduate Skills

A pilot group within the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is months away from creating a global IT education-focused body to address the needs of the industry. ...

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

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­.s. Must Focus on Protecting Critical Computer Networks From Cyber Attack

A study from the RAND Corp. suggests the United States should focus on defending critical civilian and military computer networks from cyberattack, but does not...

­CLA Center Gets $4.5 Million For Role in National Earthquake Simulation Network
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­CLA Center Gets $4.5 Million For Role in National Earthquake Simulation Network

UCLA's earthquake center will receive $4.5 million of a $105 million grant given by the U.S. National Science Foundation to Purdue University to spearhead a national...
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