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­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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Trinity's Humanitarian Open Source Software Project Snags Major Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a two-year, $800,000 grant to the Humanitarian FOSS Project (HFOSS), a collaborative three-college program that...

Educational Alliance Gets Grant to Help Students With Disabilities Earn STEM Degrees
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Educational Alliance Gets Grant to Help Students With Disabilities Earn STEM Degrees

A $3 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will help the Alabama Alliance for Students with Disabilities in science, technology, engineering,...

IBM and ACM-Icpc Announce 'battle of the Brains' Software Competition
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IBM and ACM-Icpc Announce 'battle of the Brains' Software Competition

Student computer programmers from universities around the world will battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual ACM-International Collegiate...

Video Camera That Records at the Speed of Thought
From ICT Results

Video Camera That Records at the Speed of Thought

European researchers who created an ultra-fast, extremely high-resolution video camera chip have enabled dozens of medical applications, including one scenario...

Radio Waves 'see' Through Walls
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Radio Waves 'see' Through Walls

University of Utah engineers showed that a wireless network of radio transmitters can track people moving behind solid walls. The system could help police, firefighters...

It to Create 2.8 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific By 2013
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It to Create 2.8 Million Jobs in the Asia Pacific By 2013

Nearly three million jobs are expected to be created by the Asia-Pacific region's information technology (IT) industry by 2013, according to a new IDC study, which...

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Prototype Security Software Blocks Ddos Attacks

Auburn University researchers have developed a software filter that protects computers against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks without bogging down...

Expeditions in Computing Continue to Break New Ground
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Expeditions in Computing Continue to Break New Ground

The U.S. National Science Foundation's directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering recently created three new Expeditions in Computing. Each...

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Group Develops a Tool For Sharing Household Multimedia Resources

Computing researchers at the Ontological Engineering Group at the Polytechnic University of Madrid's School of Computing have collaborated with the private companies...

FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules
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FCC Chief Promises Industry More Spectrum and Net Neutrality Rules

Despite recent moves by several wireless companies to open their networks, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski says that more rules...

Household Robots Do Not Protect ­sers' Security and Privacy
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Household Robots Do Not Protect ­sers' Security and Privacy

People are increasingly using household robots for chores, communication, entertainment and companionship. But safety and privacy risks of information-gathering...

ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award
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ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award

At the ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Beijing, China, the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) will present its prestigious technical...

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications
From ICT Results

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications

Automotive communications are a major element in the near future of vehicle technology, with applications ranging from variable road sign visualization, to accident...

Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals
From ACM News

Obama Awards National Science, Technology Medals

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama linked scientific discovery to helping the struggling economy Wednesday as he honored those who invented batteries for implanted...

­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.
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­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.

The Justice Department has started a preliminary investigation into whether I.B.M. has abused its monopoly position in the market for mainframe computers, which...

Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.
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Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.

U.S. computer networks are most threatened by terrorist organizations that may purchase software code from cybercrooks to hack into sensitive platforms, a possibility...

Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance
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Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have connected electrodes and radio antennas to the nervous systems of beetles and then were able to control...

Program Aims to Boost Interest in Technical Careers
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Program Aims to Boost Interest in Technical Careers

Michigan State University (MSU) is creating a program that will better prepare high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics...

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid
From ACM TechNews

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid

The FutureGrid Program is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the best ways to connect supercomputers together, headed by Indiana University...
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