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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

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Html 5 Steps ­p

Microsoft Internet Explorer developers recently offered their feedback on the most recent draft of HTML version 5. Despite the fact that the entire Web is built...

Federal Grants Aim to Boost STEM Equity
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Federal Grants Aim to Boost STEM Equity

Two programs created to get more minority and female students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and careers have received...

­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
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­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home

Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with limited mobility may be on the horizon, thanks to three University of Illinois at...

Hankering For Molecular Electronics? Grab the New Nist Sandwich
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Hankering For Molecular Electronics? Grab the New Nist Sandwich

The sandwich recipe recently concocted by scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may prove tasty for computer chip designers...

Magic Ink Offers Full-Color Printing in an Instant
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Magic Ink Offers Full-Color Printing in an Instant

Engineers at Seoul National University in South Korea have developed M-Ink, technology capable of producing full-color prints in a fraction of a second. M-Ink...

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Managing Disasters With High-Tech Imaging Could Save Lives

The Information Products Laboratory for Emergency Response, a partnership between the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) and the University at Buffalo (UB)...

Online Social Networks Leak Personal Information to Third-Party Tracking Sites
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Online Social Networks Leak Personal Information to Third-Party Tracking Sites

A Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) study by professor Craig Wills found that the practices of many popular social networking sites can make personal information...

The Evolution of Retweeting
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The Evolution of Retweeting

Twitter has announced that it will establish a set format for retweeting, or reposting another user's message, for use within the micro-blogging service. Retweeting...

Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer
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Fujitsu Aims For 10-Petaflop Supercomputer

Fujitsu is building a 10-petaflop supercomputer based on its upcoming Sparc64 VIIIfx processor. The new processor has eight processor cores, with each running...

Worldwide Battle Rages For Control of the Internet
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Worldwide Battle Rages For Control of the Internet

Governments in the Middle East and north Africa routinely block and censor Web sites to control political discussions, according to a new report on the region by...

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science
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Computer Science Meets Environmental Science

Scientists share knowledge and seek collaborators at computational sustainability conference.

Facing an Age-Old Problem
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Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

Medical Nanobots
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Medical Nanobots

Researchers working in medical nanorobotics are creating technologies that could lead to novel health-care applications, such as new ways of accessing areas of...

Entering a Parallel Universe
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Entering a Parallel Universe

The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel...

Women in It: Success and Struggle
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Women in It: Success and Struggle

Female participation in the information technology (IT) industry is growing and women now account for 15 percent to 25 percent of technical professionals, although...

Grid Computing, the New Commodity
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Grid Computing, the New Commodity

The European Union-funded GridEcon project has developed a platform for trading computing resources and buying and selling standardized computing resources. GridEcon's...

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
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Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

W3c Bridging Knowledge Organization Systems to Linked Data
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W3c Bridging Knowledge Organization Systems to Linked Data

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has introduced a new standard designed to make it easier to search for documents and information. The Simple Knowledge Organization...

Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays
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Brighter Idea For Bendable Displays

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor John Rogers has led the development of a new technique for manufacturing tiny inorganic light-emitting diodes...
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