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Defense Agency, Faulted for Scaling Back Computer Research, Gets New Leader

University of Washington professor Edward D. Lazowska wants Regina E. Dugan, the new director of the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Emotional Robots: Will We Love Them or Hate Them?
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Emotional Robots: Will We Love Them or Hate Them?

Scientists have theorized that many technologies would function better if they were aware of their users' emotional states, and progress in this field includes...

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Ndssl Receives $1.45 Million to Develop Petascale Computer Modeling Capabilities

The Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) at Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has been awarded a four-year, $1.45 million...

Researchers Help Set Security Standards For the Internet
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Researchers Help Set Security Standards For the Internet

Dartmouth College researchers who pioneered the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) have assumed leadership roles in the establishment of Internet security standards...

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Americans See Science as Lagging Here

Both the American public and researchers have a high regard for scientific advancement. But they disagree over the standing of science in the U.S. A full 84 percent...

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Crime-Fighting Eyes Take to the Skies

In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials in Lancaster, Calif. are testing a small airplane mounting a high...

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap
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Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap

Quantum technologies have become the Holy Grail of the IT industry with research projects springing up throughout  Europe and all over the world. Now a major European...

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Linked Data System Provides More Effective Research

Experts at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) have developed the Resilience Knowledge Base Explorer, a new infrastructure...

Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers
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Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers

Juniper security researcher Barnaby Jack canceled plans for a live demonstration of the insecurity of automatic teller machines (ATMs) at the upcoming Black Hat...

Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade
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Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed an optical transistor that uses one laser beam to control another, potentially forming...

People Avoiding Automatic Location Information in Mobile Services
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People Avoiding Automatic Location Information in Mobile Services

Providers of fully automatic Web and mobile location information services will need to allow users to edit the information to get more people to use the features...

'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins
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'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins

The EvoGrid envisioned by Bruce Damer and a group of international advisers is a simulation of the primordial soup that they intend to use to gain insights about...

Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends
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Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will take a comprehensive look at how stereoscopic 3D will impact the movie industry as well as the home theater in the years to...

Scientist Shortage? Maybe Not
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Scientist Shortage? Maybe Not

The predictions are dire, the language grim: Looming shortfalls. Gathering storm. Disturbing mosaic. It's not the economy or global warming. It's the coming shortage...

Beyond
From ICT Results

Beyond

Human-computer interaction is undergoing a revolution, entering a multimodal era that goes beyond, way beyond, the WIMP (Windows-Icons-Menus-Pointers) paradigm....

Researchers ­nite to Distribute Quantum Keys
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Researchers ­nite to Distribute Quantum Keys

Scientists from 41 European research and industrial organizations recently sent secure, quantum encrypted information over an eight-node, mesh network. By creating...

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Building a Crash-Proof Internet

The Internet's susceptibility to earthquakes, accidents, and other disruptions appears to be greater than people originally assumed, and a great deal of the Net's...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
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Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

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Video Tool to Zoom in on Criminals

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have developed software that enhances the resolution of raw video images and improves the quality of the images. TAU professor...

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Semantic Search Engine to Speed ­p Administrative Procedures

The Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) School of Computing's Ontology Engineering Group has developed an ontology-based semantic search engine for government...
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