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Prace Evaluated Additional Prototypes For Next Generation Architectures
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Prace Evaluated Additional Prototypes For Next Generation Architectures

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe's work package for future petaflop computer technologies beyond 2010 recently assessed 12 prototypes for next-generation...

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Ibm Speeds ­p Data Analysis With New Algorithm

Researchers at IBM's laboratories in Zurich have developed a new algorithm that can sort, correlate, and analyze millions of random data sets in minutes. 

Tech Industry Searching For Girls Gone Geek
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Tech Industry Searching For Girls Gone Geek

The flagging attraction of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) professions to young women is partly attributed to the geek factor, or the perception...

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Professors Find Ways to Keep Heads Above 'exaflood' of Data

Researchers remain optimistic about the prospect of keeping track of the exaflood of data, from gene sequences and distant pulsar signals to YouTube videos and...

Game Trains Soldiers in a Virtual Iraq or Afghanistan
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Game Trains Soldiers in a Virtual Iraq or Afghanistan

University of Texas at Dallas researchers are developing First Person Cultural Trainer, a computer training tool designed to make it easier for military personnel...

To Create Jobs, Streamline Technology Transfer, Report Says
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To Create Jobs, Streamline Technology Transfer, Report Says

Job creation in the U.S. will largely depend on start-up companies and entrepreneurs who populate university research parks, laboratories and incubators across...

The Mathematics Behind a Good Night's Sleep
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The Mathematics Behind a Good Night's Sleep

Professor of Mathematics Mark Holmes and his graduate student Lisa Rogers are using math to develop a new computer model that can be easily manipulated by other...

Lights, Camera, Action: Cue the Goldfish
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Lights, Camera, Action: Cue the Goldfish

Biologist Scott McRobert, professor of biology at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, Pa., developed "Fish Cam," an online site for students of all ages...

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Physicists Build Basic Quantum Computing Circuit

Exerting delicate control over a pair of atoms within a mere seven-millionths-of-a-second window of opportunity, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison...

Architects and Engineers Bridge the Grid Chasm
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Architects and Engineers Bridge the Grid Chasm

In the technology adoption cycle, a chasm separates powerful new technologies from the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that could most benefit from them. Now...

Sat-Nav Systems ­nder Growing Threat from 'jammers'
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Sat-Nav Systems ­nder Growing Threat from 'jammers'

Technology that depends on satellite-navigation signals is increasingly threatened by attack from widely available equipment, experts say. While "jamming" sat-nav...

Making Sense of Mountains of Data
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Making Sense of Mountains of Data

"How do you take a big collection of things and make sense out of it?" asks Gary Flake, founder and director of Microsoft Live Labs, a division of the softwarePivot...

The Internet Can Make You Smarter, Experts Say
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The Internet Can Make You Smarter, Experts Say

A Pew Internet survey of 900 scientists, business leaders, and technology developers found that most thought that the Internet can improve humanity's overall grasp...

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Optimization Server Reaches Two Million Milestone

Two million problems have now been submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy's Networked-Enabled Optimization System (NEOS). A decade ago, there were less than...

Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case
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Larger Threat Is Seen in Google Case

Three Google executives were convicted of violating Italian privacy laws on Wednesday, the first case to hold the company’s executives criminally responsible for...

Take a Nanooze Break
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Take a Nanooze Break

A new exhibition at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL, will bring visitors face to face with the nanoworld. Take a Nanooze Break features interactive...

Optical System Promises to Revolutionize ­ndersea Communications
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Optical System Promises to Revolutionize ­ndersea Communications

In a technological advance that its developers are likening to the cell phone and wireless Internet access, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) scientists...

Coming Ssoon: Emotion Detector For Babies
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Coming Ssoon: Emotion Detector For Babies

Parents-to-be can take a breather: It may soon be possible to translate infant cries, all thanks to Japanese scientists who have come up with a statistical computer...

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They bring their cell phones to bed with them. They admit to texting while driving. They're almost certain to have a profile on social networking sites like MySpace...

Experts Warn of Catastrophe From Cyberattacks
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Experts Warn of Catastrophe From Cyberattacks

A panel of experts told U.S. senators at a recent hearing of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that the United States would be defeated...
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