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Computer Mimics Nature By ­sing Tv
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Computer Mimics Nature By ­sing Tv

University of Bath researchers led by professor Peter Hall and Ph.D. candidate Chris Li have developed software that enables a computer to process video of a tree...

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World Wide Web May Split ­p Into Several Separate Networks

The recent dispute between the Chinese government and Google, and the latter's subsequent threat to leave China, has some analysts worried that the World Wide Web...

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Apple Wins Patent For "proximity Sensing" Multi-Touch Display

Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch display that can sense when and where a finger is near the screen. The patent was one of 13 granted to Apple,U...

Supercomputer Center Pursuing Hpc-Based Radiation Therapy
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Supercomputer Center Pursuing Hpc-Based Radiation Therapy

Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego have joined forces with the Department of Radiation Oncology in the university's School of Medicine...

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U.s. Businesses Face Increasing Threats From Chinese Cyber Attacks

U.S. businesses and government agencies are facing increasing risks of potential cyber attacks from China, according to a recent report. And IT departments that...

U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s
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U.s. Keeps Foreign Ph.d.s

Most foreigners who came to the U.S. to earn doctorate degrees in science and engineering stayed on after graduation — at least until the recession began — refuting...

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Pentagon Searches For

One of the trickiest problems in cyber security is trying to figure who’s really behind an attack. Darpa, the Pentagon agency that created the Internet, is trying...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

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APNIC: IPv6 Adoption Delay Could Create Costs

As the supply of available Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4) Web addresses dwindles, the cost of Internet access could rise unless the industry steps up efforts...

Breakthrough Could Change Sampling Technology Forever
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Breakthrough Could Change Sampling Technology Forever

Research scientists from the Technion-Israel institute of Technology have made a breakthrough that could revolutionize the way broadband signals are sampled, recorded...

Software to Test Cybersecurity Systems For Flaws
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Software to Test Cybersecurity Systems For Flaws

Cybersecurity systems are tough to crack, but not tough enough. A Clarkson University professor is developing software programs that will test cybersecurity systems...

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ACM Fellows Honored

Forty-seven men and women are inducted as 2009 ACM Fellows.

Type Theory Comes of Age
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Type Theory Comes of Age

Type systems are moving beyond the realm of data structure and into more complex domains like security and networking.

Alternate Interface Technologies Emerge
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Alternate Interface Technologies Emerge

Researchers working in human-computer interaction are developing new interfaces to produce greater efficiencies in personal computing and enhance miniaturization...

Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award
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Computing Simulation Tool Nets Best Paper Award

Novel research has improved the simulation performance of hardware models created in SystemC. Preliminary experiments showed the researchers were able to speed...

Better Computing, Communication For Disaster Response
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Better Computing, Communication For Disaster Response

The response to natural disasters like the killer earthquake in Haiti is complicated by the difficulty delivering medical care in a chaotic environment where the...

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech
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Helping Computers ­nderstand Natural Human Speech

Lockheed Martin researchers are developing software that can extract meaning from a string of spoken sentences. The technology, called Spoken Language Interaction...

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Agile Development Hitting the Mainstream, Report Says

Agile application development methodologies are being rapidly embraced by enterprises, according to a new Forrester Research study. Forty-five percent of the nearly...

Computer Mouse Still Rules, Says Expert
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Computer Mouse Still Rules, Says Expert

Next-generation interactive devices, such as gestural interaction and brain-computer interfaces, are unlikely to replace the keyboard and mouse anytime soon, says...
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