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Student Innovations Honored at Chi Conference

ACM's recent Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2009) conference gave computing students an opportunity to show off the technology they are developing and how it could...

Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems
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Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems

Some Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) security systems are already being solved by spammers, but CAPTCHA co...

Technarte to Showcase Innovative Art/Tech in Bilbao
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Technarte to Showcase Innovative Art/Tech in Bilbao

Technarte, the International Conference on Art & Technology organized by Innovalia Association, will bring to Bilbao, Spain, the merge between art, science and...

Upgraded Scientific Research Web Site Gets Nih Grant
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Upgraded Scientific Research Web Site Gets Nih Grant

SciVee, a Web 2.0 resource dedicated to the dissemination of scientific research and science-specific research networking, has completed a number of significant...

Robot Communicates ­sing Eye Movements Alone
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Robot Communicates ­sing Eye Movements Alone

A team at the Tokyo Institute of Technology is trying to enable humans and robots to communicate nonverbally. Yoichi Yamazaki and colleagues have developed an...

Bamboo Keyboards Expect to Bring Green Life to Computer ­sers
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Bamboo Keyboards Expect to Bring Green Life to Computer ­sers

A company in China said it has developed a bamboo keyboard that is gaining popularity among eco-friendly consumers in Europe and North America. Jiangqiao Bamboo...

Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain
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Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain

University of Washington (UW) researcher and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Yoky Matsuoka specializes in the field of neurobotics, which focuses on the development...

Caltech Electrical Engineer Awarded $6 Million to Develop Self-Healing Circuits
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Caltech Electrical Engineer Awarded $6 Million to Develop Self-Healing Circuits

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded California Institute of Technology professor Ali Hajimiri a four-year, $6 million grant to develop self...

Biological Sensors Are the Future of Personalized Medicine
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Biological Sensors Are the Future of Personalized Medicine

Madrid recently hosted the International Symposium on Research in Grid/Nano/Bio/Medical Informatics (Bioinforsalud 2009). Organized by ACTION-Grid, Bioinforsalud...

Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks
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Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University have developed a programming language for wireless sensor networks that will enable non-computer...

Squeezed Ferroelectric Material Could Lead to 'instant On' Memory Devices
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Squeezed Ferroelectric Material Could Lead to 'instant On' Memory Devices

Low-power, high-efficiency electronic memory could be the long-term result of collaborative research led by Cornell University scientist Darrell Schlom (pictured)...

From ICT Results

Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding
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Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding

Eleven communities in eight Asia-Pacific countries stand to benefit from work backed by a new funding program of the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF)....

Sensoring the World Wide Web
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Sensoring the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Semantic Sensor Network incubator group will lay the foundation for enabling sensors and sensor networks to share information...

From ACM TechNews

Data Reuse Not Possible Without Ontological Work, Group Asserts

Ontology Summit chairman Steve Ray says organizations need to develop an ontology to explain how different data elements interact and render this context in a computational...

From ACM News

Cloud Computing Tapped For Data-Intensive Research on Oceans, Galaxies

The University of Washington will apply cloud computing to analyze climate simulation results and astronomical images. The university has won three recent awards...

Engineering Professor Explores Underwater Wireless Communications
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Engineering Professor Explores Underwater Wireless Communications

Northeastern University professor Milica Stojanovic says the discovery of the Titanic in 1985 underscored the need for underwater wireless communications technology...

From ACM News

Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

Humans don't always make the most rational decisions. Even when logic and reasoning point in one direction, sometimes we chose the opposite route, motivated by...

Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time
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Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time

Up to 90 percent of smartphone users say they want computer-like functions, and close to 40 percent of aggregate face time is based on mobile Internet, games, multimedia...

Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces
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Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces

Humans recognize faces by organizing facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips into horizontal lines of information, say Dr. Steven Dakin of the University...
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