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Virtual Maps For the Blind

BlindAid, developed by Tel Aviv University's Orly Lahav, is a new program that helps the blind navigate through unfamiliar locations. BlindAid digitally maps real...

Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition
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Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition

British prime minister Gordon Brown apologized for the way the government treated Alan Mathison Turing after convicting the computer pioneer of gross indecency...

The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards
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The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards

New York-based Organic Motion Inc.'s motion-capture system that doesn't require bodysuits or markers won the computing-systems category of The Wall Street Journal...

Communications Web Site Wins Best New Site Award
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Communications Web Site Wins Best New Site Award

ACM's Web platform for its flagship publication Communications of the ACM (http://cacm.acm.org) garnered the top award for best new Web site by Media Business magazine...

On the Road to Secure Car-to-Car Communications
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On the Road to Secure Car-to-Car Communications

A European research project works out how to keep car-to-car data transmissions private and secure from malicious hackers.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections

Mayo Clinic researchers say that "teachable software" designed to mimic the human brain may help them diagnose cardiac infections without an invasive exam. The...

Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?
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Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?

Betsy DiSalvo with Georgia Tech's College of Computing is betting that young African American males' interest in video games can be tapped to generate a greater...

Nsf Grant Supports Distributed Mobile Apps Management
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Nsf Grant Supports Distributed Mobile Apps Management

Williams College will conduct research into managing distributed applications on mobile computing platforms that make use of cell phones, vehicles, and embedded...

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Research Project Limits Computer Power Consumption

A new scheduling algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Sydney promises to cut the energy consumption of processors in data centers by more than...

Role For Robots: Helping Elderly at Home
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Role For Robots: Helping Elderly at Home

Three University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) engineers and a Rush University nursing specialist have been awarded a three-year, $989,000 National Science Foundation...

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Computer Scientists Win Morpho Challenge 2009

University of Bristol computer scientists have won the Morpho Challenge, an international science competition financed by the European Union through its PASCAL...

Stimulus Funds to Further Cyber Security Research
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Stimulus Funds to Further Cyber Security Research

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will fund a project designed to protect the privacy and security of business information systems and data centers...

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Smart Sensors Power Interaction

More than 70 demonstrations of interactive technologies that use sensors for a wide range of applications were showcased at the Human Computer Interaction conference's...

Nationwide Research Network Will Expand Supercomputer Capabilities
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Nationwide Research Network Will Expand Supercomputer Capabilities

Indiana University (IU) researchers will lead a four-year, $15 million National Science Foundation project to develop software to connect future supercomputers...

Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network
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Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network

The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded $105 million to a Purdue-led team to spearhead a center that will serve as headquarters for the operations of the George...

Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot
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Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot

New York University researchers have proposed Epothecary, a system that uses cell phones to authenticate and track drugs distributed in the developing world. The...

How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?
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How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?

Encouraged by the success of grid computing in Europe, scientists there set out to help their Latin American colleagues develop grid capability. The result today...

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Internet Address Run-Out: Is It Time to Panic?

Most Internet-based estimates show that IPv4 addresses are scheduled to run out by July 22, 2011. However, researcher Stephan Lagerholm has come up with an earlier...

Nsf Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds
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Nsf Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds

University of Delaware National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientists have received a $1,064,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct...

Lobsters Teach Robots Magnetic Mapping Trick
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Lobsters Teach Robots Magnetic Mapping Trick

Computer scientist Janne Haverinen reports that a small wheeled robot was able to use a magnetic map to determine where it was in a hospital and move along a corridor...
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