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Robots to Get Their Own Operating System

Robots are limited by the fact that they are often designed and built in isolation for specific functions, and roboticists have started to consider what aspects...

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Tiny 'mems' Devices to Filter, Amplify Electronic Signals

Purdue University researchers are developing a new class of microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices called resonators that contain vibrating, hair-thin structures...

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­.s. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

The White House is proposing to soften a long-existing prohibition on tracking how users peruse U.S. government Web sites with cookies and other methods, inciting...

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Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

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Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...

Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions
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Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions

University of Washington researchers’ announcement that they had created an encryption scheme called Vanish captured a lot of attention for its elegant simplicity...

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After Boom, Is Wikipedia Heading For Bust?

The explosive growth of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is petering out, while a less welcoming attitude toward new contributors could negatively affect the archive's...

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Rutgers ­niversity in Newark to Lead Nine-School Consortium to Double Minority Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Rutgers University in Newark is leading the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP), a $5 million, five-year, multiple-school project...

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Nist Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Processing in Step Toward Quantum Computers

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicists have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged...

Computer Science Courses on the Decline
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Computer Science Courses on the Decline

A decline in U.S. high school computer science (CS) courses is indicated by the Computer Science Teachers Association's (CSTA's) 2009 National Secondary Computer...

Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip
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Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip

The obsolescence of graphics-processing clusters is being hastened by the rapidly accelerating data processing speed of supercomputers. Scientists at Argonne National...

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Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

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Research Findings Contradict Myth of High Engineering Dropout Rate

Research indicates that engineering does not have a higher dropout rate than other majors and women's persistence in the discipline is equal to men's, according...

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Communication Devices 2033

Motorola's Consumer Xperience Design (CXD) teams have speculated possible evolutionary paths that communication devices may take during the next 25 years. They...

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A Mind-Controlled Wheelchair Is Moving Closer to Reality

Researchers are making major progress on technology that could help the severely disabled. Professor Javier Minguez at Spain's University of Zaragoza is developing...

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Warning Issued on Web Programming Interfaces

Application programming interfaces (APIs), software specifications that allow Web sites and services to interact with each other, have been a major factor in the...

Siggraph 2009 Announces Computer Animation Festival Winners
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Siggraph 2009 Announces Computer Animation Festival Winners


For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics
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For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics

The statistics field's popularity is growing among graduates as they realize that it involves more than number crunching and deals with pressing real-world challenges...

Broadband Is This Generation
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Broadband Is This Generation

In early August, U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski toured California to build support for the FCC's ongoing effort to create...

New Epidemic Fears: Hackers
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New Epidemic Fears: Hackers

Under the economic stimulus bill and other U.S. federal government proposals, hospitals and doctors' offices that invest in electronic records systems may receive...
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