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Microsoft Cooking ­p New Parallel Programming Language

Microsoft is developing a new language for parallel programming called Axum. Previously known as Maestro, Axum is an incubation project intended to help programmers...

DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data
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DARPA Wants AI Systems to Interpret Surveillance Data

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced an effort to create powerful artificial intelligences (AIs) that can mine and interpret...

Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work
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Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work

Cloud computing has the potential to create irreversible changes in how computers are used around the world, says David Carrera, director of the Cloud Computing...

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Companion Robots Will Improve Elderly People's Quality of Life in Smart Homes

The Companionable project is working to improve the quality of life of elderly and disabled people through robots designed to operate in intelligent homes. The...

Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter
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Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message,...

Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity
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Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity

A pioneering semantic engineering environment developed by European researchers offers a more flexible, scalable and user-orientated means of managing design data...

Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed
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Method For Verifying Safety Of Computer-Controlled Devices Developed

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science have developed a new method for systematically identifying bugs in aircraft collision avoidance...

Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans
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Robots Are Narrowing the Gap With Humans

Robots are gaining on us humans. Guided by increased computing power, robots can now perform such tasks as picking up and peeling bananas, landing jumbo jets, steering...

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication
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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications...

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H-1b Visas Cuts U.S. Tech Wages By Up to 6 Percent, Study Says

A new study from professors at New York University (NYU) and the University of Pennsylvania found that the use of H-1B workers by U.S. companies has decreased wages...

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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...

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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...
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