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Shaping the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Debating Net Neutrality
From Communications of the ACM

Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

From ACM TechNews

City 2.0: It Will Make Cities More Engaging and Energy-Efficient

Cities will be transformed by WiMax, smart grids, social networks, and other emerging technologies, once they are cohesively integrated. WiMax is seen as a critical...

Taming the Vast
From ICT Results

Taming the Vast

European researchers are making an impressive effort to link up digital repositories to create a vast network of easy to search online data. The DRIVER project...

White House ­nveils Cloud Computing Initiative
From ACM TechNews

White House ­nveils Cloud Computing Initiative

The Obama administration has introduced a cloud computing policy that aims to lower infrastructure costs and reduce the environmental impact of government computing...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Groovy
From ACM TechNews

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Groovy

Groovy project manager Guillaume Laforge says the Groovy programming language was designed to make life simpler for developers through its seamless integration...

Georgia Tech Turns ­nemployed Tech Workers Into Computing Teachers
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Georgia Tech Turns ­nemployed Tech Workers Into Computing Teachers

Through a recent $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Georgia Tech College of Computing will mitigate the stress of joblessness for unemployed...

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off
From ACM TechNews

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off

Aircraft manufacturers eager to reduce the weight of planes are looking into the replacement of copper wiring with wireless networks. Imbuing fly-by-wireless networks...

From ACM TechNews

Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

A new system that could make the cooling of data centers vastly more efficient has been tested by a team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Tech Ed: Women in It
From ACM TechNews

Tech Ed: Women in It

Microsoft developer Catherine Eibner recently hosted a Women in IT workshop at the annual Microsoft Tech Ed IT Forum in Queensland, Australia. It was the first...

From ACM TechNews

Hewlett-Packard Funds Purdue Work to Develop New Teaching Model

Purdue University has received a Hewlett-Packard grant to develop and test a new teaching approach designed to improve the academic success of underrepresented...

Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot
From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

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...

Searching For Chinese Start-­ps
From ACM News

Searching For Chinese Start-­ps

Google Inc.'s newly departed China chief outlined his plans for a technology-incubation company, capitalized with $115 million from several prominent backers. Kai...

Career Advice: High-Tech, Healthcare Best Choices For College Students
From ACM TechNews

Career Advice: High-Tech, Healthcare Best Choices For College Students

College students seeking careers in computer science and engineering have the best chance of being hired in the wake of the recession, according to a Challenger...

From ACM TechNews

Dhs Report: It Sector Is Resilient Against Serious Cyberattacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released a report that outlines several scenarios in which attacks against vital elements of the U.S.'s IT infrastructure...

Trying to Woo Partners, Cloud Computing Vendors Show Them the Money
From ACM News

Trying to Woo Partners, Cloud Computing Vendors Show Them the Money

One of the early promises of software-as-a-service and cloud computing was that it would allow start-ups to directly market their Web services while skipping the...

Making Global Science Networking More ­ser-Friendly
From ACM News

Making Global Science Networking More ­ser-Friendly

Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory have received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

From ACM News

China Pushes Chinese Domain Mames

China has pushed ahead with deploying Internet domain names written in Chinese as it urges action to standardize their use globally. China has solved most of the...

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science
From Communications of the ACM

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science

Scientists share knowledge and seek collaborators at computational sustainability conference.
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