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A Genomic Clue For Cloud Computing
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A Genomic Clue For Cloud Computing

University of Maryland computer science researchers recently received a grant from the National Science Foundation Cluster Exploratory Program (CluE) to fund research...

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Project Shows Researchers a Path to Escience Assets

The rapid evolution of computing, networking, and data capturing technologies, along with advances in data mining and analysis, are fundatmentally changing the...

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Workplace Wiki a Wakeup For Book-Smart ­niversity Grads

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed the UTS Work-Ready Project, a new wiki intended to help better prepare university graduates for the workforce...

'instant On' Computing
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'instant On' Computing

Researchers supported by the National Science Foundation have achieved a breakthrough in adding ferroelectric materials to silicon, without intervening reaction...

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Researchers Working on Memory to Replace Dram, Nand

Researchers at Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) believe that resistive-random access memory (RRAM) could replace dynamic random access memory...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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)...

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...

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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...

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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...

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...

A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool
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A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Human-Computer Interaction Institute Ph.D. student Ian Li (pictured) has developed Grafitter, a Twitter-based program that lets...

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Could Quantum Mathematics Shake Up Google?

Pedro Carpena, a physicist at the University of Malaga in Spain, has used a mathematical technique for studying disorder in quantum systems to extract keywords...

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W3C Investigates Possible e-Gov Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has initiated the process for developing standards that governments could employ to tap Web 2.0 and social networking technologies...

Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches
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Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches

University of Texas at DallasUniversity of Texas at Dallas researchers are working to improve the results of searches that request multiple pieces of information...

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Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Rogue Traders

The University of Sunderland's Computerized Analysis of Stocks and Shares for Novelty Detection of Radical Activities (CASSANDRA) project is developing a software...

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Computers Analyze Fruit-Flies to Find Genes For Aggressive Behavior

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists have trained computers to automatically analyze aggression and courtship in fruit flies, allowing researchers...
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