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Web 2.0 for the Real World

European researchers working on some of the most fundamental issues facing the future Internet paradigm have developed – in their spare time, no less – a mobile...

Brain on a Chip?
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Brain on a Chip?

How does the human brain run itself without any software? Find that out, say European researchers, and a whole new field of neural computing will open up. A prototype...

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How Ibm's Sprucing ­p Its 'social' Side

IBM researchers are exploring ways of using social computing to encourage greater collaboration among enterprise users in an effort to make it easier for businesses...

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Tech to Cure Crop Failure and Look Inside Einstein's Mind?

Technology will help solve some of the most pressing issues the world is facing, says ACM president and University of Southampton professor Dame Wendy Hall. Hall...

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Information Architect Alex Wright Talks About the Lessons of It History

New York Times information architect Alex Wright says in an interview that there is a tendency to concentrate on information technology's future at the expenseView...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh

Steve Bourne, creator of the Bourne shell or sh programming language, says in an interview that the language aimed to remedy the problem of designing the shellView...

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IBM Looks to Secure Internet Banking With Usb Stick

A USB memory stick that can guarantee secure banking transactions even if a PC is tainted by malware has been developed by IBM's Zurich research laboratory.

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Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming

Scratch, created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, is a programming environment for creating interactive...

Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music
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Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music

Sonic Visualiser, developed at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, is a free program that produces a visual representation of music...

The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat
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The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jeannette M. Wing is an expert on computational thinking, the discipline of applying computer science's problem-solving methods...

ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design
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ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Barbara Liskov of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the winner of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing...

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Swedish Research Can Make Super Mario More Realistic

Thomas Larsson, a researcher at Sweden's Malardalen University, has developed a new approach for calculating collisions involving animated objects in computer games...

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Powernap Plan Could Save 75 Percent of Data Center Energy

The University of Michigan plans to save up to 75 percent of the energy that computer data centers consume by putting servers into sleep mode when they are notView...

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Google Launches Google Code Labs

eWeekGoogle has created a new Web site that will give outside developers an opportunity to contribute to the development of the company's products. Google Code...

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Software-Intensive Systems Set to Dominate the Computer Market

Universidad Politecnica de MadridSoftware-intensive systems have become the cornerstone of Europe's most competitive industries and will soon dominate the computer...

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Oak Ridge Explores Cybots

Government Computer NewsThe Ubiquitous Network Transient Autonomous Mission Entities (UNTAME) program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory is working to develop technology...

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Cards on the Table: Low-Cost Tool Spots Software Security Flaws During Development Process

NCSU NewsNorth Carolina State University (NCSU) computer security experts have developed Protection Poker, a new risk management tool that helps software developers...

A New Vision For Scientific Visualizations
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A New Vision For Scientific Visualizations

VisTrails, a suite of visualization tools developed by Juliana Freire and Claudio Silva, both associate professors of computer science at the University of Utah...

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Duke Software Dramatically Speeds Enzyme Design

Duke University researchers have developed software that shows experimentalists how to alter the machinery that bacteria uses to make natural antibiotics. The...

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Quantum Dance: Discovery Led By Princeton Researchers Could Revolutionize Computing

A Princeton University-led group of international scientists has observed a unique behavior in the spin of electrons within a new material that could be used to...
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