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Madly Mapping the ­niverse
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Madly Mapping the ­niverse

Researchers at Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center are designing computational tools to create maps of the cosmic microwave background...

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­.s. Scientists Given Access to Cloud Computing

The National Science Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing...

Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot
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Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as "the world's most dexterous robot" called "Robonaut2" to supplement human activity...

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De-Worming Software More Effective at Detecting Infected Network Computers Before Contagion Can Spread

More than a year after being launched by hackers on a campaign to infect computers running Microsoft Windows, the Conficker worm's effects are still being felt....

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Researchers Develop Way to Catch Online Gaming Cheats

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have developed a way to identify cheating in online games. 

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

Grid Computing For the Masses
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Grid Computing For the Masses

Having helped scientists study the building blocks of the universe, peer inside the human body in miniscule detail and monitor climate change, grid computing could...

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Police Want Backdoor to Web Users' Private Data

count likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant. But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditionalone...

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U.S. Cyberwar Strategy: The Pentagon Plans to Attack

The China-U.S. diplomatic spat over cyberattacks on Google has highlighted the growing significance of the Internet as a theater of combat. Deputy Defense Secretary...

What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?
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What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?

Despite widespread speculation, nothing beyond what Steve Jobs announced last week is known about the A4 chip at the heart of the Apple iPad. Jobs described the...

Nonlinear Thinker
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Nonlinear Thinker

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Pablo Parrilo has developed a set of techniques that makes it easier to understand nonlinear systems. Parrilo uses...

Toyota Problems 'Caused by Faulty Software'
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Toyota Problems 'Caused by Faulty Software'

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple and a Toyota Prius owner, has suggested that the "unintended acceleration" problems affecting Toyota's cars may be caused...

DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain
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DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain

Looking like a robotic mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will carry 400 pounds of equipment...

Videogame Glitches Open the World of Computing to Students
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Videogame Glitches Open the World of Computing to Students

Why is the National Science Foundation helping Morehouse College pay students to test videogames? The school's Glitch Game Testers program is one of many NSF efforts...

Computer Model Demonstrates That White Roofs May Successfully Cool Cities
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Computer Model Demonstrates That White Roofs May Successfully Cool Cities

Painting the roofs of buildings white has the potential to significantly cool cities and mitigate some impacts of global warming, a new study indicates. The research...

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Google Attack Highlights 'zero-Day' Black Market

The recent hacking attack that prompted Google's threat to leave China is underscoring the heightened dangers of previously undisclosed computer security flaws...

Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems
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Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique developed at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado at Boulder  draws on statistics,...

Hacking For Fun and Profit in China's Underworld
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Hacking For Fun and Profit in China's Underworld

With a few quick keystrokes, a computer hacker who goes by the code name Majia calls up a screen displaying his latest victims. He operates secretly and illegally...

The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Signing Contracts on the Telephone
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Signing Contracts on the Telephone

The Fraunhofer Institute for Secure Information Technology (SIT) in Germany has developed VoIPS, software that prevents the tampering and manipulation of telephone...
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