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Welcome to 3-D Learning
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Welcome to 3-D Learning

The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) is using three-dimensional (3D) technology to enable students to interact with the content covered in...

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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...

Getting Your Robot On: Wearable Machines' Intimate Interface
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Getting Your Robot On: Wearable Machines' Intimate Interface

Engineers around the world are exploring all kinds of possibilities for wearable robot interfaces, from brain implants to touch interfaces. Professor Jacob Rosen...

Faster Searches Key to a Greener Web
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Faster Searches Key to a Greener Web

University of Glasgow researchers created a system using field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) to search a document index 20 times faster than a system based on...

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Paris Event to Showcase Informatics Advances, Honor European Pioneers

The fifth edition of the European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) will take place in Paris on October 8-9, 2009, with a special workshop for new (and not so new)...

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Researchers Design Graphene-Based Nano-Material with Magnetic Properties

An international team of researchers has designed a new graphite-based, magnetic nano-material that acts as a semiconductor and could help material scientists create...

After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm
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After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm

Gaze into the electron microscope display in Frances Ross’s laboratory here and it is possible to persuade yourself that Dr. Ross, a 21st-century materials scientist...

Opencl: Parallel Programmers' New Best Friend
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Opencl: Parallel Programmers' New Best Friend

Apple's new Snow Leopard operating system features the Open Computing Language (OpenCL), new parallel programming technology that Apple hopes will become a standard...

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$30 Million Grant to Enhance Teragrid Computing Network

A $30 million grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation will enable the University of Chicago to expand and extend until 2011 the operation of TeraGrid, a...

Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot
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Taiwan ­niversity Students Build Tour Guide Robot

Engineering students at National Taiwan University recently demonstrated a robot that is capable of creating two- and three-dimensional maps of an area and then...

IBM 'x-Rays' a Molecule
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IBM 'x-Rays' a Molecule

IBM researchers have imaged the inner structure of a molecule, an achievement they say could lead to smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient processors and memory...

Sc09 Masterworks Program to Present Compelling Lineup of Experts
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Sc09 Masterworks Program to Present Compelling Lineup of Experts

The Masterworks program at ACM's SC09 conference, which takes place Nov. 14-20 in Portland, Ore., will address how high performance computing (HPC) is being used...

Ole Miss to Tweet its Watts
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Ole Miss to Tweet its Watts

SmartSynch Inc., a smart grid infrastructure company using Internet protocol via public wireless networks, is partnering with the University of Mississippi to reduce...

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Three New Laws of Robotics For the Early 21st Century

Ohio State University's David Woods and Texas A&M's Robin Murphy have proposed three new laws of robotics that can be applied to robots available today. The new...

Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot's Latest AI Abilities
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Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot's Latest AI Abilities

Independent inventor Le Trung recently demonstrated the newest version of his robot-controlling software called Bio Robot Artificial Intelligence Neural System...

Making Global Science Networking More ­ser-Friendly
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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...

Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Scientists at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universitas Indonesia, in Indonesia, are researching artificial intelligence and the application...

­ci to Test Earthquake Damage Sensors in Newport
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­ci to Test Earthquake Damage Sensors in Newport

Researchers at UC Irvine are using sensor technology to test how water pipes are damaged in an earthquake, and the results could be used to build a public alert...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
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­sing Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home

Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with limited mobility may be on the horizon, thanks to three University of Illinois at...
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