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Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt
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Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt

Netflix's $1 million contest to design a better movie preference-matching algorithm ended on July 26th, with two teams in a near tie and the outcome of the contest...

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Clarkson Project Will Protect Cyberspace

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to five research institutions to develop a computer program for detecting weak areas in cryptographic...

How to Harness Petaflop Performance
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How to Harness Petaflop Performance

Several petascale computers are up and running, and others are sure to follow. All of them face many unique challenges in trying to harness a petaflop.

Computer Game U­tilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems
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Computer Game U­tilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems

A new computer game prototype combines work and play to help solve a fundamental problem underlying many computer hardware design tasks. The online logic puzzle...

Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware
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Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware

A new satellite, planned for launch in 2012, will contain a flight computer built with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that can be completely reconfigured...

Taking the Hard Work Out of Software
From ICT Results

Taking the Hard Work Out of Software

Software development is a complex and sophisticated process that can take entire teams years to develop a program. Building, testing and releasing software consumes...

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Dac Preview: Power Again Takes Center Stage

Low-power design will be a key theme of the 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC), with Synopsys' Cary Chin agreeing that "low power is one of the biggest challenges...

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Computing For the Future of the Planet

Computing could go a long way toward ensuring a sustainable future for human society and the earth, argue professor Andy Hopper and Andrew Rice of the University...

Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds
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Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds

Practitioners of high-frequency trading use powerful computers to transmit millions of orders at incredible speed, and critics warn that the method could be used...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
From ICT Results

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection
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Asu Summer Research Internship Exposes Middle School Students to Robotics, Complex Data Collection

A discovery-based, three-day workshop at Arizona State University (ASU) for junior high school students aims to get young adults interested in science, technology...

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Yale Researchers Create Database-Hadoop Hybrid

Yale University professor Daniel J. Abadi has led the development of HadoopDB, an open source parallel database management system (DBMS) that combines the data-processing...

Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics
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Practice Makes Perfect, Even For Brain-Controlled Prosthetics

Those who learn by repetition rely on "muscle memory," a sense that practice trains muscles to perform specific actions without thought. But does muscle memory...

A New Software to Assess Driving Behavior and Driving Risks
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A New Software to Assess Driving Behavior and Driving Risks

New software designed by a telecommunications engineer at the University of Malaga in Spain has the potential to reduce auto accidents by providing drivers with...

Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare
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Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare

New York University researchers have developed a camera that uses ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light to take photos in the dark without the use of a traditional...

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Future Cars Will Communicate to Avoid Collisions

The recent First Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) conference in Sydney featured a demonstration of how the flocking technique could be used to control cars....

NICTA Opens Its Software to the World
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NICTA Opens Its Software to the World

The National ICT Australia (NICTA) research organization has launched the OpenNICTA portal, which will allow people to view and download software developed and...

Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions
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Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions

University of Waterloo researchers have released a beta version of Vlink, an open source technology that is designed to provide robust and inexpensive Web access...

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Trust But Verify: Security Risks Abound in the It Supply Chain

There are substantial national security issues associated with the use of information technology (IT) products delivered via the global supply chain, including...

Helping Robots Get a Grip
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Helping Robots Get a Grip

Columbia University robotics researchers Peter Allan and Matei Ciocarlie have developed a new way to control a dexterous robotic hand. The researchers realized...
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