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Scientists Recreate Bach's Forgotten Horn
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Scientists Recreate Bach's Forgotten Horn

Computer modeling software originally developed by a University of Edinburgh Ph.D. student to optimize the design of modern brass instruments has been used to recreate...

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NIST Delivers ­pdated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently provided the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) with a draft revision to the 2005 U.S. federal...

Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids
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Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids

Cornell University computer science researchers have developed new algorithms to simulate the sounds of water to correspond with images. Cornell professor Doug...

Dr. Telle Whitney Receives Eda Achievement Award
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Dr. Telle Whitney Receives Eda Achievement Award

Dr. Telle Whitney, president and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute, is the recipient of the Tenth Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation (EDA)...

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Black Hole Simulation Wins First Prize at International Competition

A team from the Louisiana State University (LSU) Center for Computation and Technology (CCT) won the top prize at the recent SCALE 2009 challenge. The grid-computing...

Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians
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Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians

Using phone cameras, scientists can one day hunt for Martian life, by looking for organic matter that could indicate life. According to a report in New Scientist...

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Alliance Formed to Push Development and Adoption of Open Source in Asia

Ten Open Source Software Centers and related promotion organizations in Asian countries and regions today announced the formation of Asian Open Source Software...

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Instant Sex Change Served ­p By Video Software

Software developed by University of East Anglia computer scientist Barry-John Theobald and Weta Digital's Iain Matthews can take a live video feed of a person talking...

Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.
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Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.

The U.S. government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. The...

How Technology Lifts Pixar's 'up'
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How Technology Lifts Pixar's 'up'

If you want to consider a difficult computational problem, try thinking of the algorithms required to animate more than 10,000 helium balloons, each with its own...

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Computer Simulation Captures Immune Response to Flu

Researchers at the Center for Biodefense Immune Modeling (CBIM) at the University of Rochester Medical Center have tested a computer simulation of major portions...

Web 2.0 Application Developed to Recommend Television Programs
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Web 2.0 Application Developed to Recommend Television Programs

Researchers from the Interactive Digital Television Laboratory at Spain's University of Vigo have developed queveo.tv, a Web 2.0 application that filters the programming...

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Tongue in Check

The growth of the Web has facilitated a revolution in translation technologies that are primarily based not on language rules but on vast volumes of text translated...

Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques
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Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers program is the premier global forum presenting groundbreaking research from today's leading international organizations. Topics...

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Mobile Services Made Simple

European researchers believe they have achieved what has remained an almost impossible dream in the wireless world: powerful mobile services that work simply, seamlessly...

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

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Fake Web Traffic Can Hide Secret Chat

The Internet's underlying technology can be harnessed to let people exchange secret messages, perhaps allowing free, coded speech under oppressive regimes. So says...

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Classroom Computers Boost Face-to-Face Learning

A European Union-funded research initiative called LEAD is using computers to enhance collaborative, face-to-face learning and problem solving. The research demonstrates...

IBM Unveils Real-Time Software to Find Trends in Vast Data Sets
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IBM Unveils Real-Time Software to Find Trends in Vast Data Sets

IBM has unveiled System S, stream processing software capable of receiving huge volumes of data from numerous sources and quickly identifying correlations within...

Coverity Co-Founder Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
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Coverity Co-Founder Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Coverity co-founder Dawson Engler has been awarded ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for his groundbreaking research in automated program checking. "Dawson Engler...
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