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­S Gov Galvanises Aust Cyber-Security Experts
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­S Gov Galvanises Aust Cyber-Security Experts

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently awarded an $18 million contract to a consortium of research groups, including National ICT Australia...

Early Science Runs Prepare Lawrence Livermore National Lab's Sequoia For National Security Missions
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Early Science Runs Prepare Lawrence Livermore National Lab's Sequoia For National Security Missions

Researchers from the three nuclear weapons laboratories of the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration are running unclassified science codes on the Sequoia...

Blue Waters Petascale Supercomputer Now in Friendly User Phase
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Blue Waters Petascale Supercomputer Now in Friendly User Phase

U.S. National Science Foundation-approved science and engineering teams now have access to the full Blue Waters petascale computing system. 

Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant
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Moore's Law Is Becoming Irrelevant

Companies like Apple and Samsung are the public face of the smartphone and tablet boom, but they all rely on ARM, the British company that licenses the energy-efficient...

Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins
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Google Is Blocked in China as Party Congress Begins

All Google services, including its search engine, Gmail and Maps, were inaccessible in China on Friday night and into Saturday, the company confirmed.

From Sudan to Cyber, Secret War with Iran Hots Up
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From Sudan to Cyber, Secret War with Iran Hots Up

From a suspected Israeli airstrike in Sudan to cyber warfare in the Gulf and a drone shot down over Israel, the largely hidden war between Iran and its foes seems...

In Bounties They Trust, but Does Paying For Security Bugs Make a Safer Web?
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In Bounties They Trust, but Does Paying For Security Bugs Make a Safer Web?

Freelance security researchers who hunt for exploitable software bugs for cash rewards posted by vendors can sometimes make a decent wage, but some of the largest...

Computational Text Analysis Made Possible Regardless of Language or Domain
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Computational Text Analysis Made Possible Regardless of Language or Domain

Aalto University's Mari-Sanna Paukkeri has devised computational methods for processing and analyzing online text regardless of its language or domain.  

Climate Likely to Be on Hotter Side of Projections
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Climate Likely to Be on Hotter Side of Projections

A new NASA-funded study by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colo., finds climate model projections that show a greater rise in global temperature...

With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?
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With Millions Paid in Hacker Bug Bounties, Is the Internet Any Safer?

The night before the end of Google's Pwnium contest at the CanSecWest security conference this year in Vancouver, a tall teen dressed in khaki shorts, tube socks...

Eye Am a Camera: Surveillance and Sousveillance in the Glassage
From ACM Opinion

Eye Am a Camera: Surveillance and Sousveillance in the Glassage

Digital eye glasses like Google’s Project Glass, and my earlier Digital Eye Glass, will transform society because they introduce a two-sided surveillance and sousveillance...

Mars to Earth: How to Send Hd Video Between Planets
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Mars to Earth: How to Send Hd Video Between Planets

"It once was a small step... now it's six big wheels," exclaimed Curiosity's Twitter account after the Nasa rover landed on Mars in early August. The message itself...

Cray's Next Supercomputer Has Speedy Interconnect
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Cray's Next Supercomputer Has Speedy Interconnect

Cray's new XC30 supercomputer, known as Aries, features a new interconnect and a new routing topology that together could dramatically improve internal bandwidth...

Registration Open For 20th Annual Nasa Great Moonbuggy Race
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Registration Open For 20th Annual Nasa Great Moonbuggy Race

Registration is open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college, and university students around the world to build and...

Obama's Win a Big Vindication for Nate Silver, King of the Quants
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Obama's Win a Big Vindication for Nate Silver, King of the Quants

In the end, big data won.

Silicon Valley Technology Could Be Key to Connect Cars For Safer Driving
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Silicon Valley Technology Could Be Key to Connect Cars For Safer Driving

While Google's self-driving car is getting heaps of attention, a lesser-known effort that would employ Silicon Valley technologies to make regular automobiles safer...

Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel For Mac
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Apple Said to Be Exploring Switch From Intel For Mac

Apple Inc. is exploring ways to replace Intel Corp. processors in its Mac personal computers with a version of the chip technology it uses in the iPhone and iPad...

Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever
From ACM Opinion

Wrath of the Math: Obama Wins Nerdiest Election Ever

Congratulations, Barack Obama: You have prevailed in the nerdiest election in the history of the American Republic.

Everyone Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi
From ACM News

Everyone Wants a Slice of Raspberry Pi

It's 9am on a lovely autumn morning at Cern, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, just outside Geneva.

A Rewired Internet Would Speed ­p Content Delivery
From ACM TechNews

A Rewired Internet Would Speed ­p Content Delivery

A new networking technique could accelerate video downloads and other forms of Internet content delivery.
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