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Face-Recognition Technology May Be ­sed at Hong Kong Border Checks

Face-recognition technology might be used to screen the residents at Hong Kong border checkpoints, Hong Kong's Security Secretary Ambrose Lee said Thursday (Nov...

3-D Software Gives Doctors, Students a View Inside the Body
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3-D Software Gives Doctors, Students a View Inside the Body

James Oliver picked up an Xbox game controller, looked up to a video screen and used the device's buttons and joystick to fly through a patient's chest cavity for...

Software Looks to Solve Life-Threatening Medical Puzzles
From ICT Results

Software Looks to Solve Life-Threatening Medical Puzzles

New software is under development that doctors hope will help them identify brain tumours in children that will grow aggressively. A new software tool can integrate...

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Theme-Park Dummy Trick Becomes Teleconference Tool

A trick used in theme-park animatronics could help people act more naturally during videoconferences. Shader lamps is a technique that projects an animated face...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

What Happens When Good Robots Go 'bad'?
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What Happens When Good Robots Go 'bad'?

A study by University of Washington researchers led by doctoral student Tamara Denning calls attention to the possibility of household robots being hacked by malevolent...

Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference
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Nasa Showcases 'green' Missions at Sc09 Conference

Milestones by five NASA research centers in the fields of science, engineering, and technology will be showcased at the ACM-sponsored SC09 supercomputing conference...

Metagenomics and the Computing Challenges of Microbial Communities
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Metagenomics and the Computing Challenges of Microbial Communities

New technologies are enabling researchers to sequence samples of microorganisms taken from their environment, but the relatively new field of metagenomics still...

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Terrorism in the Age of Technology: Biothreats And?cyber Warfare

While once considered unconventional, cyber attacks and biological warfare have become an increasing threat to security and a tactic of rising concern. Spanning...

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Now We Know Where We Stand, and It's About Time

America has seen its last Lost Generation. Thanks to an invisible armada of incessantly broadcasting satellites, collectively called the Global Positioning System...

Rutgers Computer Scientists Work to Strengthen Online Security
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Rutgers Computer Scientists Work to Strengthen Online Security

Rutgers University computer scientists are developing an alternative to online security questions that is designed to be easier for legitimate users and more secure...

China Plans For Humanoid Olympics
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China Plans For Humanoid Olympics

China has announced plans to hold a robot Olympics in 2010, in which humanoid robots will compete in 16 different events ranging from athletics to machine-related...

ACM Names 84 Distinguished Members for Advances in Computing Technology
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ACM Names 84 Distinguished Members for Advances in Computing Technology

ACM has recognized 84 members as 2009 Distinguished Members. The number of honorees has more than doubled from a year ago, and ACM says the increase is a reflection...

Labor Shortage in It Industry Despite Recession
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Labor Shortage in It Industry Despite Recession

A new survey by New Zealand's Ministry of Economic Development found a significant shortage of skilled labor in the information technology (IT) industry, despite...

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Validity of Software Patents Goes on Trial at ­.s. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court will consider what types of inventions should be eligible for a patent as part of a case that could undermine legal protections for software...

Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers
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Green500 Expands Coverage of Energy-Efficient Supercomputers

Virginia Tech's Green500 list is getting a refresh. Since its 2007 debut, the Green500 has ranked only the energy efficiency of the world's 500 fastest performing...

Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone
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Adding a Sixth Sense to Your Cellphone

Many Indians bought their first mobile phones before they had their first experiences with personal computers. Pranav Mistry thinks that most of them might also...

Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots
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Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots

A forthcoming report from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will explore whether robots could eventually become so intelligent...

Announced Initiatives to Bolster ­.s. Science and Technology Collaboration With Muslim Communities
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Announced Initiatives to Bolster ­.s. Science and Technology Collaboration With Muslim Communities

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently announced new initiatives aimed at promoting science and technology collaboration with Muslim communities...
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