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Prototype Security Software Blocks Ddos Attacks

Auburn University researchers have developed a software filter that protects computers against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks without bogging down...

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications
From ICT Results

Creating Resilience For Vehicular Applications

Automotive communications are a major element in the near future of vehicle technology, with applications ranging from variable road sign visualization, to accident...

Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance
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Free-Flying Cyborg Insects Steered From a Distance

Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, have connected electrodes and radio antennas to the nervous systems of beetles and then were able to control...

Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise
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Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise

Software engineering techniques for very large data systems will be the focus of research at Queen's University in Canada, which has received a $5 million investment...

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­nix at 40: Hanging on Despite Strong Linux, Windows Challenges

After four decades, the Unix platform is still very important to enterprise information technology and has many years of usefulness left to it, even though Linux...

Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore
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Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore

Researchers are relying on graphics processing units to help build a highly complex computer simulation depicting how chromatophore proteins create photosynthesis...

The Self-Managing, 'unbreakable' Internet?
From ICT Results

The Self-Managing, 'unbreakable' Internet?

High-powered Internet applications typically need teams of experts to maintain them. Not any more, say European researchers who have built a system to create applications...

Silicon-Germanium Electronics May Cut Spacecraft Weight
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Silicon-Germanium Electronics May Cut Spacecraft Weight

Satellites and other spacecraft typically use bulky and expensive shielding to protect vital  microprocessors and other microelectronic integrated circuits from...

Code Breakthrough Delivers Safer Computing
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Code Breakthrough Delivers Safer Computing

Computer researchers at the University of New South Wales and NICTA say they have proven that an operating-system kernel was 100 percent free of bugs. The team...

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Supercomputers Often Run Outdated Software

Supercomputing experts discussed the issue of supercomputing software during a recent conference in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Coalition...

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code
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Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code

Code analysis vendor Coverity reports that the number of defects in open source projects is on the decline. 

Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All
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Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All

Stephen Wolfram has set the ambitious goal of converting the global corpus of knowledge into a computable format through WolframAlpha.com, a computational knowledge...

Shaping the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

Debating Net Neutrality
From Communications of the ACM

Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
From Communications of the ACM

Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...

Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help
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Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help

Willow Garage researchers are developing robots that ask human for help when they cannot recognize objects. Willow Garage computer scientist Alan Sorokin has designed...

Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap
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Materials Restore Functionality in a Snap

Researchers are working on "self-healing" electronic materials that could lead in time to computer components that can fix themselves when they break.

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

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Quantum Computers Are Coming

WHATEVER happened to quantum computers? A few years ago, it seemed, it was just a case of a tweak here, a fiddle there, and some kind of number-crunching Godzilla...

Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009
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Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009

This year's ACM conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Appliances (OOPSLA 2009) will be held in Orlando, Fla., from October 25-29. OOPSLA...
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