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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown
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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown

New software developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is being used with semi-autonomous robots in the war against drug smuggling. The software can be...

Are Computers Transforming Humanity?
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Are Computers Transforming Humanity?

Researchers and technologists agree that computer technology is fueling significant changes in individuals and society as a whole, and the endpoint is unknown. 

Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming
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Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming

ACM SIGGRAPH 2009's Emerging Technologies will feature demonstrations and juried interactive installations from numerous fields, including alternative displays,...

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Grid Browser Finds the Meaning of Life

The European Union-funded Sealife project has developed a Web browser capable of understanding the technical terms used in life sciences and automatically finding...

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Researchers Aim For Cloud Standard

The development of a framework for building cloud computing infrastructure could improve high-performance computing services from the Internet to multiple clients...

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ACM Group Honors Researchers Whose Zig-Zag Graph Aids Computer Network Designs

ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science have awarded the Godel Prize...

New Wave of Apps Build 'where' Into the Web
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New Wave of Apps Build 'where' Into the Web

You just landed in Seattle for a meeting later this afternoon. But first, you've got to pick up your rental car, grab a hot cup of coffee and probably spend a fair...

Technology to 'watch Over' Vulnerable Road Users
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Technology to 'watch Over' Vulnerable Road Users

The European WATCH-OVER Project has developed a system capable of monitoring vulnerable road users (VRUs) that features a pre-crash system and a warning system....

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City 2.0: Using Tech Building Blocks in Tomorrow's Urban Centers

Ubiquitous wireless networks, sustainable data centers, the development of the smart energy grid, and the commonality of city-supplied social networks are bringing...

A Third Dimension for Mobile Phones
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A Third Dimension for Mobile Phones

Three-dimensional (3D) television and film has been a niche application partly because of cost, but mobile devices equipped with simpler and less expensive 3D technology...

Content Control
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Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

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Is the ­U.S. Ready For Government-Sponsored Cyberattacks?

A recently published report from the National Research Council (NRC) contends that there has to be more public disclosure and informed debate about cyberarms and...

House Passes Bill to Strengthen Planning, Coordination of It R&d
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House Passes Bill to Strengthen Planning, Coordination of It R&d

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2020, the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Act of 2009 by a voice vote on Tuesday (May...

Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push
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Pentagon Preps Soldier Telepathy Push

Forget the battlefield radios, the combat PDAs or even infantry hand signals. When the soldiers of the future want to communicate, they’ll read each other's minds...

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Google Labs Cooks Up New Recipes For Web Wandering

Google has revealed an array of new search tools--Search Options, Wonder Wheel, Rich Snippets, and Google Squared--that enable users to combine options for displaying...

Test Facility Aims to Improve Land Mine Detection Equipment
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Test Facility Aims to Improve Land Mine Detection Equipment

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a test facility to evaluate and enhance sensors designed to detect buried land mines. The unique automated...

Ensuring Universal Access in Digital Homes
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Ensuring Universal Access in Digital Homes

The EUREKA ITEA software Cluster ANSO project is working to integrate domestic networked multimedia, home control, and communications devices. The digital home...

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Icann Heading to a Fork in the Road

As the expiration of ICANN's agreement with the U.S. Commerce Department approaches, stakeholders are weighing in on the fate of the organization. European Union...

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Sensors See More Productivity in Workers ­sing Face-to-Face Interactions

Office workers who make time to chat face to face with colleagues may be far more productive than those who rely on e-mail, the phone, or Facebook, suggests a study...
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