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Report Calls For Grassroots But Comprehensive Changes

A $1.5 million study from the Carnegie Corp. of New York focuses on weaknesses in U.S. math and science education. The report calls for more comprehensive math...

­sing Computer Models to Predict War
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­sing Computer Models to Predict War

New York University professor Bruce Bueno de Mesquita has developed a computer model that can forecast the outcomes of international conflicts, and the U.S. Defense...

­nderwater Robots Identify Potential Threats in Murky Waters
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­nderwater Robots Identify Potential Threats in Murky Waters

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute at Florida Atlantic University has received $2 million from the U.S. Department of Defense, Office of Naval Research, to continue...

Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology
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Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology

Shoplifting in retail outlets is an increasing problem that creates an estimated annual retail deficit of more than $30 billion, but RFID technology can help to...

Reading the Brain Without Poking It
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Reading the Brain Without Poking It

Experimental devices that read brain signals have helped paralyzed people use computers and may let amputees control bionic limbs. But existing devices use tiny...

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Toyota Develops Technology For Brain Waves to Steer Wheelchair

Toyota Motor Corp. says it has developed a way of steering a wheelchair by just detecting brain waves, without the person having to move a muscle or shout a command...

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: A Soft Biometric For Identifying Suspects and Victims
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Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: A Soft Biometric For Identifying Suspects and Victims

 Tattoo patterns are regularly cataloged by law enforcement agencies when booking suspects. Unfortunately, matching tattoos is a time-consuming, subjective process...

Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap
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Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap

Studies indicate that although U.S. women have achieved parity or near-parity with men on science and math achievement tests, the top levels of many such fields...

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology
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Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology

Some Iranian protestors dissatisfied with their government's response to the disputed election are using The Onion Router (TOR), an Internet encryption program...

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Intel's Mukherjee Wins ACM Computer Architecture Award

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) presented its 2009 Maurice Wilkes Award to Shubu Mukherjee of Intel Corp. for his contributions...

Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers
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Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers

Some experts project that the Obama administration's cybersecurity push will expand two-year colleges' role in supplying cybersecurity workers to government agencies...

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Nanotechnology Conference Is Full of Big Ideas

From solar panels to electric circuitry, the next big thing may be really tiny. Global leaders in nanotechnology — the science of the very, very small — spent two...

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­k Looks to Young Geeks to Secure Cyberspace

Britain is hiring former computer hackers to join a new security unit aimed at protecting cyberspace from foreign spies, thieves and terrorists, the country's terrorism...

Safety-Critical Software Put ­nder Scrutiny
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Safety-Critical Software Put ­nder Scrutiny

The Centre for Safety-Critical Software Certification, a new global research center based at McMaster University, will be dedicated to eliminating the possibility...

One-Stop Shop For Grid Computing
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One-Stop Shop For Grid Computing

From searching for cures for disease to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, grid computing has become essential to data-intensive research. But accessing limited...

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'secret' Questions Leave Accounts Vulnerable

The secret questions some Web sites ask new users to answer for verification purposes in case a password is forgotten are actually far less secure and far easier...

New 'emotional' Robot ­nveiled in Japan
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New 'emotional' Robot ­nveiled in Japan

Scientists at Tokyo's Waseda University recently demonstrated KOBIAN, a robot that is able to express emotion with its entire face and body. KOBIAN can use its...

Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate
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Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate

A variety of advancements have been made in Internet technology in the past few years, but the Internet continues to reinforce a fundamental division between those...

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division
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Computer Scientists Model Cell Division

Harvard University computer scientists have developed a model for studying the arrangement of tissue networks that are created by cell division. "We developed a...

China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says
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China Linked to 70 Percent of World's Spam, Expert Says

Nearly three-quarters of the Web sites advertised in computer spam studied by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Spam Data Mine so far in 2009 are tied...
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