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How a Smart, Decentralized Energy Web Is Essential for Managing Renewable Energy Sources

Researchers from the Italian research center CREATE-NET recently completed a study that examined the ways in which decentralized, bottom-up design approaches could...

Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity
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Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

The Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.

A Soft Spot For Circuitry
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A Soft Spot For Circuitry

Robots designed to provide companionship are making strides, and falling costs may help lead to their wider use. 

Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust
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Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust

Researchers from Northeastern, MIT and Cornell are using a robot to determine how human strangers develop trust.

Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World
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Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World

The cellphone, the fastest growing technology platform in the developing world, is delivering educational content to children in out-of-school settings in rural...

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery
From ACM News

To Stop Cheats, Colleges Learn Their Trickery

The frontier in the battle to defeat student cheating may be here at the testing center of the University of Central Florida.

Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future
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Intel to Focus on How Computers Will Be ­sed in the Future

Intel has created Interaction and Experience Research, a new research lab led by Intel fellow Genevieve Bell that will enable scientists to explore how people will...

Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan
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Biometric Atm Gives Cash Via 'finger Vein' Scan

Poland's cooperative BPS bank says it's the first in Europe to install a biometric ATM--allowing customers to withdraw cash simply with the touch of a fingertip...

Turning Remote Control Into Intimate Support
From ICT Results

Turning Remote Control Into Intimate Support

All the remote controls lying around our houses or fixed to our walls can be combined via new standardised middleware. Combined control enables new levels of home...

From ACM News

The Tech Refresher Russia's Spies Needed

From James Bond to Johnny English, the movies give us the impression that spies are top of the tree when it comes to money-no-object espionage technology. But that...

From ACM News

Patented Electronic Braking System Prevents Slips on Walkers

Rolling walkers—which help senior citizens maintain mobility and an active lifestyle—have just become safer and easier to use.

Steming the Tide
From ACM TechNews

Steming the Tide

Many recent studies have shown that cultural attitudes are a problem for women in STEM fields.

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography
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Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography

A year ago in April, the government says, the accused operative known as Richard Murphy and his supposed wife, "Cynthia Murphy," booted up a computer in their comfy...

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
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Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair
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With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

Would-be whistle-blowers hoping to leak documents to Wikileaks face a potentially frustrating surprise. Wikileaks’ submission process, which had been degraded for...

From ACM TechNews

The Idea Incubator Goes to Campus

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one of a handful of universities that work closely with investors to make sure promising ideas are nurtured into successful...

Google Faces Pressure As China to Decide on License
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Google Faces Pressure As China to Decide on License

Google Inc. could face further pressure for its other products in China as Beijing is due to decide whether or not to renew a license for the firm's flagship search...

Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More
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Star Pitchers in a Duel? Tickets Will Cost More

When the San Francisco Giants noticed a sudden surge in ticket sales for the team’s Memorial Day game with the Colorado Rockies, they did something seemingly more...

Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented
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Supreme Court Relaxes Limits on Innovations That Can Be Patented

The Supreme Court on Monday loosened the limits on the kinds of inventions that are eligible for patent protection in a case that was closely watched for its impacts...

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Scholarships Will Enable Women Students to Attend Computing Conferences

Wipro Technologies and ACM have announced an agreement wherein Wipro will fund scholarships that enable women students majoring in computer science and related...
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