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Can You Trust Crowd Wisdom?
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Can You Trust Crowd Wisdom?

A researcher who studied the voting patterns on Amazon.com, the Internet Movie Database (IMDb), and the book review site BookCrossings says a small group of users...

Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off
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Fly-By-Wireless Set For Take-Off

Aircraft manufacturers eager to reduce the weight of planes are looking into the replacement of copper wiring with wireless networks. Imbuing fly-by-wireless networks...

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits
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Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) researchers are developing a material that could enable a computer circuit to repair itself. The researchers have...

Nsf Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds
From ACM TechNews

Nsf Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds

University of Delaware National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientists have received a $1,064,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct...

Electrical Circuit Runs Entirely Off Power in Trees
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Electrical Circuit Runs Entirely Off Power in Trees

You've heard about flower power. What about tree power? It turns out that it's there, in small but measurable quantities. There's enough power in trees for University...

Powerful Supercomputers Boost ­.s. Weather Forecasts
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Powerful Supercomputers Boost ­.s. Weather Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has completed implementation of the final phase of a nine year, $180 million contract by installing the...

From ACM TechNews

Grant to Improve Monitoring of Computers Should Increase Reliability

University of Illinois at Chicago professor Prasid Sistla has received a three-year, $485,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop techniques for...

Getting Your Robot On: Wearable Machines' Intimate Interface
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Getting Your Robot On: Wearable Machines' Intimate Interface

Engineers around the world are exploring all kinds of possibilities for wearable robot interfaces, from brain implants to touch interfaces. Professor Jacob Rosen...

Making Global Science Networking More ­ser-Friendly
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Making Global Science Networking More ­ser-Friendly

Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory have received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science
From Communications of the ACM

Computer Science Meets Environmental Science

Scientists share knowledge and seek collaborators at computational sustainability conference.

Facing an Age-Old Problem
From Communications of the ACM

Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

Medical Nanobots
From Communications of the ACM

Medical Nanobots

Researchers working in medical nanorobotics are creating technologies that could lead to novel health-care applications, such as new ways of accessing areas of...

Entering a Parallel Universe
From Communications of the ACM

Entering a Parallel Universe

The promise of parallel computing has run afoul of the harsh reality of Amdahl's Law, which puts a ceiling on the benefit of converting sequential code to parallel...

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
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Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

Competitions Aim to Create Interest in Cybersecurity
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Competitions Aim to Create Interest in Cybersecurity

U.S. government, industry, and academia are using cybersecurity competitions to interest high school and college students about the career opportunities in cybersecurity...

Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips
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Nuclear Fusion Research Key to Advancing Computer Chips

Scientists at Purdue University and the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory are adapting the same methods used in fusion-energy research toView...

Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast
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Desktop Multiprocessing: Not So Fast

The continuance of Moore's Law—the axiom that the number of devices that can be economically installed on a processor chip doubles every other year—will mainly...

Making Android More Secure
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Making Android More Secure

Google developed a new approach to mobile phone security with its open source Android operating system. Android developer Rich Cannings says there must be a balance...

Energy-Aware Internet Routing
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Energy-Aware Internet Routing

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Carnegie Mellon University, and Akamai indicates an Internet-routing algorithm that tracks electricity...
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