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Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before
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Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before

Stuxnet is the first worm of its type capable of attacking critical infrastructure like power stations and electricity grids: those in the know have been expecting...

Four Organizations Join Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Test Bed
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Four Organizations Join Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Test Bed

HP, Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. announced on Monday (Sept. 27) that four new organizations will join Open Cirrus, a global, multiple data center, open source...

China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race
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China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race

1,000 U.S. scientists are involved in exascale development, but China and Europe have stepped up their investment, IBM warns.

The Density of Innovation
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The Density of Innovation

A map showing the density of innovation based on the number of patents in the high-tech industry reveals that the median density of innovation is .008 patents per...

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Hp-Sponsored Consortium Developing News Ways of Measuring Learning

The Measuring Learning Consortium, a global consortium led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, will develop new technologies for measuring students'...

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A Silent Attack, but Not a Subtle One

 As in real warfare, even the most carefully aimed weapon in computer warfare leaves collateral damage. The Stuxnet worm was no different.

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­.s. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

 Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap...

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Cyber Attacks Test Pentagon, Allies and Foes

 Cyber espionage has surged against governments and companies around the world in the past year, and cyber attacks have become a staple of conflict among states...

Web Science: The New Frontier
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Web Science: The New Frontier

To Chris Baker, the World Wide Web's existence has been "like the birth of a new planet." Baker, a University of New Brunswick researcher, is asking himself,...

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Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment

 The technology industry is being rattled by a quiet and sophisticated malicious software program that has infiltrated factory computers.

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Report: Poor Science Education Impairs ­.s. Economy

"Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a new report released before a U.S. Congressional committee, found little improvement in K-12 technical education in the United...

Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?
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Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?

African-Americans account for just 1.3 percent of computer science faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, and only 1.6 percent of computer science doctorate...

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PARC, Which Laid Foundation for PC Revolution, Turns 40

PARC—the Xerox-backed research institution that laid the foundation for the personal computing revolution—is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the fabled...

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An Army of Tech-Savvy Warriors Has Been Fighting Its Battles in Cyberspace

They were Air Force fighter pilots, Army rangers and Marine tank commanders. There was even a Navy fighter jet radar officer who had been taken prisoner during...

Everyday Robot Helpers Could Be Affordable in a Decade Or Less
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Everyday Robot Helpers Could Be Affordable in a Decade Or Less

Cornell University Assistant Professor of Computer Science Ashutosh Saxena envisions that "in five to 10 years, people will buy an assistive robot that will be...

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Seeing the Internet As an 'information Weapon'

The United States and other world powers have agreed to arms control measures in recent years that limit the deployment and use of nuclear, biological and chemical...

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Internet Said to Speed Development For Poor Nations

Internet technology drives economic growth and enables poor countries to develop at a faster pace than rich nations did, Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers,...

'citizen Scientists' Could Help in Response to Environmental Disasters
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'citizen Scientists' Could Help in Response to Environmental Disasters

Jules White, with the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, seeks to create a massive data collection system that would rely on information captured by "citizen...

Extending the Law of War to Cyberspace
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Extending the Law of War to Cyberspace

It may come as a surprise to some war victims, but there actually is a body of international law that establishes when and how nations can legally engage in armed...

Clever Cars to Mean Safer Driving
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Clever Cars to Mean Safer Driving

On-board computers and sensors in cars are helping to augment a person's driving skill and that trend will only continue as technologies such as collision-detection...
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