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A Father Knows Best: Vint Cerf Re-Thinks the Internet in Stanford Talk
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A Father Knows Best: Vint Cerf Re-Thinks the Internet in Stanford Talk

Google's  Vint Cerf, who helped develop the Internet in the 1970s, recently discussed the need to rethink the Internet to handle the growing demand of smartphones...

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'Rural Sourcing' Offers Way to Keep Jobs at Home

Rural Sourcing Inc. represents a growing trend that is helping to keep information technology jobs in the United States by locating them in smaller cities instead...

The Cyberweapon That Could Take Down the Internet
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The Cyberweapon That Could Take Down the Internet

University of Minnesota researchers have developed a cyberweapon that turns the structure of the Internet against itself, but ultimately could be used to make the...

Electronic Mining of Published Research May Lead to New Scientific Breakthroughs
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Electronic Mining of Published Research May Lead to New Scientific Breakthroughs

University of Chicago researchers are exploring how metaknowledge can be used to better understand science's social context and the biases that can affect research...

 Report: Stuxnet Hit 5 Gateway Targets on Its Way to Iranian Plant
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Report: Stuxnet Hit 5 Gateway Targets on Its Way to Iranian Plant

Attackers behind the Stuxnet computer worm focused on targeting five organizations in Iran that they believed would get them to their final target in that country...

NASA
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NASA

The last time NASA visited the Tempel 1 comet, it was with fireworks, on July 4, 2005. On that day, the Deep Impact spacecraft slammed an 820-pound projectile...

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Wireless Advances Could Mean No More Cell Towers

As cell phones have spread, so have large cell towers—those unsightly stalks of steel topped by transmitters and other electronics that sprouted across the country...

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Saudi Women in U.S. Seek Segregation on Facebook

A 22,000-member group for Saudis studying in the US on the social networking website Facebook has been split into two groups, one for women and one for men. The...

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Web Words That Lure the Readers

The Huffington Post has hired veteran journalists to beef up its news coverage. But a significant chunk of its readers come instead for articles like one published...

Print me a Stradivarius
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Print me a Stradivarius

The industrial revolution of the late 18th century made possible the mass production of goods, thereby creating economies of scale which changed the economy—and...

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Thought Police? DARPA wants to Know How Stories Influence Human Mind, Actions

Since it sounds like a not-so-basic- science fiction script, you won't be surprised that the scientific masterminds at the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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Computing Science Rewriting the Program to Get Girls in the Game

University of Alberta researchers have found that high school girls become more interested in computer science if video game creation is incorporated into the lesson...

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Can 'Encrypted Blobs' Help With Secure Cloud Computing?

IBM researchers say cloud computing security can be improved by using fully homomorphic encryption to send data as encrypted blobs, which can be understood without...

HP's Open Innovation Strategy: Leveraging Academic Labs
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HP's Open Innovation Strategy: Leveraging Academic Labs

Hewlett-Packard Labs launched the Innovation Research Program as part of its effort to embrace ideas and technologies that come from other sources, and to enable...

Heading Into the Bonus Round
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Heading Into the Bonus Round

A bonus round is something one usually associates with the likes of a TV game show, not a pioneering deep space mission. "We are definitely in the bonus round...

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California High Court: Retailers Can't Request Cardholders' ZIP Code

California's high court ruled Thursday that retailers don't have the right to ask customers for their ZIP code while completing credit card transactions, saying...

Pentagon
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Pentagon

In the past three years, America’s military and intelligence agencies have spent more than $125 million on computer models that are supposed to forecast political...

Extracting Business Ideas From IT Logs
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Extracting Business Ideas From IT Logs

Many companies' IT infrastructure is automatically gathering a comprehensive picture of their whole business, in the form of everything from Web server and phone...

Researchers Inventory a World of Information
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Researchers Inventory a World of Information

Data is the common currency that unites all fields of science.

Innovation Far Removed From the Lab
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Innovation Far Removed From the Lab

Daniel Reetz loves trash bins. A big one in Fargo, N.D., was where he found most of the materials he used to build a scanner that was fast enough to scan a 400...
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