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The Internet's Librarian
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The Internet's Librarian

Technologist and entrepreneur Brewster Kahle (pictured) wants to produce a free, online corpus of human knowledge called the Internet Archive that is bigger than...

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White House Says ­U.S. Needs H-1b Visas to Avoid 'competitive Disadvantage'

President Barack Obama has already reversed several actions and policies established by President George W. Bush, but has shown little interest in revising a rule...

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year
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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that...

Google's Power Play
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Google's Power Play

Google and General Electric (GE) have teamed up on an ambitious project to transform the United States' energy production infrastructure from a model characterized...

Pitt, CM­ Try to Buck Sliding Trend of Women Studying Computer Science
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Pitt, CM­ Try to Buck Sliding Trend of Women Studying Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) computer science education graduate student Leigh Ann Sudol says computer science suffers from the lack of female participation...

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Talking in Color: Voice Imaging Helps Social Skills

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer scientist Karrie Karahalios has developed a technique to digitize conversations and represent them as images...

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Project to Support Minority Students in Science Is Working, Report Says

The number of minority scientists is increasing, concludes a report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Alliances for Graduate Education...

Purdue, Rutgers Will Lead $30 Million ­U.S. Homeland Security Research Center
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Purdue, Rutgers Will Lead $30 Million ­U.S. Homeland Security Research Center

Purdue University and Rutgers University will lead an international research and education group in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer
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Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a mobile application known as Sun Dial, which alerts Muslim users when it's time to perform the...

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Georgia Tech Program Pairs Computing With Public Service

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has spun off a course on using technology to solve real-world problems into a new program called Computing for...

Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene
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Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene

Texas A&M University lab's Robin Murphy (pictured) and colleagues have developed RubbleViewer, a tool for modeling a disaster scene that they say is more efficient...

Connections Do Count
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Connections Do Count

University of Pennsylvania computer scientist Michael Kearns is exploring the connections between social networks and human behavior. Such research could revolutionize...

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The Future of Computer-Human Interaction: Conference to Explore the New World of Digital Life

ACM's annual conference on Computer-Human Interaction, CHI 2009, gets underway at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 4. Sponsored by ACM's Special...

Wattbot Residential Monitoring System Generates Energy Savings
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Wattbot Residential Monitoring System Generates Energy Savings

Graduate students at the Indiana University School of Informatics have developed WattBot, a residential electricity monitoring and feedback system that will be...

Hp, Ibm Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies
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Hp, Ibm Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies

Both IBM's Almaden Research Center and Hewlett-Packard Labs are focused on promoting their companies' core businesses and investigating emerging technologies....

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Researchers Seek to Assist the Elderly

Washington State University professors Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe and Diane Cook have created a smart home laboratory to assess how technology can help senior...

Computer Science Field Needs a Few (more) Good Women
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Computer Science Field Needs a Few (more) Good Women

When ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) awarded Barbara Liskov the prestigious A.M. Turing Award earlier this month, its decision and timing were perfect...

Innovation Waning, ­U.S. Leaders Worry
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Innovation Waning, ­U.S. Leaders Worry

Is America losing its innovative edge? That's the fear of a growing number of tech-industry leaders, who say that U.S. companies are focusing on short-term gains...

Fewer Applications For H-1b Visas Expected This Year
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Fewer Applications For H-1b Visas Expected This Year

With unemployment skyrocketing across the nation, tech and other companies this year are expected to request fewer H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers...

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ACM Recognizes Computing and Information Technology Leaders

ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery) has announced the winners of three awards honoring significant contributions to the computing and information technology...
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