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Computing the Scene of a Crime

The use of fingerprints, shoeprints, handwriting, and other forensic evidence may seem like good science—but often it's not, as it relies heavily on humans for...

Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers
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Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers

QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and email newsletters on a variety...

Technology Puts Mind Over Body
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Technology Puts Mind Over Body

Researchers working on Mahidol University's iThink2 project have developed a brain computer interface that controls electronic devices with brain signals and could...

Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry
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Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry

Cyberforensics, the science of finding and securing digital evidence buried deep within company networks, is fast emerging as a global industry.

Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback
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Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback

One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry...

Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee
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Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web says reporters should be hunting for stories in datasets.

President Obama Awards Annual National Medals of Science
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President Obama Awards Annual National Medals of Science

President Obama presented 10 researchers with United States' highest technical and scientific award, and said that celebrating their contributions was "one of...

A Matter of Privacy
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A Matter of Privacy

Do consumers have enough control over their personal information or is more government regulation needed?

The New Face of War
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The New Face of War

With the introduction of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm, the stakes of cyberwarfare have increased immeasurably.

CSEdWeek Expands Its Reach
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CSEdWeek Expands Its Reach

The second Computer Science Education Week is showing students, parents, and educators why computer science is important.

The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking control for mobile phones might lead to a new era of context-aware user interfaces.

Organ Network ­ses Algorithm to Match Live Kidney Donors With Recipients
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Organ Network ­ses Algorithm to Match Live Kidney Donors With Recipients

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an algorithm that matches living kidney donors with compatible transplant recipients, and initiated a pilot...

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H-1b at 20: How the 'tech Worker Visa' Is Remaking It in America

The H-1B visa program turns 20 years old this month. Not everyone in IT is saying 'Best Wishes.'

Social Media Actually Strengthens Social Ties, Study Says
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Social Media Actually Strengthens Social Ties, Study Says

A University of Texas at Austin study reveals gender differences amid the ubiquitous use of Facebook. College students and graduates are expanding their online...

'berlin' Is Revealed as Kryptos Clue
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'berlin' Is Revealed as Kryptos Clue

"Berlin" is the highly anticipated clue from artist Jim Sanborn that’s meant to help crypto sleuths unlock the cipher to his enigmatic Kryptos sculpture. The...

How Wise Are Crowds?
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How Wise Are Crowds?

By melding economics and engineering, researchers show that as social networks get larger, they usually get better at sorting fact from fiction.

Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients
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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients

Life insurers are testing an intensely personal new use for the vast dossiers of data being amassed about Americans: predicting people's longevity.

Cell Phone Alerts to Warn Residents of Danger
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Cell Phone Alerts to Warn Residents of Danger

Two U.S. Department of Homeland Security offices are working with wireless carriers to develop a national capability to send emergency alerts to mobile devices....

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Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program

The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that...

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­.S. Sees 'Huge' Cyber Threat in the Future

U.S. Defense secretary Robert Gates recently told members of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council that the threat from cybertechnologies will grow from "considerable"...
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