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Smart Clothes For Better Healthcare

Comfortable smart clothes that monitor the wearer’s heart, breathing and body temperature promise to revolutionise healthcare by reducing hospital visits and allowing...

When Robots Invaded the Senate
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When Robots Invaded the Senate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a luncheon briefing and open house for U.S. Senate members to demonstrate cyber-physical systems (CPS), an emerging...

How New Technologies Will Ease Our Traffic Woes
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How New Technologies Will Ease Our Traffic Woes

A new generation of monitoring and data-gathering technologies could drastically alter how people travel by car by providing them with more accurate information...

Data Overload on Dating Sites
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Data Overload on Dating Sites

New research on online dating sites shows that users can experience "cognitive overload" when faced with too many choices, causing them to make poorer decisions...

Computer Games Stretch and Hone Older Brains
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Computer Games Stretch and Hone Older Brains

Seniors are sharpening their recall and other mental processes at The Brain Emporium, a community center program in Cleveland opened and run by Case Western Reserve...

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants
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Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants

A key component of modern factories is the flexible production cell – a workstation staffed by a worker with the training and tools to carry out a variety of operations...

Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors
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Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors

Research supported by the U.S. Pentagon is attempting to turn insects into search-and-rescue systems capable of locating trapped victims in earthquake rubble and...

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Social Networking Helping Women Turn on to Tech

A new report from Orange Labs suggests that technology will play a key role in drawing more women to careers in information technology. The report, "Her Code:...

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DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...

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Ward Off Espionage: India to Design a Home-Grown Microprocessor

Top scientists at some of India's ace scientific institutions are pooling energies, and the government some money, in an ambitious attempt to design a home-grown...

From ACM TechNews

Computer Learns Sign Language By Watching Tv

Software developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds has autonomously determined the basics of sign language by watching TV...

Optical Chip Detects Blood Molecules
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Optical Chip Detects Blood Molecules

A portable 'lab on a chip' that can identify specific targeted molecules in blood samples has been created by European researchers. It is being used to measure...

IBM Tops Green500 Supercomputer List
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IBM Tops Green500 Supercomputer List

Big Blue's supercomputers are among the greenest in the world. The June Green500 list, published by Green500.org, showed that 18 of the top 20 greenest supercomputers...

Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News
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Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News

By observing global flow of news online, Cornell computer scientists have managed to track and analyze the "news cycle" — the way stories rise and fall in popularity...

From ACM Careers

Merage Foundation Gives Technion $12 Million to Start Mba Program

The Andre and Katherine Merage Foundation of Southern California has given the American Technion Society a $12 million gift to start a business school at Israel's...

China Bans Electric Shock Treatment to Cure Internet 'Addiction'
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China Bans Electric Shock Treatment to Cure Internet 'Addiction'

China's ministry of health has banned the use of electric shock treatment to cure Internet addiction. The move follows growing concern in the country about young...

Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers
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Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers are developing a highly maneuverable bat-sized flying robot that could be used for a variety of purposes, including...

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Plastic Circuits to Make Tougher, Greener Computers

Australian engineers have found a way to make circuits out of plastic. The Circuits in Plastic (CIP) technology is made from recycled plastic, does not contain...

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­.s. Scientists See H1-B Visas as Major Issue Against Progress, Says Survey

U.S. residents hold a high opinion of scientists, but only a minority feel that U.S. scientific achievements are the best in the world, according to a new Pew Research...

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IBM Security Software Masks Confidential Info

IBM researchers have developed Masking Gateway for Enterprises (MAGEN), software that uses optical character recognition and screen scraping technology to identify...
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