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Where Cinema and Biology Meet
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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.

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Improving Economy Means Opportunities in It

Information technology hiring could be about to surge in 2011, according to the recent Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011. Professionals who can help a company...

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Survey of Women, Men in IT Shows Differing Views

A recent Technisource survey of men and women in information technology found differences in opinion in areas such as compensation and career challenges. Fewer...

Chips in Football Helmets to Monitor For Concussions
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Chips in Football Helmets to Monitor For Concussions

Intel researchers are working with football helmet manufacturers and several universities to develop technology that can monitor brain damage in real time and build...

­.s. Accuses China Telecom of Internet Hijack
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­.s. Accuses China Telecom of Internet Hijack

China Telecom diverted Internet traffic from the United States and other nations for about 18 minutes on April 8 by publishing incorrect routing information that...

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­niversity Analysis Suggests Limiting Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes

UC Berkeley researcher Mark Philbrick says that carbon nanotubes pose potential adverse health effects to humans and should be treated as if they are hazardous....

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Israeli High Tech Adjusts to Asian Challenge

The emergence of India and China is casting a shadow on the developed economies of Europe and North America, and is also posing a challenge to Israel. Key players...

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It Is Finally Proven: Apple Users Are More Intelligent Than Pc Users

More than 2 millions PC users and Apple users took an Intelligence Test on the Intelligent Elite website. The results were quiet astonishing: Test takers using...

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Army Avatars Join the Battle For Hearts and Minds

Researchers at the University of Southern California are developing realistic, immersive virtual-reality programs for the U.S. military in which the soldiers are...

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R&d Gap Between Advanced, Emerging Economies Narrows: ­nesco

The science/technology gap between emerging and developed economies is closing due to increased R&D investment, according to UNESCO's 2010 Science Report. 

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Hold the Phone: Prolonged Cell Phone Use Can Trigger Allergic Reaction

Allergists are seeing increasing numbers of patients allergic to their cell phones. The culprit is nickel, a common contact allergen, which affects up to 17 percent...

Cameras to Catch Terrorists Triple in New York With Bomb Plots
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Cameras to Catch Terrorists Triple in New York With Bomb Plots

New York City is almost halfway to its goal of installing 3,000 cameras as part of a network to monitor signs of terrorism, about triple the number it had in...

The Ethical Robot
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The Ethical Robot

University of Connecticut professor Susan Anderson and University of Hartford computer scientist Michael Anderson have programmed a robot to behave ethically....

European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show
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European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show

European Union (EU) member states need to do more to prepare for cyberattacks, concludes a report of Cyber Europe 2010, a simulation of how EU countries would react...

Algorithm Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize
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Algorithm Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize

Eotvos Lorand University professor Laszlo Lovasz, who has solved several information technology (IT) problems using graph theory, has been awarded the Kyoto Prize...

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Nsa: Our Development Methods Are in the Open Now

Despite its reputation for secrecy and technical expertise, the National Security Agency doesn't have a set of secret coding practices or testing methods that...

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Improving Emergency Evacuation Planning With Decision-Making Simulation

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a disaster-response planning tool that uses real-time human decision-making to determine effective law-enforcement...

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Wising ­p on STEM Completion

Arizona State University researchers recently unveiled CareerWISE, a website designed to increase the retention of women pursuing degrees and careers in science...

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A Review of Nitrd

One recommendation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology's draft report review of the Networking and Information Technology Research...

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...
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