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Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?
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Could Budget Cuts Cost Pentagon Its High-Tech Edge?

Futuristic military projects outlined in the just-issued Strategic Plan 2009 of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) include planes that stay aloft...

Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics
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Robot Warriors Will Get a Guide to Ethics

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ronald Arkin is developing what he calls "ethical governor" software and hardware that will tell military robots when...

Cvis: Connected Vehicles For Next-Generation Mobility
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Cvis: Connected Vehicles For Next-Generation Mobility

The European flagship project for Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) is preparing the first road demonstrations of technology underlying the universal...

Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate
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Obama Set to Create a Cybersecurity Czar With Broad Mandate

U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to announce that he will create a cyberczar position, adding a senior White House official who will have broad authority...

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Fake Web Traffic Can Hide Secret Chat

The Internet's underlying technology can be harnessed to let people exchange secret messages, perhaps allowing free, coded speech under oppressive regimes. So says...

Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories
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Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories

Thanks to a University of Houston professor, the iPhone can now count how many calories you've burned in a given day. A new, free download called Walk n' Play is...

It's Not Just Tv Anymore: The Promises and Perils of Children's Technological Environments
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It's Not Just Tv Anymore: The Promises and Perils of Children's Technological Environments

Today's children are coming of age immersed in video gaming, Web browsing, and instant messaging. Many have cell phones, laptops, and hand-held video games. Others...

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Classroom Computers Boost Face-to-Face Learning

A European Union-funded research initiative called LEAD is using computers to enhance collaborative, face-to-face learning and problem solving. The research demonstrates...

Coverity Co-Founder Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award
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Coverity Co-Founder Receives ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

Coverity co-founder Dawson Engler has been awarded ACM's Grace Murray Hopper Award for his groundbreaking research in automated program checking. "Dawson Engler...

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­U.S. Lags Globally in Robotics Development

The United States is trailing other countries in the development of sophisticated robots, according to a recently released report written by a group of 140 experts...

Keynoters Announced for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
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Keynoters Announced for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

Google vice president Megan Smith and University of California, San Diego professor Fran Berman will be the keynote speakers at the 9th annual Grace Hopper Celebration...

­U.S. Announces Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development
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­U.S. Announces Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development

On May 18, 2009, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced significant progress that will help expedite development of a...

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Wisconsin ­tility Testing Online Energy Monitors

A Wisconsin utility is joining an energy-efficiency initiative that allows customers to monitor their home's power use online, through an iGoogle gadget. Google's...

Msu Computer Scientist Wins Nsf Grant For Wireless Tech Research
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Msu Computer Scientist Wins Nsf Grant For Wireless Tech Research

Montana State University (MSU) professor Jian Tang has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to continue his research in wireless communications...

Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown
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Bots vs. Smugglers: Drug Tunnel Smackdown

New software developed at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is being used with semi-autonomous robots in the war against drug smuggling. The software can be...

Are Computers Transforming Humanity?
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Are Computers Transforming Humanity?

Researchers and technologists agree that computer technology is fueling significant changes in individuals and society as a whole, and the endpoint is unknown. 

Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming
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Siggraph to Showcase Breakthroughs in Haptics, Robotics, and Gaming

ACM SIGGRAPH 2009's Emerging Technologies will feature demonstrations and juried interactive installations from numerous fields, including alternative displays,...

In 2010 Asia and Latin America Will Be Leading in Use of Free Software
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In 2010 Asia and Latin America Will Be Leading in Use of Free Software

The use of free software in South America and Asia will reach about 70 percent in 2010, and will be particularly prevalent in the education sector, according to...

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ACM Group Honors Researchers Whose Zig-Zag Graph Aids Computer Network Designs

ACM's Special Interest Group on Algorithms and Computing Theory (SIGACT) and the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science have awarded the Godel Prize...

Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius
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Toyota Deploys Tech Tools in Third-Generation Prius

Recognizing that first-ness is a perishable commodity, Toyota has deployed an array of new technologies in its third-generation Prius hybrid aimed at cementing...
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