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Intel Agency: Without Videogames, We
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Intel Agency: Without Videogames, We

American intelligence analysts are biased, and therefore make lousy decisions—even the spooky agencies admit that. The spy guys’ new hope for introducing some...

New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches
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New Meters Aim to Cure Parking Headaches

Soon San Francisco drivers won't need to cruise endlessly in search of an available parking spot.

Sandia's Heroux Named Editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software
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Sandia's Heroux Named Editor of ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software

Sandia National Laboratories researcher Mike Heroux has been named editor-in-chief of the ACM  journal Transactions on Mathematical Software.

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Domestic ­se of Aerial Drones By Law Enforcement Likely to Prompt Privacy Debate

The suspect's house, just west of this city, sat on a hilltop at the end of a steep, exposed driveway. Agents with the Texas Department of Public Safety believed...

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Qualified Success Claimed Against Computer Worm

Cybersecurity experts combating the Conficker worm claimed qualified success but said millions of computers world-wide were still infected by the malicious software...

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The End of Credit Cards Is Coming

Credit cards may soon be as outdated as vinyl records. (Remember them?) And this is the year that the slow, steady march to oblivion begins.

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Social Media and Law Enforcement: Who Gets What Data and When?

This month, we were reminded how important it is that social media companies do what they can to protect the sensitive data they hold from the prying eyes ofreported...

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Survey Reveals Potential Innovation Gap in the U.s.

Young women in the U.S. represent an untapped group of potential inventors, according to the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index. The latest index shows that women...

Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid
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Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid

Advanced internet technologies, energy management and the smart grid are coming together in an unlikely location: a mid-sized city in the South.

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'outrageous Ideas' at Cidr: Seeking to Stimulate Innovative Research Directions

The Computing Community Consortium is sponsoring "wacky idea" sessions aimed at identifying major new research opportunities. The program hopes to move beyond...

Obama Honors Outstanding Science, Math, Engineering Mentors
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Obama Honors Outstanding Science, Math, Engineering Mentors

President Obama has named 11 individuals and 4 organizations as 2011 recipients of the prestigious Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics,...

Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home
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Nasa Inventions Headed to Your Home

With only two shuttle flights left and the future of manned spaceflight in question, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is having a bit of an identity...

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Administration Says It Will Give Industry and Academia Heads Up on Cyberattacks

Universities and businesses will be supplied with government intelligence about malicious Internet activities by the Obama administration so that they can defend...

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Iran Seeks to Boost Corps of Web Watchers

Iran's top police chief envisions a new beat for his forces: patrolling cyberspace.

Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire
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Bending and Stretching Classroom Lessons to Make Math Inspire

At the aptly named Tiny Thai restaurant here, a small table, about two and a half feet square, was jammed with a teapot, two plates of curry, a bowl of soup,...

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Battle For Tech Geeks: Street vs. Silicon Valley

Wall Street firms are aggressively competing with Silicon Valley for computer programmers and software engineers by offering more laid-back office environments,...

Ipad Animation Helps Assess Mobility in Elderly
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Ipad Animation Helps Assess Mobility in Elderly

Two professors at Wake Forest University have developed the Mobility Assessment Tool which uses an iPad and video animation to assess the physical mobility of older...

In New Military, Data Overload Can Be Deadly
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In New Military, Data Overload Can Be Deadly

When military investigators looked into an attack by American helicopters last February that left 23 Afghan civilians dead, they found that the operator of a ...

Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay
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Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay

The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories...

Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma
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Wolfram Education Apps Raise Teaching Dilemma

Wolfram Research, a software company with deep mathematical and scientific expertise, is expanding to the broad education market with a range of mobile apps.
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