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Does Science Education Need a Dose of Danger?
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Does Science Education Need a Dose of Danger?

Under the shadow of the Cold War-era Titan II and Atlas rockets set up outside the New York Hall of Science, this weekend's World Maker Faire extravaganza was...

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India Launches Project to Id 1.2 Billion People

India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its...

Physicians See Mobile Phones as Tools to Aid Non-Compliant Patients
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Physicians See Mobile Phones as Tools to Aid Non-Compliant Patients

Researchers are using smartphones and other technologies to remind patients to take medication, exercise, and to positively influence their compliance with treatment...

­ga Researchers Apply Artificial Intelligence to the Study of Gothic Cathedrals
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­ga Researchers Apply Artificial Intelligence to the Study of Gothic Cathedrals

University of Georgia professors are using artificial intelligence to study gothic cathedrals with the aim of developing an ontology that will make it possible...

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Cars as Traffic Sensors

Researchers working on MIT's CarTel project are studying how cars could be used as ubiquitous mobile sensors. The researchers developed an algorithm that optimizes...

­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt
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­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt

A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October...

Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before
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Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before

Stuxnet is the first worm of its type capable of attacking critical infrastructure like power stations and electricity grids: those in the know have been expecting...

Four Organizations Join Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Test Bed
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Four Organizations Join Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Test Bed

HP, Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. announced on Monday (Sept. 27) that four new organizations will join Open Cirrus, a global, multiple data center, open source...

China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race
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China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race

1,000 U.S. scientists are involved in exascale development, but China and Europe have stepped up their investment, IBM warns.

The Density of Innovation
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The Density of Innovation

A map showing the density of innovation based on the number of patents in the high-tech industry reveals that the median density of innovation is .008 patents per...

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Hp-Sponsored Consortium Developing News Ways of Measuring Learning

The Measuring Learning Consortium, a global consortium led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, will develop new technologies for measuring students'...

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A Silent Attack, but Not a Subtle One

 As in real warfare, even the most carefully aimed weapon in computer warfare leaves collateral damage. The Stuxnet worm was no different.

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­.s. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

 Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap...

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Cyber Attacks Test Pentagon, Allies and Foes

 Cyber espionage has surged against governments and companies around the world in the past year, and cyber attacks have become a staple of conflict among states...

Web Science: The New Frontier
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Web Science: The New Frontier

To Chris Baker, the World Wide Web's existence has been "like the birth of a new planet." Baker, a University of New Brunswick researcher, is asking himself,...

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Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment

 The technology industry is being rattled by a quiet and sophisticated malicious software program that has infiltrated factory computers.

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Report: Poor Science Education Impairs ­.s. Economy

"Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a new report released before a U.S. Congressional committee, found little improvement in K-12 technical education in the United...

Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?
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Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?

African-Americans account for just 1.3 percent of computer science faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, and only 1.6 percent of computer science doctorate...

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PARC, Which Laid Foundation for PC Revolution, Turns 40

PARC—the Xerox-backed research institution that laid the foundation for the personal computing revolution—is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the fabled...

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An Army of Tech-Savvy Warriors Has Been Fighting Its Battles in Cyberspace

They were Air Force fighter pilots, Army rangers and Marine tank commanders. There was even a Navy fighter jet radar officer who had been taken prisoner during...
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