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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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A Technological Eye on Criminal Behavior

Researchers are developing surveillance camera systems capable of autonomously detecting illegal activities, such as when a cashier is giving friends free items...

Technology to 'watch Over' Vulnerable Road Users
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Technology to 'watch Over' Vulnerable Road Users

The European WATCH-OVER Project has developed a system capable of monitoring vulnerable road users (VRUs) that features a pre-crash system and a warning system....

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City 2.0: Using Tech Building Blocks in Tomorrow's Urban Centers

Ubiquitous wireless networks, sustainable data centers, the development of the smart energy grid, and the commonality of city-supplied social networks are bringing...

Software to Track Our Emotional Outbursts
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Software to Track Our Emotional Outbursts

Sentiment analysis agents are designed to teach computers to comprehend the emotions expressed in text just as well as people do, and early adopters include big...

Cifellows Project Fosters Computing Innovation
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Cifellows Project Fosters Computing Innovation

The Computing Innovation Fellows project announced by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC) and the Computing Research Association (CRA) will award grants to...

Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center
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Saudi Arabia and Intel Plan R&d Center

In an effort to strength the Middle East's technical work force, Intel will help establish a nanoelectronics research center at the King Abdul-Aziz City of Science...

Content Control
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Content Control

Entertainment businesses say digital rights management prevents the theft of their products, but access control technologies have been a uniform failure when it...

Micromedicine to the Rescue
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Micromedicine to the Rescue

Medical researchers have long dreamed of "magic bullets" that go directly where they are needed. Now micromedicine and nanotechnology are making a range of molecules...

A Blueprint to Stop Browser Attacks
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A Blueprint to Stop Browser Attacks

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers will present a new way of defending against cross-site scripting attacks at the upcoming IEEE Symposium on Security...

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Is the ­U.S. Ready For Government-Sponsored Cyberattacks?

A recently published report from the National Research Council (NRC) contends that there has to be more public disclosure and informed debate about cyberarms and...
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