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Local Coders Help Improve Government Functions
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Local Coders Help Improve Government Functions

Local software programmers are helping to enhance U.S. government functions through efforts such as Code for America, a fellowship program that matches cities with...

How New COMPETES Science Law Broadens NSF Education Programs
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How New COMPETES Science Law Broadens NSF Education Programs

The reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act outlines program changes designed to guarantee that all the elements of the U.S. National Science Foundation are...

2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?
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2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?

Willow Garage's PR2 personal robot platform, released last year, could lead to new advances in robotic technology. Georgia Tech professor Charles Kemp. Kemp and...

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Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track

More women are obtaining Ph.D.s in science than ever before, but those women—largely because of pressures from having a family—are far more likely than their...

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Hackers Find New Way to Cheat on Wall Street

High-frequency trading networks, which complete stock market transactions in microseconds, are vulnerable to manipulation by hackers who can inject tiny amounts...

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The New Speed of Money, Reshaping Markets

A substantial part of all stock trading in the United States takes place in a warehouse in a nondescript business park just off the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Reauthorization of Competes Act Brings Changes to Nist

President Obama on Tuesday (Jan. 4) signed the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which provides several important updates to NIST funding, programs...

IBM's Jeopardy Strategy: Divide and Conquer
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IBM's Jeopardy Strategy: Divide and Conquer

When it comes tackling a challenge as tough as answering a human question, the best computational approach may be to break the job down into multiple parts and...

Utah's $1.5 Billion Cyber-Security Center Under Way
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Utah's $1.5 Billion Cyber-Security Center Under Way

Today's groundbreaking for a $1.5 billion National Security Agency data center is being billed as important in the short term for construction jobs and important...

Can Cash Prizes For Innovation Get the Economy Rolling Again?
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Can Cash Prizes For Innovation Get the Economy Rolling Again?

Contests for innovation are back in vogue and are a major component of the Obama administration's agenda for federal government support of private-sector R&D. 

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Girls-Only Computer Class Hits Refresh on It's Geeky-Male Image

Canada's Cardinal Leger Secondary School teacher Dan Harmer  put all the girls into a single computer science class, hoping that the single-sex environment would...

Total Recall: Data Diaries Explain Who You Really Are
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Total Recall: Data Diaries Explain Who You Really Are

The collection, archival, and search of everyday personal experiences that are recorded by cameras and other devices could support the digital diaries envisioned...

Interactive Window Shopping
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Interactive Window Shopping

Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications researchers have developed a three-dimensional camera system that enables consumers to interact with items inside window...

3-D Steps Up to Decode Mobility
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3-D Steps Up to Decode Mobility

Stanford University researchers are using computer-generated 3-D simulations of human mobility to improve the lives of people with disabilities. The technique...

Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera
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Beyond Surveillance: Darpa Wants a Thinking Camera

It’s tough being an imagery analyst for the U.S. military: you’re drowning in pictures and drone video, with more pouring in endlessly from the tons of sensors...

The American Wikileaks Hacker
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The American Wikileaks Hacker

Jacob Appelbaum fights repressive regimes around the world—including his own.

Don't Track Me, Bro
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Don't Track Me, Bro

Here is how Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, describes the current state of affairs on the Internet: "Say I’m walking through a mall...

Berkeley Lab To Help China Improve Energy Efficiency of Data Centers
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Berkeley Lab To Help China Improve Energy Efficiency of Data Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has started working with China to improve the energy performance of its data centers.

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Computers That See You and Keep Watch Over You

Hundreds of correctional officers from prisons across America descended last spring on a shuttered penitentiary in West Virginia for annual training exercises...

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Rules of Engagement For Cyberwars See Slow Progress

Rules of cyberwar engagement are lagging behind world powers' development of their cyberwarfare capabilities.  Meanwhile, cyberwarfare funding continues to rise...
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