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Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online
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Web Code Offers New Ways To See What ­sers Do Online

Worries over Internet privacy have spurred lawsuits, conspiracy theories and consumer anxiety as marketers and others invent new ways to track computer users...

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Chinese and Saudis Lead Way in Internet Use

People in China and the Middle East are the busiest and most enthusiastic internet users, a study of the world’s online habits has revealed.

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Eu Calls Stuxnet 'paradigm Shift' As U.s. Responds More Mildly

While official U.S. response has been comparatively mild, the European Union's cybersecurity agency says Stuxnet represents a "paradigm shift" in critical infrastructure...

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Large Study Shows Females Are Equal to Males in Math Skills

The mathematical skills of boys and girls, as well as men and women, are substantially equal, according to a new examination of existing studies in the current...

Computer Science Education Getting Short Shrift, Study Finds
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Computer Science Education Getting Short Shrift, Study Finds

Despite the expanding role of computing in society and the economy, quality computer science education is being "pushed out of the K-12 education system in the...

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Innovation Mandate: Has America Lost Its Innovation Edge?

There are worries that U.S. high-tech global competitiveness is eroding because, among other things, intellectual property devised by U.S. companies is leaking...

Aircraft Software Puts Greener, Quieter Flights on the Horizon
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Aircraft Software Puts Greener, Quieter Flights on the Horizon

University of Manchester researcher Antonio Filippone has developed software that accurately predicts the amount of carbon dioxide emissions airlines release into...

Blind Inventors Revolutionize Computer Access
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Blind Inventors Revolutionize Computer Access

A visually impaired team at Queensland University of Technology has developed NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA), an open source screen reader program. NVDA has a...

Keeping a Watch on the World
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Keeping a Watch on the World

Led by University of Nottingham researchers, the Earth Observation Technology Cluster will monitor the Earth's landscape and the elemental forces that mold it by...

Computer Model Helps Pakistan's Flood Disaster Efforts
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Computer Model Helps Pakistan's Flood Disaster Efforts

New computer model software is being used to simulate Pakistan's flooding, estimate the drawdown of the floodwaters, and predict how long it will take the waters...

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Ornl Has Key Role in Doe Cybersecurity For Energy Effort

With the transition to a smart grid comes new opportunities for hackers, but researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working...

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Ban Naughty Countries From the Net: Former Intelligence Chief

Countries in Eastern Europe and Africa that harbor cyber criminals should be locked out of the global Internet until their governments do something to reduce...

Llnl Expertise Supports Establishment of Energy Efficiency Hub in Philadelphia
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Llnl Expertise Supports Establishment of Energy Efficiency Hub in Philadelphia

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is collaborating with Pennsylvania State University and several other public and private partners to launch the Greater Philadelphia...

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Dedication at Stanford Engineering Building Good For a Few Laughs

A nerd walks into an engineering building dedication...

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China Poised to Lead World in Patent Filings

Having passed Germany (exports), Japan (gross domestic product) and the United States (auto sales) over the past year, China is now poised to lead the world in...

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Infer Project Seeks Smart Software Solution

Bournemouth University is leading INFER, an EU-funded project involving  researchers and organizations in three countries. INFER will develop automated systems...

Intel Labs Creating Robots of the Future
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Intel Labs Creating Robots of the Future

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and scientists from the Intel Labs site on the CMU campus recently held an open house to show off their projects, including...

Researchers Argue For Smarter Traffic Lights
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Researchers Argue For Smarter Traffic Lights

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich's Dirk Helbing and Dresden University of Technology's Stefan Lammer have proposed using a combination of sensing technology...

Researchers Honored For Influential Contributions to Software Engineering Field
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Researchers Honored For Influential Contributions to Software Engineering Field

"Bandera: Extracting Finite-State Models From Java Source Code," published in 2000, received the Most Influential Paper Award at the recent International Conference...

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Iran Denies Malware Connection to Nuclear Delay

Iranian officials announced Monday that a "small leak" was the cause of the latest setback to starting up its first nuclear power plant, and said the delay had...
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