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Network Your Stuff: Amateurs Inventing a New Internet
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Network Your Stuff: Amateurs Inventing a New Internet

A growing number of computer hobbyists are merging the online and physical worlds in new ways.  

Scanning the Brain For Impending Error
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Scanning the Brain For Impending Error

University of Arizona researchers are using new technology to predict in advance when people will make a mistake on the standard math section of the College Board's...

Nasa's Space Apps Competition Takes on Big Ideas
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Nasa's Space Apps Competition Takes on Big Ideas

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently held its first International Space Apps Challenge, attracting participants from 24 countries for...

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World
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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.

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The Guardian's Open 20: Fighters For Internet Freedom

From politicians and professors to computer scientists and the first programmer, champions of the open Internet.

An Algorithm For Preserving Art
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An Algorithm For Preserving Art

Technology ReviewThe Metropolitan Museum of Art's Paolo Dionisi and IBM researchers have deployed 120 low-power temperature and humidity sensors in an attempt to...

Hackers Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Website, Vital Data Remains Intact
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Hackers Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Website, Vital Data Remains Intact

A spokesman of the Iranian oil ministry confirmed a cyber attack on the ministry's data systems, but stressed that the Iranian oil industries' data has not been...

­. of Florida Dean Proposes to Save Money By Revising Faculty Jobs to Focus on Teaching, Not Research
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­. of Florida Dean Proposes to Save Money By Revising Faculty Jobs to Focus on Teaching, Not Research

The University of Florida College of Engineering is proposing to revise the assignments of some of its tenured faculty in the computer science department to focus...

New Institute to Tackle 'data Tsunami' Challenge
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New Institute to Tackle 'data Tsunami' Challenge

U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory researchers recently received part of a $25 million grant to address the problem of extracting knowledge from...

Iran Decodes U.S. Drone Intel
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Iran Decodes U.S. Drone Intel

Senior Iranian military officials announced that the country's experts have decoded the intelligence gathering system and memory hard discs of the United States'...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Although modern science calls for researchers to share their work so that their peers can verify the success or failure of experiments, most researchers still do...

Software Helps Spot Groups of Fake Online Reviews
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Software Helps Spot Groups of Fake Online Reviews

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Google have developed software that can identify groups of fraudulent online reviews that attempt to...

War of the Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide
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War of the Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide

Roger Cone is a microbiologist, not a politician. He struggles with a basic truth: For all the scientific acceptance of evolution, many Americans simply don't believe...

Security Researcher ­nearths Plans For Iran's Halal Internet
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Security Researcher ­nearths Plans For Iran's Halal Internet

Iran appears to have recently published a Persian-language "Request for Information" for an even-more filtered and monitored version of the Internet than what presently...

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

A Workshop Revival
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A Workshop Revival

The success of Germany's Dagstuhl Seminars has inspired a proliferation of Dagstuhl-like venues, especially in India.

Demand For Linux Skills Sets a New Record This Month
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Demand For Linux Skills Sets a New Record This Month

People with Linux skills and experience have a good chance of finding a Linux job, or landing a better position.  

Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits
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Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits

Clique Research Cluster scientists recently analyzed data from Last.fm, a social Web site for music, to determine which cities set the world's listening trends.

Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says
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Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Data centers and mobile telecommunications networks use more than 623 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and a 2008 study found that the IT sector...

Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools
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Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools

A volunteer project in the United Kingdom is writing session plans for teaching the basics of computer programming to children between the ages of 10 and 11.  
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