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Abi Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India
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Abi Announces First Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India

Almost 600 attendees from 79 organizations participated in the opening day of the first Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing India Conference, the only...

Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft
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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people...

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DoD Creates a Test Range for Cyberspace

The U.S. Department of Defense has set up the Information Assurance Range as a simulation of the Global Information Grid, as well as a virtual training ground for...

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Tongue Clicks to Control Wheelchairs

The University of Bristol's Ravi Vaidyanathan is leading a research effort to develop an in-ear device that would enable people to control a wheelchair by clicking...

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How Can Online Advertising Companies Be Kept from Tracking Web Surfers?

The FTC is calling for "do not track" software, but one privacy and security expert said such programming would have to be incorporated into a browser for it...

Green Grid Creates More Metrics For Energy Efficiency in Data Centers
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Green Grid Creates More Metrics For Energy Efficiency in Data Centers

The Green Grid consortium is developing two metrics to add to its power usage effectiveness metric for measuring energy efficiency in data centers. The new metrics...

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Japanese Supercomputer Gets Faster But Draws No More Power

The Tokyo Institute of Technology recently developed Tsubame 2.0, a high-performance computer that is the second most energy-efficient supercomputer in the world...

Live Online Briefing: Inspiring the Next Bill Gates
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Live Online Briefing: Inspiring the Next Bill Gates

The National Science Foundation will host a Webcast on Dec. 7 featuring Georgia Tech's Amy Bruckman, MIT's Leah Buechley, and ACM's Cameron Wilson, as part of the...

Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web
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Cables Discuss Vast Hacking by a China That Fears the Web

As China ratcheted up the pressure on Google to censor its Internet searches last year, the American Embassy sent a secret cable to Washington detailing why top...

­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad
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­.s. Chip Manufacturing in the Age of the Ipad

Behind the fly-off-the-shelf popularity of products like Apple's iPad and iPhone are hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs—mostly overseas. Is it possible...

Rear-View Cameras on Cars Could Become Mandatory
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Rear-View Cameras on Cars Could Become Mandatory

The government has proposed requiring automakers to install the systems on all their vehicles to eliminate blind spots and reduce back-over accidents.

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WikiLeaks Struggles to Stay Online After Cyberattacks

An American provider of Internet domain names withdrew its service to the WikiLeaks Web site late Thursday after a barrage of attacks by hackers threatened to...

U.s. Tech Lead Is at Risk, Says Obama's Top Scientist
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U.s. Tech Lead Is at Risk, Says Obama's Top Scientist

The United States is in danger of losing its technological edge amid a deterioration in its global competitiveness, warns U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu. Particularly...

Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules
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Fcc Chief Previews Proposed Net Neutrality Rules

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski recently previewed new Net neutrality rules designed to preserve the Web "as a platform...

Web Bug Reveals Browsing History
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Web Bug Reveals Browsing History

Porn sites are among the top users of a browser bug that reveals all the places people go online, finds research.

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Every Day We Write the Book

What would happen if Facebook made its data available for research?

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Google Earth Engine Debuts

In what promises to be one of the most impressive innovations to come out of the Cancun climate talks, the philanthropic arm of Google launched a new technology...

Professor Develops Innovative Technology For Wireless ­nderground Communication
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Professor Develops Innovative Technology For Wireless ­nderground Communication

Ryerson University professor Xavier Fernando has developed highly reliable underground wireless communications systems that can ensure miners' safety before and...

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

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$1 Million Gift Boosts Prep Program For Future Math, Science Teachers

The University of Houston's teachHouston program, which works to combat the shortage of qualified science and math teachers in middle and high schools, has received...
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