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Tina Seelig
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Tina Seelig

Stanford University’s Technology Ventures leader discusses tools to enhance creativity, how entrepreneurs can create ingenious products more efficiently, and ways...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.

The Technology That Allowed the Titanic Survivors to Survive
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The Technology That Allowed the Titanic Survivors to Survive

More than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic, but more than 700 survived. Those who did owed their escape to the newest communications technology of...

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin
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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to...

How to Handle Asteroid Threats
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How to Handle Asteroid Threats

How do you solve a problem like Apophis?

­ndergrad Computer Science Enrollments Rise For Fourth Straight Year
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­ndergrad Computer Science Enrollments Rise For Fourth Straight Year

The number of undergraduate students enrolled in computer science programs rose 9.6 percent in the 2011-12 school year, the fourth consecutive annual increase,...

Geek Chic: 'Brogrammer?' Now, That's Hot
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Geek Chic: 'Brogrammer?' Now, That's Hot

The image of the geeky techie is fading in real life, thanks to the legacy of industry giants such as Apple founder Steve Jobs and the increasing dependence of...

From ACM News

Iran Moving Ahead with Plans for National Intranet

Iran topped a recent list of repressive regimes that most aggressively restrict Internet freedom. The list, published by Reporters Without Borders, is a part of...

Mobile Apps Reach Internet Tipping Point
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Mobile Apps Reach Internet Tipping Point

June 2011 appears to be the first time people in the U.S. spent more time online with apps than with the Web. 

Stanford Study to Try Cold Cash and Social Game to Relieve Rush Hour Traffic
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Stanford Study to Try Cold Cash and Social Game to Relieve Rush Hour Traffic

Stanford University's Capri project aims to motivate people to avoid rush hour traffic by offering a chance at a large reward instead of a guaranteed small payout...

Robotic Design and Production as Easy as 1-2-3
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Robotic Design and Production as Easy as 1-2-3

Researchers at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of Pennsylvania are developing technology that could make...

Driverless Cars Ready to Hit Our Roads
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Driverless Cars Ready to Hit Our Roads

Driverless cars are moving closer to becoming a reality, as politicians in several U.S. states rush to get such cars on the roads.

Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure
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Researchers Release New Exploits to Hijack Critical Infrastructure

Researchers have released two new exploits that attack common design vulnerabilities in a computer component used to control critical infrastructure, such as refineries...

How Smart Is Your Home?
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How Smart Is Your Home?

Within reach is a smart home that is responsive to residents' wishes and needs due to technological advances that support ambient intelligence, including sensors...

MIT Team Thinks Outside the Box to Snag Social Media Prize
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MIT Team Thinks Outside the Box to Snag Social Media Prize

A team affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the U.S. State Department's social media contest, the TAG Challenge, which required participants...

Would You Pay to Block Your Own Internet Connection?
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Would You Pay to Block Your Own Internet Connection?

Carnegie Mellon University researcher Fred Stutzman has developed productivity apps designed to maintain workers' focus on tasks and prevent them from being distracted...

Watching and Waiting
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Watching and Waiting

It is called an advanced persistent threat, and if it sounds like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, that's because it pretty much is.  

To Convince People, Come at Them From Different Angles
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To Convince People, Come at Them From Different Angles

Cornell research on Facebook users' behavior demonstrates that people base decisions on the variety of social contexts rather than on the number of requests received...

Hacking It Systems to Become a Criminal Offense
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Hacking It Systems to Become a Criminal Offense

A draft law supported by the Civil Liberties Committee would criminalize the hacking of information technology systems and carry a minimum prison sentence of two...

How China Blocks the Tor Anonymity Network
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How China Blocks the Tor Anonymity Network

The Tor Project is a free network run by volunteers that hides users locations and usage from surveillance and traffic analysis.
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