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China Breaks Ground on Futuristic Supercomputer Complex
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China Breaks Ground on Futuristic Supercomputer Complex

China recently held a ground-breaking ceremony and released the designs for its new supercomputing center, which will be located in Changsha. The rendering consists...

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American ­niversities See Decline in Foreigners Earning Science Doctorates

The number of doctorates in science and engineering granted by U.S. universities rose 1.9 percent last year, but the number of foreigners earning advanced degrees...

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth
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Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel...

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Your Next Wallet Is Calling

"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.

Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs
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Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs

David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.

From ACM News

Nasa Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial...

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Google Wave May Become an Apache Project

Google Wave's developers have submitted the software to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF), making it a candidate to become a Podling included in the Apache Incubator...

With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger
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With Better Sharing of Data Comes Danger

The release of a huge tranche of U.S. diplomatic cables has laid bare the primary risk associated with the U.S. government's attempt to encourage better information...

­idai: Inside the World's Largest Data Management Project
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­idai: Inside the World's Largest Data Management Project

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is an Indian government body mandated with the task of assigning every single one of India's 1.2 billion citizens...

Graduate Students Create Recyclable Laptop
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Graduate Students Create Recyclable Laptop

Graduate students at Stanford University and Finland's Aalto University have created a prototype of a recyclable laptop that can be disassembled in about 30 seconds...

Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance
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Wikileaks Files Detail ­.s. Electronic Surveillance

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton ordered clandestine surveillance of United Nations leadership, including obtaining "security measures, passwords, personalWikiLeaks...

War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat
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War Machines: Recruiting Robots For Combat

War would be a lot safer, the Army says, if only more of it were fought by robots.

From ACM News

In Class, Texting Is the New Doodling

Top classroom distraction surpasses doodling, daydreaming and note-passing.

From ACM News

Computing the Scene of a Crime

The use of fingerprints, shoeprints, handwriting, and other forensic evidence may seem like good science—but often it's not, as it relies heavily on humans for...

Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers
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Privacy Groups Fault Online Health Sites For Sharing ­ser Data With Marketers

QualityHealth is a popular health Web site with more than 20 million registered users that offers online medical information and email newsletters on a variety...

Technology Puts Mind Over Body
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Technology Puts Mind Over Body

Researchers working on Mahidol University's iThink2 project have developed a brain computer interface that controls electronic devices with brain signals and could...

Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry
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Security Needs Drive Cyberforensics Industry

Cyberforensics, the science of finding and securing digital evidence buried deep within company networks, is fast emerging as a global industry.

Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback
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Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback

One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry...

Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee
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Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web says reporters should be hunting for stories in datasets.

President Obama Awards Annual National Medals of Science
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President Obama Awards Annual National Medals of Science

President Obama presented 10 researchers with United States' highest technical and scientific award, and said that celebrating their contributions was "one of...
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