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Luring Shoppers to Stores
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Luring Shoppers to Stores

Marketers try interactive mirrors, discounts via scanners.

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Telepresence Robot Replaces Editor at Ieee Spectrum

With several companies offering telepresence robots to act as people's proxies at the office, IEEE Spectrum magazine investigated their use earlier this year by...

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Wikipedia Age Challenges Scholars

For professors, publishing in elite journals is an unavoidable part of university life. The grueling process of subjecting work to the up-or-down judgment of...

Software Helps Scientists Conduct Hurricane Research
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Software Helps Scientists Conduct Hurricane Research

Scientists studying how and why Atlantic hurricanes form will have a better chance of getting the data they need thanks to flight planning software developed at...

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U.S. Cyber Defense Needs to Focus on Superior Technology, Official Says

With India and China poised to over take the United States in the training of proficient computer scientists, a top U.S. Defense official has said that America...

Insiders Doubt 2008 Pentagon Hack Was Foreign Spy Attack
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Insiders Doubt 2008 Pentagon Hack Was Foreign Spy Attack

In the fall of 2008, a variant of a three year-old, relatively benign worm began winding its way through the U.S. military's networks, spread by troops usingfirst...

U.s. Funds Improve Broadband Connectivity to Foster Scientific Collaboration
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U.s. Funds Improve Broadband Connectivity to Foster Scientific Collaboration

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded $20 million to universities in 17 states to improve inter- and intra-campus cyber connectivity.

Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes
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Supercomputers Supermodel Supermassive Black Holes

What happens when two black holes smash into each another? They form an even larger black hole while driving jets of relativistic matter into the far reaches...

Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime
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Digital Devices Deprive Brain of Needed Downtime

It’s 1 p.m. on a Thursday and Dianne Bates, 40, juggles three screens. She listens to a few songs on her iPod, then taps out a quick e-mail on her iPhone and...

Researchers Work to Protect, Restore Vulnerable Networks
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Researchers Work to Protect, Restore Vulnerable Networks

The University of Arizona is collaborating with researchers at Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a project which is developing...

Solid-State Leds Promise Brighter, Not Necessarily Greener, Future
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Solid-State Leds Promise Brighter, Not Necessarily Greener, Future

Solid-state lighting pioneers long have held that replacing the inefficient light bulbs with more efficient solid-state LEDs would lower electrical usage worldwide...

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Juicing Up Laptops and Cell Phones with Soda Pop or Vegetable Oil?

Scientists report the development of the first fuel cell designed to produce electricity with biochemical technology borrowed from the biological powerhouses...

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Google Scholarship Program Kicks Off in China

Google hosted more than 130 Google Scholarship recipients at its Beijing office earlier this month. The undergraduate and graduate students in computer science...

Hacker
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Hacker

On the Internet, he was known as BadB, a disembodied criminal flitting from one server to another selling stolen credit card numbers despite being pursued by...

ACM China Nearing Launch
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ACM China Nearing Launch

ACM's expansion into China will support local professionals and increase Chinese involvement in ACM's international activities.

Degrees, Distance, and Dollars
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Degrees, Distance, and Dollars

The Internet is making higher education accessible to a whole new class of students—but not necessarily at a lower cost.

Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web
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Mining Mood Swings on the Real-Time Web

Many companies are turning to social-media sites to gauge the success of a new product and service. The latest activity on Facebook, Twitter, and countless other...

Michael L. Norman Named Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center
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Michael L. Norman Named Director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center

Michael L. Norman has been named to the position of director of the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego.

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Ready for 2020? Advice for Every Career Stage

Information technology has always been a fast-changing field. But nothing compares to the expected sea changes in the next decade that will impact the career...

Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'
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Alien Hunters 'should Look For Artificial Intelligence'

A senior astronomer has said that the hunt for alien life should take into account alien "sentient machines."
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