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CS and Biology's Growing Pains
From Communications of the ACM

CS and Biology's Growing Pains

Biologists can benefit from learning and using the tools of computer science, but several real-world obstacles remain.

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Intel Alliance to Invest $3.5 Billion in ­.s. Tech

Intel President and Chief Operating Officer Paul Otellini wants to see the U.S. more competitive and has announced plans for a new alliance to invest $3.5 billion...

Putting Data Centers on a Low-Energy Diet
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Putting Data Centers on a Low-Energy Diet

A holistic approach to data centers could result in millions of dollars of savings and a  smaller carbon footprint for the ever-expanding universe of information...

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Is That a 'black Box' in Your Car?

Just a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, a Chevy Tahoe barreled its way through a residential neighborhood on a Sunday evening. The driver lost...

For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones
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For Chip Makers, the Next Battle Is in Smartphones

The going rate for a state-of-the-art chip factory is about $3 billion. The plants typically take years to build. And the microscopic size of chip circuitry requires...

Battling Zombies, Botnets and Torpig
From ACM TechNews

Battling Zombies, Botnets and Torpig

University of Calgary (UC) researchers are developing a range of technologies to prevent and detect cyberattacks and botnets. "It's an issue of scale," says UC...

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...
From ACM News

What ­tilities Have Learned From Smart-Meter Tests...

Utilities have learned a lot about how smart meters can compel consumers to save electricity. Unfortunately, too often they aren't putting the knowledge to good...

Searching For Saddam
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Searching For Saddam

Traffic had slowed to a crawl in Baghdad's Azamiyah district as drivers stopped to ogle the president. It was April 2003, and Saddam Hussein cheerily greeted his...

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Want a Job? Get a Computer Science Degree

Here's a tip for incoming and current college students: If you want to have a high-paying job on graduation day, study computer science. That's the advice coming...

Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display
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Swarm of Micro-Helicopters Could Create a Giant 3-D Display

Mechanical fireflies could help create a new kind of 3-D display, say researchers at MIT. Standing in for the bioluminescent beetles will be LED-fitted, remotely...

When Cars Go to Driving School
From ICT Results

When Cars Go to Driving School

Posh cars already learn how you like your seat and steering wheel adjusted. The next generation of cars may be smart enough to learn how you drive and warn you...

Computer Waste in India to Grow 500 Percent By 2020
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Computer Waste in India to Grow 500 Percent By 2020

Waste from discarded electronics will rise dramatically in the developing world within a decade, with computer waste in India alone to grow by 500 percent from...

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Start-­p Opens Offshoring Alternative in Distressed Michigan

A start-up IT services firm—headed by veteran offshoring executives—as opened up an offshoring alternative in Michigan, a state with a 17.5 percent unemployment...

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Internet Making Our Brains Different, Not Dumb

A decade from now, Google won't make us "stupid," the Internet may make us more literate in a different kind of way, and efforts to protect individual anonymity...

Google Pagerank-Like Algorithm Dates Back to 1941
From ACM TechNews

Google Pagerank-Like Algorithm Dates Back to 1941

Iterative ranking methods predate Google's PageRank algorithm for ranking the importance of Web pages by nearly 60 years, according to "PageRank: Stand on the shoulders...

Dwarf Helicopters, Smart Subs, and Mining Robots to Automate Australia
From ACM TechNews

Dwarf Helicopters, Smart Subs, and Mining Robots to Automate Australia

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Autonomous Systems (CAS)  research director Hugh Durrant-Whyte has led the development of robots for use in...

Cashing in on Internet Censorship
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Cashing in on Internet Censorship

A growing number of software companies are capitalizing on an unexpected business opportunity: Internet censorship.  In countries where governments continue to...

Parc Works on Content-Centric Networking
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Parc Works on Content-Centric Networking

Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) CEO Mark Bernstein says its researchers are currently working on developing content-centric networking technology. The goal is...

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Cellphone Traces Reveal You're So Predictable

We may all like to consider ourselves free spirits. But a study of the traces left by 50,000 cellphone users over three months has conclusively proved otherwise...

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik
From ACM News

Lego Robot Solves Any Rubik

Be warned my fellow humans, robots will not be satisfied until they defeat us in even the most trivial of contests. Cube Stormer is the latest creation from Mike...
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