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­.s. Struggles to Ward Off Evolving Cyber Threat

U.S. Department of Defense official James Miller says authorities have failed to stay ahead of the cyberattacks, which have resulted in the loss of an enormous...

Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers
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Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers

A three-year, Georgia Tech-sponsored program called Operation Reboot is helping 30 information technology professionals reenter the work force as high school computer...

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Evolution of Large-Scale Social Networks Focus of MSU Study

A team from Michigan State University will study how large-scale social networks such as YouTube and Wikipedia change as users come and go over time in order to...

Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls
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Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls

She taps out her grocery lists, records voice memos, listens to music at the gym, tracks her caloric intake and posts frequent updates to her Twitter and Facebook...

Concerns as Sixth Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide
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Concerns as Sixth Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide

Foxconn Technology, the world's biggest contract maker of electronics, has been forced to answer allegations about the welfare of employees in China after its...

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Cars' Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers

Automobiles, which will be increasingly connected to the Internet in the near future, could be vulnerable to hackers just as computers are now, two teams of computer...

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Student Researchers Advance Emergency Alert Technology

A group of Northeastern University student researchers have developed a wireless wrist device that monitors a user's vital signs and may serves as an automated...

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Decline Is Seen in Nasa

The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel...

Computers Can Effectively Detect Disease-Related Eye Problems
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Computers Can Effectively Detect Disease-Related Eye Problems

Cost-effective computerized systems can successfully screen diabetic patients to detect early eye problems related to the disease, University of Iowa analysis shows...

Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook
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Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook

How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?

Internet Approaches Addressing Limit
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Internet Approaches Addressing Limit

Experts say that the net's entire existing address space will be exhausted about a year after that date. A newer scheme is being rolled out but many firms and countries...

Comments Sought on Guide for Assessing Federal IT Security Controls
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Comments Sought on Guide for Assessing Federal IT Security Controls

NIST has issued the final draft of its Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations and is seeking public comments.

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Nsf Will Require Scientists Seeking Funding to Submit Data Management Plans

Beginning in October 2010, the National Science Foundation plans to require that all proposals for funding include a data management plan. The changes are designed...

Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork
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Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork

University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt, speaking at a recent conference on the emerging discipline of Web science, says the Internet has become such...

Hot New Material Can Keep Electronics Cool
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Hot New Material Can Keep Electronics Cool

University of California, Riverside researchers led by professor Alexander Balandin have developed technology that could keep laptops and other electronics from...

 Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators
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Sandia Workshop Aids Photovoltaic Systems Integrators

Sandia National Laboratories researchers and the U.S. Department of Energy recently hosted a workshop for photovoltaic systems integrators to identify and address...

Twitter a Decent Stand-In For Public Opinion Polls
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Twitter a Decent Stand-In For Public Opinion Polls

The next time you're low on cash and need to get a quick read on the public's feeling on politics or current events, consider sampling Twitter.

Patient's Social Network Predicts Drug Outcomes
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Patient's Social Network Predicts Drug Outcomes

Earlier this month, the journal Lancet Neurology published a study showing that the generic drug lithium did nothing to slow the course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings
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Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings

Years of neglect have left many NASA labs that might be used for breakthrough technology research in rough shape, says a report from the U.S. National Academies...

New Probe Promises to Reveal Brain's Mysteries
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New Probe Promises to Reveal Brain's Mysteries

New cures for neurological disease and a better understanding of how the brain works are among the dozens of potential applications awaiting a new neurological...
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