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Sas Seeks to Improve Data Mining of Social Media

No one doubts that social media--all the stuff on Facebook, Twitter and other online forums--provides a rich lode of user sentiment that companies ought to be able...

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U.s. Steps Up Probe of Hiring in Tech

The U.S. Justice Department reportedly is investigating whether large tech companies have agreed not to recruit each other's employees in ways that violate antitrust...

In Search of Tomorrow's Cures
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In Search of Tomorrow's Cures

University of Texas at Austin researchers are using physical models and supercomputers to create a more robust way of searching for new drugs. 

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United States, Europe, Japan Agree on Data Center Efficiency Metric

U.S., European, and Japanese government agencies and industry groups are expected to announce an agreement that establishes a common metric that data centers worldwide...

Cell Phones That Protect Against Deadly Chemicals? Why Not?
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Cell Phones That Protect Against Deadly Chemicals? Why Not?

The Cell-All initiative aims to equip cell phones with a sensor capable of detecting deadly chemicals and alerting the public of their danger.

Software Simulates Evacuation of 70,000 Avatars From E-Stadium
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Software Simulates Evacuation of 70,000 Avatars From E-Stadium

Simulation software will create a safe, virtual stadium where security teams can practice guiding 70,000 fans to safety.

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Rampant Cheating Hurts China's Research Ambitions

Ghostwriting, plagiarizing or faking results is so rampant in Chinese academia that some experts worry it could hinder China's efforts to become a leader in science...

Franklin Institute Awards 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal
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Franklin Institute Awards 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal

The 2010 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Science is presented to Shafrira Goldwasser for her fundamental contributions to the theoretical foundation...

Can the Kremlin's Silicon Valley Succeed?
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Can the Kremlin's Silicon Valley Succeed?

Russia has chosen a site and is finalizing plans to start a Silicon Valley-like innovation center near Moscow. 

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Math Tutoring Software Reads Visual Clues

University of Massachusetts in Amherst researchers are testing a math tutoring program that uses a built-in camera to identify visual cues from the student user...

Engineers Design Antenna Pill That Signals It Has Been Swallowed
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Engineers Design Antenna Pill That Signals It Has Been Swallowed

University of Florida engineering researchers have added a tiny microchip and digestible antenna to a standard pill capsule that automatically alerts doctors or...

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Comcast Ruling Raises Questions on FCC Regulation

At first glance, Tuesday's federal court ruling on Comcast looked like a clean win for the cable giant and for competitors including Time Warner and AT&T. The court...

­niversities Perpetuate the Digital Divide, Study Finds
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­niversities Perpetuate the Digital Divide, Study Finds

A new study by has found that students have unequal opportunities to learn about technology in high school and at home, which can affect their choice of major, ...

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Science Center Receives $15 Million For Health It Research

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has received a $15 million stimulus grant to establish the National Center for Cognitive Informatics and...

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After Google-China Dust-­p, Cyberwar Emerges as a Threat

Recent cyberattacks against Google and other tech firms highlight concerns about adversaries' ability to launch a full-fledged cyberwar against the United States...

In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja
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In the Search For a Hot Job Title, Enter the Ninja

Nicole Sullivan's job used to involve promoting the latest technology, so her résumé described her as an "evangelist." But after starting her own company, she needed...

Science and Engineering Employment Reached 5.8 Million in 2008
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Science and Engineering Employment Reached 5.8 Million in 2008

Employment in science and engineering occupations in the United States reached an estimated 5,781,000 by May 2008,  up 13.7 percent from May 2004, compared to...

Hackers Not Linked to China's Government, Researcher Says
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Hackers Not Linked to China's Government, Researcher Says

China-based hackers who stole data on India's missile systems, private correspondence of the Dalai Lama and Canadian visa applications appear not to be linked...

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Fcc Loses Comcast Challenge

Comcast on Tuesday won its federal lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission in a ruling that undermines the agency's ability to regulate Internet service...

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Hurdles Multiply For H-1b Seekers

U.S. government efforts to enforce H-1B visa rules could reduce the demand for the 65,000 available visas for fiscal year 2011, for which applicants could petition...
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