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Learning Computer Science From Scratch
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Learning Computer Science From Scratch

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researcher Mitchel Resnick and colleagues at the MIT Media Lab have enjoyed great success with Scratch, a computer programming...

Team Wins Insights and Second Place in DARPA Network Challenge
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Team Wins Insights and Second Place in DARPA Network Challenge

A national competition aimed at quickly locating 10 red weather balloons tethered at locations across the United States netted a second-place finish for a Georgia...

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IBM Sets ­p Centers of Excellence in Karnataka

IBM has established Centers of Excellence (CoE) in 10 colleges across Karnataka, India, aimed at creating a platform for the development of software skills among...

Smart Cctv Learns to Spot Suspicious Types
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Smart Cctv Learns to Spot Suspicious Types

An international team of computer scientists at Queen Mary, University of London are developing intelligent video-surveillance software designed to spot suspicious...

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A Week to Focus on Computer Science Education

The U.S. House of Representatives has designated Dec. 6-12 Computer Science Education Week to help raise awareness of the dearth of computer science in grades K...

So, That Explains the Headache
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So, That Explains the Headache

A new University of California, San Diego (UCSD) study found that the average U.S. citizen consumes 34 gigabytes of information per day outside of the workplace...

Locating Ieds with Scare Technology
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Locating Ieds with Scare Technology

University of Maryland researchers have developed and successfully tested new computer software and computational techniques to analyze patterns of improvised explosive...

'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math
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'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math

University of Washington computer science undergraduates have developed a system that lets up to four students share a single computer to do interactive math problems...

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Popeye, the Robot with Brains Not Brawn

European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could empower computers to respond intelligently to human behaviour as well as...

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Obama Warns Against Turning Away the 'best and the Brightest'

At the recent White House jobs summit, President Barack Obama addressed the need to admit foreign students into the United States. Obama said the intellectual...

In India, Anxiety Over the Slow Pace of Innovation
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In India, Anxiety Over the Slow Pace of Innovation

Even as India has emerged as a growing hub of technological know-how and outsourcing business, there is anxiety within India that the country is not living up to...

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Computer Science, Engineering Job Ads Increase in November

The number of online job ads increased by 35,400 for computer scientists and mathematicians in November, according to the Conference Board, and online postings...

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22 Stories ­nderground: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

Down a road that winds through the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just across from a cow pasture, the bucolic scenery of Butler County is interrupted by...

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At a Loss For Words? Google Offers Search By Sight

Google's first search engine let people search by typing text onto a Web page. Next came queries spoken over the phone. On Monday, Google announced the ability...

Scientists Promise an End to Web Attacks
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Scientists Promise an End to Web Attacks

Research on new encryption technology that has the potential to make cyberattacks "computationally impossible" will be presented at the ASIACRYPT 2009 security...

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African Computer Scientists Recognized

The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and Microsoft Research have awarded the inaugural TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for...

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Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

Scientists and legal scholars are studying the likely effects of the inevitable bond that will form between humans and robots in the coming decade. Although robots...

Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite
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Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

An optimistic outlook has returned to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) 45 years after the pronouncement by computer scientist John McCarthy that a thinking...

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FCC Plans to Formalize Internet Rules on Net Neutrality Draw Fire

Internet service providers (ISPs) are unhappy at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) plan to formalize rules for net neutrality — the notion that...

Replica of Groundbreaking Computer Going to Computer History Museum
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Replica of Groundbreaking Computer Going to Computer History Museum

Iowa State University's full-scale, working replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, a groundbreaking machine built on the Iowa State campus from 1939 to 1942,...
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