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New Probe Promises to Reveal Brain's Mysteries
From ICT Results

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...

The Cybersecurity Boom
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The Cybersecurity Boom

When cybersecurity firm Triumfant was founded in late 2002, it developed software meant to assist help desks in managing information technology problems. The company...

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Court Says Internet Filtering in Public Libraries Not Censorship

A Washington state supreme court issued a decision yesterday [May 6, 2010] supporting a public library's decision to fully filter Internet content, stating that...

Robot-Inflicted Injuries Studied
From ACM TechNews

Robot-Inflicted Injuries Studied

German researchers have developed a prototype safety system that would reduce the injuries of humans working alongside robots using household tools. 

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area
From ACM TechNews

Stimulus Funds Bring Supercomputer to Pittsburgh Area

D.E. Shaw Research will house Anton, its new 512-node supercomputer, at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center beginning next fall. 

Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science
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Survey Finds Parents Need Help Encouraging Their Kids in Science

Having trouble encouraging your child to follow you into the sciences? You're not alone. A new survey finds that 53 percent of parents of school-aged children...

Computer Pioneer Palevsky Was Wary of Google, Games, Pcs
From ACM News

Computer Pioneer Palevsky Was Wary of Google, Games, Pcs

Max Palevsky, the computer industry pioneer and early investor in Intel who died at age 85 last week, had, ironically, a fairly well-documented skepticism of...

From ACM TechNews

White House Offers $1 Million Innovation Prize

To encourage the commercialization of new technology, the U.S. Department of Commerce's i6 Challenge gives innovative thinkers the chance to win up to $1 million...

Are Surveillance Cameras Worth It?
From ACM News

Are Surveillance Cameras Worth It?

In the aftermath of the attempted car bombing in Times Square, the debate surrounding the increasing use of surveillance cameras has once again moved to center...

Researchers Identify Critical 'bridging' Connectors in Social Networks
From ACM News

Researchers Identify Critical 'bridging' Connectors in Social Networks

Researchers have developed a new measure that identifies "bridging individuals" in social networks who act as critical connectors, facilitating the flow of information...

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery
From ICT Results

The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery

We know more about the cosmos than we do about the human brain, but work by European researchers is allowing scientists to probe further into the mysteries of...

Video Games and Virtual Reality Proven Helpful as Pain Relievers
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Video Games and Virtual Reality Proven Helpful as Pain Relievers

Children and adults with acute and chronic pain receive some analgesic benefit when they become immersed in video game action, and virtual reality is proving to...

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FCC Proposes New Rules on Internet Access

The FCC proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday (May 6) that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility...

'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live
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'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
From ACM News

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

Project Puts 1M Books Online for Blind, Dyslexic
From ACM TechNews

Project Puts 1M Books Online for Blind, Dyslexic

The nonprofit Internet Archive announced a new effort to more than double the number of books in its digital database that can be used by the visually impaired. ...

Rensselaer, Army Research Targets Terror Nets
From ACM TechNews

Rensselaer, Army Research Targets Terror Nets

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center is enlisting engineers and scientists to uncover the signatures of global...

Georgia Tech Students Sweep Health It Coding Challenge
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Georgia Tech Students Sweep Health It Coding Challenge

In a competition to make health data for doctors who are on call more effective, a team of Georgia Tech College of Computing graduate students finished first, second...

FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected
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FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will try to regulate broadband Internet service despite a recent court ruling...

From ACM TechNews

N.y. Bomb Plot Highlights Limitations of Data Mining

The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City shows the limitations of data-mining technology. Using data mining to search for potential terrorists is similar...
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