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Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center
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Grants Support Design of ­ltra-Efficient 'green' Data Center

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership have awarded grants for the design of an ultra-efficient...

Countering Counterfeiters
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Countering Counterfeiters

Counterfeiting is a huge problem. Luxury goods are a favorite target, but so are vital products including medications and aircraft parts. European researchers have...

The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In
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The Risks of Parenting While Plugged In

While waiting for an elevator at the Fair Oaks Mall near her home in Virginia recently, Janice Im, who works in early-childhood development, witnessed a troubling...

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Panel to Recommend Certifications for Cybersecurity Workforce

The U.S. Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency is finalizing a draft report that discusses ways to expand the U.S. government's cybersecurity workforce...

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Cyber War: Microsoft a Weak Link in National Security

"Microsoft has vast resources, literally billions of dollars in cash, or liquid assets reserves. Microsoft is an incredibly successful empire built on the premise...

New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy
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New Cyber Chief Outlines Strategy

Security experts said this week that they were cheered by calls from General Keith Alexander, head of the new U.S. Cyber Command, for global rules of engagement...

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Nist Helps Accelerate the Federal Government's Move to the Cloud

NIST will accelerate the U.S. government's secure adoption of cloud computing by leading efforts to develop standards and guidelines in close consultation  with...

How to Cope When the World Can Watch Everything You Do
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How to Cope When the World Can Watch Everything You Do

In 1968, pop artist Andy Warhol declared that in the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes. As with many other predictions, it has not quite turned...

IBM Exploring Voice-Driven Web For the Developing World
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IBM Exploring Voice-Driven Web For the Developing World

IBM Research India has launched the Spoken Web, a network designed to use phones, not computers, to bring information on the Web to mainly under-served populations...

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Nsf, Nih to Measure Federal Science Funding Impact

The U.S. National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have launched STAR METRICS, an initiative to measure the impact of federal investment in...

Archive Project Will Digitize Wwii Enigma Messages
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Archive Project Will Digitize Wwii Enigma Messages

British historians have launched a project to digitize messages intercepted from Germany's Enigma machine during World War II. The encrypted messages were decoded...

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Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Soon to Arrive in Ghana

The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) has partnered with the EU Pascal2 Network of Excellence to establish an artificial intelligence...

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IBM to Open Research Lab in Brazil

IBM announced that it will open a research laboratory in Brazil that will focus on developing technology systems for natural resource development and large-scale...

Traffic Technology For a Cooperative Commute?
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Traffic Technology For a Cooperative Commute?

Thanks to new 'intelligent traffic' technology developed by European researchers, drivers could be in for a chattier, more cooperative commute.

China Issues White Paper on Internet Policy
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China Issues White Paper on Internet Policy

The Chinese government Tuesday published a white paper on its Internet policy, stressing the guarantee of citizens' freedom of speech on the Internet and more intensive...

Working Toward the Next Battery Breakthrough
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Working Toward the Next Battery Breakthrough

With 140 U.S. patents on energy storage to her name, University of Buffalo Distinguished Professor Esther Takeuchi brings a fresh perspective on coaxing better...

Technology Assists Paris Metro Passengers With Special Needs
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Technology Assists Paris Metro Passengers With Special Needs

Developed expressly to assist passengers with special needs, the Mobile Transit Companion mobile application uses context-aware self-adaptive computing to deliver...

How Computers Know What We Want
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How Computers Know What We Want

Here's an experiment: try thinking of a song not as a song but as a collection of distinct musical attributes. Maybe the song has political lyrics. That would be...

New Video Camera Sees It All
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New Video Camera Sees It All

The DHS' Imaging System for Immersive Surveillance promises 360° real-time surveillance video in high-res detail, with multiple views and DVR features.

Breaking Down the Web Barriers Bit by Bit
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Breaking Down the Web Barriers Bit by Bit

A system to remove barriers to the Internet faced by people with disabilities is gaining ground. The NavigAbile project is based on profiling at the entry point...
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