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Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies
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Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies

Amir Pnueli, a professor of Computer Science at New York University and winner of the 1996 ACM A. M. Turing Award, died suddenly on November 2 of a brain hemorrhage...

Social Networking Meets Ambient Intelligence
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Social Networking Meets Ambient Intelligence

Sharing small snippets of information about your daily life is a key feature of the online social networking revolution. Soon status updates and other social information...

World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls
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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls

A laboratory in the United Arab Emirate has built what it says is the world's first Arabic-speaking robot which could soon go into mass production to serve as staff...

Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes
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Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes

Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie gave a speech at Harvard University on Tuesday (Nov. 3) to discuss coming "disruptions" in computing...

Jumping on the Multi-Bandwagon
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Jumping on the Multi-Bandwagon

When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security put out an "APB" looking for volunteers to test a new radio that allows first responders to talk to one another across...

Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies
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Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies

The Long Tail theory embraced by online businesses has taken some recent criticism, raising questions about whether businesses should change their e-strategies.

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Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology Opens

The Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (CAAT) opened its doors on Sept. 8, 2009. The academy is the result of an effort to fill the need for skilled IT workers...

­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say
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­.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say

Three cybersecurity experts recently told a meeting of the Congressional Cyber Caucus that current U.S. policies for protecting the United States against various...

The Past, Present and Future of AI
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The Past, Present and Future of AI

The idea that fully-fledged artificial intelligence (AI) — thinking machines that could mimic human intelligence precisely — would be realized by the year 2000...

Living Wallpaper That Devices Can Relate To
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Living Wallpaper That Devices Can Relate To

The Living Wall project, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researcher Leah Buechley, features an electronically enhanced wallpaper that can...

Study: No Shortage of ­.s. Engineers
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Study: No Shortage of ­.s. Engineers

The United States, contrary to popular belief, is not lacking graduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to a study...

Meeting Notes Progress For Women in Academic Science, but More Work to Do
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Meeting Notes Progress For Women in Academic Science, but More Work to Do

The current state of women in academia was addressed during the annual meeting of the grant recipients of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Advance program...

Social Networks Thrive By Linking
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Social Networks Thrive By Linking

"Reaching out, not building walls" might be one way to characterize the process of social networking. It is also an apt description of the core competitive strategy...

How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World
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How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World

A conference at UCLA on Thursday marked the 40th birthday of the Internet, which was created on Oct. 29, 1969, when a team led by Engineering Professor Leonard...

Professor Working to Advance Computing as a Science
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Professor Working to Advance Computing as a Science

University of Arizona professor Richard T. Snodgrass has received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to promote computation as a true science. "The problem...

Cell Phones Become Data Collection Tools For Global Development
From ACM News

Cell Phones Become Data Collection Tools For Global Development

Computer scientists at the University of Washington have used the Android open-source mobile operating system to turn a cell phone into a versatile data-collection...

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Virtual Surgery Aims to Replace Risky Training

A new haptically enabled computer simulation system is undergoing clinical trials at Cork University Hospital in Ireland and Pecs University in Hungary. The virtual...

Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies
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Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies

Mathematics, science, and technology must continue to be a priority for U.S. higher education to ensure that the United States remains globally competitive, according...

From ACM TechNews

Wiser Owl Learns to ­nravel Doctor Talk

OWL 2, a new Internet language developed by an international team led by computer scientists from the University of Manchester and Oxford University, is designed...

Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health
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Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health

Electronic tools and technology applications for consumers can help improve health care processes, such as adherence to medication and clinical outcomes like smoking...
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