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Programming, Development Skills in Demand

Java/J2EE is the programming and development skill in most demand with more than 14,000 open job positions nationally, according to a July report from IT job board...

Italy to China in Driverless Vehicles
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Italy to China in Driverless Vehicles

University of Parma researchers recently embarked on an 8,000-mile, three-month road trip from Italy to China to test the limits of driverless vehicles. 

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Snapshot of Global Internet Speeds Revealed

A report based on analysis of huge amounts of net traffic has revealed the state of the Internet around the globe.

Device Lets Disabled Steer Wheelchair, Communicate By Sniffing
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Device Lets Disabled Steer Wheelchair, Communicate By Sniffing

Weizmann Institute scientists have invented a unique device, based on sniffing, that permits disabled persons to navigate wheelchairs and communicate. Sniffing...

Researcher Develops ­nderground Wireless Communication For Mines
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Researcher Develops ­nderground Wireless Communication For Mines

Thanks to the work of Ryerson University researcher Xavier Fernando, countless miners' lives could be saved in the future with state-of-the-art technology that...

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How Will the Smart Grid Handle Heat Waves?

Pretty well, once the technology to automatically respond to peak demand and store renewable energy matures.

Technology Not a Key Differentiator in Modern War, Historian Says
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Technology Not a Key Differentiator in Modern War, Historian Says

Despite the U.S. military's increasing reliance on technologies like aerial drones and global positioning systems, technology is not a decisive factor in modern...

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Nanowick at Heart of New System to Cool 'power Electronics'

Purdue University researchers have developed an advanced cooling technology that can handle about 10 times the heat generated by conventional computer chips. 

Saving Lives at Rail Crossings
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Saving Lives at Rail Crossings

La Trobe University researchers have developed a wireless system that enables cars and trains to communicate with each other and avoid collisions at rail crossings...

Personal Robots: Newest Cs1 Teaching Tool
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Personal Robots: Newest Cs1 Teaching Tool

The Institute for Personal Robots in Education has developed a curriculum, software, and plug-in board for an off-the-shelf personal robot that it hopes will...

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The Technical Muscle Behind Wikileaks

WikiLeaks isn't much to look at. The Website's homepage is largely composed of a plain-text logo and a giant hyperlink that simply says: "Submit documents."

Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos
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Wikileaks: Hard Facts and a Hacker Ethos

Julian Assange has been hailed as a hero of investigative journalism and condemned as a risk to national security. Wikileaks, the site of which he is director,...

Asu Camera Yields Best Red Planet Map Ever
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Asu Camera Yields Best Red Planet Map Ever

The best Mars map ever made is now available online for planetary scientists and armchair astronauts alike. And citizen scientists invited to help make it even...

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Military Testing Afghan Language Translation Mobiles For U.s. Troops

"How can we communicate?" the alien being asks Captain James Kirk in a vintage edition of Star Trek. "My thoughts ... you are hearing them? This is interesting."...

Social Web: The Great Tipping Point Test
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Social Web: The Great Tipping Point Test

Every move you make, every twitter feed you update, somebody is watching you. You may not think twice about it, but if you use a social networking site, a cellphone...

Celebrating the Legacy of Plato
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Celebrating the Legacy of Plato

The PLATO@50 Conference marked the semicentennial of the computer system that was the forerunner of today's social media and interactive education.

Making Sense of Real-Time Behavior
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Making Sense of Real-Time Behavior

Data captured by sensors worn on the human body and analyzed in near real-time could transform our understanding of human behavior, health, and society.

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Hackers With Enigmatic Motives Vex Companies

The world of hackers can be roughly divided into three groups. "Black hats" break into corporate computer systems for fun and profit, taking credit card numbers...

Your Groups Tell Hackers Who You Are
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Your Groups Tell Hackers Who You Are

A malicious site can find out what social-networking groups you belong to--and then figure out your identity.

Predicting Success With Niwa Supercomputer
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Predicting Success With Niwa Supercomputer

New Zealand's National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research has launched the most powerful computer in the southern hemisphere. The new supercomputer can...
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