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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

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Control of Internet Is at Issue

The U.S. Commerce Department's Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with ICANN is set to expire on Sept. 30. As that date approaches, Commerce is under increasing pressure...

Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium
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Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium

Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of information worker, is threatening our ability to...

Rfid Technology May Help in Keeping Foods Safe
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Rfid Technology May Help in Keeping Foods Safe

RFID technology has led to better safety handling of raw materials and finished products in the food industry, which is also using the technology to speed up the...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award
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Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award

University of California, Berkeley professors Maneesh Agrawala and Lin He have been named MacArthur Fellows, which provides them with five-year, $500,000 grants...

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President Obama Touts Role of Basic Research in Innovation

In his recent address at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y., U.S. President Barack Obama cited the need for the United States to strengthen its commitment...

Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat 'brain Drain,' Professors Say
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Minority Students Needed in Math and Science to Combat 'brain Drain,' Professors Say

Three mathematics and science professors called on the U.S. government to support institutional programs that have succeeded in attracting and retaining minority...

Debating Net Neutrality
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Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Computer Model Shows Changes in Brain Mechanisms For Cocaine Addicts
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Computer Model Shows Changes in Brain Mechanisms For Cocaine Addicts

University of Missouri researchers Ashwin Mohan and Sandeep Pendyam, doctoral students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are utilizing computational...

Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots
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Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots

Interactions between humans and machines are evolving to the point where they could include having sexual relations, says David Levy, who won the 2009 Loebner prize...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

Project 'gaydar' Computes Orientation
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Project 'gaydar' Computes Orientation

Two students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) sought to determine whether online social network users were unknowingly revealing sensitive details...

World's Talent Opts to Leave ­sa
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World's Talent Opts to Leave ­sa

The United States will lose many skilled workers over the next five years as 100,000 immigrants from India and 100,000 immigrants from China return home, warns...

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Surveillance Software Solves Security Snag

University of Adelaide researchers have developed software that eliminates the need for security personnel at large public venues to search for suspicious activity...

Eu Funding 'orwellian' AI Plan to Monitor Public For 'abnormal Behavior'
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Eu Funding 'orwellian' AI Plan to Monitor Public For 'abnormal Behavior'

The European Union-funded Project Indect is developing software that monitors and processes information collected from Web sites, discussion forums, file servers...

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City 2.0: It Will Make Cities More Engaging and Energy-Efficient

Cities will be transformed by WiMax, smart grids, social networks, and other emerging technologies, once they are cohesively integrated. WiMax is seen as a critical...

Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009
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Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009

This year's ACM conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Appliances (OOPSLA 2009) will be held in Orlando, Fla., from October 25-29. OOPSLA...

High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment
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High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment

Computers have helped doctors in the medical community for years. Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are working to see if computers can...

Taming the Vast
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Taming the Vast

European researchers are making an impressive effort to link up digital repositories to create a vast network of easy to search online data. The DRIVER project...
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