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Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

A new system that could make the cooling of data centers vastly more efficient has been tested by a team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs
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Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs

University of Washington (UW) researchers are developing a contact lens with a wirelessly powered light-emitting diode (LED) in the hope that the device can be...

SC09 Draws Many New Faces to World's Premier Supercomputing Event
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SC09 Draws Many New Faces to World's Premier Supercomputing Event

Approximately 11,000 researchers, scientists, engineers, and computing experts from around the world are expected to attend SCO9 high-performance computing (HPC)...

Tech Ed: Women in It
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Tech Ed: Women in It

Microsoft developer Catherine Eibner recently hosted a Women in IT workshop at the annual Microsoft Tech Ed IT Forum in Queensland, Australia. It was the first...

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Hewlett-Packard Funds Purdue Work to Develop New Teaching Model

Purdue University has received a Hewlett-Packard grant to develop and test a new teaching approach designed to improve the academic success of underrepresented...

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Virtual Maps For the Blind

BlindAid, developed by Tel Aviv University's Orly Lahav, is a new program that helps the blind navigate through unfamiliar locations. BlindAid digitally maps real...

Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition
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Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition

British prime minister Gordon Brown apologized for the way the government treated Alan Mathison Turing after convicting the computer pioneer of gross indecency...

The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards
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The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards

New York-based Organic Motion Inc.'s motion-capture system that doesn't require bodysuits or markers won the computing-systems category of The Wall Street Journal...

Communications Web Site Wins Best New Site Award
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Communications Web Site Wins Best New Site Award

ACM's Web platform for its flagship publication Communications of the ACM (http://cacm.acm.org) garnered the top award for best new Web site by Media Business magazine...

On the Road to Secure Car-to-Car Communications
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On the Road to Secure Car-to-Car Communications

A European research project works out how to keep car-to-car data transmissions private and secure from malicious hackers.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections

Mayo Clinic researchers say that "teachable software" designed to mimic the human brain may help them diagnose cardiac infections without an invasive exam. The...

Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?
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Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?

Betsy DiSalvo with Georgia Tech's College of Computing is betting that young African American males' interest in video games can be tapped to generate a greater...

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Research Project Limits Computer Power Consumption

A new scheduling algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Sydney promises to cut the energy consumption of processors in data centers by more than...

Role For Robots: Helping Elderly at Home
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Role For Robots: Helping Elderly at Home

Three University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) engineers and a Rush University nursing specialist have been awarded a three-year, $989,000 National Science Foundation...

Stimulus Funds to Further Cyber Security Research
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Stimulus Funds to Further Cyber Security Research

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will fund a project designed to protect the privacy and security of business information systems and data centers...

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Smart Sensors Power Interaction

More than 70 demonstrations of interactive technologies that use sensors for a wide range of applications were showcased at the Human Computer Interaction conference's...

Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network
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Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network

The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded $105 million to a Purdue-led team to spearhead a center that will serve as headquarters for the operations of the George...

Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot
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Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot

New York University researchers have proposed Epothecary, a system that uses cell phones to authenticate and track drugs distributed in the developing world. The...

How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?
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How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?

Encouraged by the success of grid computing in Europe, scientists there set out to help their Latin American colleagues develop grid capability. The result today...

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Internet Address Run-Out: Is It Time to Panic?

Most Internet-based estimates show that IPv4 addresses are scheduled to run out by July 22, 2011. However, researcher Stephan Lagerholm has come up with an earlier...
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