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Censored!
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Censored!

Countries use Internet censorship to dominate the political dialogue, but also to create favorable conditions for government-controlled businesses.

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Hackers Aren't Only Threat to Privacy

Sophisticated hackers aren't the only ones gaining access to sensitive data on the Internet. A large amount of personal information is being left exposed or poorly...

Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students
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Marines to Use Autonomous Vehicles Built By Virginia Tech Students

Four unmanned autonomous vehicles designed and built by a team of engineering students at Virginia Tech are headed to Hawaii to participate in the 2010 Rim of...

Inside the Military-Robotics Complex
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Inside the Military-Robotics Complex

Robots are already in use by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, and their variety and use is only growing.

Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away Pcs
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Why Mobile Innovation Is Blowing Away Pcs

It seems like mobile devices and platforms are innovating at about five times the pace of personal computers. There are deeper fundamentals driving the breathtaking...

Fears Over Dearth of Engineers in Europe
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Fears Over Dearth of Engineers in Europe

The European Roundtable of Industrialists says that Europe needs to take action to encourage people to become engineers or risk losing out to India and China. 

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Wanted: Young Cyberexperts to Defend Internet

The federal government, education officials and giant military contractors are collaborating to recruit a new class of tech professional specifically trained...

How to Prevent Language Extinction
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How to Prevent Language Extinction

Two-thirds of the world's languages are being nudged toward oblivion and are in danger of extinction. A new mathematical model of language competition indicates...

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Missouri S&T Taps Royalty Income to Commercialize Technologies

In an effort to move more technology out of the laboratories and into the marketplace, Missouri University of Science and Technology is reinvesting its earnings...

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White House Seeks Input on It, Science

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology is seeking public input on how the U.S. government can best use information technology, biotechnology...

New Mental-Health Apps For Iphones Like a 'therapist in Your Pocket'
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New Mental-Health Apps For Iphones Like a 'therapist in Your Pocket'

Researchers are developing iPhone apps designed to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness. The apps provide advice on how to change negative affective states...

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In Debate, Audience Finds that the Cyberwar Threat Is Not Exaggerated

A panel of four leading security experts recently held a debate about the threat of cyberwarfare. The discussion emphasized that the threat is indeed very serious...

Oil Spill on Track to Reach Atlantic No Later Than October
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Oil Spill on Track to Reach Atlantic No Later Than October

 Oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon site in the Gulf of Mexico will reach the Atlantic Ocean within six months, says oceanographer Synte Peacock. Exactly when...

$2.9 Million Grant To Support Innovative Approach to STEM Disciplines
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$2.9 Million Grant To Support Innovative Approach to STEM Disciplines

Professor Ron Eglash of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has received a five-year, $2.9 million National Science Foundation research grant to support the development...

Computer Intelligence Assists Study of Human Visual Attention
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Computer Intelligence Assists Study of Human Visual Attention

A computer-based model has advanced the study of change blindness, the failure of humans to detect seemingly obvious changes to scenes around them. 

Resilient Electric Grid Project Develops the ­ltimate Surge Protector
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Resilient Electric Grid Project Develops the ­ltimate Surge Protector

The Resilient Electric Grid project is developing a current limiting high-temperature superconductor cable that could be used to link substations and help ensure...

Cyber-War a Growing Threat Warn Experts
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Cyber-War a Growing Threat Warn Experts

In 2007, Estonia was the subject of a series of cyber attacks which crippled the Internet across the country. Banks, government departments and the national media...

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European Research Program Targets Energy-Aware Electronics Design

Semiconductor companies are collaborating with European design centers, universities, and research institutions to develop standards and contribute to building...

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Where Are All the Science Majors?

In a move to measure its workforce not too long ago, Nationwide Insurance surveyed its 36,000 employees at the time. Its CEO was in for a shock. The single largest...

China: Our Internet Is Free Enough
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China: Our Internet Is Free Enough

China, with the most Internet users of any country in the world, has issued its first government whitepaper declaring an overall Internet strategy--one that advocates...
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