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Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave
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Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave

The prospect of a future that includes robot maids took an incremental step forward to reality. Korean scientists have created a domestic robot that cleans, dumps...

Scammers Target Givers After Haiti Earthquake
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Scammers Target Givers After Haiti Earthquake

The earthquake in Haiti has motivated many people to make contributions to help. "Unfortunately, these events also bring out the con artists and scammers who are...

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Today's Threat: Computer Network Terrorism

"A fleet of fighter planes is not necessary to attack a power station; a keyboard is sufficient. And if you don't have the skills, there are enough mercenary hackers...

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Darpa: U.s. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

Sure, we’re all plugged in and online 24/7. But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks. And that poses a serious security risk for the...

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Computer Vision System Analyzes Human Behavior

European researchers, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a cognitive computational system that uses video cameras and computer...

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The Greening of It

A seminar hosted by Science|Business focused on what needs to be done to make information technology (IT) more environmentally friendly. The cross-pollination...

Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access
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Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering aggressive moves to claim its authority over consumer access to the Internet as part of the Obama...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Social Science Meets Computer Science at Yahoo
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Social Science Meets Computer Science at Yahoo

Yahoo Labs is hiring social scientists, including cognitive psychologists, economists, and ethnographers, to help it understand what motivates users to click and...

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Hidden Sensor Network Detects Explosives

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communications, Information Processing, and Ergonomics have developed Hazardous Material Localization and Person Tracking...

American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents
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American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents

For the second straight year, foreign companies collectively captured a slight majority of new U.S. patents awarded to corporations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'
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Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'

Washington and Lee University Associate Professor Claudette Artwick sees evidence of a 'digital divide' in recent social media campaigns to locate missing persons...

Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green
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Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green

Alcatel-Lucent's research division, Bell Labs, spearheaded the launch of a global consortium of academics, operators and vendors on Monday (January 11), tasked...

Tech Recession 'Is Unofficially Over'
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Tech Recession 'Is Unofficially Over'

After an extended slump, technology spending will rev back to life in 2010, according to analyst firm Forrester. "The technology downturn of 2008 and 2009 is unofficially...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

Maryland: The State of Cyber Security
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Maryland: The State of Cyber Security

Maryland's leaders want the state to take a lead role in the cyber security field in an effort to land thousands of jobs as the federal government and high-tech...

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Canada Picks ­p Pace in Computer, Tech Spending

Canadian companies have been picking up their spending on computers, software and other technology, but they still lag the U.S., according to an annual study. Businesses...

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Feds Hand Out $47 Million in Grants For Green Data Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $47 million in federal stimulus money to 14 private projects aimed at making data centers more energy efficient....

MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers
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MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on a program designed to...
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