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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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White House Calls for IT Boost to Fight Terrorism

A new White House report says the U.S. government needs better information technology (IT) to counter potential terrorist attacks, such as the recent attempt to...

Can the World's Fastest Supercomputer Combat Health Care Waste?
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Can the World's Fastest Supercomputer Combat Health Care Waste?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have proposed using Jaguar, a recently upgraded Cray XT5-based supercomputer, to help with U.S. government health care...

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DHS Eyes Science and Technology Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Science and Technology Directorate is seeking proposals for conducting research in a wide range of technology...

India: A Nation Develops
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India: A Nation Develops

India is making the transition from a global outsourcing center to a global innovation nexus, but lingering challenges include persistent infrastructure difficulties...

India's Labs Waking ­p, Surge in Global Science Papers
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India's Labs Waking ­p, Surge in Global Science Papers

Often referred to as a "sleeping giant" in scientific literature, India seems to be waking out of its slumber, says a recent global research report by Thomson Reuters...

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Wanted: Cyber Ninjas

U.S. colleges are adding courses and specialized degrees in the once-exotic field of cybersecurity to try to meet the growing demands for computer security skills...

$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab
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$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab

The University of Maryland has been awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to build an advanced quantum science...

At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers
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At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers

Argonne National Laboratory is phasing out its use of radioactive materials in favor of supercomputers for the purpose of conducting research. "The past was the...

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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360
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Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360

When Nintendo's Wii game console debuted in November 2006, its motion-sensing handheld "Wiimotes" got players off the couch and onto their feet. Now Microsoft...

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Are Doctors Ready for Virtual Visits?

For over a decade now, health care experts have been promoting telemedicine, or the use of satellite technology, video conferencing and data transfer through phones...

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Jobs Report: Tech Hiring Grew In December

U.S. employers added approximately 5,200 tech jobs last month even as the broader economy shed 85,000 positions from November to December, according to data released...

How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere
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How Vegas Security Drives Surveillance Tech Everywhere

Las Vegas casinos are incubators of the world's most advanced surveillance tech. Here's how the spy gear that helps Sin City has taught everyone from government...

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Rogue Marketers Can Mine Your Info on Facebook

Got an e-mail list of customers or readers and want to know more about each — such as their full name, friends, gender, age, interests, location, job and education...

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Microsoft's Body-Sensing, Button-Busting Controller

A LONG-lived videogaming skill could be on the way out this year as Microsoft hones an add-on to its Xbox 360 console aimed at making button-studded games controllers...
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