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Greener Computing in the Cloud
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Greener Computing in the Cloud

Researchers say that custom data centers being built for cloud computing systems are very energy efficient. "There are issues with property rights and confidentiality...

Google Opens Voting on Ideas to Change the World
From ACM TechNews

Google Opens Voting on Ideas to Change the World

Google's Project 10 100 — a contest celebrating the company's 10th anniversary — asked participants in September 2008 to submit ideas that could help change the...

Thought-Controlled Wheelchair
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Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

Carmaker Toyota has teamed up with the Riken Brain Science Institute to create a computer the reads the brainwaves of a person seated in a wheelchair to control...

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard
From ACM TechNews

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard

Scientists from six European countries have designed a new automatic driving assistance program called DRIVSCO. The program studies the car owner's driving pattern...

Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane
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Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane

The Smart Cane is a prototype device developed by Central Michigan University (CMU) engineering students to help visually-impaired people navigate and avoid obstacles...

State Educators Call For Technology Investment
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State Educators Call For Technology Investment

In his first State of Education Address Thursday (Sept 24), Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers touched on budget cuts and problems...

The Sum of Knowledge
From ICT Results

The Sum of Knowledge

European researchers are creating new technology that could, ultimately, make accessible the sum of humankind’s knowledge. Hundreds of organisations and millions...

From ACM News

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...

From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM News

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...

From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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
From Communications of the ACM

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
From ACM News

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...

From ACM News

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...
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