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Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding
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Innovative Asia-Pacific Projects Awarded Isif Funding

Eleven communities in eight Asia-Pacific countries stand to benefit from work backed by a new funding program of the Information Society Innovation Fund (ISIF)....

Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls
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Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls

When an older person is injured in a fall, the cost is significant, both in quality of life and medical expense.  being developed by Researchers at the University...

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W3C Investigates Possible e-Gov Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has initiated the process for developing standards that governments could employ to tap Web 2.0 and social networking technologies...

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication
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Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication

Information and communications technology (ICT) is all about communication but it has never provided the semantic richness offered by the non-verbal cues that typically...

Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award
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Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award, which is named after the former...

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Cyber Spying a Threat, and Everyone Is In On It

The computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electrical grid were recently breached by hackers, highlighting the growing threat of cyber espionage. The White House...

Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants
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Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants

A class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a set of robots that can water, harvest and pollinate cherry tomato plants. The...

Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman
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Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman

A cybernetic bodysuit developed by Cyberdyne Corp. and Daiwa House of Japan augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold. The HAL (Hybrid...

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Dual Degree Programs Aim to Create Better Engineers

The Computing Research Association recently reported that enrollment in engineering and computer science programs increased by 8 percent over the 2007-2008 school...

Scholarship For Cis Program Seeks to Close the Gap
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Scholarship For Cis Program Seeks to Close the Gap

Florida A&M University's Computer Information Sciences (CIS) Program has been awarded a $552,000 National Science Foundation grant to recruit minority women to...

They're Hiring in Hong Kong
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They're Hiring in Hong Kong

A sudden wave of hiring in East Asia, especially in Hong Kong, could lead to a brain drain of computer science talent away from America. Talented IT professionals...

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Demand for H-1B Visas Tumbles

Applications for H-1B visas are down about a third from a year ago, according to the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. The agency began accepting...

The Internet's Librarian
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The Internet's Librarian

Technologist and entrepreneur Brewster Kahle (pictured) wants to produce a free, online corpus of human knowledge called the Internet Archive that is bigger than...

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White House Says ­U.S. Needs H-1b Visas to Avoid 'competitive Disadvantage'

President Barack Obama has already reversed several actions and policies established by President George W. Bush, but has shown little interest in revising a rule...

25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year
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25 Highly Anticipated Open-Source Releases Coming This Year

The free and open source software community is hotly anticipating a large number of new releases this year, including an upgrade to Mozilla's Firefox browser that...

Google's Power Play
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Google's Power Play

Google and General Electric (GE) have teamed up on an ambitious project to transform the United States' energy production infrastructure from a model characterized...

Pitt, CM­ Try to Buck Sliding Trend of Women Studying Computer Science
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Pitt, CM­ Try to Buck Sliding Trend of Women Studying Computer Science

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) computer science education graduate student Leigh Ann Sudol says computer science suffers from the lack of female participation...

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Talking in Color: Voice Imaging Helps Social Skills

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer scientist Karrie Karahalios has developed a technique to digitize conversations and represent them as images...

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Project to Support Minority Students in Science Is Working, Report Says

The number of minority scientists is increasing, concludes a report from the American Association for the Advancement of Science's Alliances for Graduate Education...
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