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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Fly-by-Wireless Set for Take-off
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Fly-by-Wireless Set for Take-off

Aircraft manufacturers eager to reduce the weight of planes are looking into the replacement of copper wiring with wireless networks. Imbuing fly-by-wireless networks...

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Domain-Name Abuse Proliferates; Rogue Registrars Turn a Blind Eye

Domain name abuse continues to be a serious problem, which is too often proliferated by some registrars who are willing to overlook phony registration information...

Study Pushes the Button on Intuitive Design
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Study Pushes the Button on Intuitive Design

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher Simon Lawry plans to observe adults in their homes using everyday appliances in an effort to develop contemporary...

High-Tech Manikins Educate Nurses at Clinical Simulation Lab
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High-Tech Manikins Educate Nurses at Clinical Simulation Lab

"I feel like I could die." This desperate-sounding utterance from a patient would grab the attention of nurses and caregivers on any hospital floor or in any ER...

Chinese Schools Quietly Discard Controversial Web Filter
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Chinese Schools Quietly Discard Controversial Web Filter

Schools in Beijing are quietly removing the Green Dam filter, which was required for all school computers in July, due to complaints over problems with the software...

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Novel Way to Cool Data Centers Passes First Test

A new system that could make the cooling of data centers vastly more efficient has been tested by a team of engineers led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...

Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs
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Digital Contacts Will Keep an Eye on Your Vital Signs

University of Washington (UW) researchers are developing a contact lens with a wirelessly powered light-emitting diode (LED) in the hope that the device can be...

SC09 Draws Many New Faces to World's Premier Supercomputing Event
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SC09 Draws Many New Faces to World's Premier Supercomputing Event

Approximately 11,000 researchers, scientists, engineers, and computing experts from around the world are expected to attend SCO9 high-performance computing (HPC)...

Tech Ed: Women in IT
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Tech Ed: Women in IT

Microsoft developer Catherine Eibner recently hosted a Women in IT workshop at the annual Microsoft Tech Ed IT Forum in Queensland, Australia. It was the first...

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Hewlett-Packard Funds Purdue Work to Develop New Teaching Model

Purdue University has received a Hewlett-Packard grant to develop and test a new teaching approach designed to improve the academic success of underrepresented...

Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits
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Capsules for Self-Healing Circuits

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) researchers are developing a material that could enable a computer circuit to repair itself. The researchers have...

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Virtual Maps for the Blind

BlindAid, developed by Tel Aviv University's Orly Lahav, is a new program that helps the blind navigate through unfamiliar locations. BlindAid digitally maps real...

Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition
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Britain Apologizes After Turing Petition

British prime minister Gordon Brown apologized for the way the government treated Alan Mathison Turing after convicting the computer pioneer of gross indecency...

The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards
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The Wall Street Journal 2009 Technology Innovation Awards

New York-based Organic Motion Inc.'s motion-capture system that doesn't require bodysuits or markers won the computing-systems category of The Wall Street Journal...

Communications Web Site Wins Best New Site Award
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Communications Web Site Wins Best New Site Award

ACM's Web platform for its flagship publication Communications of the ACM (http://cacm.acm.org) garnered the top award for best new Web site by Media Business magazine...

On the Road to Secure Car-to-Car Communications
From ICT Results

On the Road to Secure Car-to-Car Communications

A European research project works out how to keep car-to-car data transmissions private and secure from malicious hackers.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Diagnose Cardiac Infections

Mayo Clinic researchers say that "teachable software" designed to mimic the human brain may help them diagnose cardiac infections without an invasive exam. The...

Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?
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Can Video Game Testing Spark Interest in Computing Among Black Youth?

Betsy DiSalvo with Georgia Tech's College of Computing is betting that young African American males' interest in video games can be tapped to generate a greater...

NSF Grant Supports Distributed Mobile Apps Management
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NSF Grant Supports Distributed Mobile Apps Management

Williams College will conduct research into managing distributed applications on mobile computing platforms that make use of cell phones, vehicles, and embedded...

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Research Project Limits Computer Power Consumption

A new scheduling algorithm developed by researchers at the University of Sydney promises to cut the energy consumption of processors in data centers by more than...
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