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Carnegie Mellon Expands Mobile Learning Project in India
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Carnegie Mellon Expands Mobile Learning Project in India

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) recently announced the expansion of its Mobile and Immersive Learning for Literacy in Emerging Economies (MILLEE) project, which...

Smartphone Security Threats Likely to Rise
From ACM News

Smartphone Security Threats Likely to Rise

Internet security experts say that worms, spam, viruses and hackers could be well on their way into your smartphone, whose rising popularity makes them sweeter...

Rensselaer To Lead Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks
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Rensselaer To Lead Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks

With $16.75 million in funding from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will launch a new interdisciplinary research center devoted...

Biosensor to Help Enlist Cancer Resistance Fighters
From ICT Results

Biosensor to Help Enlist Cancer Resistance Fighters

Cancer is a major killer and an intractable problem confronting medical science, but now the Cochise team of European researchers have developed a biosensor that...

Parallel Course
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Parallel Course

In 1995, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about 100 megahertz. Seven years later, in 2002, a good computer chip had a clock speed of about three gigahertz...

From ACM TechNews

To Protect Your Privacy, Hand Over Your Data

A new proposal from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's (MIT's) Human Dynamics Laboratory suggests that digital identities would be more secure if they...

Researcher Paves Alternate Path for Hard Drives
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Researcher Paves Alternate Path for Hard Drives

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jimmy Jian-Gang Zhu is developing a prototype hard disk technology based on his microwave-assisted magnetic recording (MAMR)...

From ACM TechNews

FCC to Draft Net Neutrality Rules, Taking Step Toward Web Regulation

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) unanimously voted to start drafting rules to support Internet neutrality. "It's hard to imagine anything more...

Where the Virtual World and Reality Meet
From ACM TechNews

Where the Virtual World and Reality Meet

Researchers in Barcelona are developing virtual reality spaces that incorporate touch-sensitive tiles and immersive animations. Pompeu Fabra University professor...

From ACM TechNews

Vulnerability Seen in Amazon's Cloud-Computing

A new study by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) suggests that leading cloud-computing...

Center Finds Gaps in Internet Use Based on Age, Education, and Income
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Center Finds Gaps in Internet Use Based on Age, Education, and Income

The total number of Internet users in the United States reached its highest point to date this year — 82 percent of Americans say they go online, a percentage that...

From ACM TechNews

Material That Could Boost Data Storage, Save Energy

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new material that would enable a fingernail-sized computer chip to store a terabyte of data. The breakthrough...

Algorithm Predicts Fate of Emergency Medical Service Callers
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Algorithm Predicts Fate of Emergency Medical Service Callers

A computer algorithm that can predict the risk of dying for individuals who place calls for emergency medical service has been developed by researchers in Japan...

Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics
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Researchers Help Ensure Security of Military Logistics

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) professor Bhavani Thuraisingham, director of UTD's CyberSecurity Research Center, believes it is possible to establish data...

Friend This: Scientists Will Find Research Partners on National Network
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Friend This: Scientists Will Find Research Partners on National Network


Skiing Robot Navigates Slalom Courses
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Skiing Robot Navigates Slalom Courses

Bojan Nemec from the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia recently presented his skiing robot at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems...

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Congress Endorses Computer Science Education as Driver of Innovation, Economic Growth

ACM joins with several partners from the computing community to commend the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a resolution to raise the profile of computer...

From ACM TechNews

Quantum Computers Could Tackle Enormous Linear Equations

Aram Harrow of the University of Bristol in England along with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Avinatan Hassidim and Seth Lloyd believe that encoding...

Cheetah, Gecko and Spiders Inspire Robotic Designs
From ACM TechNews

Cheetah, Gecko and Spiders Inspire Robotic Designs

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Sangbae Kim is trying to replicate the mechanisms used by animals in robotics. Kim says the animal kingdom provides...

Computers Have Speed Limit as Unbreakable as Speed of Light, Say Physicists
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Computers Have Speed Limit as Unbreakable as Speed of Light, Say Physicists

Boston University physicists Lev Levitin and Tommaso Toffoli have demonstrated that if processors continue to improve in accordance with Moore's Law, an unbreakable...
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