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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...

The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future
From ACM TechNews

The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future

The 2009 Computer-Human Interaction conference will feature a display that recalls interfaces from the past, shows the most modern interfaces available today, and...

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

From ACM TechNews

Behind the Scenes at Gmail Labs

Google's Gmail Labs is constantly developing new features and applications, and while many of the projects and releases may appear to be casual or random, the Lab's...

From ACM TechNews

Methodology Lowers Embedded Systems Development Costs

Research institutions in Europe have created a uniform methodology for developing embedded systems that lowers costs and improves quality. The methodology includes...

From ICT Results

Grid Gives Europe a Supercomputing Boost

What’s faster than the speediest supercomputer? How about a high-speed grid linking 12 world-class supercomputers? That’s what a European research consortium has...

From ACM TechNews

White House Working Group Releases Strategy for Digital Scientific Data

The United States should develop a strategic policy for digital preservation of and access to scientific data, concludes a report by the National Science and Technology...

From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

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...

Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices
From ACM TechNews

Virus-Built Battery Could Power Cars, Electronic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers led by professor Angela Belcher have developed batteries by genetically engineering viruses to build the...

Purdue, Rutgers Will Lead $30 Million U.S. Homeland Security Research Center
From ACM TechNews

Purdue, Rutgers Will Lead $30 Million U.S. Homeland Security Research Center

Purdue University and Rutgers University will lead an international research and education group in a six-year, $30 million U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

'Parallel Revolution' Speech Offered Via Live Video Feed
From ACM News

'Parallel Revolution' Speech Offered Via Live Video Feed

David A. Patterson, former ACM President and Director of University of California, Berkeley's Parallel Computing Laboratory and the UC Berkeley Reliable Adaptive...

High-Performance System Available for Computationally-Demanding Problems
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High-Performance System Available for Computationally-Demanding Problems

Scientist Dr. Russ Miller (pictured) is leading the rollout of "Magic," one of the most powerful computers in New York State, to qualified users worldwide for solving...

MIT Student Develops Wearable Interface That Relies on Hand Gestures
From ACM News

MIT Student Develops Wearable Interface That Relies on Hand Gestures

Dr. Pattie Maes, Director of the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab and Pranav Mistry (pictured), a graduate student within the same group, have developed...

Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer
From ACM News

Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a mobile application known as Sun Dial, which alerts Muslim users when it's time to perform the...

Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery
From ACM TechNews

Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery

A robot developed by researchers at the United Kingdom's Aberystwyth University has discovered 12 new functions for genes entirely on its own. "Our goal is to...

From ACM TechNews

Georgia Tech Program Pairs Computing With Public Service

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has spun off a course on using technology to solve real-world problems into a new program called Computing for...

Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene
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Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene

Texas A&M University lab's Robin Murphy (pictured) and colleagues have developed RubbleViewer, a tool for modeling a disaster scene that they say is more efficient...
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