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Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers
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Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers

Passenger screenings at the nation's airports can be conducted more efficiently without compromising aviation security, according to research at Virginia Commonwealth...

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Obama Administration Begins Work on Cybersecurity R&D

A major aspect of U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to improve the country's cyberdefenses involves maximizing government investment in cybersecurity research...

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Study: Web Trackers Systematically Compromise Users' Privacy

A University of California, Berkeley study found that Web users may be tracked by dozens of sources on a visit to a single site. Within a single month, the researchers...

Looking to Nature for Smarter Software Systems
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Looking to Nature for Smarter Software Systems

Mike Hinchey, the director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory and co-director of the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, says that software engineering...

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The Display That Watches You

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems researchers have developed a new screen technology that uses interlacing photodetector cells and display pixels to...

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
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Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to...

Simulated Black Holes Collide
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Simulated Black Holes Collide

Louisiana State University students and researchers have created an award-winning computer simulation of two black holes colliding and the gravitational waves the...

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The Wars of Words on Wikipedia's Outskirts

It is an interesting twist about Wikipedia that the most controversial, most heavily trafficked articles — on abortion, politics, virgin birth — are often the most...

China Demands New PCs Have Web Site-Blocking Software
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China Demands New PCs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other...

Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music
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Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music

University of Granada (UGR) researchers have developed Inmamusys, software that is capable of creating original music in response to emotions felt by the listener...

Better and Faster Search Engines
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Better and Faster Search Engines

Ola Agren, a Ph.D. candidate at Umea University in Sweden, has developed an algorithm that will make search engines faster and return more relevant results. Search...

Software Engineers Bestow Inaugural Influential Educator Award
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Software Engineers Bestow Inaugural Influential Educator Award

ACM's Special Interest Group on Software Engineering (SIGSOFT) has honored the late A. Nico Habermann, the founding dean of Carnegie Mellon University's (CMU's)...

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Minorities, Women Underrepresented in IT

Just 6.1 percent of men and 8.2 percent of women holding technical positions in Silicon Valley are minorities, with less than 2 percent of women of color holding...

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Grid Enables Vector Supercomputing Environment

Tohoku University's Cyberscience Center, Osaka University's Cybermedia Center, Japan's National Institute of Informatics, and NEC Corp. recently announced the successful...

Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here
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Is Internet Voting Safe? Vote Here

Arizona election officials demonstrated their Internet voting system at ACM's recent Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference in Washington, D.C. For the 2008...

Graphene Shows Promise for Future IC Interconnects
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Graphene Shows Promise for Future IC Interconnects

The unique properties of thin layers of graphite — known as graphene — make the material attractive for a wide range of potential electronic devices. Researchers...

When Employers Become Watchers
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When Employers Become Watchers

Imagine if today at work you were watched for every single minute. Not just when you arrived and left, or when you went for your lunch. But every task, every conversation...

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At Stanford, Research Surpasses Investments as Top Revenue Source

Stanford University's scientific research income has surpassed its multibillion-dollar endowment and other investments, making scientific research the school's...

Scientists Recreate Bach's Forgotten Horn
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Scientists Recreate Bach's Forgotten Horn

Computer modeling software originally developed by a University of Edinburgh Ph.D. student to optimize the design of modern brass instruments has been used to recreate...

Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine
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Atom Pinhole Camera Acts as a Shrinking Copy Machine

Scientists from the Institute of Spectroscopy at the Russian Academy of Sciences have developed a method of nanofabrication that uses an atom pinhole camera to...
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