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Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns
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Top Cybersecurity Aide at White House Resigns

Melissa E. Hathaway, the Obama administration's senior aide on cybersecurity, is stepping down from her role due to delays in the choosing of an administrator to...

Healthcare, The Road to Robotic Helpers
From ICT Results

Healthcare, The Road to Robotic Helpers

Robots are whirring away in factories all over the world, building cars, phones and cookers. Yet they can do so much more. Robotics for healthcare has been tipped...

Computer Graphics Innovator Wins ACM SIGGRAPH Research Award
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Computer Graphics Innovator Wins ACM SIGGRAPH Research Award

ACM SIGGRAPH has awarded its 2009 Significant New Researcher Award to Wojciech Matusik for his original contributions to accurately capturing and representing real...

Is the Future of Healthcare Online?
From ACM TechNews

Is the Future of Healthcare Online?

An international coalition of medical and technology companies called the Continua Health Alliance is encouraging the migration of healthcare to the Web, as remote...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Does This Avatar Make Me Look Fat?
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Does This Avatar Make Me Look Fat?

Creating a Second Life avatar, or virtual representation of oneself, that is thin and physically fit may encourage individuals to become healthier and more physically...

A Police Woman Fights Quantum Hacking and Cracking
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A Police Woman Fights Quantum Hacking and Cracking

Quantum computing will give people and institutions an enormous amount of computing power, but it will also make their data vulnerable to attack. For Julia Kempe...

Creator of Cloth Simulation Software Tapped for ACM SIGGRAPH Award
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Creator of Cloth Simulation Software Tapped for ACM SIGGRAPH Award

ACM SIGGRAPH  has awarded its 2009 Computer Graphics Achievement Award to Michael Kass, who designed a software program that replicates the movement of clothing...

Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes
From ACM TechNews

Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes

Researchers at the Munich-based Cognition for Technical Systems excellence cluster have developed a flight simulator for flies to determine the insect's neural...

Yawn Alert for Weary Drivers
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Yawn Alert for Weary Drivers

An in-car system for detecting driver fatigue has the potential to reduce traffic accidents caused by tired drivers, according to Aurobinda Mishra of Vanderbilt...

From ACM TechNews

Future Tech on Show at 36th SIGGRAPH

Mk Haley, a juror for the Emerging Technologies area of SIGGRAPH 2009, says an ear-tugging navigator is the type of exhibit that will get people thinking and talking...

Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates U.S. Fear of Cyberwar Risk
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Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates U.S. Fear of Cyberwar Risk

At the core of the U.S. Obama Administration and its Pentagon leadership's efforts to develop rules governing cyberwarfare is the question of whether offensive...

Nurses Open to Idea of Robots
From ACM TechNews

Nurses Open to Idea of Robots

A study performed by SINTEF for the Norwegian Association of Local Regional Authorities found that nurses and care-sector employees would welcome sensor and robot...

Green500 List: Supercomputer Efficiency Continues to Improve
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Green500 List: Supercomputer Efficiency Continues to Improve

The fifth edition of Virginia Tech's Green500 List shows that supercomputers continue to use less power even as their capacity soars. Computers raking in top spots...

ACM SIGGRAPH Honors Rob Cook for Advances in Computer Graphics Imaging
From ACM News

ACM SIGGRAPH Honors Rob Cook for Advances in Computer Graphics Imaging

ACM SIGGRAPH will present its 2009 Steven Anson Coons Outstanding Service Award on Monday (August 3, 2009) to Rob Cook for his pioneering technical contributions...

From ACM News

NIST Releases Cybersecurity Recommendations for Federal Government

he U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released on Friday (July 31) its final version of a publication that represents...

Talking Paperclip Inspires Less Irksome Virtual Assistant
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Talking Paperclip Inspires Less Irksome Virtual Assistant

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has spent an estimated $150 million developing an artificially intelligent (AI) virtual assistant. DARPA's...

A Portrait of STEM Majors
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A Portrait of STEM Majors

A new report from the U.S. Education Department delves into how young students fare when they pursue science and technology degrees in college. The report, "Students...

Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers
From ACM TechNews

Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers

True Engineering Technology has developed semantic technology that gives meaning to numerical data to prevent number-related mixups. The company has launched Numberspace...

Seeking Efficiency, Scientists Run Visualizations Directly on Supercomputers
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Seeking Efficiency, Scientists Run Visualizations Directly on Supercomputers

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory are using a method called software-based parallel volume rendering to accelerate...
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