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Semantic Integration: Meeting the Challenge

Interoperability between data sources is the fundamental challenge of data integration, and NASA computer scientist Richard Keller says that although standards...

Crash, Bang, Rumble! Bringing Noise to Virtual Worlds
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Crash, Bang, Rumble! Bringing Noise to Virtual Worlds

Cornell University computer scientists have developed a method for generating the crashing and rumbling noises of objects made from thin harmonic shells such as...

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Science at the Petascale: Roadrunner Results Unveiled

Roadrunner, housed at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), recently completed its initial shakedown phase while performing accelerated petascale computer modeling...

Report Urges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies
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Report Urges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies

Mathematics, science, and technology must continue to be a priority for U.S. higher education to ensure that the United States remains globally competitive, according...

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Wiser Owl Learns to Unravel Doctor Talk

OWL 2, a new Internet language developed by an international team led by computer scientists from the University of Manchester and Oxford University, is designed...

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DARPA Looks to Send the Internet Into Orbit

There’ve been satellites orbiting Earth for half a century. But getting information to and from them is still a pain. Which is why Pentagon research arm Darpa is...

Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health
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Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health

Electronic tools and technology applications for consumers can help improve health care processes, such as adherence to medication and clinical outcomes like smoking...

Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours
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Silicon-Air Battery: Non-Stop Power For Thousands of Hours

Scientists at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new, environmentally friendly silicon-air battery capable of supplying non-stop power...

Embedded Design
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Embedded Design

Embedded computer systems must be fast and efficient. A European consortium has created a new modelling framework that lets designers strike the best balance between...

Robert L. Ashenhurst, Former Communications Editor-in-Chief, Dies
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Robert L. Ashenhurst, Former Communications Editor-in-Chief, Dies

Robert L. Ashenhurst, professor emeritus of applied mathematics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a former editor-in-chief of Communications...

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Eavesdropping on Smartphone Secrets

Security researchers at Cryptography Research say the smart card attack involving differential power analysis could be used to target smartphones. Cryptography...

Internet Set For Change With Non-English Addresses
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Internet Set For Change With Non-English Addresses

Internationalized domain names (IDNs) will be one of the central topics at ICANN’s 36th International Public Meeting, which takes place October 25-30 in Seoul,...

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data
From ICT Results

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data

European researchers developed technology that enables a robot to combine data from both sound and vision to create combined, purposeful perception. In the process...

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Overseas Chinese Return to Start Companies

TIANJIN, China — This city in northeastern China is a long way from Sand Hill Road, home to the world's greatest concentration of venture capitalists. But a deal...

Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality
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Faster Maintenance with Augmented Reality

In the not-too-distant future, it might be possible to slip on a pair of augmented-reality (AR) goggles instead of fumbling with a manual while trying to repair...

Five New Technologies That Will Change Everything
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Five New Technologies That Will Change Everything

Five new technologies are on their way that will give users unprecedented access to data thanks to new high-speed connections and user interfaces. 

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IBM Researchers Simplify Mobile Web Browsing

IBM researchers have developed technology that will make it easier to design Web sites for mobile devices. IBM researchers in Tokyo developed a visual editor that...

Scan of Internet Uncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices
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Scan of Internet Uncovers Thousands of Vulnerable Embedded Devices

A scan of the Internet by Columbia University researchers searching for vulnerable embedded devices has found that nearly 21,000 routers, Webcams, and VoIP products...

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Google Envisions 10 Million Servers

The computer industry had an opportunity to learn about the technical details of Google's infrastructure during LADIS 2009, ACM's recent SIGOPS International Workshop...

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...
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