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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls
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World's First Arabic-Speaking Robot to Serve as Staff in Shopping Malls

A laboratory in the United Arab Emirate has built what it says is the world's first Arabic-speaking robot which could soon go into mass production to serve as staff...

Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes
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Microsoft's Mundie: It Needed to Solve Global Woes

Microsoft's Chief Research and Strategy Officer Craig Mundie gave a speech at Harvard University on Tuesday (Nov. 3) to discuss coming "disruptions" in computing...

Jumping on the Multi-Bandwagon
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Jumping on the Multi-Bandwagon

When the U.S. Department of Homeland Security put out an "APB" looking for volunteers to test a new radio that allows first responders to talk to one another across...

Research Continues on Secure, Mobile, Quantum Communications
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Research Continues on Secure, Mobile, Quantum Communications

Air Force Research Laboratory researcher David H. Hughes is using an optical laser link to create secure quantum communication capabilities for military use. The...

K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas
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K-State Freshman Manages Largest Supercomputer in Kansas

Kansas State University's (KSU's) Beocat is a cluster of 122 servers that work together to form Kansas' largest academic research supercomputer. "It's easier to...

Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies
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Long Tail Criticism Might Affect E-Business Strategies

The Long Tail theory embraced by online businesses has taken some recent criticism, raising questions about whether businesses should change their e-strategies.

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Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology Opens

The Chicago Academy of Advanced Technology (CAAT) opened its doors on Sept. 8, 2009. The academy is the result of an effort to fill the need for skilled IT workers...

Xerox Claims Breakthrough in Printable Circuitry
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Xerox Claims Breakthrough in Printable Circuitry

Xerox says it has developed a new form of silver ink that aligns its molecules to conduct electricity more efficiently. The breakthrough enables electronics to...

U.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say
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U.s. Cyber War Policy Needs New Focus, Experts Say

Three cybersecurity experts recently told a meeting of the Congressional Cyber Caucus that current U.S. policies for protecting the United States against various...

The Past, Present and Future of AI
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The Past, Present and Future of AI

The idea that fully-fledged artificial intelligence (AI) — thinking machines that could mimic human intelligence precisely — would be realized by the year 2000...

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Intel Claims Memory Research Milestone

Intel and Numonyx recently announced a breakthrough in computer memory research that they say could eventually result in a less expensive and better-performing...

Living Wallpaper That Devices Can Relate To
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Living Wallpaper That Devices Can Relate To

The Living Wall project, led by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researcher Leah Buechley, features an electronically enhanced wallpaper that can...

Study: No Shortage of U.s. Engineers
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Study: No Shortage of U.s. Engineers

The United States, contrary to popular belief, is not lacking graduates in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to a study...

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Software That Fixes Itself

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers led by professor Martin Rinard have developed ClearView, software capable of finding and fixing certain types...

Meeting Notes Progress For Women in Academic Science, but More Work to Do
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Meeting Notes Progress For Women in Academic Science, but More Work to Do

The current state of women in academia was addressed during the annual meeting of the grant recipients of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Advance program...

Social Networks Thrive By Linking
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Social Networks Thrive By Linking

"Reaching out, not building walls" might be one way to characterize the process of social networking. It is also an apt description of the core competitive strategy...

How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World
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How 40 Years of the Internet Changed the World

A conference at UCLA on Thursday marked the 40th birthday of the Internet, which was created on Oct. 29, 1969, when a team led by Engineering Professor Leonard...

Search Technology Digs Deeper For Meaning
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Search Technology Digs Deeper For Meaning

Search engine technology is in a state of flux as it digs ever deeper for new meaning. The benefits of the new age of semantic search are closer thanks to the European...

Professor Working to Advance Computing as a Science
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Professor Working to Advance Computing as a Science

University of Arizona professor Richard T. Snodgrass has received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to promote computation as a true science. "The problem...

MIT Researchers Developing Robotic Driving Companion
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MIT Researchers Developing Robotic Driving Companion

Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are developing the Affective Intelligent Driving Agent (AIDA), a robot that would act as a helpful...
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