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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution
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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution

Carnegie Mellon University roboticist Tony Stentz says that in the near future the farming industry may undergo a significant change as robotic farmhands become...

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Teaching Computers to Recognize

European researchers working on the Cognitive-Level Annotation Using Latent Statistical Structure (CLASS) project are developing visualization technologies capable...

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Dramatic Increase in Number of Acute Computer-Related Injuries

The number of acute injuries associated with computers is on the rise. Over the past two decades, the number of U.S. households with at least one computer has increased...

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Eu Project Evaluates Nomadic Device Benefits For Drivers

Swedish Research CouncilParticipants in the European Union (EU) project TeleFOT recently met at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, to assess...

Iphone  The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future
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Iphone The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future

The European Union-backed MyCar project is a collaborative effort involving Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology and the Volvo Group that is developing manufacturing...

How a Team of Academic Experts Contributed to Obama's Cyberspace Review
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How a Team of Academic Experts Contributed to Obama's Cyberspace Review

The National Security Council's Melissa Hathaway sought the advice of a variety of computer security experts when she conducted the recently completed 60-day review...

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The Next Frontier: Decoding the Internet's Raw Data

The massive amounts of data available on the Internet potentially have infinite uses. For example, advertisers want to mine photos and status updates on social...

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Obama Outlines Coordinated Cyber-Security Plan

U.S. President Barack Obama announced that the country's disjointed efforts to "deter, prevent, detect, and defend" against cyberattacks will now be run by the...

Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.
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Contractors Vie For Plum Work, Hacking For U.s.

The U.S. government’s urgent push into cyberwarfare has set off a rush among the biggest military companies for billions of dollars in new defense contracts. The...

Canadian Program Woos India's Brightest
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Canadian Program Woos India's Brightest

Some of the sharpest young minds from India have taken up residence at British Columbia universities as part of an unusual program intended to woo international...

Downsizing Is Real Upper For Daylight Solutions
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Downsizing Is Real Upper For Daylight Solutions

Startup company Daylight Solutions is betting that its cutting-edge sensor technology will change the landscape in fields ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental...

How Technology Lifts Pixar's 'up'
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How Technology Lifts Pixar's 'up'

If you want to consider a difficult computational problem, try thinking of the algorithms required to animate more than 10,000 helium balloons, each with its own...

Faster Internet on the Road
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Faster Internet on the Road

Researchers at Rutgers University's Winlab and NEC Laboratories have developed R2D2, a system designed to improve Wi-Fi wireless Internet access when traveling....

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Personal Discrimination on the Web

Researchers in India and Japan say they have discovered an automatic way of differentiating between Web sites that express personal opinions and corporate marketing...

Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Computer Wars
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Pentagon Plans New Arm to Wage Computer Wars

The U.S. Pentagon is planning to establish a new cyberwarfare command as a complement to a soon-to-be-announced civilian computer network safety overhaul, according...

Craigslist Founder to Keynote Computer Policy Conference
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Craigslist Founder to Keynote Computer Policy Conference

Craigslist founder Craig Newmark will give the keynote address at ACM's 2009 Conference on Computers, Freedom and Privacy (CFP), which takes place from June 1-4...

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FCC Develops Strategy For Rural Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released a broadband strategy for the rural United States that cautions against relying on a single technology...

In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E
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In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E

There has been an explosion in hobbyist or do-it-yourself (DIY) robotics, with one recent example being a 16,000-member community attempting to individually create...

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Computex to Present Design Awards

Computex Taipei will present awards in five different categories on Monday (June 1) to top international innovators and designers in the field of information technology...

Japan University Gives Away Iphones to Nab Truants
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Japan University Gives Away Iphones to Nab Truants

A prestigious Japanese university is giving away hundreds of iPhones, in part to use its Global Positioning System to nab students that skip class. Aoyama Gakuin...
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