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Greener Computing in the Cloud
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Greener Computing in the Cloud

Researchers say that custom data centers being built for cloud computing systems are very energy efficient. "There are issues with property rights and confidentiality...

Google Opens Voting on Ideas to Change the World
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Google Opens Voting on Ideas to Change the World

Google's Project 10 100 — a contest celebrating the company's 10th anniversary — asked participants in September 2008 to submit ideas that could help change the...

Ants Vs. Worms: Computer Security Software Mimics Nature
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Ants Vs. Worms: Computer Security Software Mimics Nature

In the never-ending battle to protect computer networks from intruders, security experts are deploying a new defense modeled after one of nature's hardiest creatures...

Thought-Controlled Wheelchair
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Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

Carmaker Toyota has teamed up with the Riken Brain Science Institute to create a computer the reads the brainwaves of a person seated in a wheelchair to control...

Fighting Botnets with Doc Savage
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Fighting Botnets with Doc Savage

The poster outside the third-floor office in the University of California, San Diego's computer sciences building depicts Doc Savage, the big-muscled, bald-headed...

Physicists Move Fast 'excitonic' Computers Closer to Reality
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Physicists Move Fast 'excitonic' Computers Closer to Reality

Physicists at UC San Diego have successfully created speedy integrated circuits with particles called "excitons" that operate at commercially cold temperatures,...

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Supercomputers Often Run Outdated Software

Supercomputing experts discussed the issue of supercomputing software during a recent conference in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Coalition...

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code
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Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code

Code analysis vendor Coverity reports that the number of defects in open source projects is on the decline. 

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard
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'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard

Scientists from six European countries have designed a new automatic driving assistance program called DRIVSCO. The program studies the car owner's driving pattern...

Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane
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Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane

The Smart Cane is a prototype device developed by Central Michigan University (CMU) engineering students to help visually-impaired people navigate and avoid obstacles...

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Uk's Centre For Cyber-Security Opens at Queen's

The Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT) recently opened at Queen's University Belfast. CSIT will create 80 new positions and serve as the United...

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New Russian Top50 Supercomputers List Released

The Research Computing Center of Lomonosov at Moscow State University (MSU) and the RAS Joint Supercomputer Center have released the latest Top50 list of the most...

Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All
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Wolfram's Search Goal: Compute All

Stephen Wolfram has set the ambitious goal of converting the global corpus of knowledge into a computable format through WolframAlpha.com, a computational knowledge...

State Educators Call For Technology Investment
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State Educators Call For Technology Investment

In his first State of Education Address Thursday (Sept 24), Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers touched on budget cuts and problems...

The Sum of Knowledge
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The Sum of Knowledge

European researchers are creating new technology that could, ultimately, make accessible the sum of humankind’s knowledge. Hundreds of organisations and millions...

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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

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Control of Internet Is at Issue

The U.S. Commerce Department's Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with ICANN is set to expire on Sept. 30. As that date approaches, Commerce is under increasing pressure...

Visualizing the Aztecs
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Visualizing the Aztecs

University of Utah professor Antonio Serrato-Combe has created a British Museum exhibition that allows visitors to digitally explore the empire of the last elected...

Mobile Phones Present Improved, Augmented Reality
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Mobile Phones Present Improved, Augmented Reality

New mobile phones could make it possible for augmented reality (AR) — real-world views overlaid with digital information — to trump virtual reality, which lacks...

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MIT Creates Hybrid Chip For Faster Processors

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have combined silicon and gallium nitride to create a hybrid microchip that they say is smaller, faster,...
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