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Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities
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Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities

Google has added semantic technology to its Web search engine, which will enable it to identify associations and concepts related to a query, improving the list...

Researchers Pioneer New Software Systems Development Concept
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Researchers Pioneer New Software Systems Development Concept

Software researchers Cornelius Ncube from Bournemouth University and Patricia Oberndorf from the Software Engineering Institute are touting a new method for developing...

Scholarship Program Targets Need for Cyber Security Skills
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Scholarship Program Targets Need for Cyber Security Skills

The Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, jointly run by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is becoming a widely...

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Scholarships Available to Attendees of the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing

The Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology (ABI) expects to draw more scholarship applications for the 2009 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing...

Wireless Charging: Adaptor Die
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Wireless Charging: Adaptor Die

A movement is underway to eliminate power cables from consumer mobile devices by using wireless recharging. However, while the technology may be sound, a profitable...

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RFID Technology Tracks and Monitors Nuclear Materials

Scientists from U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have developed a unique radio frequency identification (RFID) tracking technology...

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Sensor Network Turns Soldiers' Helmets Into Sniper Location System

Engineers at Vanderbilt University's Institute for Software Integrated Systems (ISIS) have developed a system that turns a soldiers' combat helmets into "smart...

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The Emerging Science of DNA Cryptography

The massively parallel nature of DNA computing represents a significant threat to existing encryption schemes, but the technology also could be used to encrypt...

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Swimming Pool Game 'Marco Polo' Used to Develop Robot Control

Researchers at Duke University and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have developed a system for controlling moving robots capable of autonomously detecting and...

Mood Player Creates the Right Atmosphere
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Mood Player Creates the Right Atmosphere

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Ilmenau have created a mood player that finds images to suit the rhythm of music. The approach...

Catering to Car Buyers' Desires
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Catering to Car Buyers' Desires

Buying a new car is one of the biggest purchases most people make. But how can you be sure that the car you order will live up to your expectations? The EU-funded...

UC San Diego and IBM Launch Center for Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds
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UC San Diego and IBM Launch Center for Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has announced the launch of the Center for Next-Generation Digital Media, a new campus center dedicated to inventing...

Rivals Say I.B.M. Stifles Competition to Mainframes
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Rivals Say I.B.M. Stifles Competition to Mainframes

I.B.M. has dominated the mainframe computer business since the category was created four decades ago. And it still gets about one-quarter of its $100 billion in...

The Youngest Ethical Hacker in India
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The Youngest Ethical Hacker in India

Sixteen-year-old Sahil Khan calls himself a hacker, not a cracker, a distinction that puts him on the ethical side of computer security. A "cracker" is a cyber...

Scientists Make Quantum Leap in Developing Faster Computers
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Scientists Make Quantum Leap in Developing Faster Computers

Researchers have developed components that could someday be used to develop quantum computers, say scientists at the University of Manchester and the University...

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Multicore Chips Pose Next Big Challenge for Industry

Increasing the number of processing cores has become the main way of improving the performance of server and PC chips, but any added benefits will be significantly...

Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Nonverbal Commands
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Brown Scientists Build Robot That Responds to Nonverbal Commands

A Brown University-led team of robotics researchers has demonstrated how a robot can detect and respond to nonverbal commands in various environments without having...

Sign Language By Cellphone
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Sign Language By Cellphone

Researchers at the University of Washington and Cornell University are working on the mobileASL project, which is developing a mobile phone that would enable deaf...

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Computer Learning, Electrical Stimulation Offer Hope for Paralyzed

University of Florida professor Warren Dixon says electrical stimulation can be combined with computer learning technologies to help people regain precise, life...

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Tapia 2009 Celebration Announces Technical Program

The 2009 Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computer Conference will feature papers, panels, workshops, poster sessions, Birds-of-a-Feather meetings, a doctoral...
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