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They're Robots, but Not as We Know Them

Neural networking was the focus of the 15th International Conference on Neuro-Information Processing in Auckland. Researchers discussed how a better understanding...

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NASA Turns to Open-Source Problem-Tracking Databases

The recent launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour will involve the first live test of new software that was designed to streamline the process of problem reporting...

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Software for Safe Bridges

Inspectors might not have to examine bridges for visible damage directly on site as a result of new software that has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer...

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Berkeley Lab Team Wins Special ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Algorithm Innovation

ACM's Gordon Bell Prize for special achievement in high performance computing has been won by a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence...

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High Speed Broadband Will Create Energy Bottleneck and Slow Internet, Study Says

A surge in energy consumption caused by the increased adoption of broadband will continue to slow the Internet, concludes a University of Melbourne study presented...

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Multi-Core and Parallel Programming: Is the Sky Falling?

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Marc Snir acknowledges that multicore parallelism is difficult, and this difficulty can give rise to divergent...

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Google Executive Urges Improvements to Technology Infrastructure

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the U.S. federal government should invest in green technology and a national computer infrastructure to help create jobs and foster...

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Internet's Bandwidth Health Still in Trouble, Report Says

Demand for Internet bandwidth will exceed the Internet's capacity by 2012, predicts a new Nemertes Research report. Nemertes originally projected that Internet...

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Cell Phones Linked to Track Real-Time Traffic

The Mobile Millennium trial, a real-time wireless traffic network for San Francisco, launched this month and will link together GSM-based cell phones equipped with...

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IBM Tries to Bring Brain Power to Computers

IBM Research has been working on a project to give computers the same processing capabilities as the human brain. The goal is to integrate brain-related senses...

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IT Sector Adds Jobs Despite Economic Turmoil

New statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor show that the IT profession may be stronger than the rest of the job market. Although 240,000 jobs were lost nationwide...

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A Future Without Programming

Do-it-yourself applications development is on the rise as business users increasingly turn to codeless programming tools to create applications. "We also haveView...

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IT Security Education Continues to Evolve

IT security and cyberforensics are two areas with a critical need for more workers, writes Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford, chair of ACM's US Public...

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NASA Tests First Deep-Space Internet

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) engineers have successfully tested the first deep space communications network based on the Internet, using the Disruption-Tolerant...

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The First Metropolitan Quantum Cryptography Network Will Be Available in Spain by 2010

Universidad Politecnica de Madrid School of Computing researchers have developed a prototype metropolitan quantum-key distribution network that will be ready for...

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What Has Driven Women Out of Computer Science?

In 1991, Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student Ellen Spertus published the paper, "Why Are There So Few Female Computer Scientists?" Nearly 20...

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Supercomputers Break Petaflop Barrier, Transforming Science

The surpassing of petaflop speeds by a new breed of supercomputers could facilitate a profound scientific transformation by bringing simulation to the cutting edge...

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Researcher: Self-Driving Cars Could Save U.S. Auto Industry

Stanford University professor Sebastian Thrun says the U.S. auto industry's best hope for long-term survival is to take a leadership role in developing self-driving...

New Regulations Will Soon Swell IT Workloads
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New Regulations Will Soon Swell IT Workloads

IT will have to assume a major workload increase to satisfy new government regulations expected to emerge next year in response to the current financial turmoil...

IT Salaries Take Tiny Leaps
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IT Salaries Take Tiny Leaps

Salaries for information technology (IT) professionals have essentially stalled, reveals Computerworld's 22nd annual Salary Survey. The survey, based on responses...
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