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November 2010


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Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback

Shunned Profiling Technology on the Verge of Comeback

One of the most potentially intrusive technologies for profiling and targeting Internet users with ads is on the verge of a comeback, two years after an outcry by privacy advocates in the U.S. and Britain appeared to kill…


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Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee

Analysing Data Is the Future For Journalists, Says Tim Berners-Lee

Inventor of the World Wide Web says reporters should be hunting for stories in datasets.


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President Obama Awards Annual National Medals of Science

President Obama Awards Annual National Medals of Science

President Obama presented 10 researchers with United States' highest technical and scientific award, and said that celebrating their contributions was "one of the most important ways to restore science to its rightful place."…


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'fingerprint' Software to STEM Cyber Crime

GuardInQ, new digital fingerprinting software developed by researchers at Edinburgh Napier University, offers closed-caption TV-style monitoring of online systems. 


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Organ Network ­ses Algorithm to Match Live Kidney Donors With Recipients

Organ Network ­ses Algorithm to Match Live Kidney Donors With Recipients

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed an algorithm that matches living kidney donors with compatible transplant recipients, and initiated a pilot program as part of the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation…


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H-1b at 20: How the 'tech Worker Visa' Is Remaking It in America

The H-1B visa program turns 20 years old this month. Not everyone in IT is saying 'Best Wishes.'


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'nowhere to Hide': ­.s. Army Testing New 'smart' Weapons in Afghanistan

'nowhere to Hide': ­.s. Army Testing New 'smart' Weapons in Afghanistan

The XM-25 soon will see combat; precision rounds can be programmed to explode before impact.


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Windows at 25: A Tech King with Growing Competition

Windows at 25: A Tech King with Growing Competition

When the first Windows operating system was introduced by Microsoft, Ronald Reagan was in the White House, John Hughes was introducing touching teen stereotypes in "The Breakfast Club," and a young singer named Madonna was…


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When the Playroom Is the Computer

When the Playroom Is the Computer

A block-shaped robot that seems to roll onto a computer screen is part of an educational-media system that gets kids out of their chairs.


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Researchers Create 3-D Models from Online Photo Databases

Researchers Create 3-D Models from Online Photo Databases

Computer scientists have invented a technique that automatically creates 3-D models of landmarks and geographical locations, using ordinary two-dimensional pictures available through Internet photo sharing sites like Flickr.


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Columbia ­niversity and Neuromatters to Develop Brain-Computer Interface Technology

Columbia ­niversity and Neuromatters to Develop Brain-Computer Interface Technology

Columbia University and Neuromatters LLC have entered into an agreement to develop a novel brain-computer interface technology for rapid identification of relevant images.


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Social Media Actually Strengthens Social Ties, Study Says

Social Media Actually Strengthens Social Ties, Study Says

A University of Texas at Austin study reveals gender differences amid the ubiquitous use of Facebook. College students and graduates are expanding their online social circles and engaging frequently on the social network.


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With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

With Kinect Controller, Hackers Take Liberties

When Oliver Kreylos, a computer scientist, heard about the capabilities of Microsoft's new Kinect gaming device, he couldn’t wait to get his hands on it. "I dropped everything, rode my bike to the closest game store and bought…


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'berlin' Is Revealed as Kryptos Clue

'berlin' Is Revealed as Kryptos Clue

"Berlin" is the highly anticipated clue from artist Jim Sanborn that’s meant to help crypto sleuths unlock the cipher to his enigmatic Kryptos sculpture. The clue was revealed Saturday in a New York Times article.


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Georgia Tech-Led Team Wins Gordon Bell Prize for Supercomputing

Georgia Tech-Led Team Wins Gordon Bell Prize for Supercomputing

A team led by George Biros, associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Computational Science & Engineering, has won the Association for Computing Machinery's Gordon Bell Prize for the world's fastest supercomputing application…


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Globus Online File Transfer Service Debuts

The creators of Globus Online have announced the general availability of the cloud-hosted high-performance, secure file transfer service. Globus Online eliminates the need for complex, custom IT infrastructure to manage large…


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World's First Ice Touchscreen Virtually Burns

World's First Ice Touchscreen Virtually Burns

Nokia researchers have built a computer touchscreen using a block of ice. The researchers say the screen is a step toward a world in which all sorts of surfaces can have computing capabilities. 


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Social Networking Extends Mobile Battery Life

Researchers at the University of Zagreb, Crotia, are developing a new approach to social networking for mobile devices that is based on the context and preferences of users. The approach would provide a richer and faster experience…


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New Device Could Give Boost to Renewable Energy

New Device Could Give Boost to Renewable Energy

University of Texas at Dallas professor Babak Fahimi has developed a prototype electronic interface for routing renewable energy sources to the power grid and electrical storage facilities. 


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IBM, Intel Question Key Top500 Supercomputer Metric

Researchers at IBM and Intel are questioning the methods by which the supercomputing Top500 list is compiled. "The Top500 . . . doesn't measure about 80 percent of the workloads" that are usually run on supercomputers, says…


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Hpc Experts Look Past Petaflop to the Exascale

At SC10, the annual supercomputing conference, high-performance computing (HPC) experts debated whether the industry will reach an exaflop by 2020, and if the achievement will be worth the expense, which could exceed $1 billion…


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AT&T ­ps the Ante in Speech Recognition

AT&T ­ps the Ante in Speech Recognition

AT&T says it has devised technologies to boost the accuracy of speech and language recognition technology as well as extend voice activation to other modes of communication. 


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Silicon's Long Good-Bye

Silicon's Long Good-Bye

Researchers make transistors out of a material that's better than silicon.


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How Wise Are Crowds?

How Wise Are Crowds?

By melding economics and engineering, researchers show that as social networks get larger, they usually get better at sorting fact from fiction.


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Effort Seeks to Diversify Cyber-Security Field

In an effort to increase the number of women and minorities in the field of cyber security, Missouri University of Science and Technology is working with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff to develop a new program for undergraduate…


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Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients

Insurers Test Data Profiles to Identify Risky Clients

Life insurers are testing an intensely personal new use for the vast dossiers of data being amassed about Americans: predicting people's longevity.


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Cell Phone Alerts to Warn Residents of Danger

Cell Phone Alerts to Warn Residents of Danger

Two U.S. Department of Homeland Security offices are working with wireless carriers to develop a national capability to send emergency alerts to mobile devices.


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Worm Can Deal Double Blow to Nuclear Program

The German software engineer who in September was the first to report that a computer worm was apparently designed to sabotage targets in Iran said Friday that the program contained two separate "digital warheads."


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Code Clues Point to Stuxnet Maker

Code Clues Point to Stuxnet Maker

Detailed analysis of the code in the Stuxnet worm has narrowed the list of suspects who could have created it.


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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.