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November 2013


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Xml Co-Inventor: Now's the Time For Federated Identity

Xml Co-Inventor: Now's the Time For Federated Identity

XML co-inventor Tim Bray, speaking at the recent DevBeat conference in San Francisco, argued for the use of federated identity services. 


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From data and information to knowledge: the Web of tomorrow

From data and information to knowledge: the Web of tomorrow

Dr. Serge Abiteboul recently presented the Royal Society Milner Award lecture before the Royal Society in London.


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Ccc Chair Susan Graham Is Named to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy

Ccc Chair Susan Graham Is Named to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy

President Barack Obama has announced his intent to nominate two new members to the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology Policy.   


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The Good Judgment Project

The Good Judgment Project

A team of researchers tries to determine the best approach to predicting world events by making a game out of it.


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Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

A team of researchers has achieved a breakthrough that brings quantum computing closer to real-world use. 


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Every Step You Take

Every Step You Take

As small cameras with the ability to identify individuals proliferate in public places and data storage prices drop, privacy issues are growing increasingly complex. 


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Dart, Google's Controversial Web Language, Turns 1.0

Dart, Google's Controversial Web Language, Turns 1.0

Google recently announced the availability of version 1.0 of Web programming language Dart.


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Uc Research Brings a Future of Mind-Reading Robots Ever Closer

Uc Research Brings a Future of Mind-Reading Robots Ever Closer

Researchers are studying how brain-computer interfaces can be applied to robotics. 


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Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges

Google’s Vint Cerf Defines Internet of Things Challenges

Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf said strong regulations are needed to address privacy and other challenges the Internet of Things presents. 


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Tech Leaders Warn IT Talent Shortage Could Curb Hiring Plans

Tech Leaders Warn IT Talent Shortage Could Curb Hiring Plans

Although technology companies would like to increase hiring this year, they are concerned that a shortage of skilled workers will limit their ability to do so, according to a TECNA survey of more than 1,700 technology executives…


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The Brain's Crowdsourcing Software

The Brain's Crowdsourcing Software

Neuroscientists are discovering how groups of cells in the human brain cooperate to produce certain results, in a manner similar to crowdsourcing software. 


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The Cloud Enables Hpc For All

The Cloud Enables Hpc For All

Demand for high-performance computing is burgeoning and will continue to grow, with or without the requisite hardware.


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Smartphone Accelerometers Can Accurately Distinguish Between Different Motorized Transportation Modalities

Smartphone Accelerometers Can Accurately Distinguish Between Different Motorized Transportation Modalities

Smartphone accelerometers can be used to distinguish between different motorized transportation modalities. 


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Blue Gene Active Storage boosts I/O performance at JSC

Blue Gene Active Storage boosts I/O performance at JSC

Researchers say they have successfully installed the world's first Blue Gene Active Storage system.


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STEM Education, Business Schools Need to Be Joined at Hip

STEM Education, Business Schools Need to Be Joined at Hip

Science, technology, engineering, and math programs and business schools should find a way to collaborate and build bridges.


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A Computer Academy in France Defies Conventional Wisdom

A Computer Academy in France Defies Conventional Wisdom

The new tuition-free computer academy called 42 aims to produce graduates more innovative, employable, diverse, and useful to the French economy. 


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Israel’s Idf Lures Female Recruits For Computer Corps

Israel’s Idf Lures Female Recruits For Computer Corps

Israel's military is working to draw more women into its computer division. 


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Microsoft Sees Huge Potential in Fuel Cells

Microsoft Sees Huge Potential in Fuel Cells

Microsoft recently released a study that touted the use of fuel cells to power data centers. 


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­nmask Wikipedia Sock Puppets By the Way They Write

­nmask Wikipedia Sock Puppets By the Way They Write

Researchers have developed a tool that could be used to uncover phony Wikipedia contributors. 


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Obtaining Data From the 'brains' of Cars

Obtaining Data From the 'brains' of Cars

Direct logging of data from cars provides access to invaluable data, as well as the ability to measure a vehicle's energy utilization. 


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Biometrics Researchers See World Without Passwords

Biometrics Researchers See World Without Passwords

Emerging biometric technologies could replace the use of passwords. 


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The Secret Ingredient in Computational Creativity

The Secret Ingredient in Computational Creativity

IBM computer scientists are using big data on the Watson supercomputer to produce cooking results that could be called creative. 


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Nasa Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air

Nasa Probe May Help Solve Riddle of Mars's Missing Air

NASA's next mission to Mars aims to answer one question: What happened to the air that once made the surface habitable?


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A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

A Neuroscientist's Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

It's a question that’s perplexed philosophers for centuries and scientists for decades: Where does consciousness come from?


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Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey

Remembering Legendary Enigma Code Breaker Mavis Batey

Cracking one of the most complicated cipher devices ever created—the Enigma machine—may not have been what Britain's Mavis Batey envisioned when she studied the German romantic poets at University College London when World War…


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International Reach of MOOCs Is Limited by ­sers' Preferences

International Reach of MOOCs Is Limited by ­sers' Preferences

Speakers at Transatlantic Science Week note that massive open online courses (MOOCs) might democratize higher education globally, but significant progress would be required to reach such a point.


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Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

Quantum Memory 'world Record' Smashed

"Qubits" of information encoded in a silicon system persisted for almost 100 times longer than ever before.


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Shocker: Women Outnumber Men in This Year's Tech Hires

Shocker: Women Outnumber Men in This Year's Tech Hires

Women represented a majority of workers filling new technology jobs created through September of this year, for the first time in at least 10 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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NSF Advances National Efforts Enabling Data-Driven Discovery

NSF Advances National Efforts Enabling Data-Driven Discovery

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced several partnerships aimed at big data discovery, innovation, and education.


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Ibm Makes More Powerful Watson Available via the Internet

Ibm Makes More Powerful Watson Available via the Internet

IBM announced that its Watson supercomputer will be available as a cloud service to third-party users at a significantly lower cost than in the past, marking the latest effort among large technology firms to make supercomputers…