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November 2014


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Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow

Mathematical Time Law Governs Crowd Flow

Walking in crowds means predicting the future.


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Ncwit Launches an Online Tool, Developed with Google, For Diversifying Computing Degree Recipients

Ncwit Launches an Online Tool, Developed with Google, For Diversifying Computing Degree Recipients

A new National Center for Women & Information Technology program encourages development of more inclusive learning environments in computer science courses. 


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11 Innovators Receive Hpc Excellence Awards

11 Innovators Receive Hpc Excellence Awards

IDC has announced the winners of the eighth round of its HPC Innovation Excellence Award recognizing achievements in high-performance computing.


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Intel Turns to Light Beams to Speed ­p Supercomputers

Intel Turns to Light Beams to Speed ­p Supercomputers

Intel has developed a technology that uses optical cables and light pulses to move data in supercomputers.


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Georgia Tech Professor Proposes Alternative to 'turing Test'

Georgia Tech Professor Proposes Alternative to 'turing Test'

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Mark Riedl has developed a more rigorous way to evaluate the intelligence of a computer than the Turing Test. 


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Dartmouth's BRACE—a BRACE-Let to Improve Computer Security

Dartmouth's BRACE—a BRACE-Let to Improve Computer Security

The Bilateral Recurring Authentication Conducted Effortless system continuously authenticates users while they are using a terminal. 


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Robots Put to Work on E-Waste

Robots Put to Work on E-Waste

Researchers believe they have automated the process of disassembling liquid crystal display screens for recycling. 


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Faculty Research Reveals Software Improving in Ability to Analyze, Score Writing

Faculty Research Reveals Software Improving in Ability to Analyze, Score Writing

Software for evaluating human writing is improving and expanding in use. 


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Rutgers Engineers Create Smartphone App to Cut Risk of Power Outages

Rutgers Engineers Create Smartphone App to Cut Risk of Power Outages

Rutgers University researchers have developed a smartphone app designed to help engineers respond to widespread power outages. 


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Cats and Athletes Teach Robots to Fall

Cats and Athletes Teach Robots to Fall

Researchers are studying feline and human behavior during falls with the goal of applying its physics to robotic landings. 


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Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications

Researchers Push Supercomputing's Bleeding Edge With Diverse Applications

One of five finalists will be awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize today at the SC14 high-performance computing conference in New Orleans. 


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Creator of the First Computer Database Honored with National Medal

Creator of the First Computer Database Honored with National Medal

President Obama today presented computer technology pioneer Charles W. Bachman the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


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Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff

Apple and Others Encrypt Phones, Fueling Government Standoff

Smartphone makers' use of technology to encrypt their devices has provoked a standoff with the U.S. government, which sees such measures as impeding law enforcement. 


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­sing 3D Printers to Print Out Self-Learning Robots

­sing 3D Printers to Print Out Self-Learning Robots

Researchers at Oslo University are developing self-instructing robots using three-dimensional printers. 


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Evolution Software Looks Beyond the Branches

Evolution Software Looks Beyond the Branches

PhyloNet is an open source Java-based program that accounts for both the horizontal and vertical inheritance of genetic material among genomes. 


From ACM News

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Cutting-edge research still universally involves Fortran; a trio of challengers wants in.


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Software to Automatically Outline Bones in X-Rays

Software to Automatically Outline Bones in X-Rays

Researchers at the University of Manchester are developing software that can automatically pick out the shapes of bones in X-rays. 


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Ntu Engineers Develop Innovative Process to Print Flexible Electronic Circuits

Ntu Engineers Develop Innovative Process to Print Flexible Electronic Circuits

Nanyang Technological University researchers say they have developed a technique to print complex electronic circuits using a common T-shirt printer. 


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Supercomputational Thinking at Sc14

Supercomputational Thinking at Sc14

Considering how computational scientists have developed supercomputing technologies, and where it is helping take everyone else.


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Striving to Be Socially Responsible

Striving to Be Socially Responsible

Electronics manufacturers are taking their social and environmental responsibilities ever more seriously.


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Dell Research Works at Intersection of Technology, Customer Needs

Dell Research Works at Intersection of Technology, Customer Needs

The goal of Dell's research unit is to take a long-term view of trends in the industry and decide which ones to act on based on what makes sense. 


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DARPA Wants to Toughen-­p Wan Edge Networking, Security

DARPA Wants to Toughen-­p Wan Edge Networking, Security

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to improve networking and security at the wide area network edge.


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Penn Engineers Efficiently 'mix' Light at the Nanoscale

Penn Engineers Efficiently 'mix' Light at the Nanoscale

Scientists say photonic-based systems could replace electronic systems as a way to make computer components smaller, faster, and less power-hungry.


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Scientists Build a Better Eye on Our World

Scientists Build a Better Eye on Our World

The University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory will work to develop a video camera that can capture images in 360 degrees. 


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Self-Repairing Software Tackles Bugs

Self-Repairing Software Tackles Bugs

University of Utah researchers have developed a software suite that can detect and eliminate malware. 


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Fighting Crime Through Crowdsourcing

Fighting Crime Through Crowdsourcing

Researchers are developing a computing model that uses crowdsourcing to combine and optimize human efforts and machine-computing elements. 


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Researchers Test First 'smart Spaces' ­sing Light to Send Data

Researchers Test First 'smart Spaces' ­sing Light to Send Data

Dartmouth College professor Xia Zhou and colleagues are experimenting with "smart spaces" featuring ceiling-mounted light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and light sensors. 


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Magic Tricks Created ­sing Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

Magic Tricks Created ­sing Artificial Intelligence for the First Time

Artificial intelligence researchers have taught a computer to create magic tricks. 


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81% of Tor ­sers Can Be De-Anonymised By Analysing Router Information, Research Indicates

81% of Tor ­sers Can Be De-Anonymised By Analysing Router Information, Research Indicates

More than 81% of Tor clients can be ‘de-anonymized’ by exploiting Netflow technology.


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IBM Shares Plans For Supercomputing Future

IBM Shares Plans For Supercomputing Future

IBM is developing a new supercomputing architecture to boost data processing at the storage, memory, and input/output levels.