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December 2008


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Learning By Blogging

European researchers have created software that links student blogs and other social software tools into a virtual collaborative learning environment. The three-year iCAMP (Intercultural learning campus) project wanted to close…


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Stanford to Host Engineering Symposium in India

Stanford University's School of Engineering has announced the Stanford Engineering Symposium India to be held on December 18-19, 2008 in Bangalore, India. The event will provide a forum for eight distinguished Stanford faculty…


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Swapping Your Body Becomes a Virtual Reality

Neuroscientists at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, have used camera technology to create the illusion that a human being has swapped his or her body with a mannequin. The researchers had a male volunteer wear …


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DARPA Seeks to Mimic in Silicon the Mammalian Brain

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has awarded contracts for the first stage of the Systems of Neuromorphic Adaptive Plastic Scalable Electronics (SyNAPSE) initiative, which aims to produce electronic …


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10 Microsoft Research Projects

Microsoft is supporting a host of projects in its research and development division that are focused on tackling real-world technical challenges but could have a potentially dramatic impact on computing. One such project is …


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Speed Within Reach at Affordable Prices

Supercomputers have reached new power and performance benchmarks while also increasing their availability to businesses in the past year. In June, IBM's Roadrunner machine at the Los Alamos National Laboratory reached the petaflop…


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Meet Nicole, the Virtual Personal Assistant

Meet Nicole, the Virtual Personal Assistant

Meet "Nicole."  She's a glamorous personal assistant who can help with tasks around the office, play music, turn on the lights, tell the time, read news headlines and search for files on your computer. Nicole is not real; she…


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A Human Approach to Computer Processing

University of Nottingham scientists are researching "granular computing," a computer paradigm that examines groups or sets of information, called information granules, instead of looking at each piece of information individually…


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Professor's Work Erases Technological Barriers

Professor's Work Erases Technological Barriers

University of Washington computer scientist Richard Ladner is working with people with disabilities to help them get more out of technology. Ladner has launched a variety of projects to make life easier for those without hearing…


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Open-Source Developers Set Out Software Road Map for 2020

A group of open source software advocates have published  a report that establishes a road map for the software industry through 2020. The report makes several predictions about the role that free, libre, and open source software…


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Internet2: Full Speed Ahead

The Internet2 nonprofit consortium is engaged in the development, implementation, and use of networking technologies to tap a massive volume of new URL address space, along with a multitude of middleware and security capabilities…


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Quantum Computers Could Excel in Modeling Chemical Reactions

Quantum computers could potentially improve upon the capabilities of conventional computers in modeling and predicting complex chemical reactions, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University, the Massachusetts…


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Six Ways to Build Robots That Do Humans No Harm

A new book by Yale University ethicist Wendell Wallach and Indiana University professor Colin Allen, titled "Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong," argues that we need to establish how to make robots both moral and…


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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 of the brain could lead to more intelligent computer systems.…


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Reding Calls for Continued R&D Investment

Reding Calls for Continued R&D Investment

Europe must continue to invest in ICT-related research and development during the economic downturn, European Union commissioner Viviane Reding told delegates at ICT 2008 in Lyon. "At this time of economic uncertainty, we must…


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U.s. Agency Sees Robots Replacing Humans in Service Jobs By 2025

The U.S. National Intelligence Council's (NIC's) report, "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World," outlines the military, economic, and environmental challenges the United States will face over the next 17 years. The report…


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Semantic Desktop Paves the Way For the Semantic Web

The European Union-funded Nepomuk project has developed innovative software to make finding and sharing information on a computer significantly easier, potentially solving the "chicken and egg" problem that has hindered the development…


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Agent-Based Computer Models Could Anticipate Future Economic Crisis

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is working to create new economic models that will provide more realistic pictures of different types of markets to help prevent future economic crises. Argonne systems…


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Making a Difference

Making a Difference

The Grace Hopper Celebration featured technical talks, workshops, networking events, and lively discussions about increasing the number of women in computer science.


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Living Machines

Living Machines

Researchers of molecular computing and communication are focusing on the type of breakthroughs needed to make the vision of ultrasmall, biocompatible computers a reality.


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Upwardly Mobile

Upwardly Mobile

Mobile phones are bridging the digital divide and transforming many economic, social, and medical realities, particularly in developing nations.


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Touching the Future

Touching the Future

In combination with finger and hand gestures, multitouch input is enabling users to manipulate and display information in innovative and unprecedented ways.

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