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March 2013


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Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Metamaterials to Observe Giant Photonic Spin Hall Effect

Berkeley Lab Researchers Use Metamaterials to Observe Giant Photonic Spin Hall Effect

A newly developed two-dimensional sheet of gold nanoantennas has recorded the strongest signal yet of the photonic spin Hall effect. 


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Robot-Delivered Speech and Physical Therapy a Success in Umass Amherst Test

Robot-Delivered Speech and Physical Therapy a Success in Umass Amherst Test

A humanoid robot used to deliver speech and physical therapy to a stroke patient has resulted in noticeable improvement in quality of life. 


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It's Like They’re Reading My Mind

It's Like They’re Reading My Mind

Whether it's our location, contact lists, calendars, photo albums, or search requests, app developers, advertising companies, and other tech firms are scrambling to learn everything they can about us in order to sell us things…


From ACM Careers

Carnegie Mellon, Nsa Seek High School Hackers

Carnegie Mellon, Nsa Seek High School Hackers

Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.


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Hong Kong Looks to Build ­nderground Datacentre Caves

Hong Kong Looks to Build ­nderground Datacentre Caves

With more than seven million people squeezed in to around 1,100sq km of land space, and property prices regularly ranking among the highest in the world, Hong Kong has realised it needs to get inventive if it wants to attract…


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U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists

U.s. Cybersecurity Policy Draws Interest from Companies, Lobbyists

The determination by Congress and President Obama to protect networks of critical U.S. industries from hackers and cyberspies is creating an explosive growth opportunity—for lobbyists.


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From Complex Living Systems to Smarter Computers

From Complex Living Systems to Smarter Computers

The European Commission is funding a project to study complex living systems and apply its findings to technological systems, particularly robot swarms. 


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How to Find the Right Twitter User in a Crisis

How to Find the Right Twitter User in a Crisis

Researchers have developed a way to find people on Twitter who are tweeting useful information during a crisis. 


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European Computing Network of Excellence Sets Course For the Future

European Computing Network of Excellence Sets Course For the Future

The HiPEAC European Network of Excellence recently released its latest computer systems roadmap.


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Fewer Women Pursue Jobs in Science Because They Have More Career Options

Fewer Women Pursue Jobs in Science Because They Have More Career Options

The gender gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers may be more due to greater career options than less ability in math and science. 


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Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children With Autism

Humanoid Robot Helps Train Children With Autism

The new NAO system of sensors, computers, and robots is designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder. 


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Swiss Supercomputer Aims to Predict Mountain Weather With Help of Gpus

Swiss Supercomputer Aims to Predict Mountain Weather With Help of Gpus

The Swiss National Supercomputing Center will upgrade its supercomputer to more accurately predict the weather in the mountains of the Swiss Alps. 


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Asteroid-Smashing Space Probes Set for Cosmic Crash in 2022

Asteroid-Smashing Space Probes Set for Cosmic Crash in 2022

Scientists in Europe and the United States are moving forward with plans to intentionally smash a spacecraft into a huge nearby asteroid in 2022 to see inside the space rock.


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A Screen at Your Fingertips

A Screen at Your Fingertips

A fingernail-based display could revolutionize the way people use devices like smartphones. 


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A Strange Computer Promises Great Speed

A Strange Computer Promises Great Speed


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Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World

Bitcoin: Fastest Growing Currency in the World

Bitcoin is an unregulated, uncontrolled online currency—worth more than £500m, it's the world's fastest growing.


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Radio Frequency Chip Makers Tune In to Smartphone Race

Radio Frequency Chip Makers Tune In to Smartphone Race

Radio frequency chip makers are set to gain as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc unveil ever more sophisticated smartphones and tablets to battle for the No. 1 spot in the global mobile devices market.


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So It Begins: DARPA Sets Out to Make Computers That Can Teach Themselves

So It Begins: DARPA Sets Out to Make Computers That Can Teach Themselves

The Pentagon's blue-sky research agency is readying a nearly four-year project to boost artificial intelligence systems by building machines that can teach themselves—while making it easier for ordinary schlubs like us to build…


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China to Create Home-Grown Operating System

China to Create Home-Grown Operating System

China is working with software firm Canonical on an open-source operating system customised for Chinese users.


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Planck Mission Brings ­niverse Into Sharp Focus

Planck Mission Brings ­niverse Into Sharp Focus

The Planck space mission has released the most accurate and detailed map ever made of the oldest light in the universe, revealing new information about its age, contents and origins.


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Georgia Tech Computer System Predicts Ncaa Basketball Champion

Georgia Tech Computer System Predicts Ncaa Basketball Champion

Georgia Tech’s Logistic Regression/Markov Chain (LRMC) computerized college basketball ranking system predicts the University of Florida will win this year's NCAA men's college basketball tournament. 


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Can Control Theory Make Software Better?

Can Control Theory Make Software Better?

Researchers recently demonstrated the application of control theory principles to formal verification, in a method that could benefit approximate computation. 


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Where Siri Has Trouble Hearing, a Crowd of Humans Could Help

Where Siri Has Trouble Hearing, a Crowd of Humans Could Help

A new rapid-fire crowdsourcing program could provide new ways to enhance voice-recognition applications. 


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Hackers Can Be Battlefield Targets, Says Nato Report

Hackers Can Be Battlefield Targets, Says Nato Report

NATO's cyberwarfare handbook says that civilian hackers who carry out cyberattacks during coordinated military campaigns can be targeted as combatants. 


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Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'

Youtube Reaches a Billion Monthly Viewers, Boosted By 'generation C'

YouTube has a billion unique users visiting the video-sharing website every month, equivalent to one out of every two people on the Internet—and the generation that has grown up with it watches video on smartphones just as much…


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Gender Gap in Tech Salaries Is All Gone, Dice Reports

Gender Gap in Tech Salaries Is All Gone, Dice Reports

Women in the information technology (IT) field now make as much as men, according to the latest salary survey from Dice.


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Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

Domestic Drones Stir Imaginations, and Concerns

On the pilot's computer screen, planted at ground level a few yards from the airport runway here, the data streaming across the display tracked an airplane at 1,300 feet above a small city on the coast, making perfect circles…


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Revealed: The 1962 CIA Paper That Predicts the Big Deal With Big Data

Revealed: The 1962 CIA Paper That Predicts the Big Deal With Big Data

The Central Intelligence Agency has published for the first time "Some Far-Out Thoughts on Computers," a 1962 internal document that shows how eager the agency was to exploit the power of data for Cold War spying purposes.


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Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future

Internet of Things: Trash Talk Signals Mobile Future

Wander through the historic streets of the Roman city of Bath in the U.K., and you might sense that they are smarter than average. And you would be right.


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Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light

Supercomputer Helps Planck Mission Expose Ancient Light

Like archeologists carefully digging for fossils, scientists with the Planck mission are sifting through cosmic clutter to find the most ancient light in the universe.