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April 2012


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Hackers Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Website, Vital Data Remains Intact

Hackers Attack Iranian Oil Ministry Website, Vital Data Remains Intact

A spokesman of the Iranian oil ministry confirmed a cyber attack on the ministry's data systems, but stressed that the Iranian oil industries' data has not been damaged or lost in the attack.


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Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf: We Knew What We Were ­nleashing on the World

Vint Cerf invented the protocol that rules them all: TCP/IP.


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How Big Data Is Changing Astronomy (Again)

How Big Data Is Changing Astronomy (Again)

Think of all the data humans have collected over the long history of astronomy, from the cuneiform tablets of ancient Babylon to images—like the one here—taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.


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What's a 'computer Vision Specialist' and Why Does Apple Need One?

What's a 'computer Vision Specialist' and Why Does Apple Need One?

When Apple posted a job listing last week for a "Computer Vision specialist," the tech-obsessed echo chamber began speculating which Apple product line would be employing this person's expertise.


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Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'

Intel's Ivy Bridge Chips Launch Using '3d Transistors'

The American firm says the innovation allows it to offer more computational power while using less energy.


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This Supercomputer Is Rethinking the Future of Software

This Supercomputer Is Rethinking the Future of Software

The International Center of Excellence for Computational Science and Engineering's Daresbury lab recently installed an IBM BlueGene/Q supercomputer in order to help re-engineer software to run on future computers with millions…


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­. of Florida Dean Proposes to Save Money By Revising Faculty Jobs to Focus on Teaching, Not Research

­. of Florida Dean Proposes to Save Money By Revising Faculty Jobs to Focus on Teaching, Not Research

The University of Florida College of Engineering is proposing to revise the assignments of some of its tenured faculty in the computer science department to focus more on teaching and advising and less on research in an attempt…


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Researchers Boost Efficiency of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks

Researchers Boost Efficiency of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks

North Carolina State University researchers have developed centrality-based power control technology, which they say is a more efficient data transmission approach that can boost the amount of data networks can transmit by as…


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New Institute to Tackle 'data Tsunami' Challenge

New Institute to Tackle 'data Tsunami' Challenge

U.S. Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory researchers recently received part of a $25 million grant to address the problem of extracting knowledge from massive data sets.


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Iran Decodes U.S. Drone Intel

Iran Decodes U.S. Drone Intel

Senior Iranian military officials announced that the country's experts have decoded the intelligence gathering system and memory hard discs of the United States' highly advanced RQ-170 Sentinel stealth aircraft that was downed…


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Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters

Pentagon Looks to Dna from Plants to Foil Electronic Component Counterfeiters

Counterfeit electronics embedded in missile guidance systems and hundred-million-dollar aircraft have become a serious problem for the U.S. military and its contractors.


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New Report Recommends NASA Rethink How It Avoids Contaminating Other Worlds

New Report Recommends NASA Rethink How It Avoids Contaminating Other Worlds

Over the past several decades, there's been a stunning revolution in how we view the prospect of life on other planets.


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Tomorrow's Privacy Struggles, On Display Today

Tomorrow's Privacy Struggles, On Display Today

The thorny privacy issues of tomorrow were on display Thursday morning, when AT&T showed off a batch of technologies under development at AT&T Labs, the company’s research arm.

 


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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Although modern science calls for researchers to share their work so that their peers can verify the success or failure of experiments, most researchers still do not share the source code for the software used in their projects…


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Open Source Hardware Movement Seeks Legitimacy

Open Source Hardware Movement Seeks Legitimacy

A group of technologists recently established the Open Source Hardware Association to promote the creation and sharing of hardware or electronic designs.


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Software Helps Spot Groups of Fake Online Reviews

Software Helps Spot Groups of Fake Online Reviews

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Google have developed software that can identify groups of fraudulent online reviews that attempt to steer the sentiment of products or businesses.


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New Julia Language Seeks to Be the C For Scientists

New Julia Language Seeks to Be the C For Scientists

MIT researchers have developed Julia, a programming language designed for building technical applications. The language has already been used for image analysis and linear algebra research.


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Man and Machine: Better Writers, Better Grades

Man and Machine: Better Writers, Better Grades

A University of Akron study comparing human graders and software designed to score student essays concluded that they achieved virtually identical levels of accuracy, with the software proving more reliable in some cases.


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Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking

Going With the Flow: Google's Secret Switch to the Next Wave of Networking

In early 1999, an associate computer science professor at UC Santa Barbara climbed the steps to the second floor headquarters of a small startup in Palo Alto, and wound up surprising himself by accepting a job offer.


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Security Researcher ­nearths Plans For Iran's Halal Internet

Security Researcher ­nearths Plans For Iran's Halal Internet

Iran appears to have recently published a Persian-language "Request for Information" for an even-more filtered and monitored version of the Internet than what presently exists in the Islamic Republic.


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Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn

Medical Device Hack Attacks May Kill, Researchers Warn

Karen Sandler has a big heart. And that's not just because she is head of the Gnome Foundation—a non-profit community group dedicated to making and giving away free software for PCs.


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Demand For Linux Skills Sets a New Record This Month

Demand For Linux Skills Sets a New Record This Month

People with Linux skills and experience have a good chance of finding a Linux job, or landing a better position.  


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Research Consortium Claims Solution For Multi-Core Scaling

Research Consortium Claims Solution For Multi-Core Scaling

Hierarchical hardware coherence that remains transparent to application programs could be used to solve the scaling problem for next-generation processors, according to a Semiconductor Research Corp. study.  


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Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits

Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits

Clique Research Cluster scientists recently analyzed data from Last.fm, a social Web site for music, to determine which cities set the world's listening trends.


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War of the Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide

War of the Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide

Roger Cone is a microbiologist, not a politician. He struggles with a basic truth: For all the scientific acceptance of evolution, many Americans simply don't believe it is factually accurate.


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Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Data Centers in Va. and Elsewhere Have Major Carbon Footprint, Report Says

Data centers and mobile telecommunications networks use more than 623 billion kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and a 2008 study found that the IT sector represented 2 percent of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.


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Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools

Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools

A volunteer project in the United Kingdom is writing session plans for teaching the basics of computer programming to children between the ages of 10 and 11.  


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Online Education Venture Lures Cash Infusion and Deals With 5 Top Universities

Online Education Venture Lures Cash Infusion and Deals With 5 Top Universities

Stanford University computer science professors Andrew Ng and Daphne Koller recently received $16 million in venture capital funding and formed partnerships with five universities to form Coursera, a free online learning system…


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Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus

Cassini Successfully Flies Over Enceladus

Cassini flew by Enceladus at an altitude of about 46 miles (74 kilometers). This flyby was designed primarily for the ion and neutral mass spectrometer to analyze, or "taste," the composition of the moon's south polar plume as…


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Nancy Lynch Named 2012 Athena Lecturer

Nancy Lynch Named 2012 Athena Lecturer

MIT's Nancy Lynch was named the 2012 Athena Lecturer for her advances in distributed systems that enable dependable Internet and wireless network applications.