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September 2010


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Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before

Why the Stuxnet Worm Is Like Nothing Seen Before

Stuxnet is the first worm of its type capable of attacking critical infrastructure like power stations and electricity grids: those in the know have been expecting it for years.


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Four Organizations Join Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Test Bed

Four Organizations Join Open Cirrus Cloud Computing Test Bed

HP, Intel Corp. and Yahoo! Inc. announced on Monday (Sept. 27) that four new organizations will join Open Cirrus, a global, multiple data center, open source test bed for the advancement of cloud computing research.


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Fujitsu Begins Shipping 'k' Computer, Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer

Fujitsu has begun shipping the computing units for Japan's Next-Generation Supercomputer, nicknamed the "K"  computer. The "K" computer is a central part of the HPCI initiative, and is being jointly developed with the RIKEN research…


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Developers See Google's Android Operating System Surpassing Apple's

A majority of developers believe Google's Android operating system—not Apple's iOS—will be the dominant platform in the future to power everything from smartphones to touch-screen refrigerators, according to a survey released…


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Cyber Attacks Test Pentagon, Allies and Foes

Adversarial nations worldwide have adopted cyberespionage and cyberattacks as staples of modern warfare, and U.S. defense officials estimate that more than 100 countries are currently attempting to penetrate U.S. networks.


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Google Researching Real-Time Frustration Detection

Google researchers are studying how people behave when their search is unsuccessful. Frustrated searchers may frown, move closer to the computer monitor, sigh, start biting their nails, stare at the results page, or completely…


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China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race

China's 'Big Hole' Marks Scale of Supercomputing Race

1,000 U.S. scientists are involved in exascale development, but China and Europe have stepped up their investment, IBM warns.


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The Density of Innovation

The Density of Innovation

A map showing the density of innovation based on the number of patents in the high-tech industry reveals that the median density of innovation is .008 patents per square kilometer and that the densest metros have more than .4…


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Hp-Sponsored Consortium Developing News Ways of Measuring Learning

The Measuring Learning Consortium, a global consortium led by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, will develop new technologies for measuring students' competency in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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­ga Researchers Apply Artificial Intelligence to the Study of Gothic Cathedrals

­ga Researchers Apply Artificial Intelligence to the Study of Gothic Cathedrals

University of Georgia professors are using artificial intelligence to study gothic cathedrals with the aim of developing an ontology that will make it possible to apply AI methods to historic descriptions of architecture.


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Cars as Traffic Sensors

Researchers working on MIT's CarTel project are studying how cars could be used as ubiquitous mobile sensors. The researchers developed an algorithm that optimizes the dissemination of data through a network of cars with wireless…


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A Silent Attack, but Not a Subtle One

 As in real warfare, even the most carefully aimed weapon in computer warfare leaves collateral damage. The Stuxnet worm was no different.


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First Improvement of Fundamental Algorithm in 10 Years

First Improvement of Fundamental Algorithm in 10 Years

The max-flow problem, which is ubiquitous in network analysis, scheduling, and logistics, can now be solved more efficiently than ever.


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­.s. Wants to Make It Easier to Wiretap the Internet

 Federal law enforcement and national security officials are preparing to seek sweeping new regulations for the Internet, arguing that their ability to wiretap criminal and terrorism suspects is "going dark" as people increasingly…


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Cyber Attacks Test Pentagon, Allies and Foes

 Cyber espionage has surged against governments and companies around the world in the past year, and cyber attacks have become a staple of conflict among states.


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Web Science: The New Frontier

Web Science: The New Frontier

To Chris Baker, the World Wide Web's existence has been "like the birth of a new planet." Baker, a University of New Brunswick researcher, is asking himself, "What now?"


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Malware Hits Computerized Industrial Equipment

 The technology industry is being rattled by a quiet and sophisticated malicious software program that has infiltrated factory computers.


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Study: Servers Run Well Around Zero Degrees

Study: Servers Run Well Around Zero Degrees

Researchers in Finland are studying the use of outdoor air to cool data centers in northern climates. They have been running servers in a tent on a roof terrace for six months, which enabled them to cover a wide range of temperatures…


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Report: Poor Science Education Impairs ­.s. Economy

"Rising Above the Gathering Storm," a new report released before a U.S. Congressional committee, found little improvement in K-12 technical education in the United States since 2005, when an earlier report spurred moves to double…


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Turning Thoughts Into Words

Turning Thoughts Into Words

University of Utah researchers are developing a brain-computer interface that provides a way to communicate for people who are unable to talk or move but are awake and aware. 


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FCC Opens Unused TV Airwaves to Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has passed a proposal to make vast swaths of idle TV broadcast airwaves available for high-speed wireless broadband networks and other unlicensed applications. 


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Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?

Black Computer Scientists in Academe: An Endangered Species?

African-Americans account for just 1.3 percent of computer science faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, and only 1.6 percent of computer science doctorate degrees went to blacks in 2008-2009.


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Scientists Work Together to Move Robotics Forward

Arizona State University researchers are developing next-generation robotic devices with greater intelligence and autonomy. 


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An Army of Tech-Savvy Warriors Has Been Fighting Its Battles in Cyberspace

They were Air Force fighter pilots, Army rangers and Marine tank commanders. There was even a Navy fighter jet radar officer who had been taken prisoner during the Persian Gulf War.


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PARC, Which Laid Foundation for PC Revolution, Turns 40

PARC—the Xerox-backed research institution that laid the foundation for the personal computing revolution—is celebrating its 40th anniversary, but the fabled organization's leaders and researchers are determined to show that…


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Researchers Design Tool to Improve Wikipedia Accuracy

A team of University of Iowa researchers has developed a new tool that detects potential vandalism on Wikipedia and can help improve the accuracy of the online encyclopedia's entries.


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PRoViScout: ESA and NASA Develop an Independent Mars Exploration System

PRoViScout: ESA and NASA Develop an Independent Mars Exploration System

Researchers from across Europe—with a little help from experts at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory—are working on a new, robotic exploration system that could enable future Mars rovers to independently explore the planet's…


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Researchers Provide Insight Into the Impacts of Too Much Communication

Researchers Provide Insight Into the Impacts of Too Much Communication

Individuals within a networked system coordinate their activities by communicating their position, speed, or intention. This communication will pnly increase the network's efficiency if the communication and its subsequent…


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Is 4G Wireless Enough to Sate Consumers?

As data traffic explodes on wireless networks thanks to smartphones and other connected mobile devices, 4G wireless technology is expected to solve mobile operators' network congestion problems. But is 4G really the savior…


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Software Forensics Tools Enter the Courtroom

As litigation over software in the United States and elsewhere has skyrocketed, automatic software forensics tools that can quickly and accurately uncover illicit software copying are becoming key to copyright infringement…