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October 2010


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The Tax Haven That's Saving Google Billions

Google uses a complicated structure to send most of its overseas profits to tax havens, keeping its corporate rate at a super-low 2.4 percent.


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Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

Chinese Chip Closes In on Intel, Amd

China may finally have a processor to power a homegrown supercomputer.


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FCC Wants Broadcasters' Unused Spectrum to Help Meet Growing Wireless Demand

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski said he plans to encourage broadcasters to give up unused spectrum for auction to wireless carriers, an initial step toward achieving an agency goal of making networks…


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Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors

Pentagon Seeks Tight Ties With Cyber Contractors

The U.S. Department of Defense aims to tighten ties with its cyber security contractors in an effort to better protect sensitive computer networks against growing cyber threats.


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Europeans Play Catch ­p on Math and Science

Europeans Play Catch ­p on Math and Science

Europe is suffering more than other parts of the world from the decline in the number of students pursuing math and science careers. At the same time, Europe is spending less in research investment than either the United States…


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Britain's Biggest Security Threat

Cyberwarfare, not conventional armed conflict, is the country’s No. 1 national-security concern, says a new report from the U.K.'s National Security Council.


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Drivel on Facebook More Valuable Than We Think

Drivel on Facebook More Valuable Than We Think

The seemingly meaningless comments and updates that appear on Facebook are valuable to users because they serve as constant reminders of a highly useful network of old classmates, acquaintances of acquaintances, and the like,…


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I Win, You Lose

I Win, You Lose

University of Bristol researchers led by Paul Howard-Jones and Rafal Bogacz recently conducted a study using brain imaging to reveal how people can learn from failure and success using a computer. 


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Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin

Flexible Leds For Implanting Under the Skin

A team of researchers from the United States, China, Korea, and Singapore have developed flexible ultra-thin sheets of inorganic light-emitting diodes and photodetectors for implanting under the skin. 


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Adding Human Intelligence to Software

Adding Human Intelligence to Software

MIT researchers have developed TurKit, a toolkit that enables users to write algorithms to coordinate online workers using Javascript and create human intelligence-equipped applications. 


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3-D Maps Without the Glasses

Students at Washington University in St. Louis' Media and Machines Lab have developed Project Live3D, an Internet application that uses webcams from around the world and Google Earth scenes to create real-time 3-D images of international…


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Spambot Wants to Be Your Friend

Spambot Wants to Be Your Friend

Vienna University of Technology researchers, studying security issues related to social networking websites, were able to match more than 1.2 million social network profiles with their corresponding private email addresses. 


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Officials Push to Bolster Law on Wiretapping

U.S. law enforcement and counterterrorism officials are urging the revamping of a federal statute requiring phone and broadband carriers to guarantee that their networks can be wiretapped, citing gaps in compliance with surveillance…


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Giant Science Party

Giant Science Party

Mondo science party this weekend in DC! The USA Science & Engineering Festival and Expo features 1,500 exhibits, 750 organizations, 75 stage shows, and more.


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Tech Job Candidates Face Head-Spinning Questions

Maybe you've had the nightmare. You show up late for the job interview, or perhaps you forgot to prepare at all. Then they pop off the kind of question that has you sitting there mute, an intellectual deer in the headlights…


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Get in Synch

Understanding conditions that cause oscillators to fall in or out of synchronization is necessary to achieve the optimal functioning of oscillator networks. The transition from synchronization to desynchronization is the subject…


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­md Cyber Security Center Stresses 'more-Than-Tech' Solutions

The University of Maryland is launching a new cyber security initiative to stimulate public-private partnerships and address U.S. vulnerabilities, including those facing industry. Its new Maryland Cybersecurity Center will stress…


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Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors

Bendable Memory Made from Nanowire Transistors

A new type of device could ultimately hold more data than flash memory.


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In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

In a Digital Age, Students Still Cling to Paper Textbooks

They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, a poster-perfect liberal arts school…


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Nanotube Thermopower

Researchers from MIT have found a way to store energy in thin carbon nanotubes by adding fuel along the length of the tube, which can later be turned into electricity by heating one end of the nanotubes.


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Expand Human Resource Pool in Science, Technology: India's Pm

Expand Human Resource Pool in Science, Technology: India's Pm

"We need to expand human resource pool in the area of science and technology to maintain our competitive advantage in the knowledge economy that is now on the horizon in the world," India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said…


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Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market

Twitter Can Predict the Stock Market

The emotional roller coaster captured on Twitter can predict the ups and downs of the stock market, a new study finds. Measuring how calm the Twitterverse is on a given day can foretell the direction of changes to the Dow…


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Effective Search Terms Yield the Right Information

Effective Search Terms Yield the Right Information

University of Gothenburg doctoral student Karin Friberg Heppin says that asking for information in the right way would help improve the performance of search engines. 


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Triple-Mode Transistors Show Potential

Rice University researchers are using graphene to develop circuits that could be more compact and versatile than what is currently possible with silicon-based technologies. Graphene-based amplifiers could become key components…


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Festival Visitors Get Virtual 3-D Tour of the ­niverse

Festival Visitors Get Virtual 3-D Tour of the ­niverse

As part of the USA Science and Engineering Festival, the Thirty Meter Telescope will present a tour of the cosmos with a portable planetarium.


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German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz

German Radar Satellites Fly Tight Space Waltz

It is a remarkable acrobatic display. Two German radar satellites are now flying in tight formation as they prepare to make the most detailed ever 3D map of the Earth's entire surface.


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Robots, Solar Cars and Rockets at the White House Science Fair

Robots, Solar Cars and Rockets at the White House Science Fair

Students from across the United States descended on the White House on Monday (Oct. 18) with their award-winning science fair projects in tow.  President Obama checked out the projects and congratulated the students on their…


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Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift

Microsoft's Top Visionary To Leave as Ranks Shift

Ray Ozzie, the executive who became Microsoft Corp.'s top technical visionary after the retirement of cofounder Bill Gates, plans to leave the software company.


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The Business Of Burying Internet Search Results

The Business Of Burying Internet Search Results

Unseen battles are waged every day on the Internet to protect and destroy brands and reputations. The Internet can be a hostile place, with powerful companies paying handsome sums to hide negative content in Google search results…


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Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light

Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light

Imagine a bionic arm that plugs directly into the nervous system, so that the brain can control its motion, and the owner can feel pressure and heat through their robotic hand. This prospect has come a step closer with the…