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November 2010


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Improving Economy Means Opportunities in It

Information technology hiring could be about to surge in 2011, according to the recent Robert Half Technology Salary Guide 2011. Professionals who can help a company become more efficient and grow will likely be in the highest…


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Researcher Highlights Need For Transparency on the Web

Researcher Highlights Need For Transparency on the Web

University of Southampton professor Luc Moreau says that enabling Web users to determine where data comes from and decide if it is trustworthy will lead to a new generation of Web services that are capable of producing trusted…


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Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue

Cell-Phone Chips to the Rescue

Data centers, under greater demand than ever, are looking to low-power chips as a way to save money, but switching won't be easy.


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Accelerator Supercomputers Dominate Newest Green500 List's Top 10

Accelerator Supercomputers Dominate Newest Green500 List's Top 10

Accelerator-based supercomputers hold eight of the top 10 spots on the Green500 list. Green500 ranks the energy efficiency of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers, serving as a complement to the well-known supercomputer industry…


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China Internet Hijack: A Guide

China Internet Hijack: A Guide

Cyber terrorism is a growing threat, and of increasing concern to governments around the world. But just what did the latest alleged cyber attack by a Chinese telecommunications firm involve, and what purpose did it serve?


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Graph500 Rating System Evaluates Nine Supercomputer Capabilities

Graph500 Rating System Evaluates Nine Supercomputer Capabilities

Nine supercomputers have been tested, validated and ranked by the new "Graph500" challenge, introduced this week by an international team led by Sandia National Laboratories.


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Virus Could Ruin Many Industries' Control Systems

Stuxnet, a worm that appears to target Iran's nuclear energy plants, can be tweaked to inflict damage on industrial control systems worldwide, and constitutes the most critical cyberthreat that industry is aware of, according…


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­.S. Sees 'Huge' Cyber Threat in the Future

U.S. Defense secretary Robert Gates recently told members of The Wall Street Journal CEO Council that the threat from cybertechnologies will grow from "considerable" to "huge" in the future. 


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In Search of More Than a Few Good Geeks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity division has multiplied its employees by six in the past two years, but the agency is still understaffed and is having an increasingly difficult time finding skilled professionals…


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Ecs Research Helps to 'fix the Web'

Ecs Research Helps to 'fix the Web'

Citizens Online's new Fix the Web campaign is designed to address the problem of inaccessible websites by providing a quick and easy way for users to complain about inaccessible sites, and will introduce a process for reporting…


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Forcing Browsers to ­se Encryption

The Internet Engineering Task Force has developed a security mechanism to mitigate the threat from browser add-ons that allow attackers to easily capture the cookies that websites use to communicate with computers.


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What If We ­sed Poetry to Teach Computers to Speak Better?

What If We ­sed Poetry to Teach Computers to Speak Better?

A better understanding of how people use acoustic cues to stress new information and put old information in the background may help computer programmers produce more realistic-sounding speech.


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­.s. Accuses China Telecom of Internet Hijack

­.s. Accuses China Telecom of Internet Hijack

China Telecom diverted Internet traffic from the United States and other nations for about 18 minutes on April 8 by publishing incorrect routing information that diverted data through Chinese servers, according to a U.S. congressional…


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Racetrack Memory

Racetrack Memory

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne professor Mathias Klaui is working on a racetrack memory technology that could be 100,000 times faster and consume less power than current hard disks. 


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A Conversation With Ed Catmull

A Conversation With Ed Catmull

Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull says he once used realistic computer-generated animation as a goal because "doing it is so hard that it would help drive us forward."


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A Minority Report Interface For the Rest of ­S

Two programmers have developed Toscanini, a free gestural computer interface that provides a connection between a user's movements and digital instruments such as synthesizers, keyboards, or anything that can be controlled through…


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Rensselaer Team Shows How To Analyze Raw Government Data

Rensselaer Team Shows How To Analyze Raw Government Data

The Rensselaer Tetherless World Research Constellation has created a how-to primer on "mashing-up" the treasure trove of government Web data.


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­niversity Analysis Suggests Limiting Exposure to Carbon Nanotubes

UC Berkeley researcher Mark Philbrick says that carbon nanotubes pose potential adverse health effects to humans and should be treated as if they are hazardous.


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Survey of Women, Men in IT Shows Differing Views

A recent Technisource survey of men and women in information technology found differences in opinion in areas such as compensation and career challenges. Fewer women than men think that women's compensation is equal to that of…


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Openstudy Aims to Create Worldwide Study Group

Openstudy Aims to Create Worldwide Study Group

OpenStudy is a social media site that hooks up students from all across the globe, making the entire world a study group.


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Chips in Football Helmets to Monitor For Concussions

Chips in Football Helmets to Monitor For Concussions

Intel researchers are working with football helmet manufacturers and several universities to develop technology that can monitor brain damage in real time and build helmets that minimize the risk of injury.


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Israeli Researchers Pursue Brain-Operated Computing

Tel Aviv University is developing an electronic component that can read signals from nerve cells and transmit them to a computer. Researchers hope to develop a computer that recognizes different brain patterns for characterizing…


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Israeli High Tech Adjusts to Asian Challenge

The emergence of India and China is casting a shadow on the developed economies of Europe and North America, and is also posing a challenge to Israel. Key players are asking whether the Asian giants might steal Israel's high…


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Illinois Students Build 33-Teraflop Cluster From Gpus

Students at the University of Illinois have built a supercomputer out of GPUs as part of a hands-on class. They expect the cluster to be ranked on the Green500 list of the most energy-efficient supercomputers, which will be released…


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Uic Researchers Paint on 20-Foot Electronic Canvas

Uic Researchers Paint on 20-Foot Electronic Canvas

The University of Illinois at Chicago's  Electronic Visualization Laboratory maintains a video display wall with a resolution of 8,160 by 2,304 pixels. Recently, students made the wall touch-enabled and created an iPad app that…


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Ice and a Slice Makes Transistors More Precise

Transistors can be built more precisely by using ice as a mask, according to researchers at Harvard University. The ice lithography process resembles how computer chips are made, but is a cleaner, cheaper, and gentler way to…


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New Standard Proposed For Supercomputing

New Standard Proposed For Supercomputing

A new supercomputer rating system, Graph500, tests a supercomputer's ability to analyze large, graph-based structures that link the huge number of data points present in biological, social and security problems.


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It Is Finally Proven: Apple Users Are More Intelligent Than Pc Users

More than 2 millions PC users and Apple users took an Intelligence Test on the Intelligent Elite website. The results were quiet astonishing: Test takers using an Apple computer score more than 6 IQ points higher than users…


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New Research Provides Effective Battle Planning For Supercomputer War

New Research Provides Effective Battle Planning For Supercomputer War

Researchers have been studying and comparing the supercomputing systems in China and the United States to provide an analysis that will benefit the battle plans of both sides in an escalating war between two competing technologies…


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­.s. Building Next Wave of Supercomputers

Both Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are building 20-petaflop supercomputer systems that are expected to ready in 2012. The new systems would be much more powerful than today's fastest…