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December 2011


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Rare, Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

Rare, Last Look Inside Space Shuttle Atlantis

Space shuttle Atlantis, which only five months ago flew the final mission of NASA's 30-year shuttle program, is now being prepared for its public display at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Florida.


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Making Science Leap From the Page

Making Science Leap From the Page

When a college textbook, "Principles of Biology," comes out from the Nature Publishing Group in January, one place it won't be is on the shelves of school bookstores.


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Augmented Monoliths: Stonehenge Goes Digital

Augmented Monoliths: Stonehenge Goes Digital

Ever wanted to stand at the centre of Stonehenge at summer solstice and appreciate the site’s beauty without the accompaniment of tourists or druids?


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Digital Data on Patients Raises Risk of Breaches

Digital Data on Patients Raises Risk of Breaches

One afternoon last spring, Micky Tripathi received a panicked call from an employee. Someone had broken into his car and stolen his briefcase and company laptop along with it.


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Supercomputers Get Real

Supercomputers Get Real

HPC designers, domain experts, and embedded chip makers are teaming up to create optimized applications.


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Can Cornell Build a Silicon Valley Culture in New York City?

Can Cornell Build a Silicon Valley Culture in New York City?

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that Cornell University and its partner Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have been approved to build a two million square foot Roosevelt Island campus focusing on technology…


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Should We Fire the First Shot in a Cyberwar?

Military bureaucracies around the world are likely to see offensive capabilities as increasingly attractive in any cyberwar, suggests the head of the computer research arm of the National Academy of Sciences.


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Sopa Hearings Cast Debate as Old Media vs. New Media

The circus atmosphere of the hearing on the Stop Online Piracy Act, introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Tex.), reflected the high-stakes, emotional nature of the debate over how to protect copyrighted movies, songs, or books…


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Iran's Alleged Drone Hack: Tough, but Possible

Take everything that Iran says about its captured U.S. drone with a grain of salt. But its new claim that it spoofed the drone’s navigational controls isn't implausible.


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Mosaic Report: Synergies Between Cs, Social Sciences

Mosaic Report: Synergies Between Cs, Social Sciences

The NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences recently released a report that assessed the directorate's research investments and identified future research directions. 


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Improving Security in the Cloud

Improving Security in the Cloud

Weizmann Institute and MIT researchers are moving closer to developing a method for working with data while it is still encrypted, providing an encrypted result that can later be securely deciphered. 


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Tool Detects Patterns Hidden in Vast Data Sets

Tool Detects Patterns Hidden in Vast Data Sets

Researchers at the Broad Institute and Harvard University have developed a tool that can analyze large data sets. 


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Japan Group to Build Smart Power Grids That Treat Energy Like Network Data

Japan Group to Build Smart Power Grids That Treat Energy Like Network Data

Japan's Digital Grid Consortium plans to develop large-scale energy grids that can handle power the way the Internet handles data, using routers and service providers to efficiently manage and direct the flow of electricity. 


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Dm: Iran Pioneering Drone Production

Iran is a leading country in manufacturing different types of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi stressed on Monday.


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Tiny Biocomputers Move Closer to Reality

Several research groups are developing DNA-based circuits that could one day monitor and treat disease from inside the body.


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Data Mining Without Prejudice

Data Mining Without Prejudice

A new technique for finding relationships between variables in large data sets makes no prior assumptions about what those relationships might be.


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San Diego Supercomputer Center Welcomes 'gordon' Supercomputer as a Research Powerhouse

San Diego Supercomputer Center Welcomes 'gordon' Supercomputer as a Research Powerhouse

The San Diego Supercomputer Center's new Gordon supercomputer is designed to help researchers solve the most challenging data-intensive problems, including mapping genomes for personalized medicine and calculating thousands of…


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Entry-Level It Jobs Will Be Plentiful in 2012, Experts Predict

Entry-Level It Jobs Will Be Plentiful in 2012, Experts Predict

There is a shortage of information technology (IT) workers in 18 states and Washington, DC, according to Dice.com. The shortage will probably drive entry-level IT salaries up in 2012, according to industry experts. 


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Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa's Eyeing Your Email

Warning to Gossipy Grunts: Darpa's Eyeing Your Email

The Pentagon's intent on weeding out "insider threats"—troops or other military personnel who might be disgruntled enough to (Wiki)leak some documents or mentally unhinged enough to go on a shooting rampage.


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Scientists Break World Record For Data-Transfer Speeds

Scientists Break World Record For Data-Transfer Speeds

Researchers are claiming a new world record for data transfers over long distances.


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Vint Cerf: Sopa Means 'unprecedented Censorship' of the Web

Vint Cerf: Sopa Means 'unprecedented Censorship' of the Web

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf has sent a letter to U.S. House Judiciary chairman Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), adding his voice to those of many other Internet and cybersecurity experts opposing the Stop Online Piracy…


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Quantum Pagerank Algorithm Outperforms Classical Version

Quantum Pagerank Algorithm Outperforms Classical Version

Researchers from Complutense University of Madrid have developed a quantum version of Google's PageRank algorithm that outperforms the world's leading search engine.


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5 Disruptive Technologies Happening Now

From e-books to 3D printing, these technologies are destroying markets and creating new ones.


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New Path to Flex and Stretch Electronics

New Path to Flex and Stretch Electronics

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers have developed a technique for producing flexible and stretchable backplanes that could be used, in combination with inkjet printing, to enable the fabrication of low-cost flexible…


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Sharpening the Lines

Sharpening the Lines

Researchers at MIT and the University of Utah have developed a technique that they say surpasses the fundamental limits of microchip design and could lead to more computational power being packed into future electronic devices…


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Iran Hijacked ­.s. Drone, Says Iranian Engineer

Iran guided the CIA's "lost" stealth drone to an intact landing inside hostile territory by exploiting a navigational weakness long-known to the U.S. military, according to an Iranian engineer now working on the captured drone's…


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Multi-Purpose Photonic Chip Paves the Way to Programmable Quantum Processors

Multi-Purpose Photonic Chip Paves the Way to Programmable Quantum Processors

University of Bristol researchers have developed an optical chip that generates, manipulates, and measures two quantum phenomena, entanglement and mixture, which are essential for building quantum computers. 


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Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?

Did a U.s. Radar Research Station Disable Russia's Phobos Probe?

Soon after the ill-fated Phobos-Grunt spacecraft stalled in Earth orbit, a former Russian official implicated "powerful American radars" in Alaska. Is there a basis to the claim, or is it just scapegoating?


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First Molybdenite Microchip

First Molybdenite Microchip

Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne's Laboratory of Nanoscale Electronics and Structures have developed a molybdenite microchip that confirms the potential of molybdenum disulfide as an ideal material for…


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Senators, Critics Question Icann's Generic Tld Plan

Senators, Critics Question Icann's Generic Tld Plan

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers' plan to introduce hundreds of new generic top-level domains next year may be moving too fast, said U.S. senators at a recent hearing.