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April 2010


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Improving Network Firewalls

Improving Network Firewalls

Researchers believe that analyzing the constantly changing log files of corporate firewalls can provide more helpful data on computer network traffic and a better assessment of a network's firewall protection.


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Study Shows Students Are Addicted to Social Media

Study Shows Students Are Addicted to Social Media

A new study from the University of Maryland concludes that most college students are not just unwilling, but functionally unable, to be without their media links to the world.


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Germany Launches Project to Boost It R&d in India

The German-Indian Partnership for IT Systems (GRIP-IT) cooperative project will promote collaboration and forge new ties in promising areas of IT 

R&D 

such as embedded systems, the Internet of Things, and Green IT.


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High-Tech $100 Bill Designed to Combat Counterfeiting

High-Tech $100 Bill Designed to Combat Counterfeiting

The U.S. has unveiled a new design for the $100 note with advanced technology features to combat counterfeiting.


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An Artificial Eye on Your Driving

An Artificial Eye on Your Driving

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and General Motors are developing algorithms that will enable car-mounted cameras to detect road hazards and alert drivers to make split-second decisions. 


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A New European Project to Boost Multilingual Internet ­se

The European Monnet project is building multilingual ontologies to retrieve and present information across languages, as well as to meet industry and governmental needs to better use the information on the Internet. 


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Self-Training Video Analytic Software Developed to Monitor Crowds

Curtin University of Technology researchers have developed software that can detect unusual behavior in crowds, providing a new tool in the fight against crime and terrorism. 


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Robots With Skin Enter Our Touchy-Feely World

Robots With Skin Enter Our Touchy-Feely World

A team at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in May will circulate to various labs the first components of a touch-sensitive skin for their iCub humanoid robot. 


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A Flexible Color Display

A Flexible Color Display

Hewlett-Packard Labs researchers are testing a flexible, full-color display that saves power by reflecting ambient light instead of using a backlight. 


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Ultrathin Silk-Based Electronics Make Better Brain Implants

Ultrathin Silk-Based Electronics Make Better Brain Implants

University of Pennsylvania engineers have designed silk-based electronics that can stick to the surface of the brain, allowing for better brain-computer interfaces. 


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Prace Award 2010 Winners Announced

Prace Award 2010 Winners Announced

ISC has named Klaus Iglberger and Ulrich Rude, professors at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, the winners of the 2010 Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe Award. 


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Secure P2p Scheme Leverages Social Networks

Microsoft and Catholic University of Leuven researchers are proposing Drac, a method to secure anonymous instant messaging and voice-over-IP communication using peer-to-peer technology. 


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Microsoft Sponsors New Web Font Standard

Microsoft Sponsors New Web Font Standard

Microsoft has become a sponsor of a World Wide Web Consortium effort to standardize Web-based fonts with technology called the Web Open Font Format (WOFF). 


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Google Releases Data on Governments' Demands For User Data, Site Censorship

Advertisers aren't the only ones hungry for data on online users. So are U.S. and foreign governments, according to Internet giant Google.


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Apple Removes Teaching App From App Store, and Educators Complain

Apple generally makes news by publishing new apps, not by unpublishing them. But last week, it made some educators upset when it removed an app, Scratch Viewer, from the iTunes App Store.


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PC Makers Vie To Be Green-est

PC Makers Vie To Be Green-est

Leading PC makers have introduced "green" models and set goals for "toxin free" product lines, but other manufacturers say the supply chain is unable to deliver them toxin-free components.


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Oak Ridge Lab, Industry to Collaborate in Advanced Battery Research

Oak Ridge Lab, Industry to Collaborate in Advanced Battery Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and American industry will tackle some of the most critical challenges facing lithium ion battery production.


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Startups Find Room to Run on Crowded Social Web

A little more than a year ago, the young co-founders of social network games maker Playdom were sitting pretty. Hit games including Mobsters had helped make their software among the most popular on MySpace. "It was very happy…


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Real-Time Search

Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind. Singhal is leading Google's quest to incorporate new data into search…


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Robotic Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Regain Function

Robotic Therapy Helps Stroke Patients Regain Function

Stroke patients who received robot-assisted therapy were able to regain some ability to use their arms, even if the stroke had occurred years earlier, according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.


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Loose Clicks Sink Ships

Loose Clicks Sink Ships

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed a system that analyzes audio recordings of keyboard clicks to reconstruct an accurate transcript of what has been typed on a computer. 


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Barcodes Help Objects Tell Their Stories

Five U.K. academic institutions have collaborated to create the Tales of Things, a Web site based on the concept of the Internet of things that enables users to create online entries for physical objects. 


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Web-Ifying the Real World

Web-Ifying the Real World

New technologies and tools developed by European researchers will apply the power of online knowledge discovery to offline, real-world situations. These researchers are web-ifying real life.


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Grant Will Develop Cell Phone Sampling Strategy to Survey Young Adults

The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Public Health has received a grant to develop and implement an innovative sampling approach that accesses cell phones to reach young adults.


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Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System

Cyberattack on Google Said to Hit Password System

New details have been disclosed about information stolen in the attacks on Google's computers announced in January. The losses included a password system that controls access by millions of users worldwide to almost all of…


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Virus Publishes Web History of Victims on the Net

A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public Web site before demanding a fee for its removal.


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Why Computer Science Students Cheat

Enrollment in undergraduate computer science courses is at an all-time high at colleges nationwide. But this trend that's been hailed by the U.S. tech industry has a dark side: a disproportionate number of students taking these…


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Why Intel Wants to Get Into Energy

Why Intel Wants to Get Into Energy

Intel showed off an experimental device last week in China that could someday substantially cut the costs of wiring homes and offices for energy efficiency, one more step in the company’s foray into energy.


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Robots Look to the Cloud for Enlightenment

Robots Look to the Cloud for Enlightenment

With the phrase "web 2.0" falling out of vogue, the most exciting new uses of the internet are now all about the cloud, a term for servers invisibly doing smart, fast things for net users who may be on the other side of the world…


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Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley

Out of the Loop in Silicon Valley

Although technology hubs such as Silicon Valley boast that they are open to good ideas irrespective of the age, educational level, or station in life of the inventor, women are finding that gender bias still exists.