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April 2012


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Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq Emerges From Isolation as Telecommunications Hub

Iraq, cut off from decades of technological progress because of dictatorship, sanctions and wars, recently took a big step out of isolation and into the digital world when its telecommunications system was linked to a vast new…


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Artificial Intelligence Could Be on Brink of Passing Turing Test

Artificial Intelligence Could Be on Brink of Passing Turing Test

One hundred years after Alan Turing was born, his eponymous test remains an elusive benchmark for artificial intelligence. Now, for the first time in decades, it's possible to imagine a machine making the grade.


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Tina Seelig

Tina Seelig

Stanford University’s Technology Ventures leader discusses tools to enhance creativity, how entrepreneurs can create ingenious products more efficiently, and ways that educators unwittingly stifle innovation. 


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­WM Discovery Advances Graphene-Based Electronics

­WM Discovery Advances Graphene-Based Electronics

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee researchers have discovered a new carbon-based material that could lead to the next generation of electronics.  


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Controversial Quantum Computer Beats Factoring Record

Controversial Quantum Computer Beats Factoring Record

Chinese researchers recently used a process called adiabatic computing to find the prime factors of the number 143, beating the previous record for a quantum computer of 21. 


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Ghent ­niversity and Imec Report Open Source Software Release of Ipkiss

Ghent ­niversity and Imec Report Open Source Software Release of Ipkiss

Researchers at the Interuniversity Microelectronics Center and Ghent University recently launched IPKISS, a generic and modular open source software framework for the parametric design of photonic integrated components and circuits…


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Simulating Tomorrow's Chips

Simulating Tomorrow's Chips

Most computer chips today have anywhere from four to 10 separate cores, or processing units, which can work in parallel, increasing the chips' efficiency. But the chips of the future are likely to have hundreds or even thousands…


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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.


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How Much Is a Tweet Worth?

How Much Is a Tweet Worth?

The question has an almost koan-like quality. And yet at a time when the ranks of billion-dollar social-media companies keep growing (Instagram being the latest), it's a good time to ask about the value of the services they provide…


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Facebook's Telescope on Human Behavior

Facebook's Telescope on Human Behavior

One way to describe Facebook is as the most extensive data set on human social behavior that ever was.


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A Ballooning Megabyte Budget

A Ballooning Megabyte Budget

Everyone knows how long a minute is.


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Building a Smarter Forest

Building a Smarter Forest

B.S. Abdur Rahman University computer scientists M.P. Sivaram Kumar and S. Rajasekaran recently published a research paper that says the existing methods for preventing and extinguishing forest fires are inefficient.  


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Toward a Modular Defense Against Hackers

Toward a Modular Defense Against Hackers

Lehigh University professor Gang Tan has developed automated techniques to scan for errors in large software systems.  


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Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

Web Freedom Faces Geatest Threat Ever, Warns Google's Sergey Brin

The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the Internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.


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The Technology That Allowed the Titanic Survivors to Survive

The Technology That Allowed the Titanic Survivors to Survive

More than 1,500 people died in the sinking of the Titanic, but more than 700 survived. Those who did owed their escape to the newest communications technology of the time: wireless telegraphy.


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Novel Coding Technique Patented By A*star Researchers

Novel Coding Technique Patented By A*star Researchers

A*STAR Data Storage Institute researchers have developed an algorithm for correcting errors that occur when information is stored and read out incorrectly.  


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Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?

Quantum Computing: Is It Possible, and Should You Care?

What is a quantum computer and when can I have one?


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How to Handle Asteroid Threats

How to Handle Asteroid Threats

How do you solve a problem like Apophis?


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Pentagon Eyes Augmented Reality Displays

Pentagon Eyes Augmented Reality Displays

The Defense Department has reportedly ordered augmented-reality displays from startup Innovega, only a week after Google disclosed its own augmented-reality project.


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Asimov's Robots Live on Twenty Years After His Death

Asimov's Robots Live on Twenty Years After His Death

In the two decades since the passing of science fiction author Isaac Asimov, his concept of robots programmed to meet certain safety standards has become a touchstone for artificial intelligence researchers.  


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Secrets of App Store Revealed By Artificial Life Forms

Secrets of App Store Revealed By Artificial Life Forms

University College London researchers Soo Ling Lim and Peter Bentley have developed a simulation of the Apple App Store to study how it works.  


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Webrtc Puts Video Chats All in the Browser

Webrtc Puts Video Chats All in the Browser

The Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard is expected to gain widespread use once it is mature, according to technology observers.  


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A Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms and Fiber Optic Cable

A Quantum Network Built with Two Atoms and Fiber Optic Cable

In an ordinary computer network, data in the form of binary numbers are transferred from one machine (node) to another via some sort of electronic signal, either electrical or optical.


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Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft

Israel's Rocket-Hunting Ace Got His Start Playing Warcraft

While many of the boys in Idan Yahya's high school class were buffing up and preparing themselves for selection into elite combat units, this gawky teenager was spending "a lot of time" playing Warcraft—the real-time strategy…


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Hype Hangs Over Dropbox

Hype Hangs Over Dropbox

Dropbox Inc. followed the Internet start-up playbook to a tee last year.


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Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs

Computer Scientists Build Computer ­sing Swarms of Crabs

Kobe University researchers have built a billiard ball computer using soldier crabs.


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Mu Researchers Find Identical Dna Codes in Plant Species Providing Insights Into Plant and Animal Evolution

Mu Researchers Find Identical Dna Codes in Plant Species Providing Insights Into Plant and Animal Evolution

University of Missouri researchers recently solved a biological mystery by using a computer algorithm to find identical DNA sequences in different plant and animal species.


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Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders

Cisco, Juniper Among New Software-Defined Networking Research Center's Founders

A new research center is developing a comprehensive intellectual framework for software-defined networking.  


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Humans vs. Robots: Who Should Dominate Space Exploration?

Humans vs. Robots: Who Should Dominate Space Exploration?

The most recent footprints on the moon are 40 years old, and the next artificial mark on the lunar surface will probably be made by a robot’s wheels rather than human soles.


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Law Allows Creationism to Be Taught in Tenn. Public Schools

Law Allows Creationism to Be Taught in Tenn. Public Schools

A bill that allows Tennessee public school teachers to teach alternatives to mainstream scientific theories, such as evolution, will become law this month after the governor refused to sign or veto the measure.