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July 2011


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National Academies Call For Science Education Makeover

A new U.S. National Research Council report calls for reforming science teaching nationwide from kindergarten to high school, saying that current high school graduates are often unable to think critically about science or pursue…


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Cloud Security Awaits Encryption Breakthroughs

Cloud Security Awaits Encryption Breakthroughs

The wider use of public clouds depends on further developments in encryption technology, said participants during a recent panel at the Brookings Institution. 


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Daytona Project Will Help Researchers Crunch Data

Daytona Project Will Help Researchers Crunch Data

Microsoft's Project Daytona, which will run a broad spectrum of machine-learning algorithms on the Windows Azure application hosting system, will benefit researchers seeking large-scale data computation and analysis capabilities…


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A Mobile Guide For Buses and Trains

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems are developing SMART-WAY, a smartphone application that will enable public transportation users to better navigate their way around a city.


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Forget Passwords and Let the Browser Remember

Forget Passwords and Let the Browser Remember

The Mozilla Foundation recently released BrowserID, an experimental tool designed to change the way users identify themselves online by storing identity information inside the browser and not allowing companies to handle it. 


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Robots ­se Kinect to ­nderstand Our World

Picture the scene, a few years from now. "Robot, fetch me that pillow over there," you say to your ever-willing butlerbot. "Certainly sir," it replies. "What's a pillow?"


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Stanford

What better way to combine your nerdy loves of computer programming and Star Wars than with a robot that can actually battle with a light saber?


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Ibm Ceo Candidate Talks About His Rise

Ibm Ceo Candidate Talks About His Rise

Rodney C. Adkins oversees 50,000 employees and is responsible for $18 billion in revenue as senior vice president and group executive for systems and technology at IBM, one of the world's largest and most durable technology…


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Telex Promises Path Around State-Sponsored Net Censorship

Telex Promises Path Around State-Sponsored Net Censorship

Researchers at the universities of Waterloo and Michigan have developed Telex, a system that enables Internet service providers to provide ways around network censorship. 


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Photonic Neuron May Compute a Billion Times Faster Than Brain Circuits

Photonic Neuron May Compute a Billion Times Faster Than Brain Circuits

Princeton University researchers and Lockheed Martin are developing fiber-optic-based computational devices that work 1 billion times faster than human neurons. 


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Imaging Technology Throws New Light on Ancient Artefacts

Imaging Technology Throws New Light on Ancient Artefacts

Researchers at the universities of Southampton and Oxford have modifed Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories' Reflectance Transformation Imaging system to make it possible to study the intricate details of historical artifacts…


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Using Light to Send Data Across the Room

Using Light to Send Data Across the Room

Visible light communication continues to attract academic and commercial interest because light-based technology is practical, economical, and would provide an alternative to wireless communications networks that use radio spectrum…


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The Internet of Things (infographic)

When we think of being connected to the Internet, our minds immediately shift to our computers, phones, and most recently tablets. This week at Cisco live, I shared that in 2008, the number of devices connected to the Internet…


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Machines to Compare Notes Online?

Autonomous machines, networks, and robots should publish their own suggestions for upgrading the technology on the Internet, says the University of Southampton's Sandor Veres. 


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When Astronomy Met Computer Science

When Astronomy Met Computer Science

Digital sky surveys and real-time telescopic observations are unleashing an unprecedented flood of information. Astronomers have recently created new tools to sift through all that data, which could contain answers to some…


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Nasa Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta

Nasa Dawn Spacecraft Returns Close-Up Image of Asteroid Vesta

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has returned the first close-up image after beginning its orbit around the giant asteroid Vesta. On Friday, July 15, Dawn became the first probe to enter orbit around an object in the main asteroid belt…


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Microsoft Opens Garage to Spark Innovation

Microsoft Opens Garage to Spark Innovation

It's typical for Microsoft to show off its latest wares at its annual Worldwide Partner Conference, if only to amp up partners' enthusiasm for hawking the software giant's goods. Some of the biggest gasps from the partisan…


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Google Looks For the Next Google

Google Looks For the Next Google

Google thinks it can be young and crazy again. And it is betting $200 million that it is right.


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Why Brains Get Creeped Out By Androids

Why Brains Get Creeped Out By Androids

We've all found ourselves in the uncanny valley before. It's that uneasy feeling you get when viewing a realistic humanoid or CGI person that’s so close to looking human that it seems almost spooky.


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DARPA Searches For Life

There’s a hidden clock that underlies every process of every living thing—from when our cells start dividing to how quickly we age. Researchers at Darpa, the Pentagon’s extreme science agency, believes they can find it, using…


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How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates

How to Grow Wires and Tiny Plates

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method for controlling the shapes of submicroprocessors that makes it possible to build entire electronic devices using a liquid-based process. 


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Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot

Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Willow Garage have developed a special user interface that enables a mute and partially paralyzed stroke victim to control a robot, called PR2, that can perform daily tasks such as scratching an…


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US to Let Everyday Drivers Test Advanced Wireless Auto Safety Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to launch a program over the next few months to test new wireless auto safety systems in the real world. 


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U.s. Hails Progress With Russia on Cybersecurity

U.s. Hails Progress With Russia on Cybersecurity

The United States and Russia are collaborating to lower the chances of a cybersecurity incident that could potentially harm relations between the two nations, according to White House cybersecurity coordinator Howard Schmidt. …


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Old Dominion U. Professor Is Trying to Save Internet History

Old Dominion U. Professor Is Trying to Save Internet History

Researchers at Old Dominion University and Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed Memento, browser-based software that can find a Web site as it appeared on a specific date in the past. 


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Ted's Chris Anderson: The Man Who Made Youtube Clever

Ted's Chris Anderson: The Man Who Made Youtube Clever

With his TED Talks series, the former magazine mogul Chris Anderson has racked up 500 million web video views for speeches by academics and technological experts. But that, he says, is only the start of an educational revolution…


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­sing Light to Send Data Across the Room

­sing Light to Send Data Across the Room

After Wi-Fi, will there be… Li-Fi?


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Who Needs Humans?

Who Needs Humans?

Amid all the job losses of the Great Recession, there is one category of worker that the economic disruption has been good for: nonhumans.


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Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Replacing Lost Abilities with a Robot

Henry Evans recently shaved himself for the first time since a stroke left him mute and partly paralyzed 10 years ago. His achievement came thanks to researchers in robotics, not medicine, and it demonstrates the huge potential…


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Mi-Lsamp Boosts Minority STEM Enrollment

Mi-Lsamp Boosts Minority STEM Enrollment

MI-LSAMP has managed to increase the number of STEM degrees awarded to minority students by nearly 50% over the last five years. In addition, it has increased overall enrollment in STEM curriculum.