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September 2012


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Alan Turing at 100

Alan Turing at 100

Harvard University is celebrating Alan Turing's 100th birthday with a new exhibit titled, "Go Ask A.L.I.C.E., Turing Tests, Parlor Games, and ChatterBots," which will run through Dec. 20, 2012.  


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Icann Faces Battles Over New Web Domains

Icann Faces Battles Over New Web Domains

Former ICANN interim CEO Akram Atallah says ICANN does not plan to announce the results of any of the 1,930 new generic top-level domain submissions it received until they are all evaluated, "unless the community can agree on…


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Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals

Stuxnet Tricks Copied By Computer Criminals

Malicious code apparently used by governments to spy on, harass, and sabotage one another has grabbed headlines in recent years, yet the highly targeted nature of such attacks have meant ordinary Web users have so far had little…


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Scientists Ponder Interstellar Travel at Nasa-Backed Space Summit

Scientists Ponder Interstellar Travel at Nasa-Backed Space Summit

In one room, scientists debated whether the White-Juday Warp Field Interferometer will help find a way to bend the space-time continuum and make interstellar travel feasible within a lifetime. In another, they estimated how many…


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Blue Brain Project Accurately Predicts Connections Between Neurons

Blue Brain Project Accurately Predicts Connections Between Neurons

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne's Blue Brain Project has identified key principles that determine synapse-scale connectivity by virtually reconstructing a cortical microcircuit and comparing it to a mammalian sample,…


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From Gps and Virtual Globes to Spatial Computing-2020

From Gps and Virtual Globes to Spatial Computing-2020

Spatial computing is a set of ideas and technologies that will transform human understanding of the physical world, agreed attendees at the recently held Spatial Computing-2020 workshop, which exhibited diversity across organizations…


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The Jacket That Talks to Facebook

The Jacket That Talks to Facebook

SINTEF researchers have developed a jacket that can communicate with Facebook. 


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Europeana's Huge Cultural Dataset Opens For Reuse

Europeana's Huge Cultural Dataset Opens For Reuse

The digital portal Europeana has made its dataset of more than 20 million cultural objects available to be used freely by developers, designers, and other digital innovators.  


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Researchers Study How to Wedge Wireless Broadband Between TV Signals

Researchers Study How to Wedge Wireless Broadband Between TV Signals

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers are studying the best ways to utilize white space to increase the data rates of wireless communication.  


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Intel Researchers Put Wi-Fi Inside—the Processor, That Is

Intel Researchers Put Wi-Fi Inside—the Processor, That Is

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Intel Chief Technology Officer Justin Rattner unveiled a pair of technologies coming out of Intel Labs that will overcome many of the size and power limits that have stood in the…


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A Robot With a Reassuring Touch

A Robot With a Reassuring Touch

If you grab the hand of a two-armed robot named Baxter, it will turn its head and a pair of cartoon eyes—displayed on a tablet-size computer-screen "face"—will peer at you with interest.


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Flame C&c Server Analysis Reveals New Malware in the Wild

Flame C&c Server Analysis Reveals New Malware in the Wild

Forensic analysis of a number of Flame malware toolkit command-and-control servers revealed an additional three unidentified pieces of malicious code are under the control of the attackers, including one in the wild.


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It's Official: The Era of the Personal Computer Is Over

It's Official: The Era of the Personal Computer Is Over

As a signpost on the road to the so-called Post-PC Era we’ve been hearing about for so many years, this one is pretty hard to argue with: As of this year, personal computers no longer consume the majority of the world’s memory…


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Google's Restricting of Anti-Muslim Video Shows Role of Web Firms As Free-Speech Arbiters

Google lists eight reasons on its "YouTube Community Guidelines" page for why it might take down a video. Inciting riots is not among them.


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Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data

Twitter Reluctantly Coughs ­p Occupy Protester's Data

Twitter on Friday reluctantly complied with a judge's order to divulge the tweets and account information connected to an Occupy protester.


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Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

Wired Is the New Wireless: Spreading the Web in China

It's not easy to give over 1.3 billion people access to the internet—especially if that population is spread across a vast area that ranges from hinterland to sprawling megacities, as China's is.


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Europe Hits Old Internet Address Limits

Europe Hits Old Internet Address Limits

Ripe NCC, the governing body that hands out addresses to European Internet service providers and other organizations, has started strict rationing of IPv4 addresses, and is allowing companies to make just one more application…


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Icann's New Ceo Announces Bold Restructure

Icann's New Ceo Announces Bold Restructure

New ICANN CEO Fadi Chehade recently announced his plans to restructure the organization, including the selection of two new senior managers.  


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Data Mining in the Social-Media Ecosystem

Data Mining in the Social-Media Ecosystem

Northeastern University professor Raymond Fu recently received funding from the U.S. Intelligence Community and the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to develop algorithms capable of rapidly analyzing content on social…


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Ethical Robots: Let Their Artificial Consciences Be Their Guides

Ethical Robots: Let Their Artificial Consciences Be Their Guides

When lethal autonomous robots take their place on the field of battle and function independent of human control, what will govern the decisions of these next-gen weapons to either shoot or hold their fire?    


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Researchers Develop Rapid Method to Measure Carbon Footprints

Researchers Develop Rapid Method to Measure Carbon Footprints

Researchers at Columbia University's Earth Institute have developed software that can rapidly calculate the carbon footprints of thousands of products simultaneously.  


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Despite a Slowdown, Smartphone Advances Are Still Ahead

Despite a Slowdown, Smartphone Advances Are Still Ahead

Apple's new iPhone 5 has faster chips and a bigger screen, but these improvements lack the dramatic impact the first iPhone had in 2007. However, analysts say breakthroughs in smartphone materials, software, and batteries could…


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European Commission Deploys Crack Computer Emergency Response Team

European Commission Deploys Crack Computer Emergency Response Team

The European Commission announced that it has deployed its anti-hacker Computer Emergency Response Team on a permanent basis to combat the growing number of cyberthreats it faces.


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At 100 Gbps, Esnet Puts Network Research on Fast Track

At 100 Gbps, Esnet Puts Network Research on Fast Track

The U.S. Department of Energy's 100 Gbps testbed provides a facility for researchers to solve the near-term challenges associated with deploying and operating science networks, while the dark fiber testbed can be used for research…


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Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences

Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences

Harvey Mudd College president Maria Klawe recently launched the WitsOn project, which organizes hundreds of prominent women working in STEM industries to become online mentors for college students.


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Intel Seeks to Eliminate Computer Passwords With Wave of Hand

Intel Seeks to Eliminate Computer Passwords With Wave of Hand

Intel researchers recently demonstrated a system that has the potential to do away with computer passwords.


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Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?

Iphone 5? Yawn. What Will the 'phone' of 2022 Look Like?

The near-term future of phones is fairly well-established. The iPhone 5 was released Wednesday and its similarity to every Apple phone since 2007 serves as a reminder that our current mobile devices have been sitting on the same…


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Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

Software, Not Just Bullets, Puts Military At Odds

Military commanders, government officials and members of Congress have long wrangled over which weapon systems are needed. Now, there's an argument over what computer software should be provided to soldiers in Afghanistan. It's…


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Arab Spring: Tech As Tinder

Arab Spring: Tech As Tinder

The Internet tools of the Arab Spring have become the weapons of a new Arabian nightmare playing out at American diplomatic missions across North Africa and the Middle East.


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Open Source Education Software Unveiled By Google

Open Source Education Software Unveiled By Google

Google has released Course Builder, open source software for creating online education courses.