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May 2010


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Technology Linked to Happiness, Study Claims

Technology Linked to Happiness, Study Claims

A recent Chartered Institute for IT worldwide survey found there are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being. Access to communication devices was found to be the most valued. 


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Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

Nasa Looking to Six-Legged Robot to Build Human Outpost on Mars

NASA is developing a six-legged robot called Athlete that can walk or roll on wheels, and ultimately aims to have it help set up a habitat on Mars for future astronauts. 


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­.s. Struggles to Ward Off Evolving Cyber Threat

U.S. Department of Defense official James Miller says authorities have failed to stay ahead of the cyberattacks, which have resulted in the loss of an enormous amount of data. 


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Teachers Plan to Teach in 3d

Teachers Plan to Teach in 3d

Computer scientists at the universities of Hertfordshire and Southern Denmark are on track to finish building technology that would bring virtual reality to Europe's classrooms. 


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'Tamper Evident' CPU Warns of Malicious Backdoors

Columbia University scientists have developed a chip design that prevents microprocessors from being equipped with malicious backdoors that could be used to steal sensitive information or receive instructions from adversaries…


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Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers

Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers

A three-year, Georgia Tech-sponsored program called Operation Reboot is helping 30 information technology professionals reenter the work force as high school computer science teachers. 


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Evolution of Large-Scale Social Networks Focus of MSU Study

A team from Michigan State University will study how large-scale social networks such as YouTube and Wikipedia change as users come and go over time in order to understand how interaction on social networks benefits users.


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When Good Enough is Better

When Good Enough is Better

MIT researchers have developed a system that automatically finds parts of computer code where accuracy can be traded for significant increases in speed. 


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W3c Launches Xproc Spec

The W3C has released XProc, an XML pipeline specification that "provides a standard framework for composing XML processes [and] streamlines the automation, sequencing, and management of complex computations involving XML." 


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Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed

Legal Experts: LimeWire Likely Doomed

A federal court judge has likely dealt a death blow to LimeWire, one of the most popular and oldest file-sharing systems, according to legal experts.


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Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?

Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?

When Google launched Buzz, a microblogging social network, several months ago, the company boasted that the network had been generated automatically, by algorithms that could connect users to each other based on communications…


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Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls

Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls

She taps out her grocery lists, records voice memos, listens to music at the gym, tracks her caloric intake and posts frequent updates to her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

The one thing she doesn’t use her cellphone for? Making…


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Can Cameras and Software Replace Referees?

Can Cameras and Software Replace Referees?

Tennis has adopted Hawk-Eye's line-calling technology with (mostly) open arms. Why are other sports resisting the more accurate, high-tech refs?


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Concerns as Sixth Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide

Concerns as Sixth Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide

Foxconn Technology, the world's biggest contract maker of electronics, has been forced to answer allegations about the welfare of employees in China after its sixth worker committed suicide this year.


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Cars' Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers

Automobiles, which will be increasingly connected to the Internet in the near future, could be vulnerable to hackers just as computers are now, two teams of computer scientists are warning in a paper to be presented next week…


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Internet Approaches Addressing Limit

Internet Approaches Addressing Limit

Experts say that the net's entire existing address space will be exhausted about a year after that date. A newer scheme is being rolled out but many firms and countries are being slow to switch, experts warn.


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Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise

Online Tools Help Professionals Share Their Expertise

Online tools developed in Europe have created completely new approaches in pedagogy – the science of education.


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Interface Expert Knocks Ipad Apps For Inconsistent Usability

Interface Expert Knocks Ipad Apps For Inconsistent Usability

The iPad has been hailed as an interface triumph. But one usability expert has published an exhaustive critique of the iPad, taking it to task for the inconsistency and obscurity of its apps’ interfaces.


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They Walk. They Work. New Dna Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff.

They Walk. They Work. New Dna Robots Strut Their Tiny Stuff.

For the first time, microscopic robots made from DNA molecules can walk, follow instructions and work together to assemble simple products on an atomic-scale assembly line, mimicking the machinery of living cells, two independent…


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Student Researchers Advance Emergency Alert Technology

A group of Northeastern University student researchers have developed a wireless wrist device that monitors a user's vital signs and may serves as an automated emergency alert system for elderly people.


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Decline Is Seen in Nasa

The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel of scientists and engineers said Tuesday.


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Computers Can Effectively Detect Disease-Related Eye Problems

Computers Can Effectively Detect Disease-Related Eye Problems

Cost-effective computerized systems can successfully screen diabetic patients to detect early eye problems related to the disease, University of Iowa analysis shows.


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Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook

Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook

How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?


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Comments Sought on Guide for Assessing Federal IT Security Controls

Comments Sought on Guide for Assessing Federal IT Security Controls

NIST has issued the final draft of its Guide for Assessing Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations and is seeking public comments.


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Virtualization Moves Closer to the Desktop

Virtual computing has moved closer with the unveiling of a new client-based hypervisor that allows users to run multiple virtual machines on a single laptop.


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Molecular Robots On the Rise

Molecular Robots On the Rise

Researchers have created and programmed robots the size of single molecule that can move independently across a nanoscale track. This development marks an important advancement in the nascent fields of molecular computing and…


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Dna Could Be Backbone of Next Generation Logic Circuits

Dna Could Be Backbone of Next Generation Logic Circuits

Duke University professor Chris Dwyer has mixed customized parts of DNA and other molecules to produce tiny, waffle-like structures that can be used as building blocks for computational applications. 


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Nsf Will Require Scientists Seeking Funding to Submit Data Management Plans

Beginning in October 2010, the National Science Foundation plans to require that all proposals for funding include a data management plan. The changes are designed to address the needs of data-driven science. 


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Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork

Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork

University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt, speaking at a recent conference on the emerging discipline of Web science, says the Internet has become such an important technology that it needs its own field of study. 


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One Group's Answer to Transistors Behaving Badly

Researchers are developing error-prone stochastic processors in the hope that their  looser architecture will make their mass production much less expensive and simpler.