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September 2010


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Gadget for N.F.L. Stadiums Vies for Fans' Inattention

For football spectators, a device called FanVision might be nirvana—or it might turn them into stadium versions of zombies who stumble down streets staring mesmerized at their BlackBerrys.


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Australia's Education Departments Go Wild For the Ipad

Australia's Education Departments Go Wild For the Ipad

Schools and universities around Australia have jumped headfirst into trials of Apple's hyped iPad tablet as they rush to discover exactly the device's use in the educational field—sometimes with the support of their education…


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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest three-building campus nor its surroundings evoke notions of…


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Virtual CS School Educates a Record Number of Participants

Virtual CS School Educates a Record Number of Participants

Over 1,000 graduate students and researchers registered for courses offered by the Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering this summer. The courses were designed to teach techniques for applying high-performance…


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Progress Toward Terabit-Rate High-Density Recording

Next-generation high-density storage devices may keep more than 70 times the contents of the entire U.S. Library of Congress on a single disc—but only if that data can be written quickly enough.


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Rdav and Nautilus Enter Full Production

Rdav and Nautilus Enter Full Production

Nautilus, a high-performance computer that will be used for visualizing and analyzing large datasets at the Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) at the University of Tennessee, was launched Monday (Sept. 20). 


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Sensor Networks Top Social Networks For Big Data

The Internet of Things—with sensors that monitor, for example, road use or airline flights—is poised to dwarf social media sites in its ability to generate data.


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Watching Electrons Move in Real Time

Watching Electrons Move in Real Time

Research published in The Journal of Chemical Physics describes the emerging technique of X-ray powder diffraction, which has been used to map the movement of electrons in real time.


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IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things

IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things

In a rare public speaking occasion, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said that today's energy infrastructure needs to be further digitized and focused on the end consumer.


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Certain Doped-Oxide Ceramics Resist Ohm's Law

A group of researchers in England and Spain has discovered that certain barium titanate ceramics do not follow Ohm's Law. Applying a voltage to them gradually changes their electrical resistance. The work is described in theApplied…


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Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna

Sensors Use Building's Electrical Wiring as Antenna

The trick lets sensors last five times as long between charges.


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Nctu Creates Brain-Computer Interface

The National Chaio Tung University in Taiwan last week unveiled a portable, multi-channel brain-computer interface named "MINDO," an intermix of computer-generated image technology and wireless technology.


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Physicians See Mobile Phones as Tools to Aid Non-Compliant Patients

Physicians See Mobile Phones as Tools to Aid Non-Compliant Patients

Researchers are using smartphones and other technologies to remind patients to take medication, exercise, and to positively influence their compliance with treatment regimens.


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For Deaf, Wireless Devices a New Portal to World

For Deaf, Wireless Devices a New Portal to World

Quietly over the last decade, phones that make text messaging easy have changed life profoundly for millions of deaf people.


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Magical Beans: New Nano-Sized Particles Could Provide Mega-Sized Data Storage

Magical Beans: New Nano-Sized Particles Could Provide Mega-Sized Data Storage

Berkeley Lab researchers have discovered a new class of phase-change materials that could be applied to phase-change random access memory technologies and possibly optical data storage technologies. 


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Lead By Women in Graduate Degrees Doesn't Extend to It

Women received 60 percent of the master's degrees and 50.4 percent of the doctorates in the 2008-09 academic year, but degrees in computer and information sciences were overwhelming earned by men, according to a survey by the…


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UTD Team Evaluating Facial Recognition Techniques

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) researchers are working with the U.S. Department of Defense to find the most accurate and cost-effective way to recognize individuals who might post a security risk. 


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New Wave: Spin Soliton Could Be a Hit in Cell Phone Communication

New Wave: Spin Soliton Could Be a Hit in Cell Phone Communication

NIST researchers say they have discovered a new way to generate the high-frequency waves used in modern communication devices, which could lead to the development of a new generation of wireless technology that would be more…


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Technology in the Extreme

Researchers at Newcastle University's Centre for Extreme Environment Technology have developed radio transmitters that can withstand temperatures of up to 900 degrees Celsius using silicon carbide electronics.


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Student Creates Anti-Counterfeit Software

HCM City National University student Nguyen Kim Hoang Nhu has developed 1.1trieu.com, a program that can help people avoid accidentally purchasing counterfeit products. 


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Foursquare: Where Are Location Sites Taking Us?

Foursquare: Where Are Location Sites Taking Us?

Where others see a city map, Ryan Long sees a game board. The game is Foursquare, but not the way you played it in grade school. On Foursquare.com every bar, every restaurant, every office building is another space to be conquered…


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Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds

Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds

A device developed by Sandia National Laboratories researchers that shoots a blade of water capable of penetrating steel is headed to U.S. troops in Afghanistan to help them disable improvised explosive devices—the No. 1 threat…


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'Cookies' Cause Bitter Backlash

Spate of lawsuits shows user discomfort with latest innovations in online-tracking technology.


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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.


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ORNL Strengthens DOE-Funded Clean Vehicles Team

As a member of the recently announced clean vehicles consortium, part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are focusing on a suite of technologies to put more electric and…


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Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe

Cloud-based breakthroughs face a formidable obstacle in Europe: strict privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders of the 27-country European Union.


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Intel Touts

Intel Touts

Intel has joined the parade of companies trying to beam video to your TV. The chipmaker is betting on “WiDi,” its technology for streaming media wirelessly from the PC to the TV.


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New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates

New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates

A new electronic biosensing technology developed by a team of engineers and biomedical scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology could make the multi-welled microplate, long a standard tool in diagnostic laboratories…


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Why Google Went Instant

Why Google Went Instant

The service, an engineering marvel, could boost Google's bottom line.


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3-D Computer Simulations Help Shed Light on Supernovae Explosions

Scientists have found a novel way to make three-dimensional computer simulations of supernovae explosions that may help in understanding these explosions better.