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September 2012


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Computer Program Can Identify Rough Sketches

Computer Program Can Identify Rough Sketches

Brown University researchers have developed software that can identify simple sketches in real time, which they note is the first program that enables semantic understanding of abstract sketches.  


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Optimizing Popularity Versus Similarity in Networks

Optimizing Popularity Versus Similarity in Networks

UCSD researchers recently published a paper exploring the concept of popularity versus similarity and how it impacts the growth of networks.  


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A Network to Guide the Future of Computing

A Network to Guide the Future of Computing

The European Network of Excellence on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation aims to steer and increase European research in the area of high-performance and embedded computing systems.  


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Perfecting Email Security

Perfecting Email Security

City University of Hong Kong researchers have defined perfect forward secrecy for email and suggested a technical solution to enable email security to be independent of the server used to send the message.  


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Ibm Images Molecular Bonds

Ibm Images Molecular Bonds

IBM researchers who won the Nobel Prize for imaging individual atoms have gone a step further by imaging individual bonds between atoms.


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Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent

Microsoft Xbox 3D-Projected Games Outlined in Patent

Details of an immersive video games display system that projects images of the title's environment around a player's room have been revealed in a U.S. patent belonging to Microsoft.


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With Kinect-Like Gestures, Softkinetic Leads the Way to Intel's Perceptual Computing

With Kinect-Like Gestures, Softkinetic Leads the Way to Intel's Perceptual Computing

The age of perceptual computing starts with devices that can be controlled with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice rather than just a mouse, keyboard, or touchscreen.


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Difference Engine: The Pc All Over Again?

Difference Engine: The Pc All Over Again?

What could well be the next great technological disruption is fermenting away, out of sight, in small workshops, college labs, garages, and basements. Tinkerers with machines that turn binary digits into molecules are pioneering…


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Researchers Devise More Accurate Method For Predicting Hurricane Activity

Researchers Devise More Accurate Method For Predicting Hurricane Activity

North Carolina State University researchers report that their new method for forecasting seasonal hurricane activity is 15 percent more accurate than previous techniques. 


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Collaborative STEM Programs at Rutgers-Camden Produce New Opportunities and Friendships

Collaborative STEM Programs at Rutgers-Camden Produce New Opportunities and Friendships

STEM students at Rutgers University-Camden have access to scholarship and academic support thanks to a $600,000 U.S. NSF grant that aims to support high-achieving STEM students with financial need through annual and tenure scholarships…


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Nsf’s Cise, Oci Leadership Issue Letter to Community

Nsf’s Cise, Oci Leadership Issue Letter to Community

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced an organizational realignment, including plans to integrate the Office of Cyberinfrastructure within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering…


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Emv Flaw Allows 'pre-Play' Attacks on Chip-Enabled Payment Cards

Emv Flaw Allows 'pre-Play' Attacks on Chip-Enabled Payment Cards

University of Cambridge researchers have found that many automated teller machines and point of sale terminals do not properly generate random numbers, as required by the Eurocard, MasterCard, and Visa protocol, to securely authenticate…


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Fujitsu to Build Software Robot to Pass College Entrance Exams

Fujitsu to Build Software Robot to Pass College Entrance Exams

IDG News ServiceFujitsu will develop software designed to enable artificial intelligence to pass the math portion of the University of Tokyo's entrance exam by 2021. Fujitsu says the software will complete exactly the same math…


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Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Malware Inserted on Pc Production Lines, Says Study

Cybercriminals have opened a new front in their battle to infect computers with malware—PC production lines.


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New Breed of Robotics Aims to Help People Walk Again

New Breed of Robotics Aims to Help People Walk Again

When Joey Abicca pokes a metal crutch into the ground with his right arm, tiny motors start whirling around his left leg, lifting it and moving it forward.


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Mars Rover Curiosity Arm Tests Nearly Complete

Mars Rover Curiosity Arm Tests Nearly Complete

NASA's Mars Curiosity team has almost finished robotic arm tests in preparation for the rover to touch and examine its first Martian rock.


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New York Police Dept. Issues First Rules For ­se of Social Media During Investigations

New York Police Dept. Issues First Rules For ­se of Social Media During Investigations

The NYPD has for the first time laid out rules for using social media during investigations—but critics say the guidelines raise questions about privacy issues.


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How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means For the Future of Everything

How Google Builds Its Maps—and What It Means For the Future of Everything

Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view.


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Research Paints Shamoon Creators as 'skillful Amateurs'

Despite seemingly endless pontification, it's still too early to definitively say whether there's a connection between the Shamoon malware and recent attacks on Middle Eastern oil firms, yet some of the attackers' intentions…


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Researchers Craft Program to Stop Cloud Computer Problems Before They Start

Researchers Craft Program to Stop Cloud Computer Problems Before They Start

NCSU researchers have developed software that prevents performance disruptions in cloud computing systems by automatically identifying and responding to abnormal activities before they develop into larger problems. 


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Southampton Engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

Southampton Engineers a Raspberry Pi Supercomputer

University of Southampton researchers have developed Iridis-Pi, a supercomputer made from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego. 


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Towards Computing With Water Droplets

Towards Computing With Water Droplets

Water droplets could serve as bits of digital information for a new type of computing, according to researchers at Aalto University. 


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Intel and Hp to Build World's Most Efficient Supercomputer

Intel and Hp to Build World's Most Efficient Supercomputer

Researchers at Hewlett-Packard and Intel are developing an energy-efficient supercomputing system for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. 


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Get Ready For Computers Worldwide to Automatically Smother Cyber Strikes

Get Ready For Computers Worldwide to Automatically Smother Cyber Strikes

The U.S. government is planning to build a cyberecosystem that would prompt computers around the world to instantly suppress cyberattacks. 


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How Apple Really Invented the Iphone

How Apple Really Invented the Iphone

Like many of Apple's inventions, the iPhone began not with a vision, but with a problem.


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Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror

Vesta in Dawn's Rear View Mirror

NASA's Dawn mission is releasing two parting views of the giant asteroid Vesta, using images that were among the last taken by the spacecraft as it departed its companion for the last year.


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The Mesmerizing Beauty of Nature's Fractals

The Mesmerizing Beauty of Nature's Fractals

Google Earth: source of information, source of wonder, source of art. In 2010, Paul Bourke, a research associate professor at the University of Western Australia, began using the service to capture images for his ongoing Google…


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Super-Fast Broadband: Build It and They will Come–Maybe

Super-Fast Broadband: Build It and They will Come–Maybe

When the Internet pipelines in cities like Chattanooga and Kansas City are accelerated to super-fast broadband, the leading-edge technology is expected to generate new business opportunities, but there are no guarantees. 


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The Accidental History of the @ Symbol

The Accidental History of the @ Symbol

Called the "snail" by Italians and the "monkey tail" by the Dutch, @ is the sine qua non of electronic communication, thanks to email addresses and Twitter handles.


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Mind Control Will Shape Future of Gaming and Cell Phones

Mind Control Will Shape Future of Gaming and Cell Phones

In an interview, University of Alabama at Huntsville professor Jason T. Cassibry shares his thoughts about the new technological advances on the horizon.