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November 2010


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Georgia Tech Keeps Sights Set On Exascale at Sc10

Georgia Tech Keeps Sights Set On Exascale at Sc10

Georgia Tech will display ongoing projects and new research initiatives directly addressing core high-performance computing issues such as sustainability, reliability and massive data computation at SC10 in New Orleans, LA,…


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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of Silicon Valley's hottest job destinations.


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Battling Over the Future of TV

When AT&T last week had to renew its contract with Scripps, the owner of popular lifestyle shows such as Rachael Ray and "House Hunters," it made a demand that the media company thought went too far: Exclusive rights to broadcast…


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'Desktop Medicine' Will Transform the Practice of Medicine

A new approach to medicine is emerging in which physicians rely on electronic information and statistical models to identify risk-factors for medical conditions such as hypertension and intervene before they develop.


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Search Engine Optimization 'poisoning' Way Up This Year: Report

Websense says 22.4% of Google searches lead to bad URLs vs. 13.7% at end of 2009.


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Imec Leads Development of Stretchable Electronic Fabrics

IMEC is leading a smart textiles project that is focusing on making electronic packages conform to the properties of textiles, rather than weaving rigid electrical components into fabrics. This could lead to high-volume manufacturing…


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Stage Set For Showdown on Online Privacy

Stage Set For Showdown on Online Privacy

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Commerce Department are planning to release separate and possibly conflicting reports regarding online privacy. Commerce favors letting the industry regulate itself, while the FTC…


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Why There Are So Few Women in Tech

Women with engineering or computer science degrees face a tricky career path at technology companies and often leave their jobs just as they near their career peaks, writes Digital Link founder Vinita Gupta. 


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Human-Computer Music Performance System Links Music and Musical Gestures

Human-Computer Music Performance System Links Music and Musical Gestures

University of Victoria researchers have developed a new method for capturing musical gestures and mapping them to sounds. The method involves the use of sensors to create hyper-instruments, plus using a microphone and signal…


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Cyber Storm Drill to Yield New Lessons, Feds Say

Cyber Storm Drill to Yield New Lessons, Feds Say

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently concluded a cyberwar simulation that connected thousands of participants from the state, federal, and private sectors in a week-long drill to assess the cyberdefensive capabilities…


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Quantum Computers a Step Closer to Reality Thanks to New Finding

Quantum computers could have a much higher threshold for error than previously thought. New research reveals that a quantum computer could still be made to work if up to a quarter of the qubits are lost. 


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Wising ­p on STEM Completion

Arizona State University researchers recently unveiled CareerWISE, a website designed to increase the retention of women pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by addressing the various…


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Taking Movies Beyond Avatar

Taking Movies Beyond Avatar

University of Abertay Dundee researchers have developed a technique that builds on the virtual cameras used in the movie "Avatar" by using home computers and motion controllers. 


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A Review of Nitrd

One recommendation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology's draft report review of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development program is a new, multi-agency research initiative…


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Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything

Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything

Kinect isn't just for gaming. Microsoft has plans to use the motion-based technology in phones, computers and more.


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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding hard to break down?


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Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors

Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors

The military has a ton of ground robots scurrying around Afghanistan. Too bad they’re dumb as puppets, unable to make the slightest move without a human pulling the strings.


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Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

Quantum Computing Reaches for True Power

In 1981 the physicist Richard Feynman speculated about the possibility of "tiny computers obeying quantum mechanical laws." He suggested that such a quantum computer might be the best way to simulate real-world quantum systems…


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Whoi Receives Foundation Grant For Oceanography Imaging Informatics

Whoi Receives Foundation Grant For Oceanography Imaging Informatics

In a significant step toward a new era in the collection and understanding of ocean science data, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received a grant of more than $2 million for work in imaging informatics in…


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Microsoft Releases F# Under Open Source License

Microsoft has released version 2.0 of the F# compiler and core library under an Apache 2.0 open source license. The development team plans to release new versions of compiler library code along with new releases of the language…


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It's a Smart World

It's a Smart World

The spread of linked sensors and cameras, ubiquitous wireless networks, communications standards, and people's activities is facilitating a convergence of the real and digital worlds, and the most significant factor driving this…


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Nanogenerators Power Conventional Electronic Devices

Nanogenerators Power Conventional Electronic Devices

Researchers have reached a significant milestone in their development of nanometer-scale generators that harvest mechanical energy from the environment using an array of tiny nanowires: the ability to power conventional electronic…


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President Honors Outstanding Early-Career Scientists

President Obama has named 85 researchers as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on professionals in the early stages of their independent…


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Watch Where You're Going

Watch Where You're Going

Businesses are quietly buying mobile-phone data to discover the paths that consumers take.


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Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?

Will the It Guy Learn to Love Apple?

It's likely you've got an Apple product plugged into your ears when you're listening to music. Making a phone call? One out of every five people buying a smartphone are choosing an iPhone. And Apple's share of consumer laptop…


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Speed Camera Checks Your Insurance, Tax, Even Whether You're Tailgating

Speed Camera Checks Your Insurance, Tax, Even Whether You're Tailgating

Even the most law-abiding driver might feel a shiver down the spine when spotting this speed camera at the roadside.


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Video Game Design Program Boosts Interest in Science Careers

Video Game Design Program Boosts Interest in Science Careers

Funded by a U.S. National Science Foundation grant, a George Mason University program is using video game design as a way to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


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Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Aims to Improve Internet Architecture

Multi-Million Dollar Initiative Aims to Improve Internet Architecture

University of Arizona researchers are participating in a U.S. National Science Foundation effort that is investigating ways to revolutionize the Internet's architecture. 


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'net Pioneers: Open Internet Should Be Separate

A group of Internet and technology pioneers recently filed a document with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, advising the agency to allow for an open Internet separate from specialized services that can prioritize Internet…


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'code For America' Programmers to Work in City Governments

'code For America' Programmers to Work in City Governments

Boston, Seattle, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C., will each receive a team of five open source Web programmers for 11 months, as chosen by Code for America, a new nonprofit organization that's pairing Web specialists with…