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February 2010


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Smokey Bear Now Studies Computer Science

Smokey Bear Now Studies Computer Science

Innovative computer mapping tools and airborne imaging technology are being used by researchers with access to supercomputers to predict wildfire behavior. By simulating past fires and hypothetical future fires, the researchers…


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'Rugged' Initiative Brings Secure Software Development to the Masses

The Rugged Software Development Initiative (RSDI) was recently launched by security experts in an effort to ensure that the software writing process considers security from the very start. RSDI will encourage developers to create…


From ICT Results

When Cars Go to Driving School

When Cars Go to Driving School

Posh cars already learn how you like your seat and steering wheel adjusted. The next generation of cars may be smart enough to learn how you drive and warn you when you're not driving safely.


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Stanford's Robotic Audi to Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

Stanford's Robotic Audi to Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

A team of researchers at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) has filled the trunk of an Audi TTS with computers and GPS receivers, transforming it into a vehicle that drives itself. This September, the car will…


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Google to Enlist Nsa to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

Google and the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) are collaborating to fortify defenses against future cyberattacks. NSA will assist Google in studying an assault that allegedly originated in China and targeted Google's computer…


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Brewing ­p Java Skills For the Knowledge Economy

Brewing ­p Java Skills For the Knowledge Economy

University College Dublin's School of Computer Science and Informatics will offer a second round of Java courses to companies that do not have the time and money to train their own employees. 


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The Dozens of Computers That Make Modern Cars Go (and Stop)

Modern cars and trucks contain as many 100 million lines of computer code, more than in some jet fighters. "It would be easy to say the modern car is a computer on wheels, but it's more like 30 or more computers on wheels,"…


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Code Defends Against 'stealthy' Computer Worms

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an algorithm that defends against the spread of local scanning worms that search for hosts in "local" spaces within networks or subnetworks. 


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Darpa's New Plans: Crowdsource Intel, Edit Dna

Darpa's New Plans: Crowdsource Intel, Edit Dna

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) future plans call for crowdsourcing military intelligence, creating an immune system for Defense Department networks, and conducting research that could lead to editing…


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Indo-German Center on Computer Science Opened at Iit, Delhi

The Indian government and the Max Planck Society have formally unveiled a new center in Delhi that will serve as a hub for collaboration between computer scientists from India and Germany. 


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Madly Mapping the ­niverse

Madly Mapping the ­niverse

Researchers at Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center are designing computational tools to create maps of the cosmic microwave background. 


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Interactive Board Games Will Come to Life

Queen's University researchers have built the prototype of an interactive board game that enables users to touch tiles together or "pour" the contents of a tile onto another to make virtual villages rise up from the ground or…


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­.s. Scientists Given Access to Cloud Computing

The National Science Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing service.

A goal of the three-year project is to give scientists…


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Seven CS Researchers Selected For Recovery Act Early Career Funds

Seven computer science researchers supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) are among 69 scientists who will share $85 million in funding under the American Recovery…


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­.s. House Passes Bill to Bolster Cybersecurity

­.s. House Passes Bill to Bolster Cybersecurity

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday (February 4) overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at protecting the Internet and vulnerable computer networks by funding cybersecurity research and training. The legislation was approved…


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De-Worming Software More Effective at Detecting Infected Network Computers Before Contagion Can Spread

More than a year after being launched by hackers on a campaign to infect computers running Microsoft Windows, the Conficker worm's effects are still being felt. England's Greater Manchester Police department, for example, has…


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Tech Spending Bounces Back as Profits Rise

Business spending on technology goods and services is returning as the economy mends, pumping new life into suppliers such as Cisco Systems Inc., though it has been slower to reach other sectors.

The big maker of networking …


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Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as "the world's most dexterous robot" called "Robonaut2" to supplement human activity both in space and in the factory.

The robot, called "R2" for …


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Data Defenders

Data Defenders

University of California, Irvine researchers are developing new cybersecurity methods designed to thwart botnets and other types of cyberattacks. 


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Researchers Develop Way to Catch Online Gaming Cheats

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have developed a way to identify cheating in online games. 


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MSU Pushing Robot Development

MSU Pushing Robot Development

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are developing robots that can climb walls, detect breast cancer and test protective clothing worn by soldiers. 


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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity.

Under an agreement that is still being finalized, the National Security…


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Oak Ridge Fan Upgrade Improves Jaguar's Efficiency

A fan upgrade that will save Oak Ridge National Laboratory's computing complex $150,000 a year in energy costs is just the latest step by the laboratory to reduce its computing carbon footprint.


From ICT Results

Grid Computing For the Masses

Grid Computing For the Masses

Having helped scientists study the building blocks of the universe, peer inside the human body in miniscule detail and monitor climate change, grid computing could soon be put to more mundane uses by your home or office computer…


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Police Want Backdoor to Web Users' Private Data

count likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant.

But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditional methods of faxing, mailing, or emailing companies these documents…


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U.S. Cyberwar Strategy: The Pentagon Plans to Attack

The China-U.S. diplomatic spat over cyberattacks on Google has highlighted the growing significance of the Internet as a theater of combat.

Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn recently warned of its appeal to foes who are…


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What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?

What's Inside the Ipad's Chip?

Despite widespread speculation, nothing beyond what Steve Jobs announced last week is known about the A4 chip at the heart of the Apple iPad.

Jobs described the chip with typical restraint during the unveiling of the iPad. "It's…


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Nonlinear Thinker

Nonlinear Thinker

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Pablo Parrilo has developed a set of techniques that makes it easier to understand nonlinear systems. Parrilo uses algorithms for analyzing nonlinear systems, which takes away…


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Obama Budget Boosts Science, Innovation

Obama Budget Boosts Science, Innovation

U.S. President Barack Obama has proposed spending $3.7 billion on science, technology, engineering, and math education in his 2011 budget, including increasing funding of K-12 education by nearly 40 percent from a year ago to…


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Mind-Control Mobile-Phone Games

Brain Maze is a mobile phone game developed by Lancaster University researchers that requires players to use their brain waves to move a marble around a course.