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October 2011


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Patent Lawyer Demand Rises Following ­.s. Legislative Overhaul

 Patent attorneys, who typically have degrees in fields such as engineering as well as law, are in such demand that their specialty may account for more than 15% of law firm job openings while representing just 3% of U.S. lawyers…


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Coming Soon: The Drone Arms Race

At the Zhuhai air show in southeastern China last November, Chinese companies startled some Americans by unveiling 25 different models of remotely controlled aircraft and showing video animation of a missile-armed drone taking…


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Computer Virus Hits U.s. Drone Fleet

Computer Virus Hits U.s. Drone Fleet

A computer virus has infected the cockpits of America’s Predator and Reaper drones, logging pilots' every keystroke as they remotely fly missions over Afghanistan and other warzones.


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Timing Is Right For Sdsc Cloud

Timing Is Right For Sdsc Cloud

Due to a new U.S. NSF policy requiring researchers to submit a data management plan as part of their funding requests, managing data has become an economic challenge in addition to a technical one, says Michael Norman, director…


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Reverse Brain Drain

Reverse Brain Drain

A reverse brain drain is occurring in the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields as U.S. immigration laws discourage foreign nationals who have earned advanced degrees at U.S. universities from staying…


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Nsf Seeks Cyber Infrastructure to Make Sense of Scientific Data

The National Science Foundation recently called on University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill researchers to develop a national data infrastructure that will help scientists and researchers manage data, share information, and drive…


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Advances in Reliable Computing Draw Recognition For Doctoral Student

Advances in Reliable Computing Draw Recognition For Doctoral Student

Arizona State University doctoral student Reiley Jeyapaul's research focuses on finding solutions to the problems that cause computers to crash, lose data, or behave erratically. 


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Texas Computer Scientist Outflanks Next-Generation Computer Viruses

Texas Computer Scientist Outflanks Next-Generation Computer Viruses

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a method for anticipating the actions of computer viruses, which could lead to a new generation of tools and strategies for fighting malware that attacks networks, servers…


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How Many Security Clearances Have Been Issued?

More than 4.2 million people have security clearances for access to classified information, a number that vastly outstrips previous estimates and nearly rivals the population of metropolitan Washington.


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White House Orders New Computer Security Rules

The White House plans to issue an executive order on Friday to replace a flawed patchwork of computer security safeguards exposed by the disclosure of hundreds of thousands of classified government documents to WikiLeaks last…


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Light Is Not Fast Enough For High-Speed Stock Trading

Every microsecond counts in stock trading. The New York Stock Exchange handles a third of the world's stock trading—around 22 billion messages a day. But NYSE Euronext, which operates the exchange, wants it to get even faster…


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Homework Program Catches on in Metrowest

Homework Program Catches on in Metrowest

Hundreds of teachers are using the ASSISTments educational software, developed by a computer science teacher in Massachusetts, and a series of recent grants could soon make the free program available to teachers and students…


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Uvm Scientist Wins Highest National Award

Uvm Scientist Wins Highest National Award

U.S. President Barack Obama has recognized University of Vermont researcher Joshua Bongard with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers for his work in evolutionary robotics. 


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Caltech Engineers Build Smart Petri Dish

Caltech Engineers Build Smart Petri Dish

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed ePetri, a device that can streamline and improve cell culture experiments by reducing human labor and contamination risks. 


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Xss Web Attacks Could Live Forever, Researcher Warns

Xss Web Attacks Could Live Forever, Researcher Warns

If browsers do not provide a mechanism for Web sites to securely recover from certain cross-site scripting attacks, the attacks could become invincible and the site at the origin of the attack could remain compromised forever…


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Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)

Playboy Interview: Steven Jobs (1985)

If anyone can be said to represent the spirit of an entrepreneurial generation, the man to beat for now is the charismatic cofounder and chairman of Apple Computer, Inc., Steven Jobs. He transformed a small business begun…


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10 Ways Steve Jobs Changed the World

Fortune looks back at how Steve Jobs changed the way we think about and use technology forever, putting his own stamp on everything from the personal computer to the music industry.


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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

Both Tim Willits and Matt Hooper got their start in game design as fans, creating maps for id Software games like Doom and Quake. Now, as the studio celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, both are working on the studio's…


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Students Building Satellite That's Seen as Future of Space Research

Students Building Satellite That's Seen as Future of Space Research

University of California, Berkeley students and researchers are developing CubeSat for Ions, Neutrals, Electrons & MAgnetic fields, a small satellite that could be launched into space next June. 


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With Big Data Comes Big Responsibilities

Researchers at the University of New South Wales and Microsoft presented a paper at the Symposium on the Dynamics of the Internet and Society that illustrates the ways in which big data sets can fail scientists, especially when…


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Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom

Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom

Researchers at Rice and Nanyang Technological universities, working at the Institute for Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics, are preparing for full-scale production of the low-cost I-slate electronic tablet. 


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Secure Updates For Navigation Systems & Co

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) have developed a way to enable a vehicle navigation system to automatically download updates of map material after receiving instructions…


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Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App

Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App

The Wales national rugby team is using MatchPad, a Swansea University-developed iPad application, to simplify match information and help understand the team's performance at the Rugby World Cup. 


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Nissan's Cars Will Read Your Mind

The Japanese automaker is teaming up with Swiss researchers to build a car that will predict its driver's intentions.


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Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

Idaho Lab in a Race to Shore Up Critical Infrastructure Systems

All it took was one click of a mouse from the CEO of the ACME Chemical company.


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Decoding Our Chatter

Decoding Our Chatter

Want to monitor an earthquake, track political activity or predict the ups and downs of the stock market? Researchers have found a bonanza of real-time data in the torrential flow of Twitter feeds.


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Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56

Steve Jobs, Apple's Visionary, Dies at 56

Steven P. Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple who helped usher in the era of personal computers and then led a cultural transformation in the way music, movies and mobile communications were experienced in the digital age…


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Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face

Army Tracking Plan: Drones That Never Forget a Face

Perhaps the idea of spy drones already makes your nervous. Maybe you’re uncomfortable with the notion of an unblinking, robotic eye in the sky that can watch your every move. If so, you may want to click away now.


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It's All About the Hair

It's All About the Hair

Recent University of California, San Diego computer science Ph.D. graduate Iman Sadeghi developed a new way to light and animate characters' hair, and his method is now part of Disney's production pipeline to be used in upcoming…


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Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment

Salaries Rise For Engineers Despite Higher Unemployment

Despite a higher-than-normal rate of unemployment and a weak economy, salaries for engineers are on the upswing.