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October 2011


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Idaho Laboratory Analyzed Stuxnet Computer Virus

The U.S. government turned to cyberexperts at the Idaho National Laboratory to analyze the Stuxnet computer virus when it first came out. 


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A Plaything of Powerful Nations

A Plaything of Powerful Nations

The latest United Nations-sponsored Internet Governance Forum provided insight on how the Internet is being handled on a global scale. 


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Scientists Release Most Accurate Simulation of the Universe to Date

Scientists Release Most Accurate Simulation of the Universe to Date

The Bolshoi simulation, which ran on the Pleiades supercomputer at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center, is the most accurate and detailed large cosmological simulation run to date, according…


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Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents

Supreme Court Docket: Surveillance, Profanity, and Thought Patents

The Supreme Court’s 2011–2012 term began Oct. 3 with arguments on the docket concerning everything from television profanity to warrantless GPS surveillance.


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Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition

Before Latest Phone Debut, Apple Has Harsher Competition

As soon as Apple unveils its highly anticipated new version of the iPhone on Tuesday, millions of people are likely to start plotting how to be among the first to buy it. But millions more may be considering a competitor—an…


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Why Creative Ideas Are Rejected (and What You Can Do About It)

Why Creative Ideas Are Rejected (and What You Can Do About It)

If you want your creative idea to be accepted, you might want to downplay how creative it is, according to researchers.


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How to Hatch a Dinosaur

How to Hatch a Dinosaur

People have told Jack Horner he’s crazy before, but he has always turned out to be right.


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Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote

Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote

Rice University researchers led by Bryan Campbell have designed an iPhone app that will allow voters to cast their ballots with their smartphones. 


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Computational Modeling Can Help Plan Vaccine Introduction, Pitt Study Finds

Computational modeling can predict the impact of a new vaccine introduction and identify potential disruptions before introducing new vaccines to a developing country's active immunization program, according to a new University…


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National Convocation Highlights Best Practices for Improving STEM Education

National Convocation Highlights Best Practices for Improving STEM Education

Advances in science and engineering will be largely responsible for future economic growth and job creation, according to a new report issued by the U.S. National Research Council. 


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The Internet of Tomorrow: Faster, Better and Cheaper

The Internet of Tomorrow: Faster, Better and Cheaper

Researchers from the University of Arizona, the University of Southern California, and seven other institutions are trying to save the Internet by making it cheaper, faster, and better. 


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Women in Science? Universities Don't Make the Grade

Women in Science? Universities Don't Make the Grade

Efforts to close the gap between men and women in STEM fields often focus on students instead of faculty and institutional structures, according to  a study that examined the reasons behind the continuing low numbers of women…


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Taking Touch Beyond the Touch Screen

Taking Touch Beyond the Touch Screen

A tablet computer developed collaboratively by researchers at Intel, Microsoft, and the University of Washington can be controlled not only by swiping and pinching at the screen, but by touching any surface on which it is…


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What to Do If You've Been Hacked

It's a nightmare scenario every business fears. Your tech department has spotted suspicious activity on the company network. Your customers and employees are getting hit with credit-card fraud and identity theft. MasterCard…


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Ready For the Robot Revolution?

Ready For the Robot Revolution?

Robots are about to invade our lives. From performing household chores, to entertaining and educating our children, to looking after the elderly, roboticists say we will soon be welcoming their creations into our homes and…


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On the Front Line Against the Next Stuxnet

Something has gone terribly wrong on the plant floor at ACME Specialty Chemical International Inc.


From Communications of the ACM

Seeing Is Not Enough

Seeing Is Not Enough

A new DARPA program is teaching cameras visual intelligence — how to spot and understand human behavior.


From Communications of the ACM

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers are demonstrating advances in restorative BCI systems that are giving paralyzed individuals more effective ways to communicate, move, and interact with their environment.


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Living in a Digital World

Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior in less than desirable ways.


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Success at 16

Success at 16

A high school student wins first prize from ACM for developing a faster keyboard layout.

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