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December 2010


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Joanne Luciano Joins Rensselaer's Web Science Research Group

Joanne Luciano Joins Rensselaer's Web Science Research Group

Joanne Sylvia Luciano has joined Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Tetherless World Research Constellation. Luciano's research uses computational modeling and the World Wide Web to improve health care and advance medical discovery…


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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.


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Media in China, Arab Middle East Suppressing Wikileaks Coverage

Revelations by the organization WikiLeaks have received blanket coverage this week on television, in newspapers and on Web sites around the globe. But in parts of the world where the leaks have some of the greatest potential…


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Hackers Take the Kinect to New Levels

Hackers Take the Kinect to New Levels

But achieving the Holy Grail—controlling a computer without touching it—proves more difficult.


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$1 Million Gift Boosts Prep Program For Future Math, Science Teachers

The University of Houston's teachHouston program, which works to combat the shortage of qualified science and math teachers in middle and high schools, has received a $1 million gift from the Powell Foundation.


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New Psychology Theory Enables Computers To Mimic Human Creativity

A mathematical model based on the Explicit-Implicit Interaction psychology theory allows computers to mimic human creative problem-solving, and provides a new roadmap to architects of artificial intelligence.


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Microsoft Develops Shape-Shifting Touchscreen

Microsoft Develops Shape-Shifting Touchscreen

Microsoft has filed a patent application to add real texture to a tactile touchscreen. A layer of shape-memory plastic placed above a touchscreen would distort the screen surface when different wavelengths of ultraviolet light…


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Jaguar Helps Develop Virtual Nuclear Power Reactor

Jaguar Helps Develop Virtual Nuclear Power Reactor

The Jaguar supercomputer at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory is paving the way toward the development of a new generation of nuclear power reactors by building what ORNL calls a virtual reactor.


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Thousands of Html5 Tests Planned By Web Consortium

Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 topped Google Chrome and Firefox in the first round of HTML5 compatibility tests, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) said that developers and vendors should not draw any conclusions about the…


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Japan Promises High-Tech 2022 World Cup

Japan promises to dazzle fans with technology if it hosts the 2022 World Cup, allowing them to experience matches as though they are in the actual stadium, even when they are on the other side of the globe.


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China Breaks Ground on Futuristic Supercomputer Complex

China Breaks Ground on Futuristic Supercomputer Complex

China recently held a ground-breaking ceremony and released the designs for its new supercomputing center, which will be located in Changsha. The rendering consists of two buildings, one saucer-shaped and the other rectangular…


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American ­niversities See Decline in Foreigners Earning Science Doctorates

The number of doctorates in science and engineering granted by U.S. universities rose 1.9 percent last year, but the number of foreigners earning advanced degrees fell for the first time in more than five years. 


From ACM Opinion

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

Assange on Secrecy, China, and Wikileaks' Growth

"Secrecy is important for many things," said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an interview with Time over Skype on Monday. Managing editor Richard Stengel had just asked him whether there were instances when secrecy could…


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Spaf on Security Education in 2011

Spaf on Security Education in 2011

Purdue University professor Eugene Spafford says that both industry and government are focusing more on the need for students to receive training in information assurance. "The awareness has increased and that is good," Spafford…


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IBM Claims Breakthrough in Laser-Based Chips

IBM recently announced a breakthrough in the development of silicon-based chips that send data using pulses of laser light. IBM says the research sets the stage for future chips that can send more than a trillion bits of data…


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A Brain Boost For Information Overload

A Brain Boost For Information Overload

Columbia University professors Paul Sajda and Shih-Fu Chang have developed a computer vision system that they say could revolutionize how huge amounts of visual data are processed by using a computer to increase the power of…


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FCC Chairman to Propose Plan For Net Neutrality

U.S. Federal Communications Commission chairman Julius Genachowski will announce a plan Wednesday (Dec. 1) that prevents Internet service providers from favoring or discriminating against any traffic that passes through their…


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Computer-Generated Robots

Computer-Generated Robots

Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation has developed a moving robot that is created automatically using a genetic software algorithm. 


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FCC to Vote on Net Neutrality at December 21 Meeting

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote on whether to adopt rules to preserve net neutrality at its December 21st open meeting, according to a tentative agenda released just after midnight on Wednesday (Dec. 1)…


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Ibm Chips: Let There Be Light Signals

Ibm Chips: Let There Be Light Signals

IBM has achieved a major milestone in making the dream of silicon photonics, in which computer chips send signals of light rather than electricity, into reality.


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Your Next Wallet Is Calling

"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.


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Silicon-Germanium Devices Developed For Use in Space

Silicon-Germanium Devices Developed For Use in Space

A five-year project led by the Georgia Institute of Technology is using silicon germanium technology to develop space electronics, which could change how space vehicles and electronic systems are designed.


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Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs

Race Is On to 'fingerprint' Phones, Pcs

David Norris wants to collect the digital equivalent of fingerprints from every computer, cellphone and TV set-top box in the world.


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A Matter of Privacy

A Matter of Privacy

Do consumers have enough control over their personal information or is more government regulation needed?


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Topic Models vs. Unstructured Data

Topic Models vs. Unstructured Data

With topic modeling, scientists can explore and understand huge collections of unlabeled information.


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CSEdWeek Expands Its Reach

CSEdWeek Expands Its Reach

The second Computer Science Education Week is showing students, parents, and educators why computer science is important.


From Communications of the ACM

The New Face of War

The New Face of War

With the introduction of the sophisticated Stuxnet worm, the stakes of cyberwarfare have increased immeasurably.


From Communications of the ACM

The Eyes Have It

The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking control for mobile phones might lead to a new era of context-aware user interfaces.

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