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July 2010


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Stanford ­shers In The Age Of Bookless Libraries

Stanford ­shers In The Age Of Bookless Libraries

The periodical shelves at Stanford University’s Engineering Library are nearly bare. Library chief Helen Josephine says that in the past five years, most engineering periodicals have been moved online, making their print versions…


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Soccer Stars Ranked ­sing Statistics

Soccer Stars Ranked ­sing Statistics

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a computer program that objectively measures player performance; the research method also could be used by companies to measure the performance of employees on project…


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Chinese Outsourcer Seeks ­.s. Workers with Iq of 125 and ­p

Bleum Inc. sets IQ threshold at 140 for its hires in China, however.


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A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Lines of C++ Code

A Picture Is Worth 1,000 Lines of C++ Code

The final of the Rendering Algorithms class at the University of California, San Diego, has become a friendly competition among students, who apply what they've learned about generating digital images with C++ programming…


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Compression Technique Reduces Storage Needs and Costs For Genomic Data

The Translational Genomics Research Institute has developed a new computer data compression technique for storing, analyzing, and sharing huge volumes of genomic sequencing data. 


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Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

Intel Researchers Turn Counter Tops Into Touchscreens

A research project from Intel can turn any surface into a touchscreen. Instead of propping up a tablet or putting a touchscreen computer in your kitchen, picture yourself tapping on the counter top to pull menus, look up recipes…


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Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech

Afghan Deaths Highlight Lack of Tracking Tech

At about 4 a.m. Wednesday, NATO warplanes dropped precision-guided munitions on a band of Afghans who seemed like militants in the provincial district of Andor. Instead, the bombs hit a unit of Afghan soldiers.


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Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks

Novel Ion Trap with Optical Fiber Could Link Atoms and Light in Quantum Networks

Physicists at NIST have demonstrated an ion trap with a built-in optical fiber that collects light emitted by single ions, allowing quantum information stored in the ions to be measured.


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Pi & Canada Partner on Growing Science & Technology Centers in Africa

Pi & Canada Partner on Growing Science & Technology Centers in Africa

During a special visit to Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper announced new federal funding of $20 CDN million to speed the growth of science and technology capacity in Africa…


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­pdated Computer Security Publication Focuses on Security Assessment Plans

NIST has published an updated set of guidelines for developing security assessment plans and associated security control assessment procedures that are consistent with the Federal Information Security Management Act.


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Is Breaking Captcha a Crime?

Prosecutors in a New Jersey ticket scalping case are pushing the envelope on the federal computer hacking law, setting a precedent that could make it a felony to violate a Website’s terms of service and fool a CAPTCHA, according…


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Building the Lego ­niverse Online

Building the Lego ­niverse Online

Lego Universe, the online computer game scheduled for release in October, marks the legendary company's first foray into massively multiplayer gaming, and for the iconic building-block maker, it's a major gamble.


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The Website That Reveals State Secrets

The Website That Reveals State Secrets

If Daniel Ellsberg wanted to leak secret documents today, he probably would send them to a powerful and controversial new venue for whistle-blowing: a Website called WikiLeaks.org.


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Repeat of S. Korea, ­.s. Cyberattacks Does No Damage

Hundreds of computers that helped cause a wave of outages on U.S. and South Korean government websites last July launched new attacks on the same sites, but no major interference was reported, police said Thursday (July 8)…


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Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas

Forget India, Outsource to Arkansas

As the U.S. unemployment rate hovers near 10 percent, some companies are starting to eye job-hungry areas of the country as prime candidates for the kind of outsourced work that once would have gone overseas.


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­.s. Plans Cyber Shield For ­tilities, Companies

­.s. Plans Cyber Shield For ­tilities, Companies

The U.S. government is launching a program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running critical infrastructure, and has awarded  Raytheon a classified contract for…


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'Twitter-Like' Technology Could Make Cities Safer

Researchers at the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council have developed technology that enables people to provide feedback, track their comments, see who agrees or disagrees with them, and view other issues reported…


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Smart Gadgets May One Day Anticipate Our Needs

Silicon Valley researchers predict that future consumer gadgets, embedded with sophisticated sensors and carefully designed computer software, will be able to anticipate and fulfill users' needs without having to be told. 


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Software Will Cut Millions From Nuclear Clean-Up Bill

Software Will Cut Millions From Nuclear Clean-Up Bill

University of Leeds researchers have developed software that enables nuclear industry planners to find the best way of breaking up and packing contaminated equipment while minimizing workers' radiation exposure. 


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Search Engines Learn How to Watch and Listen to Video

Search Engines Learn How to Watch and Listen to Video

 Missed the winning goal in that crucial football match at the 2010 FIFA World Cup? Just get on the net and you'll find hours of user-generated video content of every moment in every match. But with 650,000--and counting--World…


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How a Smart, Decentralized Energy Web Is Essential for Managing Renewable Energy Sources

Researchers from the Italian research center CREATE-NET recently completed a study that examined the ways in which decentralized, bottom-up design approaches could play a crucial role in managing complex, massive-scale networks…


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Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

Taking the Mystery Out of Web Anonymity

The Obama Administration is trying to fix the Internet’s dog problem.


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A Soft Spot For Circuitry

A Soft Spot For Circuitry

Robots designed to provide companionship are making strides, and falling costs may help lead to their wider use. 


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A Decade Later, Internet Appliance Dream Is Realized

A Decade Later, Internet Appliance Dream Is Realized

Ten years ago, the next big thing in tech was supposed to be the Internet appliance: a device that offered tech newbies a simpler and cheaper way to get onto the Internet.


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A Step Closer to Perfect 3D Data Storage

 In the introduction to a paper in press in the Journal of Biotechnology, Virgile Adam of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, along with a long list of collaborators from other institutions, describe the ultimate in…


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'world's Thinnest' Metal Lines to Spur Device Miniaturization

A group of international scientists have collaborated to create what they say is the world's thinnest and smoothest metallic lines used in electronic components. The technological breakthrough will aid in future miniaturization…


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Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork

Submarine Robots Learn Teamwork

New technology developed by European researchers will allow autonomous underwater vehicles to work together as a team. It increases the scope of submarine applications for autonomous vehicles. Even better, the technology can…


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Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust

Researchers Using Robot to Determine How Human Strangers Develop Trust

Researchers from Northeastern, MIT and Cornell are using a robot to determine how human strangers develop trust.


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Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World

Cellphone Serves as Learning Platform For the Developing World

The cellphone, the fastest growing technology platform in the developing world, is delivering educational content to children in out-of-school settings in rural, underdeveloped areas.


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Planck Takes It All In

Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year--surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.