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October 2010


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In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer

In New Project, Russian ­niversities Tap American Expertise in Tech Transfer

The Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity initiative to promote stronger linkages between Russian academe and industry could help Russian universities adopt U.S.-style advancements with an eye toward research…


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'fabric' Would Tighten the Weave of Online Security

Cornell University professors Fred Schneider and Andrew Myers are developing a way to incorporate security into the programming language used to write computer programs, so that systems are protected from the beginning. 


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Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge

Tablet, Phone Software Developers Face Multicore Challenge

Industry experts at the recent Linley Tech Processor conference said that writing applications for mobile devices could become more challenging as central processing units and hardware accelerators are added to mobile chips. 


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Eu Seeks to Boost Defenses Against Cyber Attacks

The European Commission has made several proposals designed to counter large-scale cyberattacks that could paralyze the computer networks of European Union nations. The proposals include criminalizing the use and creation of…


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Professor Wendy Hall Speaks

Professor Wendy Hall Speaks

Dame Wendy Hall of the University of Southampton says she is interested in "what makes the Web what it is, how it evolves and will evolve, what are the scenarios that could kill it or change it in ways that would be detrimental…


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Regulators Blame Computer Algorithm for Stock Market 'Flash Crash'

A new report calls the May 6 stock market flash crash the responsibility of an automated trade execution system that inundated the Chicago Exchange's e-trading platform with a major sell order that triggered a nearly 1,000-point…


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Underwater Robot Swims Free Thanks to Wireless Controller

Underwater Robot Swims Free Thanks to Wireless Controller

A team at York University has designed and built a waterproof tablet for wirelessly controlling the underwater robot AQUA, which is designed to collect data from shipwrecks and reefs. 


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Middle School STEM Gets $12 Million NSF Infusion

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently gave a nearly $12 million grant to northern California middle schools to implement a program for STEM education that could serve as a national model for underserved students to pursue…


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One Program to Watch Them All: DARPA

The Pentagon’s surveillance net is massive. But it was holes and seams. Spy drone videos and communications intercepts may be aimed at the same target. Analysts have a hard time flipping easily from one kind of intel to the…


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Signing Made Easy

Signing Made Easy

From video games to cell phone apps, making sign language easier to learn Put on the gloves. Turn on the camera and... action!


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Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?

Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?

A new effort to ensure that the government can gain back-door access to encrypted messages could thwart one of the most promising applications of physics for digital security.


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Stuxnet Worm Heralds New Era of Global Cyberwar

Stuxnet Worm Heralds New Era of Global Cyberwar

Attack aimed at Iran nuclear plant and recently revealed 2008 incident at US base show spread of cyber weapons.


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Goooaal! Students Scoring with Computer Science

Rowan University students are using their computer skills to help score goals on the soccer field. CS master's degree students developed Soccer Scoop, a computer application that allows soccer coaches to take player evaluation…


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Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners

Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners

From copper-fibersocks to fiber-optic cable, innovation and improvisation make time more bearable for 33 Chilean.


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Change to 'bios' Will Make For Pcs That Boot in Seconds

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) is set to replace BIOS as the dominant PC startup software and could allow computers to start in just seconds. 


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Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off

Flying Robot Swarm Takes Off

The Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne is experimenting with flying robots that would create a communications network for rescuers in disaster areas. Researchers have equipped 10 flying robots with autopilot capabilities…


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Researchers Say Web Searches Are Good Predictors of Success

Web searches are an indicator of the success of movies, games, and songs, according to a Yahoo! research group. Although the study found that traditional predictors were generally better, Web search data outperformed traditional…


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Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

Breakthrough in Quantum Computing

A team led by engineers and physicists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has developed a single electron reader to measure the spin of an electron in silicon in a single-shot experiment. 


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Computer Graphics to Help Streamline Green Building Design

Computer Graphics to Help Streamline Green Building Design

Cornell University researchers are developing simulation software that streamlines the process of making buildings meet sustainability requirements, which will enable architects to employ environment-conscious design principles…


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Google Offers JPEG Alternative for Faster Web

Google has developed a new format for Web images called WebP, which it says can reduce image file sizes by 40 percent compared to the widely used JPEG format. 


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Feelings By Phone

Feelings By Phone

Computer scientists and psychologists at the University of Cambridge have developed EmotionSense, a system for tracking emotional behavior via smartphones using speech-recognition software and phone sensors. 


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Scidac Visualizations Bring Science to the Senses

Scidac Visualizations Bring Science to the Senses

The recent SciDAC 2010 conference included a visualization competition involving attendees' best scientific visualizations from simulations run on high-performance computers.


From ICT Results

Computers to Read Your Body Language?

Computers to Read Your Body Language?

Can a computer read your body language? A consortium of European researchers thinks so, and has developed a range of innovative solutions from escalator safety to online marketing.


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Charge Your Phone With a Beach Towel

With a view to bringing down the costs of solar cells, Brian Korgel and colleagues at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a light-harvesting ink that can be sprayed onto a range of surfaces at room temperature…


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Inside Stuxnet: Researcher Drops New Clues About Origin of Worm

The mysterious Stuxnet worm took center stage at the Virus Bulletin 2010 conference here with a prominent security researcher dropping a raw hint that Israel may be behind the industrial-strength malware attack.


From Communications of the ACM

Personal Fabrication

Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.


From Communications of the ACM

Linear Logic

Linear Logic

A novel approach to computational logic is reaching maturity, opening up opening up new vistas in programming languages, proof nets, and security applications.


From Communications of the ACM

Should Code Be Released?

Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not to.

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