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November 2011


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Drone Pilots: The Future of Aerial Warfare

Drone Pilots: The Future of Aerial Warfare

To understand how important remotely piloted aircraft are to the U.S. military, consider this: The U.S. Air Force says this year it will train more drone pilots than fighter and bomber pilots combined.


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Robots in Reality

Robots in Reality

Consider the following scenario: A scout surveys a high-rise building that's been crippled by an earthquake, trapping workers inside. After looking for a point of entry, the scout carefully navigates through a small opening…


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Five Reasons the U.S. Tech Lead Is in Danger

Five Reasons the U.S. Tech Lead Is in Danger

The United States is falling behind other countries in the race to build the next generation of supercomputers. 


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Web Crawler Takes Aim at Child Exploitation

Web Crawler Takes Aim at Child Exploitation

Simon Fraser University researchers have developed a Web crawling tool for tracking Web sites that exploit children, which could aid police in their investigations. 


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It's a Drone's World. We Just Live in It

Drones have had a profound effect on the way America fights its wars, allowing it to fight in new theaters while minimizing the risk to troops.


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Making Collective Wisdom Wiser

Making Collective Wisdom Wiser

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed database technology that can automatically evaluate information submitted by the crowd. 


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Linking Supercomputers to Simulate the Sun, the Climate and the Human Body

Linking Supercomputers to Simulate the Sun, the Climate and the Human Body

The European Union funded research that developed a European infrastructure for supercomputing, enabling researchers to simulate the fusion of the sun, create new climate models, and build a biologically accurate virtual human…


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11 Programming Trends to Watch

11 Programming Trends to Watch

Eleven recent trends demonstrate how the programming industry is changing, with many new Java virtual machine-dependent languages are being developed, such as JRuby, Scala, Cloture, and Groovy. 


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Fliers Must Turn Off Devices, but It's Not Clear Why

Millions of Americans who got on a plane over the Thanksgiving holiday heard the admonition: "Please power down your electronic devices for takeoff."


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Palantir, the War on Terror's Secret Weapon

Palantir, the War on Terror's Secret Weapon

A Silicon Valley startup that collates threats has quietly become indispensable to the U.S. intelligence community.


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Google Usability Chief: Ideas Have to Be Discoverable

Google Usability Chief: Ideas Have to Be Discoverable

Google's Dan Russell recently spoke to New Scientist on improving searches. 


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A Computer That Thinks Like the Universe

A Computer That Thinks Like the Universe

The development of a quantum computer would be another leap forward for the computing industry, writes the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Joshua Rothman. 


From ACM Careers

Picture This: Better Decisions Through Data Visualization

Picture This: Better Decisions Through Data Visualization

Can you visualize data? That’s the question raised by the Data Visualization Student Challenge, a U.S. Department of Transportation competition that invited college students to turn reams of dry numbers into visually compelling…


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This Year's H-1B Cap Is Reached at Quicker Pace

This Year's H-1B Cap Is Reached at Quicker Pace

The annual H-1B cap has been reached two months ahead of last year's pace, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Nov. 23. 


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Important Step Toward Computing with Light

Important Step Toward Computing with Light

There has been enormous progress in recent years toward the development of photonic chips—devices that use light beams instead of electrons to carry out their computational tasks. Now, researchers at MIT have filled in a crucial…


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Community Colleges Boost CS & STEM Research

Community Colleges Boost CS & STEM Research

Statistics and anecdotal evidence confirm that efforts to increase computer science and STEM research opportunities at community colleges are making headway.


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Cyber War Threatens Iran: Passive Defense Organization Chief

Until the next Iranian calendar year (which begins on March 20, 2012) cyber attacks will pose serious threats to Iran and that is why the Passive Defense Organization has established a joint center with the cooperation of…


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Cyberwar Storm Clouds Are Gathering

Cyberspace. Some call it the new domain of war, after land, sea, air, and space.


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Millions of Printers Open to Devastating Hack Attack, Researchers Say

Millions of Printers Open to Devastating Hack Attack, Researchers Say

Could a hacker from half-way around the planet control your printer and give it instructions so frantic that it could eventually catch fire? Or use a hijacked printer as a copy machine for criminals, making it easy to commit…


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Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns

Cloud Centers Bring High-Tech Flash but Not Many Jobs to Beaten-Down Towns

Here in this once-thriving town of furniture makers and textile mills, where Main Street businesses have vanished, nearby fast-food joints have closed and unemployment is rampant, government officials have lined up behind…


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Turn On the Server. It

To satisfy our ever-growing need for computing power, many technology companies have moved their work to data centers with tens of thousands of power-gobbling servers. Concentrated in one place, the servers produce enormous…


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Kilobots Are Leaving the Nest

Kilobots Are Leaving the Nest

Harvard University computer scientists and engineers have developed technology designed to test collective algorithms on hundreds or even thousands of tiny robots called Kilobots. 


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DOD Looks to Make a Game of Software Testing

DOD Looks to Make a Game of Software Testing

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently launched the Crowd Sourced Formal Verification project, which aims to use crowdsourcing technology to provide a fun way for the public to participate in software verification…


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Computer Spots Micro Clue to Lies

Computer Spots Micro Clue to Lies

Oxford University researchers are developing software that can recognize micro-expressions that appear when people lie. 


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Q&A: Exascale Now a Global Race for Tech

Q&A: Exascale Now a Global Race for Tech

Peter Beckman, director of the Exascale Technology and Computing Institute at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory, recently spoke with Computerworld about current developments in exascale computing. 


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Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations

Patent Office Highlights Jobs's Innovations

The United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., recently unveiled an exhibit of 30 giant iPhone-like models honoring the inventions of the late Steve Jobs.


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How Games Are Driving a Mobile Graphics Revolution

The needs of players are helping to push advances from chip makers like Qualcomm and Nvidia.


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The Big Data Boom Is the Innovation Story of Our Time

The data revolution has turned customers into unwitting business consultants, as our purchases and searches are tracked to improve everything from Web sites to delivery routes.


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How Private Is Your Email? It Depends

Do the police need a warrant to read your email? Believe it or not, two decades into the Internet age, the answer to that question is still "maybe." It depends on how old the email is, where you keep it—and it even depends on…


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Will Your Mall Be Tracking Your Cellphone Today?

Some shoppers looking for Black Friday deals will find a surprise waiting for them at the mall—sensors that track their every move.

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