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March 2009


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Top 10 Technology Skills

Top 10 Technology Skills

Although many sectors of the economy are struggling to survive, the information technology (IT) industry is still relatively strong. Employment experts say that many companies are so dependent on IT that they cannot lay off…


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ACM Recognizes Computing and Information Technology Leaders

ACM (The Association for Computing Machinery) has announced the winners of three awards honoring significant contributions to the computing and information technology field. These awards recognize dedicated professionals whose…


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Canadian Researchers Reveal How They Cracked Chinese Spy Scam

A 34-year-old student and part-time tech geek at Toronto's Munk Centre for International Studies tried everything to track down a piece of malicious software that had infected computers around the world, including those in the…


From ACM Careers

Class of 2009: Computer Science Majors Still in Demand

Class of 2009: Computer Science Majors Still in Demand

The nation's leading computer science programs say graduating seniors are still sought after by technology vendors and corporate shops, despite the global economic slowdown and high-profile layoffs across the tech industry. Professor…


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EuroSys 2009 Explores Future Computer System Designs

The EuroSys 2009 conference, sponsored by the European chapter of ACM's Special Interest Group on Operating Systems, will focus on computer system research that drives the design and development of new technologies during the…


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Inside HP Labs: 8 Cool Projects

Inside HP Labs: 8 Cool Projects

Hewlett-Packard Labs is hosting a number of research projects, including one on sustainable data centers that aims to determine how future data centers can be self-sustaining. It focuses on the five sustainability areas of energy…


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Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn From Their Own Experiences?

Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn From Their Own Experiences?

Inexpensive personal robots could be available soon, but they first have to be able to learn to perform tasks that human know how to do instinctively, says Iowa State University in Ames professor Alexander Stoytchev. A truly…


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A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface

A Better, Cheaper Multitouch Interface

New York University (NYU) researchers are developing Inexpensive Multi-Touch Pressure Acquisition Devices (IMPAD), multitouch technology that can be controlled by both fingers and objects such as a stylus. "One of the problems…


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Computer Science Classes Gets Their Groove Back

Computer Science Classes Gets Their Groove Back

A new report from the Computing Research Association (CRA) found that student enrollment in computer science (CS) has risen for the first time in six years. The CRA report found that the average number of new students majoring…


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Researchers Uncover Chinese Cyber Plot Against Foreign Missions

Canadian researchers have reportedly uncovered a Chinese cyber plot that hacked the Web sites of the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, and systems in the embassies of India, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Germany and…


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Parties Follow Obama Strategy to Lure Younger Voters

Taking a cue from the success of Barack Obama's Internet campaign in the 2008 U.S. presidential elections, politicians in India are using technology to reach out to voters in upcoming parliamentary elections. With more than 70…


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IETF to Explore New Routing Technique

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is forming a new working group to address scalability issues in the Internet's routing system, which are caused by companies that divide their network traffic across multiple carriers…


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Researchers Open a Window on Tomorrow's Grid

Researchers Open a Window on Tomorrow's Grid

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL's) Electrical Infrastructure Operations Center features a prototype control room that provides a glimpse into the envisioned smart grid, which would connect everything from coffee…


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A New Step Towards Quantum Computers

A New Step Towards Quantum Computers

Researchers from Dortmound, St. Petersburg, Washington, and the Rurh-Universitaet-Bochum (RUB) in Germany have succeeded in aligning electron spin. The researchers also were able to rotate the spin, using a laser pulse, in any…


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Bangor Scientists Make Star Trek's Holodeck Virtually a Reality

Bangor University computer scientists Nigel John and Jonathan Roberts are developing a "virtual cocoon" that will enable users to experience virtual sites using all of their senses. The scientists say their research could be…


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Interactive Programs Teach Students to Play Musical Instruments

Interactive Programs Teach Students to Play Musical Instruments

Students of popular musical instruments may soon be learning to play with the help of a new generation of intelligent, interactive computer programs thanks to European researchers. While it is unlikely that computers can ever…


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Operator Can 'Feel' What Robot Grips

Operator Can 'Feel' What Robot Grips

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University have developed a robot that enables its operator to "feel" the environment that it is working in. The researchers plan to refine the unit for harsh or dangerous conditions. Professor…


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Tech Standards Loom as Last Big Hurdle to Internet of Things

Technology companies say that a consensus on technical standards is the key to the successful commercialization of the Internet of Things (IoT), a next-generation Web in which billions of digital-enabled objects are networked…


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Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says

Tech Can Help World's Problems, Ex-President Clinton Says

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton says that technology companies can play a significant role in solving the world's most difficult challenges if they apply their innovative thinking to problems such as climate change and healthcare…


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Metasearch Engine Leaves Google, Yahoo Crawling

Metasearch Engine Leaves Google, Yahoo Crawling

One day in the not-too-distant future, you'll be able to type a query into an online search engine and have it deliver not Web pages that may contain an answer, but just the answer itself, says Weiyi Meng (pictured), a professor…


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NASA Applies GIS to Its Inner Spaces

NASA Applies GIS to Its Inner Spaces

The geographic information systems (GIS) team at NASA's Langley Research Center has developed the Space Allocation Optimization tool, a program that uses geospatial tools to find more efficient ways of allocating space at the…


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Europe May Lead Next Web

Europe is leading the way in developing standards for next-generation Web technology. The European Commission (EC) last fall released a study outlining the steps necessary to make Europe a leader in the future Internet. The…


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India Calls for International Crisis Management Plan for Cyber Crimes

Concerned over the growing number of cyber crime cases in its country, the Indian Government on Thursday (March 26) said that an international crisis management plan needs to be put in action. Speaking at a conference on Police…


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NIST's Fiscal Year Budget to Increase 8.3 Percent to $819M

NIST's Fiscal Year Budget to Increase 8.3 Percent to $819M

For fiscal year 2009, which ends on Sept. 30, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has received $819 million in appropriations, an increase of 8.3 percent over the previous fiscal year.


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Thousands of Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data for New Radio Pulsars

Thousands of Home Computers to Search Arecibo Data for New Radio Pulsars

Einstein@Home, based at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM) and the Albert Einstein Institute (AEI) in Germany, is one of the world's largest public volunteer distributed computing projects. More than 200,000 people…


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Researchers Pioneer New Software Systems Development Concept

Researchers Pioneer New Software Systems Development Concept

Software researchers Cornelius Ncube from Bournemouth University and Patricia Oberndorf from the Software Engineering Institute are touting a new method for developing software systems. The approach is similar to the way participants…


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New Material Could Lead to Faster Chips

New Material Could Lead to Faster Chips

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built an experimental graphene-based microchip that could lead to cell phones and other communications systems that transmit data significantly faster. The…


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IEEE Highlights Technologies That Will Change the World

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) recently assembled a panel of technology experts to discuss various emerging research technologies, including multimode biometrics, intelligent computing, and wireless…


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Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities

Google Rolls Out Semantic Search Capabilities

Google has added semantic technology to its Web search engine, which will enable it to identify associations and concepts related to a query, improving the list of related search terms Google displays next to the results. "For…


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Mozilla, Graphics Group Seek to Build 3D Web

Khronos wants to develop a public version of a royalty-free specification for accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics on the Web within 12 months. The consortium that oversees the OpenGL graphics interface technology has…

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