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March 2011


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Social-Media Tools Used to Target Corporate Secrets

Not long after airstrikes began in Libya earlier this month, certain attorneys at four U.S. law firms, known for having high-profile clients in the oil industry, each received a personally addressed email message.


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Silicene: It Could Be the New Graphene

Silicene: It Could Be the New Graphene

Japanese researchers have created atom-thin sheets of silicon, called silicene, that resemble graphene and could have electronic applications.


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Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time

Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time

Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAS) are being used to transform old texts riddled with smudges, crooked type, and other distortions into searchable files. Optical character recognition…


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DHS Seeks to Grow Antibodies in Cyberspace

DHS Seeks to Grow Antibodies in Cyberspace

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released a white paper describing a tripartite approach to cybersecurity based on automation, interoperability, and authentication designed to make networks fundamentally more…


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Companies Hope to 'Program' the Internet

Companies Hope to 'Program' the Internet

Most data networks could be faster, more energy efficient, and more secure. But network hardware—switches, routers, and other devices—is essentially locked down, meaning network operators can't change the way they function…


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Can Google Reinvent Web Video?

Can Google Reinvent Web Video?

An ambitious attempt by Google to shift the Web over to a new, royalty-free video format has taken significant strides. New software has been released that can build the format into dedicated chips for cell phones and other…


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The Secret to Some of Lucasfilm's Magic: Nvidia's GPU Chips

The Secret to Some of Lucasfilm's Magic: Nvidia's GPU Chips

Like the visual effects you've been seeing in movies these days? Of course, you already know that in most cases they're computer-generated. And as you've seen over the last few days during my visit to Lucasfilm's Industrial…


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U.S. Spy Agency Is Said to Investigate Nasdaq Hacker Attack

The National Security Agency, the top U.S. electronic intelligence service, has joined a probe of the October cyber attack on Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. amid evidence the intrusion by hackers was more severe than first disclosed…


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Online 3D Insect Sleuth Tells Friend From Foe

Online 3D Insect Sleuth Tells Friend From Foe

A new online system could make it easier for Australia to identify invasive fire ants, which were accidentally imported into the country two decades ago.


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Flying Robots Team Up to Juggle

Our flying robot overlords seem to have a fun side after all. In this video, watch two quadrocopters team up to skillfully juggle a ball, thanks to software developed by Sergei Lupashin and colleagues at ETH Zurich. The machines…


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'Gamifying' The System To Create Better Behavior

'Gamifying' The System To Create Better Behavior

Say you're zooming down the highway, when you spot one of those speed-limit enforcement cameras from the corner of your eye. You hit the brakes, but not before the camera's flash catches you breaking the law.


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In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

In a New Web World, No Application Is an Island

The Web is poised for a comeback. How’s that? Isn’t the Web already the crucial utility of online commerce, information and entertainment? In many ways, it certainly is. The Web’s importance is indisputable—but there are signs…


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First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit

First Image Ever Obtained from Mercury Orbit

At 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011, Messenger captured this historic image of Mercury, the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System's innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, Messenger acquired…


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Kaashoek Wins ACM's Prize for Young Researchers

Kaashoek Wins ACM's Prize for Young Researchers

Frans Kaashoek, a professor in the MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and associate director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, has won the Association for Computing…


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Multicore Coding Standards Aim to Ease Programming

The Multicore Association has established specifications for a programming model designed to make it easier to write software for multicore chips, particularly for those used in smartphones, tablets, and embedded systems. 


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China 'to Overtake U.S. on Science' in Two Years

China 'to Overtake U.S. on Science' in Two Years

China is on course to overtake the U.S. in scientific output possibly as soon as 2013—far earlier than expected. That is the conclusion of a major new study by the Royal Society, the U.K.'s national science academy.


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Benchmark Battle: Chrome vs. IE vs. Firefox

There's no doubt the latest crop of stable browsers from Google, Microsoft, and Mozilla are the best the companies have ever produced. But how do they perform when tested under identical conditions?


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A favorite pastime of Internet users is to share their location: services like Google Latitude can inform friends when you are nearby; another, Foursquare, has turned reporting these updates into a game.


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Spiders and Crabs Inspire Robot Locomotion

Spiders and Crabs Inspire Robot Locomotion

The walking patterns of crabs, lobsters and spiders are helping to inspire new ways of getting robots to move around.


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With Google's Gift, U. of Oregon Expands International Cyberinfrastructure

With Google's Gift, U. of Oregon Expands International Cyberinfrastructure

A University of Oregon nonprofit that has provided networking technology and training to some of the world’s poorest nations has received a $1.25 million check to scale up its efforts.


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Microsoft Scheme Sniffs Out Unused Wireless Spectrum

Microsoft researchers have developed SpecNet, an architecture for measuring whether licensed radio frequencies are being used so that unlicensed devices can utilize the unused white space. 


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The First Plastic Computer Processor

The First Plastic Computer Processor

European researchers have developed a computer processor and memory chip made from plastic semiconductors.  "Compared to using silicon, this has the advantage of lower price and that it can be flexible," says IMEC's Jan Genoe…


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Yahoo Working on Hadoop MapReduce 2

The next generation of Apache Hadoop will likely be released this year, says Yahoo!'s Todd Papaioannou. Apache Hadoop enables batch processing of petabytes of data, but it does not effectively manage resources across thousands…


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Researchers Find a New Way to Mix Computers and Neurons

Researchers Find a New Way to Mix Computers and Neurons

Nerve cell tendrils recently grew through tiny tubes made of semiconductor material in groundbreaking research conducted by University of Wisconsin, Madison graduate students. 


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ORNL Simulating Japan Nuke Crisis

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are using supercomputer clusters to run simulations that could help resolve the nuclear crisis in Japan. 


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In a Country Known for Robots, Their Chief Tasks Didn't Include Nuclear Safety

In a Country Known for Robots, Their Chief Tasks Didn't Include Nuclear Safety

Japan's focus on building humanoid robots that perform tasks that humans can already do, instead of building robots that can go where humans cannot, has made it more difficult to respond to the nuclear disaster that followed…


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How a Robot Can Replace You at Work

As telepresence robots begin to appear in more and more offices and factories, they are poised to transform the way we work and interact with our colleagues.


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New Approach to Programming May Boost 'Green' Computing

New Approach to Programming May Boost 'Green' Computing

Yu David Liu, a Binghamton University computer scientist with an interest in "green" software development, has received a five-year, $448,641 grant from the National Science Foundation.


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Cloud Computing, Data Policy on Track to 'Democratize' Satellite Mapping

Cloud Computing, Data Policy on Track to 'Democratize' Satellite Mapping

Far-sighted data policy and cloud computing are leading to the "democratization of satellite mapping," one expert says — and the payoff will be wider access to information about the earth via platforms such as the new Google…


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A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence: Google?

A New Tool For U.S. Intelligence: Google?

Traditionally, intelligence agencies have relied on top-secret information to track changes in other countries. But wiretaps and secret intercepts didn't help U.S. officials predict the Arab Spring that has brought revolution…

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