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A new technology based on the sensor found in many computer mice makes interacting with a MP3 player or mobile phone as easy as flicking, twisting or tapping the device.
A diverse group of European scientists are planning the FuturIcT knowledge accelerator, an effort to assemble expertise in all areas of science to develop supercomputing facilities on which future policies can be based.
Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung researchers have developed a way to capture the piezoelectric power generated when a touchscreen flexes under a user's touch.
The U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee has agreed to support a measure that would renew authorization for the America Competes Act, which sets funding levels for research and development at the main federal science…
The Web Science Trust has launched the Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories (WSTNet Labs), an international network to support Web science research and education.
Monash University software engineer Steve Androulakis and biochemist Ashley Buckle have developed a tool designed to securely collect, store, and share research information.
MIT researchers are developing a voice-operated robotic wheelchair for people with neurological disorders.
Several months after deciphering his genetic code last year, Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake approached a cardiologist colleague. Early analysis of his DNA had flagged a rare genetic variant as potentially linked to heart…
A British survey has revealed that the young generation would rather stay at home and play computer games than go on a holiday. The report by Future of Free Time says they would prefer to play video games and visit chat rooms…
Data mining technology is being used to spot trends in hospitals' data sets in order to combat healthcare associated infections.
The legal debate over America's undeclared drone war in Pakistan is getting sharper: In a congressional hearing yesterday, a prominent law professor suggested that drone operators could, in, theory, be liable to criminal prosecution…
NIST has announced that 11 university teams will square off next week in two contests designed to prove the viability of advanced technologies for robotic manufacturing automation and microrobotics.
Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have developed floor tiles that can simulate the look, sound and feel of snow, grass or pebbles underfoot. Such a tool could perhaps be used for augmented reality applications…
The United States must take a more offensive stance to protect itself from cyberaggression, according to a new paper by University of Cincinnati researchers Richard Harknett, John Callaghan, and Rudi Kauffman.
The U.S. Commerce Department and various government agencies are creating an Internet Policy Task Force to examine policy frameworks and ways in which the "challenges of the new Internet economy and society" can be addressed…
In a rare open letter published Thursday, Apple chief executive Steve Jobs has detailed the technological reasons why his company refuses to let Adobe Systems' Flash Player onto the iPhone: he thinks it's a relic, not the future…
NIST has developed the first "dimmer switch" for a superconducting circuit linking a quantum bit and a quantum bus. The switch could speed up development of a practical quantum computer.
When physicists puzzle out the workings of some new part of nature, that knowledge can be used to build devices that do amazing things--airplanes that fly, radios that reach millions of listeners. When we come to understand how…
U.S. employment rose for three high-tech job categories in 2010's first quarter, according to IEEE-USA, citing data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
MIT researchers have developed software that makes computer simulations of physical systems run more efficiently on multicore chips.
North Carolina State University researchers have developed HyperSafe, software for resolving security concerns related to data privacy in virtualization and cloud computing.
University of Western Ontario researchers are developing smart cars that can see the conditions around them, assess the appropriateness of a driver's response, and take action if needed.
The Argonne National Laboratory and University of Chicago's Nimbus toolkit, a set of software tools for cloud computing, implemented a distributed virtual cluster at the recent Grid5000 conference in France.
Teams of high school girls recently pitched Android apps and business plans to business leaders at Microsoft's campus as part of an eight-week program that introduces girls to tech entrepreneurship.
Though still in its infancy, the work of Alexey Radul as a postdoc at MIT could someday have consequences for artificial-intelligence research, parallel computing and the design of computer hardware.
Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) are developing new ways to deal with the torrent of information flowing from social media sites like Twitter.
Increasingly, cell phones are equipped with GPS locational receivers and their bread crumb trails are opening up entirely new ways to study and predict the dynamics of travel.
Sandia National Laboratories has won two national Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for its efforts to transfer technology to supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc., and solar energy supplier Stirling Energy Systems Inc.
They can't wait to do computational chemistry at a quadrillion calculations per second. Petascale computing will give three researchers at Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory the ability to run complex calculations and…
Information technology spending in India will grow by 14 percent in 2010 to $67 billion on higher investments by retail and utility firms and government departments, research firm Gartner said.