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July 2010


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Robot Pills

Robot Pills

Pill-sized robotic capsules are under development for screening, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. 


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Are Female IT Graduates Still Underrepresented?

Are Female IT Graduates Still Underrepresented?

The U.K.'s Higher Education Statistics Agency reports that the number of women studying computer science has fallen over the past five years, from 24 percent to 19 percent of students. 


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Can't Place That Face?

Can't Place That Face?

Tel Aviv University researcher Galit Yovel is combing cognitive psychology with brain imaging and electrophysiology to study how the brain processes information about faces. 


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H-1B Visa Usage Declines Sharply Due to Economy, Bureaucracy

The United States' struggling economy is a major reason why almost 40,000 H-1B visa application slots are currently unused, in addition to 9,000 slots in the Masters Exemption program, a significant drop in applications from…


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Unraveling the Matrix

Unraveling the Matrix

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Gilbert Strang has developed a way to split certain types of matrices into simpler ones, which could help produce better video and audio data processing software or create smaller…


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Wireless Technology Hits the Road

Wireless Technology Hits the Road

The recently approved IEEE 802.11p wireless communication standard for vehicles could improve traffic safety by supporting the delivery of information that helps drivers avoid collisions or take evasive action.


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Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms

Team-Working Robots Huddle Together to Boost Comms

When you are in hostile territory, it pays to stick together—especially if you are a robot. Falling into line will be easier with an innovative communication system that combines the clout of robots' individual radio antennas…


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Silk Moves from Textiles to Technology

Silk Moves from Textiles to Technology

Synonymous with beauty, silk is a masterpiece of nature with amazing mechanical properties that support its use in a growing number of high-tech applications ranging from medical devices to electronics.


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New Focus for Digital Photography

Software that gives users more control of a camera could revolutionize photography.


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The Agnostic Cartographer

The Agnostic Cartographer

How Google’s open-ended maps are embroiling the company in some of the world’s touchiest geopolitical disputes.


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U.S. Military Cyberwar: What's Off-Limits?

U.S. Military Cyberwar: What's Off-Limits?

The United States should decide on rules for attacking other nations' networks in advance of an actual cyberwar, which could include an international agreement not to disable banks and electrical grids, the former head of the…


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ORNL, Allinea Prep Debugging Tool for Petascale Supercomputers

A collaboration between ORNL and software toolmaker Allinea Software has produced a formidable weapon in the fight against software application bugs.


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To Pack a Stadium, Provide Video Better Than TV

To Pack a Stadium, Provide Video Better Than TV

How do you keep football fans as regular visitors to stadiums when the television coverage of every play is so good?


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Customizing Science Instruction With Digital Libraries

Customizing Science Instruction With Digital Libraries

Middle and high school teachers participating in the Curriculum Customization Service program use animations, images and interactive media to help engage Denver, CO, students in science.


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Commerce Seeks Industry Comment on Ways to Bolster Cybersecurity

Commerce Seeks Industry Comment on Ways to Bolster Cybersecurity

The U.S. Commerce Department's Internet Policy Task Force is seeking comments from the private sector and academia about the cybersecurity challenges they face as well as the possible strategies that could be used to promote…


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IT Industry Working Toward Energy Efficiency, Report Finds

The information technology industry is on track to achieve the Climate Savers Computing Initiative's goal of reducing annual carbon dioxide emissions by 54 million metric tons by June 2011. 


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White House Proposal Would Ease FBI Access to Records of Internet Activity

The Obama administration is seeking to make it easier for the FBI to compel companies to turn over records of an individual's Internet activity without a court order if agents deem the information relevant to a terrorism or intelligence…


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Research Project to Investigate Cloud Computing Technologies

Research Project to Investigate Cloud Computing Technologies

Aston University researchers are investigating the possibilities of next-generation cloud computing technologies for large scale and complex information technology systems. 


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Researcher Demonstrates ATM 'Jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference

Researcher Demonstrates ATM 'Jackpotting' at Black Hat Conference

In a city filled with slot machines spilling jackpots, it was a "jackpotted" ATM machine that got the most attention Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference, when researcher Barnaby Jack demonstrated two suave hacks against…


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Data World Record Falls as Computer Scientists Break Terabyte Sort Barrier

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego broke "the terabyte barrier"—and a world record—when they sorted more than one terabyte of data  in just 60 seconds.


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Satellite Quantum-Communication Circles Closer

Satellite Quantum-Communication Circles Closer

Communications protected by quantum encryption systems offer unconditional security—if you know which way is up. A new quantum protocol is the first that promises to work independently of orientation, which will prove vital if…


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New Book Explores Democracy in the Digital Age

New Book Explores Democracy in the Digital Age

A new book by a University of Illinois at Chicago communication scholar explores how online media has influenced political culture, redefined contemporary society's understanding of public and private, and shaped civic engagement…


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The Hunt for the Wikileaks Whistle-Blower

Attorney General Eric Holder's new probe into Wikileaks's posting of 91,000 war documents will likely find that tracing the path of the documents back through the Internet is next to impossible. But watermarks—if they were embedded…


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Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring

Google, CIA Invest in 'Future' of Web Monitoring

The investment arms of the CIA and Google are both backing a company that monitors the web in real time—and says it uses that information to predict the future.


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Group Devises New Method for Securing Location-Sensitive Data

UCLA computer scientists have shown that cryptography based solely on physical location is possible by using quantum mechanics.  The method enables users to encrypt data at a secure location without pre-sharing any cryptographic…


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Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers

Intel Makes Advance in Silicon-Based Lasers

New technology from Intel could lead to the development of computers that use light beams to move data. Intel says it has built a prototype communications device with four silicon-based lasers that each send data at 12.5 billion…


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Programming, Development Skills in Demand

Java/J2EE is the programming and development skill in most demand with more than 14,000 open job positions nationally, according to a July report from IT job board Dice. 


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Italy to China in Driverless Vehicles

Italy to China in Driverless Vehicles

University of Parma researchers recently embarked on an 8,000-mile, three-month road trip from Italy to China to test the limits of driverless vehicles. 


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Who Gives a Tweet? Nuanced Feedback for Microbloggers

Who Gives a Tweet? Nuanced Feedback for Microbloggers

The University of Southampton's Paul Andre is collaborating with researchers from MIT and the Georgia Institute of Technology on a website—Who Gives A Tweet (WGATweet.com)—that will offer Twitter users a free analysis of their…


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Machine Science

Manually tracking all the published science relevant to a scientist's research is an impossible task, but it is predicted that computers capable of generating many helpful hypotheses with little human input will emerge within…

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