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How Isps Could Combat Botnets
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How Isps Could Combat Botnets

Convincing Internet service providers to pinpoint infected computers on their networks could eliminate the lion's share of zombie computers responsible for churning...

Computer Science Shows How 'twitter-Bombs' Wield Influence
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Computer Science Shows How 'twitter-Bombs' Wield Influence

Wellesley College computer science professor P. Takis Metaxas says "Twitter bombs"—sending many Tweets from a large number of Twitter accounts within a short...

Rensselaer Launches $16.75 Million Center To Research Social Cognitive Networks
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Rensselaer Launches $16.75 Million Center To Research Social Cognitive Networks

Funded by the Army Research Lab, the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is dedicated to the emerging discipline...

New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage
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New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage

A technology with data from social media is now being used to log the effects of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico's north coast. Witnesses' texts, tweets and...

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App For That
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Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App For That

IPhone, iPad and Motorola Droid users can now, with the touch of a button, instantly access the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office with a new, free app...

Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency
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Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency

The European Union-funded ARRIVAL project, a collaboration of researchers from seven European countries, has developed algorithms that can optimize planning and...

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Innovations in STEM Education: A Conversation With Pcast's Jim Gates

An upcoming President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report will address the issue of improving pre-college math and science education...

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Nist: Federal R&d Boosts Industry

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST's) annual report details innovations developed by federal labs and private-sector organizations. ...

Eu Security Agency Backs Cloud Computing Research
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Eu Security Agency Backs Cloud Computing Research

A report from European Union security agency Enisa says that cloud computing, wireless networks, and supply chain integrity should be the focus of information technology...

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One Billion Euros to ­nleash the Power of Information

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...

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Lawmakers Renew Commitment to Science Spending, Despite Budget-Deficit Fears

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...

Wheelchairs That Listen
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Wheelchairs That Listen

MIT researchers are developing a voice-operated robotic wheelchair for people with neurological disorders.

How Personal Genomics Could Change Health Care
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How Personal Genomics Could Change Health Care

Several months after deciphering his genetic code last year, Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake approached a cardiologist colleague. Early analysis of his DNA had...

Today's Youngsters Prefer Computer Games to Holidays
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Today's Youngsters Prefer Computer Games to Holidays

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...

The Legal Case For Robot War Gets Complicated
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The Legal Case For Robot War Gets Complicated

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...

­.s. Needs New National Strategy in Era of Cyberaggression, Paper Concludes
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­.s. Needs New National Strategy in Era of Cyberaggression, Paper Concludes

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...

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Commerce Department Scrutinizes Internet Privacy

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...

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High-Tech Employment Grows

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. 

Fixing Silicon Valley's Gender Gap One Pitch at a Time
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Fixing Silicon Valley's Gender Gap One Pitch at a Time

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...
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