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Community-Driven, Open Source Solution For B2b Transactions
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Community-Driven, Open Source Solution For B2b Transactions

A new open source, Web 2.0-inspired solution for building and managing business relationships online promises to level the playing field for small- and medium-sized...

Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity
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Graphene Has High Current Capacity, Thermal Conductivity

Recent research into the properties of graphene nanoribbons provides two new reasons for using the material as interconnects in future computer chips. In widths...

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Carnegie Mellon Tackles Data Management Maturity Model For Finance

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council are collaborating to create a new data management...

Epub: The Next Pdf?
From ACM TechNews

Epub: The Next Pdf?

EPUB, an XML format for reflowable text made from three open standards, is on its way to becoming an e-book industry standard. The standard, developed by the International...

Video Game Minority Report: Lots of Players, Few Characters
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Video Game Minority Report: Lots of Players, Few Characters

First comprehensive census of video game characters finds Latinos nearly invisible; women, other groups underrepresented. Combined with wide reach of video games...

Want Responsible Robotics? Start with Responsible Humans
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Want Responsible Robotics? Start with Responsible Humans

When the legendary science fiction writer Isaac Asimov penned the "Three Laws of Responsible Robotics," he forever changed the way humans think about artificial...

Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale
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Breaking the Law, at the Nanoscale

A well-established physical law formulated by Max Planck describes the transfer of heat between two objects, but some physicists have long predicted that the law...

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Semantic Technologies Could Link Up Uk Learning

The United Kingdom should use Semantic Web technologies to link up its education system, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Southampton's...

Software Development: Speeding From Sketchpad to Smooth Code
From ICT Results

Software Development: Speeding From Sketchpad to Smooth Code

Creating error-free software remains time consuming and labor intensive. A major European research effort has developed a system that speeds software development...

U.s. Supercomputing Lead Rings Sputnik-Like Alarm For Russia
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U.s. Supercomputing Lead Rings Sputnik-Like Alarm For Russia

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev recently criticized his country's information technology industry for failing to develop supercomputing technology, and urged...

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Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets Used By Hackers

To track the spread of botnets, Sandia National Laboratories computer security specialists Rob Minnich and Don Rudish have converted a Dell Thunderbird supercomputer...

Siggraph Announces Winners of New Award Honoring Achievement in Digital Art
From ACM TechNews

Siggraph Announces Winners of New Award Honoring Achievement in Digital Art

Minneapolis College of Art & Design professor Roman Verostko and University of California, Davis professor Lynn Hershman Leeson are the winners of the first ACM...

Summer Program Opens High-Tech World to Deaf Students
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Summer Program Opens High-Tech World to Deaf Students

The University of Washington's (UW's) Summer Academy for Advancing Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Computing, funded by the National Science Foundation, aims to diversity...

Barcode Replacement Shown Off
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Barcode Replacement Shown Off

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed Bokodes, a new barcode format that could replace the current barcodes used on retail products...

Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?
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Smart Machines: What's The Worst That Could Happen?

A panel of 25 artificial intelligence (AI) scientists, roboticists, and ethical and legal scholars have spent the past year discussing the risks of developing machines...

Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt
From ACM TechNews

Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt

Netflix's $1 million contest to design a better movie preference-matching algorithm ended on July 26th, with two teams in a near tie and the outcome of the contest...

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Clarkson Project Will Protect Cyberspace

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.2 million grant to five research institutions to develop a computer program for detecting weak areas in cryptographic...

How to Harness Petaflop Performance
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How to Harness Petaflop Performance

Several petascale computers are up and running, and others are sure to follow. All of them face many unique challenges in trying to harness a petaflop.

Computer Game Utilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems
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Computer Game Utilizes Human Intuition to Solve Complex Problems

A new computer game prototype combines work and play to help solve a fundamental problem underlying many computer hardware design tasks. The online logic puzzle...

Chicago Program Targets 12th Grade Science and Math For College Success
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Chicago Program Targets 12th Grade Science and Math For College Success

A $5 million National Science Foundation grant awarded to five Chicago area universities and the Chicago Public Schools will train high school teacher leaders on...
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