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Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
From ICT Results

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater
From ACM TechNews

Water-Cooled Supercomputer Doubles as Dorm Space Heater

IBM and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are building the Aquasar, a new supercomputer that will use water to keep the system cool and will recycle some...

Human Eye Inspires Advance in Computer Vision
From ACM TechNews

Human Eye Inspires Advance in Computer Vision

Boston College (BC) computer scientists have developed a program that enables computers to see quickly moving objects with nearly double the accuracy and 10 times...

From ACM TechNews

Ucsd Scientists Receive Innovation Research Awards From Hp Labs

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) computer scientists Amin Vahdat and Geoffrey Voelker are two of the 60 professors that will receive awards as part of...

Roadrunner Continues to Outpace Supercomputing Field
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Roadrunner Continues to Outpace Supercomputing Field

Despite the Jaguar nipping at its heels, Roadrunner continues to speed past the supercomputing pack. That's according to the twice yearly Top500 list of the fastest...

North Korea Tries to Ramp Up Tech Infrastructure
From ACM News

North Korea Tries to Ramp Up Tech Infrastructure

North Korea is trying to stimulate its dire economic fortunes by slowly opening its economy to foreign business. Investors now have an ally in Kim Jong Il, who...

Google Claims Breakthrough in Image Search
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Google Claims Breakthrough in Image Search

Humans may excel at pattern recognition, but computers aren't very smart at identifying images. Our brains can immediately identify photos of famous landmarks such...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
From ACM TechNews

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

From ACM TechNews

Ties That Bind: Organizing Large-Scale HPC in the European Union

The European Union (EU) is making a substantial investment in pan-European resources in an effort to place its members on the cutting edge of the computational...

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips  and More
From ACM TechNews

Intel Toots Its Research Horn For Chips and More

Intel's recent Research Day provided demonstrations and previews of the variety of projects that extend beyond the company's core computer processor business....

Computer Idle? Now You Can Donate Its Time to Find a Cure For Major Diseases
From ACM TechNews

Computer Idle? Now You Can Donate Its Time to Find a Cure For Major Diseases

More than 6,000 volunteers around the world are contributing computing power to the University of Delaware (UD) in an attempt to help biomedical researchers find...

Eu Lays Out Plans For the 'internet of Things'
From ACM TechNews

Eu Lays Out Plans For the 'internet of Things'

The European Commission (EC) has developed a 14-point action plan to address some of the problems that could develop when everyday objects such as food packaging...

'governor' Would Teach Military Robots the Rules of War
From ACM TechNews

'governor' Would Teach Military Robots the Rules of War

Georgia Institute of Technology robotics engineer Ron Arkin is researching how military robots could be programmed to act ethically and obey the rules of engagement...

From ACM TechNews

Finding Could Help Electronics Industry Enter New Phase

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have made a discovery that could lead to smaller, faster, more powerful, and more...

Researchers Ready Personal Energy Monitoring Devices
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Ready Personal Energy Monitoring Devices

Embedded data mining, inertial sensors, and global positioning systems are used in a wireless device being developed to monitor the amount of energy a person consumes...

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience
From ICT Results

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience

Social problems like bullying and stereotyping involve thoughts, feelings and reactions that resist change. New research shows that when students play active roles...

Twitter Message Could Be Cyber Criminal at Work
From ACM News

Twitter Message Could Be Cyber Criminal at Work

Cyber criminals are setting snares that move at the speed of news. Panda Security, a Spain-based antivirus maker, has been monitoring an onslaught of links with...

From ACM TechNews

Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

From ACM TechNews

Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

From ACM TechNews

Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...
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