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Icann Heading to a Fork in the Road

As the expiration of ICANN's agreement with the U.S. Commerce Department approaches, stakeholders are weighing in on the fate of the organization. European Union...

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Online System Rates Images By Aesthetic Quality

Pennsylvania State University (PSU) has launched the Aesthetic Quality Inference Engine (ACQUINE), an online system for determining the aesthetic quality of an...

Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan
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Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan

Researchers from around the world are meeting at a conference in Kobe, Japan, to discuss recent advancements in robotics. Among those on display will be RiSE, a...

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Sensors See More Productivity in Workers ­sing Face-to-Face Interactions

Office workers who make time to chat face to face with colleagues may be far more productive than those who rely on e-mail, the phone, or Facebook, suggests a study...

Virtual Smart Home Is Controlled By Thoughts
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Virtual Smart Home Is Controlled By Thoughts

Light switches, TV remote controls and even house keys could become a thing of the past thanks to brain-computer interface (BCI) technology being developed in Europe...

China Develops Quantum Cryptography Network
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China Develops Quantum Cryptography Network

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China say they have developed the first optical quantum cryptography network. The quantum communication...

Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness
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Tracking Cyberspies Through the Web Wilderness

The Internet is rife with cybercriminals and online eavesdroppers, and countering this threat is the job of cybersleuths. One of the key tools in cybersleuths'...

Mathematical Advances Strengthen It Security
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Mathematical Advances Strengthen It Security

A new cryptography approach based on the mathematical theory of elliptic curves is considered a leading candidate to replace the widely used RSA public key security...

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'kill Switch' Disables Stolen Laptops

A lost or stolen laptop or notebook computer is replaceable; the stolen data inside it may produce real owner's anxiety. Which makes Fujitsu's newly announced "security...

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Energy-Efficient Technology Seen Providing Saving For Decades

While Americans may worry about having to give up their beloved flat screen TVs, computers and other high-tech devices in the home and workplace in an energy-constrained...

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China Has Developed Its Own Operating System For Cyber War With U.S.

A leading cyber security specialist said last week that China has developed its own ultra-secure operating system for a strategic edge in its cyber warfare with...

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The Future of Gadget Interaction

Many innovative technologies funded by the European Commission (EC) were spotlighted at the Science Beyond Fiction conference in Prague. The EC announced in April...

Research Gives Clues For Self-Cleaning Materials, Water-Striding Robots
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Research Gives Clues For Self-Cleaning Materials, Water-Striding Robots

Scientists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and Japan's RIKEN institute recently completed research that could lead to self-cleaning walls, counter tops...

World Will Change Icann's Future, Ceo Says
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World Will Change Icann's Future, Ceo Says

In an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle, ICANN president Paul Twomey agreed with European Union commissioner Viviane Reding, who recently called on President...

Virtual Cocoon Could Simulate Five Senses
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Virtual Cocoon Could Simulate Five Senses

Research teams from York University and Warwick University, along with experts from the universities of Bangor, Bedford, and Brighton, are working to create new...

Professor Wants Exemption to Study Video Game Anti-Piracy Software
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Professor Wants Exemption to Study Video Game Anti-Piracy Software

University of Michigan professor Alex Halderman wants to research whether the anti-piracy software built into computer games makes computers more vulnerable to...

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Students Excel in New-Age Crime Technology

Hacking has become an attractive subject for many students. The first day of the Security and Identity Management (SIM) conference in Ahmedabad saw paper presentations...

Flexible Displays May Be Stretched Over Curved Surfaces
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Flexible Displays May Be Stretched Over Curved Surfaces

A team of University of Tokyo researchers led by professor Takao Someya has engineered a stretchable display by linking organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and...

Students Build Hand-Gestural Pc Interface
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Students Build Hand-Gestural Pc Interface

Controlling applications with hand gestures is a more natural way to communicate with computers, according to a team of engineering students at Northeastern University...

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'smart Cameras' to Help Monitor Elderly People Who Live Alone

Yale University researchers Eugenio Culurciello and Andreas Savvides are developing smart camera technology to help monitor older adults who live alone. "Approximately...
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