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Internet 'Immune System' Could Block Viruses
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Internet 'Immune System' Could Block Viruses

A system that fights highly infectious computer viruses by embedding defense mechanisms in key parts of the Internet has been developed by University of North Carolina...

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Experimental Tech Turns Your Coffee Table Into a ­niversal Remote

The recent ACM SIGGRAPH conference offered a video demonstration of Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces (CRISTAL),...

New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps
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New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps

National ICT Australia has developed AutoMap, a Linux-based system designed to make personal navigation systems more accurate. AutoMap uses machine-vision techniques...

Napolitano: Cybersecurity Issues Remain ­nresolved
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Napolitano: Cybersecurity Issues Remain ­nresolved

U.S. Department of Homeland Security secretary Janet Napolitano recently affirmed that her staff is still weighing options about how best to assimilate the public...

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano
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'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano

A group of "spiderbots" released inside Mount St. Helens in Washington is the first network of volcano sensors capable of automatically communicating with each...

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
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Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic...

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How to Build Anonymity Into the Internet

At the 9th annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, security researchers discussed alternatives to existing systems designed to help Internet users maintain...

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Semantics-Based Software Boosts Company Performance

SUPER, a European research project, has developed software that expedites companies' development or adjustment of their business processes while realizing cost...

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Berkeley Lab Gets $62m to Build Blazing Ethernet Network

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been awarded $62 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to...

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Robots to Get Their Own Operating System

Robots are limited by the fact that they are often designed and built in isolation for specific functions, and roboticists have started to consider what aspects...

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Tiny 'mems' Devices to Filter, Amplify Electronic Signals

Purdue University researchers are developing a new class of microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices called resonators that contain vibrating, hair-thin structures...

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­.s. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

The White House is proposing to soften a long-existing prohibition on tracking how users peruse U.S. government Web sites with cookies and other methods, inciting...

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Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

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Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...

Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions
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Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions

University of Washington researchers’ announcement that they had created an encryption scheme called Vanish captured a lot of attention for its elegant simplicity...

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After Boom, Is Wikipedia Heading For Bust?

The explosive growth of the Wikipedia online encyclopedia is petering out, while a less welcoming attitude toward new contributors could negatively affect the archive's...

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Rutgers ­niversity in Newark to Lead Nine-School Consortium to Double Minority Students Majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, Math

Rutgers University in Newark is leading the Garden State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (GS-LSAMP), a $5 million, five-year, multiple-school project...

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Nist Demonstrates Sustained Quantum Processing in Step Toward Quantum Computers

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) physicists have demonstrated sustained, reliable information processing operations on electrically charged...

Computer Science Courses on the Decline
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Computer Science Courses on the Decline

A decline in U.S. high school computer science (CS) courses is indicated by the Computer Science Teachers Association's (CSTA's) 2009 National Secondary Computer...

Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip
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Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip

The obsolescence of graphics-processing clusters is being hastened by the rapidly accelerating data processing speed of supercomputers. Scientists at Argonne National...
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