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Semantic Technologies Could Link ­p ­k 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...

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

The Led's Dark Secret
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The Led's Dark Secret

Solid-state lighting won't supplant the lightbulb until it can overcome the mysterious malady known as "droop."

45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi
From ICT Results

45-Nanometer Chips Promise ­ltra-Fast Wifi

Powerful new radio technologies that promise blisteringly fast WiFi have been given a boost by a team of European researchers’ cutting-edge work on miniscule microchips...

From ACM TechNews

Ntu ­nveils Green and Fastest Supercomputer in Asean

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has partnered with Jardine OneSolution, IBM, and Red Hat to install a green supercomputer at its new High Performance Computing...

Engineering Labs Going Online as Part of Remote Controlled Learning Program
From ACM TechNews

Engineering Labs Going Online as Part of Remote Controlled Learning Program

Montana State University (MSU) computer engineering students will soon be able to control laboratory equipment through their home computers. A two-year, $148,000...

Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware
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Space Probe to Sport 'transforming' Hardware

A new satellite, planned for launch in 2012, will contain a flight computer built with field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that can be completely reconfigured...

Program Helps Faculty Members Develop Improved Security Assurance Programs
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Program Helps Faculty Members Develop Improved Security Assurance Programs

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab and Information Networking Institute (INI) are hosting several faculty members for the annual Information Assurance Capacity...

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Dns Remains Vulnerable One Year After Kaminsky Bug

In the year since security researcher Dan Kaminsky discovered a vulnerability in the domain name system (DNS), which could allow hackers to redirect traffic from...
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