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Georgia Tech to Lead Fight Against Cell Phone Hackers
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Georgia Tech to Lead Fight Against Cell Phone Hackers

The Georgia Institute of Technology has won a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research into securing cell phones. Georgia...

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Social Networking Helping Women Turn on to Tech

A new report from Orange Labs suggests that technology will play a key role in drawing more women to careers in information technology. The report, "Her Code:...

Australia's Top Models at Science Conference
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Australia's Top Models at Science Conference

Australia's IMACS/MODSIM Congress will feature more than 650 modeling and simulation experts from around the world. Mathematical models describe the actions of...

Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers
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Microsoft Releases New Software Tools for Researchers

Microsoft's External Research division launched a pair of new research tools — the Project Trident workbench and the Dryad/DryadLINQ programming environment — at...

Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects
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Japanese Scientists Aim to Create Robot-Insects

Japanese scientists are working to create insect-robot hybrids, including robot-moths capable of detecting drug stashes and robot-bees capable of navigating earthquake...

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DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...

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Ward Off Espionage: India to Design a Home-Grown Microprocessor

Top scientists at some of India's ace scientific institutions are pooling energies, and the government some money, in an ambitious attempt to design a home-grown...

Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses
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Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new type of fiber that is capable of producing images without the need for a lens...

Catching Spammers in the Act
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Catching Spammers in the Act

Indiana University researchers have exposed some of the methods spammers use to collect email addresses and send junk mail through multiple computers. In a paper...

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Computer Learns Sign Language By Watching Tv

Software developed by researchers at the University of Oxford and the University of Leeds has autonomously determined the basics of sign language by watching TV...

Capturing Images in Non-Traditional Way May Benefit Af
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Capturing Images in Non-Traditional Way May Benefit Af

Research funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research could lead to advancements in data encryption and wide-area, high-resolution photography. The...

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In Search For Intelligence, a Silicon Brain Twitches

Blue Brain is a supercomputer-powered software model designed to closely simulate the activity of a rat's neocortical column (NCC) in the hope of gaining insights...

Optical Chip Detects Blood Molecules
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Optical Chip Detects Blood Molecules

A portable 'lab on a chip' that can identify specific targeted molecules in blood samples has been created by European researchers. It is being used to measure...

Algorithms Map Centaurus A Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole
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Algorithms Map Centaurus A Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope team has developed an algorithm that enabled researchers at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific...

Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate
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Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate

A proposal before the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) would dramatically improve SPARQL, the query technology for the Semantic Web, for application development....

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Recognition at Last

Florida Atlantic University researchers have significantly reduced the amount of computer power that is needed to operate face recognition systems without compromising...

IBM Tops Green500 Supercomputer List
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IBM Tops Green500 Supercomputer List

Big Blue's supercomputers are among the greenest in the world. The June Green500 list, published by Green500.org, showed that 18 of the top 20 greenest supercomputers...

Technology Offers Virtual Visualization of the Human Body
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Technology Offers Virtual Visualization of the Human Body

From a command center resembling the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, doctors at The Methodist Hospital have developed 3-D technology that enables them to view...

Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News
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Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News

By observing global flow of news online, Cornell computer scientists have managed to track and analyze the "news cycle" — the way stories rise and fall in popularity...

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Merage Foundation Gives Technion $12 Million to Start Mba Program

The Andre and Katherine Merage Foundation of Southern California has given the American Technion Society a $12 million gift to start a business school at Israel's...
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