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Traffic Demands to Disrupt the Internet By 2010

The World Wide Web has reached a critical point, warns Nemertes Research in a new report, which claims that increased online traffic will likely result in slower...

Tiny Green Lasers Seen Enabling Mobile Phone Projectors
From ICT Results

Tiny Green Lasers Seen Enabling Mobile Phone Projectors

Compact lasers which can work in formerly inaccessible parts of the spectrum and are suitable for mass production are now within reach, thanks to pioneering work...

Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid
From ACM News

Smart Electric Vehicle Charger Won't Strain the Power Grid

Using a new technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, electric vehicle owners can plug in their cars and forget...

Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure
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Computers Bring Efficiency to the Infrastructure

Low-cost sensors, clever software, and computing firepower are key ingredients of an emerging computing trend called smart infrastructure — efficient and environmentally...

Touch Screen Adds Tactile Pop-­p Buttons
From ACM TechNews

Touch Screen Adds Tactile Pop-­p Buttons

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) researchers have developed sensor feedback technology that features buttons that pop out from a touch-screen surface. The technology...

Swine Flu: Statistical Model Predicts U.S. Cases
From ACM TechNews

Swine Flu: Statistical Model Predicts U.S. Cases

Indiana University informatics professor Alessandro Vespignani says that two recently developed swine influenza models predict a worst-case scenario of 1,000 cases...

Sleep Talking Pcs Save Energy and Money
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Sleep Talking Pcs Save Energy and Money

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and Microsoft Research have developed Somniloquy, a plug-and-play hardware prototype for personal...

Obama Announces New Commitment to R&d Funding
From ACM TechNews

Obama Announces New Commitment to R&d Funding

In a recent speech before the members of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. President Barack Obama said the United States should invest 3 percent or more of...

From ACM TechNews

­U.S. Steps ­Up Effort on Digital Defenses

The United States is engaged in an international race to develop both cyberweapons and cyberdefenses. Thousands of daily attacks on federal and private computer...

From ACM News

Obama Announces Members of Science and Technology Advisory Council

During remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, President Barack Obama on Monday (April 27) announced the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology...

Cornell Maps the World's Photos
From ACM TechNews

Cornell Maps the World's Photos

Computer science researchers at the Cornell University used a supercomputer to download and analyze almost 35 million photographs, taken by more than 300,000 photographers...

G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc
From ACM TechNews

G.e.'s Breakthrough Can Put 100 Dvds on a Disc

General Electric (GE) holographic researchers have announced a digital storage breakthrough that will enable standard-sized disks to hold the equivalent of 100...

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics
From ACM TechNews

Google Tries Jump-Starting 3D Web Graphics

Google has released O3D, software designed to bring accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics to Web browsers. The program is a browser plug-in for Internet...

­.n. Launches Library of World's Knowledge
From ACM TechNews

­.n. Launches Library of World's Knowledge

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially launched the World Digital Library, an Internet-based library that...

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience
From ICT Results

Interactive Tv Courses Reach For Broader Audience

Providing educators with the tools to create interactive TV courses will expand their ability to reach audiences in their homes and help them learn new skills,Enhanced...

Team Recreates Ancient Karnak, Brings Pharaohs' Complex to Life
From ACM TechNews

Team Recreates Ancient Karnak, Brings Pharaohs' Complex to Life

A team of more than 24 scholars and technicians at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has created the Digital Karnak, a three-dimensional (3D) simulation...

From ACM TechNews

­UC Davis Designs Super-Fast, ­ltra Energy-Efficient 167-Processor Chip

Computer scientists at the University of California at Davis (UC Davis) have announced what they believe is the highest clock-rate processor chip designed by a...

Network Pioneer Cited For Revolutionary Advances in Web Search Techniques
From ACM News

Network Pioneer Cited For Revolutionary Advances in Web Search Techniques

ACM announced Tuesday (April 28) that Jon Kleinberg, a professor at Cornell University, is the recipient of the 2008 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in the Computing...

Wireless Networks Can Now Be Truly Wireless
From ACM TechNews

Wireless Networks Can Now Be Truly Wireless

Researchers at Karlstad University in Sweden are collaborating with researchers at Deutsche Telekom Laboratories to test technology that promises to maintain the...

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'
From ACM TechNews

Ibm Computer Program to Take on 'jeopardy!'

IBM is developing software designed to compete against human "Jeopardy!" contestants, which, if successful, could mark a major advancement in artificial intelligence...
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