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NSF Requests $7 Billion to Fund Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) has requested a $7 billion budget for fiscal year 2010 to fund science and technology research at U.S. universities,...

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Duke Software Dramatically Speeds Enzyme Design

Duke University researchers have developed software that shows experimentalists how to alter the machinery that bacteria uses to make natural antibiotics. The...

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In Science and Technology, Efforts to Lure Women Back

Numerous return-to-work programs are emerging in the science, engineering, and technology sectors, as many employers expect a talent shortage due to the high quit...

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New Bluetooth Standards to Bring Speed, Energy Efficiency

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) is working on two new standards to improve the wireless technology's speed and energy use. Bluetooth SIG executive director...

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New Direction in Teaching Computer Science Emphasizes Activity, Interaction, Critique

The Washington University in St. Louis computer science department is using a new "active learning" approach to teach undergraduate students in an effort to better...

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Quantum Dance: Discovery Led By Princeton Researchers Could Revolutionize Computing

A Princeton University-led group of international scientists has observed a unique behavior in the spin of electrons within a new material that could be used to...

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ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership...

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­U.S. Said to Be Losing Competitive Edge

The U.S. economy has lost much of its competitive edge during the past decade, concludes a new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report. The United...

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Microsoft Research Social App Marries Web, Desktop

Microsoft Research has unveiled the Social Desktop, a new proof-of-concept application that integrates features from the Windows operating system and the Windows...

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­Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' Cloud Computing Initiative

The Tools as a Service (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program involving the IBM Canada Software Lab and the Ontario Centres of Excellence is up and running at participating...

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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

The Evolution of Virtualization
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The Evolution of Virtualization

Virtualization is moving out of the data center and making inroads with mobile computing, security, and software delivery.

Crowd Control
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Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

Betting on Ideas
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Betting on Ideas

Advanced computational models are enabling researchers to create increasingly sophisticated prediction markets.

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IT Not So Green

University of Calgary professor Richard Hawkins says there is no evidence that information technology (IT) reduces the world's environmental footprint. "It was...

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Howard S. Smith: Will Robotics Advance on the Battlefield?

Optimal Robotics founder Howard S. Smith says the military is the most likely place for artificially intelligent machines. Developing the technology that will be...

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The Expanding Mind

A "remarkable synergy" between the advancement of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology and innovations in computers, digital storage devices, software, and...

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Improved Sensor Technology Could Someday Keep Tabs on Terrorists By Remote Control

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) scientists are developing new optical sensors for use in unmanned air vehicles and surveillance drones that could track...

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The Journey from Jar Jar to Sign Language Motion Capture Opens the Door to a New Way to Communicate

Dalhousie University professor Aaron Newman, the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, is using motion capture technology to develop a more thorough...

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Does Better Security Depend on a Better Internet?

The New York Times' recent article, "Do We Need a New Internet?," by John Markoff, has sparked debate in the research community over whether creating a secure Internet...
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