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Recommender Systems Make Learning More Fun

As part of the European Union TENCompetence project, the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies' Hendrik Drachsler searched for the most suitable way to...

Seeing Things
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Seeing Things

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Antonio Torralba and students from the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) say...

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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Would You Build With $32m?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to build a large cloud computing test bed in an effort to determine whether cloud computing can help meet scientists'...

Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'facts'
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Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'facts'

Intel Labs researcher Rob Ennals has developed Dispute Finder, software that highlights inaccurate online information in pink with a link pointing toward a reliable...

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Northeastern Launches Online Master's Degree Program in Information Security

Northeastern University is launching an online graduate degree program in information assurance (IA). The program, which will train students to tackle identity...

Quantum Computer Chips Now One Step Closer to Reality
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Quantum Computer Chips Now One Step Closer to Reality

Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a way to make quantum devices using technology common to the chip-making industry today. This work might one...

Hacker Dojo Sparks Ideas and Tinkering
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Hacker Dojo Sparks Ideas and Tinkering

A typical evening at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA, sometimes looks like chaos — two friends cobbling together a robot out of chips, circuit boards and servo...

'Light on a Wire' Promises Faster Computing, Communications
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'Light on a Wire' Promises Faster Computing, Communications

A team of European researchers has demonstrated some of the first commercially viable plasmonic devices, paving the way for a new era of high-speed communications...

Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop
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Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), a joint project between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has upgraded...

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New Wi-Fi Spec Challenges Bluetooth

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced Wi-Fi Direct, a new Wi-Fi specification that supports standard Wi-Fi data rates and enables Wi-Fi-enabled devices within about...

Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz
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Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz

Harvard University researchers have received a $10 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create a colony of flying robotic bees called RoboBees. The...

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$1.25 Million Grant to Develop Teacher Training Institute

The U.S. National Science Foundation has given Arizona State University a five-year, $1.25 million grant to create the Modeling Institute, which will pool university...

Csi in a Virtual World: Grant Furthers Nc State's Work in Forensic Science
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Csi in a Virtual World: Grant Furthers Nc State's Work in Forensic Science

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to adapt the process used in building video games to help...

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Eight-State Cyber Consortium Gets $2.7 Million Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.7 million grant to an eight-state consortium of technology centers and community colleges that is working...

Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Portal to be Developed
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Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Portal to be Developed

Virginia Tech has been awarded a $1.25 million five-year contract by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop, manage, and maintain a public Smart Grid Information...

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Risky Business

A panel of researchers made a case for funding "high risk, high reward" research during a recent hearing of the U.S. House Science and Technology Subcommittee on...

Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot
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Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot

Can children who do not know how many sides a triangle has get excited about learning math and engineering? Maybe a field trip to an amusement park will do the...

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A View From the 2009 European Computer Science Summit

A recurring theme at Informatics Europe's recent European Computer Science Summit 2009, which took place Oct. 8-9 in Paris, was the concern that the European scientific...

The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing
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The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing

Governments around the world have put more of their data on the Web this year than previous years, and the United States and Britain have led the way, said Sir...

Computer Program Proves Shakespeare Didn't Work Alone, Researchers Claim
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Computer Program Proves Shakespeare Didn't Work Alone, Researchers Claim

An expert on William Shakespeare at the University of London has used plagiarism-detection software to determine that Shakespeare co-wrote the unattributed play...
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