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Women Make Strides in Sciences
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Women Make Strides in Sciences

The University of Calgary's Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program helps young women explore opportunities in underrepresented science and engineering...

Andalusian Parliament Tests Documentary Search Engine Based on AI
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Andalusian Parliament Tests Documentary Search Engine Based on AI

A search engine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to find the most relevant parts in texts for a query has been developed by researchers at the...

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A Report on the Discovery and Innovation in Health IT Workshop

The Discovery and Innovation in Health IT Workshop, cosponsored by the Computing Community Consortium (CCC), attempted to make further progress on productive collaboration...

Cell Phone Technology Allows Deaf People To Communicate Via Sign Language
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Cell Phone Technology Allows Deaf People To Communicate Via Sign Language

For those who are deaf or hard of hearing, cell phone use has largely been limited to text messaging. But technology is catching up: Cornell researchers and colleagues...

Conquering the Digital Data Overload
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Conquering the Digital Data Overload

University of Utah computer scientist Juliana Freire is working to find data that could be missed in the quagmire of technology available, and to manage and integrate...

Smart Grid Potential Gated By Broadband
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Smart Grid Potential Gated By Broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission recently held a field hearing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to discuss the role of the communications...

Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World
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Survivor Buddy Robot Becomes Interface to World

A joint project between Texas A&M and Stanford universities is developing a rescue robot capable of connecting trapped victims with the outside world. The robot...

Smart Software to Simulate Future Financial Crises
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Smart Software to Simulate Future Financial Crises

Can economics better predict how banks will react to future credit crunches and their impact on the wider economy? Breakthrough simulation software by European...

Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to 'See'
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Researchers Demonstrate a Better Way for Computers to 'See'

Taking inspiration from genetic screening techniques, researchers from MIT and Harvard have demonstrated a way to build better artificial visual systems with the...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

Google, ­nesco Alliance Provides Virtual Visits to World Heritage Sites
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Google, ­nesco Alliance Provides Virtual Visits to World Heritage Sites

Sites inscribed on the World Heritage List — the Palace of Versailles in France, the historic center of Prague in the Czech Republic and the old town of Cáceres...

Nanowires Key to Future Transistors, Electronics
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Nanowires Key to Future Transistors, Electronics

A major discovery by researchers at Purdue University; the University of California, Los Angeles; and IBM has brought the enablement of future ultrasmall transistors...

Research Group to Tackle Cybersecurity
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Research Group to Tackle Cybersecurity

Carnegie Mellon University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, and Northrop Grumman have launched a five-year research effort to tackle...

As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges
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As Robots Become More Common, Stanford Experts Consider the Legal Challenges

Stanford University researchers are exploring the potential legal ramifications of the growing use of robots in society. "I worry that . . . we'll have some high...

Darpa's Latest Challenge: Locate These 10 Balloons
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Darpa's Latest Challenge: Locate These 10 Balloons

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will award $40,000 to the first person who can complete a new social-networking challenge. DARPA wants to...

New Algorithms For Computerized, Large-Scale Surveillance
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New Algorithms For Computerized, Large-Scale Surveillance

The U.S. Air Force has adapted the advanced algebraic theories of mathematicians Myoung An and Richard Tolimieri to improve its object and target detection technology...

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Scottish Supercomputer Fired ­p

The University of Strathclyde's new supercomputer, based on a Sun Microsystems kit, is now up and running. Strathclyde spent £500,000 on the high-performance computer...

H-1b Demand Spike May Signal Improving Outlook For Skilled Pros
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H-1b Demand Spike May Signal Improving Outlook For Skilled Pros

Demand for H-1B visas has risen sharply over the past six to eight weeks, and the number of companies planning to increase college hiring is also rising, indicating...

Iphones Are Musical Instruments in New Course and Ensemble
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Iphones Are Musical Instruments in New Course and Ensemble

iPhones are being used as musical instruments in a new course at the University of Michigan. Course students — who design, build and play instruments on their smartphones...

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NIST Develops Experimental Validation Tool for Cell Phone Forensics

Scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new technique aimed at improving the validation of a crime lab's cell phone...
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