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Threat of next world war may be in cyberspace: ­N

"Cyber war!" flashes on the screen at an Internet security conference. The next world war could take place in cyberspace, the UN telecommunications agency chief...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda
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Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda

Information and communications technology (ICT) needs to play a bigger part in helping reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, says Malcolm Johnson, director of...

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Computer Detects Abuse Before Doctors

Ben Reis at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School led a research team that developed software that could spot warning signs of domestic abuse. 

Researchers Sharpen Photos By Capturing Multiple Low-Quality Images
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Researchers Sharpen Photos By Capturing Multiple Low-Quality Images

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers Sam Hasinoff, Fredo Durand, and William Freeman, along with University of Toronto researcher Kiriakos Kutulakos...

Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise
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Rim and Nserc Invest in Queen's Expertise

Software engineering techniques for very large data systems will be the focus of research at Queen's University in Canada, which has received a $5 million investment...

Protocols Will Test Effects of Rfid on Medical Devices
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Protocols Will Test Effects of Rfid on Medical Devices

Radio frequency identification (RFID) systems have found their way into medical environments to track patients, equipment assets and staff members. However, there...

Sdsc Part 'futuregrid' Computer Network Project
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Sdsc Part 'futuregrid' Computer Network Project

The U.S. National Science Foundation has selected the San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC) to be part of a team to construct and operate an experimental high-performance...

Virginia Tech's Improved Robotic Hand Captures Top Award
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Virginia Tech's Improved Robotic Hand Captures Top Award

A team of five undergraduates from the Virginia Tech College of Engineering have placed first in a competition run by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers...

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­nix at 40: Hanging on Despite Strong Linux, Windows Challenges

After four decades, the Unix platform is still very important to enterprise information technology and has many years of usefulness left to it, even though Linux...

After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
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After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software

People are worried that library catalogs are in danger of marginalization because they present information online in a clunky, non-intuitive way that often frustrates...

Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software
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Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software

Wesleyan University and Trinity College students have developed Collabbit, software that acts as a virtual emergency response center. Collabbit serves as a central...

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New Digital Security Program Doesn't Protect as Promised

The Vanish security system has been broken by a team of researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, Princeton University, and the University of Michigan...

The Reality of Robot Surrogates
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The Reality of Robot Surrogates

Telepresence technology has a long way to go before people can perform everyday duties with robotic avatars. Present-day telepresence interfaces consist of joysticks...

Filming Photons, One Million Times a Second
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Filming Photons, One Million Times a Second

European researchers have created a CMOS  semiconductor  camera capable of filming individual photons one million times a second. The breakthrough will have an...

From ICT Results

Self-Managing Internet Applications Flex Their Muscles

A European research project that incubates self-managing Internet  applications is paying off. It has inspired a Wikipedia that the researchers claim is betterSELFMAN...

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Iits Strike Partnerships With Global ­niversities

Some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are launching projects along with global universities to offer students and faculty more opportunities for collaborative...

Robots in Education
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Robots in Education

Robots are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in education. The Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to design a robot capable of traveling to the moon, is...

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Augmented Reality Gets Off to a Wobbly Start

Although the iPhone can superimpose navigation routes or reviews on top of real-time images, augmented reality (AR) still has a long way to go. The iPhone's application...

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Next Stop The Visual Walkman

With help from the Royal Academy of Arts in The Hague, Delft University doctoral student Jurjen Caarls has created a device that allows users to see computer and...
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