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Computer System For Dementia Patients
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Computer System For Dementia Patients

The shortage of healthcare workers has led to a demand for computer-based solutions that will allow elderly people to live in the own homes. However, the technology...

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Experts Urge Federal Efforts on Cybersecurity

The U.S. federal government needs to step up its cybersecurity efforts, experts from industry and academia recently told the House Science and Technology Committee's...

'mobilization' For Math and Science Education
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'mobilization' For Math and Science Education

Math and science education in the United States needs to improve dramatically if the country wants to stay competitive in the 21st century, concludes a report from...

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons
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Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilScientists at the University of Sheffield have developed the first cargo-scanning device that can operate inside...

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The Internet Is Incomplete, Says its Co-Designer, Vinton Cerf

Google Internet evangelist Vinton Cerf, the co-designer of the Internet's TCP/IP protocols along with Robert Kahn, says the Web continues to lack many of the basic...

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Software Liability Law Could Divide Open Source

The European Commission has proposed that software companies should be held liable for the security and efficiency of their products. Ovum's David Mitchell says...

Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?
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Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?

The software-design community is split on the best approach for distributing their programs across a multicore architecture, and most programming languages were...

Technology Looks Into Some Old Dinosaur Bones
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Technology Looks Into Some Old Dinosaur Bones

A new study published in The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology uses high-resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging to guide sampling of bone lesions in the vertebrae...

Behavior-Driven Development Catches On
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Behavior-Driven Development Catches On

A process that helps users be more involved in the development of applications, behavior-driven development (BDD) continues to become increasingly popular among...

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D
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No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D

Most people's experience with 3D involves wearing tinted glasses in a cinema. But a new technology, which does not require glasses and may enable 3DTV, is being...

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'colossal' Magnetic Effect Under Pressure

Scientists are on the verge of understanding and controlling the colossal magnetoresistance effect (CMR), a phenomenon that is potentially up to a thousand times...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science
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Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science

Lamar University's Increasing Student Participation In Research Development (INSPIRED) team hosts computing workshops for middle and high school students in an...

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Dumb Ways To Make Computers Smarter

Cornell University researchers have developed a technique that will make it easier for computers to find written articles that are related to one another based...

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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...

Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?
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Is the Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?

U.S. President Obama recently made cybersecurity a national priority, but at the ACM's Computers, Freedom, and Privacy Conference, Threat Level editor Kevin Poulsen...

Kim Jong-Il's Old School Nurtures Top Scientists
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Kim Jong-Il's Old School Nurtures Top Scientists

As North Korea's nuclear tests and missile launches affirm its technological and military prowess, alarming its neighbors and drawing international criticism, a...

China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar
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China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar

A Chinese lawyer has demanded a public hearing to reconsider a government demand that all new personal computers carry Internet filtering software, adding to uproar...

'electronic Glue' Promises Cheaper Semiconductors
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'electronic Glue' Promises Cheaper Semiconductors

Researchers at the University of Chicago and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed an "electronic glue" that could accelerate advances in semiconductor...

Data Center Overload
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Data Center Overload

Much of the daily material of our lives is now dematerialized and outsourced to a far-flung, unseen network. The stack of letters becomes the e-mail database on...
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