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Just For You
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Just For You

Recommender systems that provide consumers with customized options have redefined e-commerce, and are spreading to other fields.

From ACM TechNews

Algorithms to Stop Net Threats

University of Wollongong professor Willy Susilo has received a grant to develop cryptographic algorithms that will stay secure against quantum computer attacks....

Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses
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Futuristic Fibers Could Replace Camera Lenses

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new type of fiber that is capable of producing images without the need for a lens...

Capturing Images in Non-Traditional Way May Benefit Af
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Capturing Images in Non-Traditional Way May Benefit Af

Research funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research could lead to advancements in data encryption and wide-area, high-resolution photography. The...

Memristor Minds: The Future of Artificial Intelligence
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Memristor Minds: The Future of Artificial Intelligence

The lack of a rigorous mathematical foundation for electronics impelled engineer Leon Chua to develop one, which led to the formulation of the memristor — a theoretical...

Tossing a Coin in the Microcosm
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Tossing a Coin in the Microcosm

Physicists at the University of Bonn say they have demonstrated for the first time the "quantum walk" effect in an experiment with cesium. At the microscopic level...

Emotional Robots: Will We Love Them or Hate Them?
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Emotional Robots: Will We Love Them or Hate Them?

Scientists have theorized that many technologies would function better if they were aware of their users' emotional states, and progress in this field includes...

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap
From ICT Results

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap

Quantum technologies have become the Holy Grail of the IT industry with research projects springing up throughout  Europe and all over the world. Now a major European...

Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade
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Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed an optical transistor that uses one laser beam to control another, potentially forming...

'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins
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'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins

The EvoGrid envisioned by Bruce Damer and a group of international advisers is a simulation of the primordial soup that they intend to use to gain insights about...

From ACM TechNews

Semantic Search Engine to Speed ­p Administrative Procedures

The Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) School of Computing's Ontology Engineering Group has developed an ontology-based semantic search engine for government...

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
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Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised a viable way to manipulate...

Scientists Create First Electronic Quantum Processor
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Scientists Create First Electronic Quantum Processor

Yale University researchers have led a research effort to develop the first rudimentary solid-state quantum processor, a major step toward the creation of a quantum...

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Organic Traffic Control

Researchers in Germany believe organic computing has the potential to solve the problems of urban traffic systems, which rely on sensors and controllers. Using...

Less Fuss, More Muscle in Quantum Data Transfer
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Less Fuss, More Muscle in Quantum Data Transfer

Australian National University (ANU) researchers have discovered a more efficient way to use light to convey information. The approach to generating quantum entanglement...

Liskov's Creative Joy
From Communications of the ACM

Liskov's Creative Joy

Barbara Liskov muses about the creative process of problem solving, finding the perfect design point, and pursuing a research path.

Toward Native Web Execution
From Communications of the ACM

Toward Native Web Execution

Several software projects are narrowing the performance gap between browser-based applications and their desktop counterparts. In the process, they're creating...

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance
From Communications of the ACM

Contemporary Approaches to Fault Tolerance

Thanks to computer scientists like Barbara Liskov, researchers are making major progress with cost-efficient fault tolerance for Web-based systems.

Nanotubes Weigh the Atom
From ICT Results

Nanotubes Weigh the Atom

How can you weigh a single atom? European researchers have built an exquisite new device that can do just that. It may ultimately allow scientists to study theCARDEQ...

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
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Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...
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