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Hackers: The China Syndrome
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Hackers: The China Syndrome

For years, the U.S. intelligence community worried that China's government was attacking our cyber-infrastructure. Now one man has discovered it's worse: It's hundreds...

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China Insists It Does Not Hack Into US Computers

China insisted on Thursday (April 23) that it was opposed to Internet crimes, following a U.S. media report that said Chinese hackers may have been behind a cyber...

Telepresence Seen as Space Exploration Game-Changer
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Telepresence Seen as Space Exploration Game-Changer

Some experts say that telepresence could have such a major impact on society that it changes everything, from how humans explore space to how they remotely communicate...

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Project Shows Researchers a Path to Escience Assets

The rapid evolution of computing, networking, and data capturing technologies, along with advances in data mining and analysis, are fundatmentally changing the...

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Workplace Wiki a Wakeup For Book-Smart ­niversity Grads

The University of Technology, Sydney, has developed the UTS Work-Ready Project, a new wiki intended to help better prepare university graduates for the workforce...

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Crypto Pioneers Differ on Cloud-Computing Risks

A group of pioneers in the security field, whose work in encryption is used to protect Internet data and communications every day, spoke recently about the state...

Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project
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Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project — the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever — according to...

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Microsoft Cooking ­p New Parallel Programming Language

Microsoft is developing a new language for parallel programming called Axum. Previously known as Maestro, Axum is an incubation project intended to help programmers...

Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work
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Cloud Computing: Changing the Way We Work

Cloud computing has the potential to create irreversible changes in how computers are used around the world, says David Carrera, director of the Cloud Computing...

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Companion Robots Will Improve Elderly People's Quality of Life in Smart Homes

The Companionable project is working to improve the quality of life of elderly and disabled people through robots designed to operate in intelligent homes. The...

Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter
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Researchers Use Brain Interface to Post to Twitter

In early April, Adam Wilson posted a status update on the social networking Web site Twitter — just by thinking about it. Just 23 characters long, his message,...

Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity
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Semantic Design Promises To Save Time, Raise Productivity

A pioneering semantic engineering environment developed by European researchers offers a more flexible, scalable and user-orientated means of managing design data...

Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication
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Funding Supports Diamond-Based Quantum Information Processing and Communication

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) scientists say that diamonds could revolutionize quantum mechanics in computing by enabling ultra-secure communications...

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Netbook Chips Create a Low-Power Cloud

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have successfully used a cluster of the same low-power processors that are used in netbooks and mobile devices to create...

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Student Innovations Honored at Chi Conference

ACM's recent Computer-Human Interaction (CHI 2009) conference gave computing students an opportunity to show off the technology they are developing and how it could...

Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems
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Harnessing Spammers to Solve AI Problems

Some Completely Automated Public Turing Test To Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) security systems are already being solved by spammers, but CAPTCHA co...

Upgraded Scientific Research Web Site Gets Nih Grant
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Upgraded Scientific Research Web Site Gets Nih Grant

SciVee, a Web 2.0 resource dedicated to the dissemination of scientific research and science-specific research networking, has completed a number of significant...

Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain
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Researcher Leads Quest For Robots That Take Orders From the Brain

University of Washington (UW) researcher and MacArthur Foundation Fellow recipient Yoky Matsuoka specializes in the field of neurobotics, which focuses on the development...

Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks
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Simpler Language Allows Non-Experts to Program Wireless Sensor Networks

Researchers at the University of Michigan and Northwestern University have developed a programming language for wireless sensor networks that will enable non-computer...

From ICT Results

Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...
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