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The Painful Truth About Age Discrimination in Tech
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The Painful Truth About Age Discrimination in Tech

There are bold programmers but no old programmers. That fear-tinged saying echoes even more today among software developers, who fear the recession provides a handy...

From ACM TechNews

War Game Reveals ­.s. Lacks Cyber-Crisis Skills

The Bipartisan Policy Center recently staged the Cyber ShockWave, a simulation to demonstrate the plausibility of a cyberattack that could be as crippling as the...

Graduation Gaps For Science Majors
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Graduation Gaps For Science Majors

A recent University of California, Los Angeles survey found that more students are interested in majoring in science and technology fields, but those students are...

New Fiber Nanogenerators Could Lead to Electric Clothing
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New Fiber Nanogenerators Could Lead to Electric Clothing

University of California, Berkeley researchers have created energy-scavenging nanofibers that can be woven into clothing and textiles. The nano-sized generators...

DARPA Looks to Build Real-Life C3p0
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DARPA Looks to Build Real-Life C3p0

Right now, troops trying to listen in on enemy chatter rely on a convoluted process. They tune into insurgency radio frequencies, then hand the radio over to local...

From ACM News

A Faster Wireless Web

Transfers of large amounts of data across the Internet to wireless devices suffer from a key problem: The Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) used to send and receive...

­.s. Networks and Power Grid ­nder (mock) Cyber-Attack
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­.s. Networks and Power Grid ­nder (mock) Cyber-Attack

Unknown hackers have taken out U.S. cellphone networks in an ongoing cyber-attack that will soon knock out parts of the nation's electricity grid – say the officials...

From ACM TechNews

Researcher Finds 'network Privacy' an Online Oxymoron

Northeastern University (NU) professor Alan Mislove has developed an algorithm that can predict the personal information of any given Facebook user in the Rice...

How Advanced Technology Helped East Coast Blizzard Emergency Crews
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How Advanced Technology Helped East Coast Blizzard Emergency Crews

Emergency management and transport agencies along the Mid-Atlantic coping with the recent blizzards used an advanced visualization and data fusion system that put...

From ACM News

Sensor Exploits Traditional Weakness of Nano Devices

By taking advantage of a phenomenon that until now has been a virtual showstopper for electronics designers, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Panos...

Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering
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Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering

It all started with a brawny, tattooed building contractor with a passion for exotic animals. He was taking biology classes at City College of San Francisco, a...

Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer
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Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer

Future cars will have even more complex electronics and robotic-like control systems that monitor driving conditions and assist drivers, but experts say that will...

Australia Builds Secret Database to Fight Cyber-Terrorism
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Australia Builds Secret Database to Fight Cyber-Terrorism

Australia's federal government has been given sensitive data from utilities, banks, and other organizations for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Modeling...

From ACM TechNews

Ntu Launches One of the World's Greenest Supercomputers

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) researchers recently launched the High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre, which features sustainability features such as...

Nsf Launches Open Government Web Page
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Nsf Launches Open Government Web Page

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently launched a new Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/open designed to encourage participation and collaboration between...

Stanford Finds Cheating
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Stanford Finds Cheating

Allegations of cheating at Stanford University have more than doubled in the past decade, with the largest number of violations involving computer science students...

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Organic Crystals Promise Low-Power Green Computing

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have discovered ferroelectric behavior in crystalline croconic acid, which...

From ACM News

Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...

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Ibm's Jeopardy-Playing Machine Now Beats Human Contestants

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...
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