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'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math
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'one Keypad Per Child' Lets Schoolchildren Share Screen to Learn Math

University of Washington computer science undergraduates have developed a system that lets up to four students share a single computer to do interactive math problems...

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Popeye, the Robot with Brains Not Brawn

European researchers have developed a new approach to artificial intelligence that could empower computers to respond intelligently to human behaviour as well as...

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Obama Warns Against Turning Away the 'best and the Brightest'

At the recent White House jobs summit, President Barack Obama addressed the need to admit foreign students into the United States. Obama said the intellectual...

In India, Anxiety Over the Slow Pace of Innovation
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In India, Anxiety Over the Slow Pace of Innovation

Even as India has emerged as a growing hub of technological know-how and outsourcing business, there is anxiety within India that the country is not living up to...

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Computer Science, Engineering Job Ads Increase in November

The number of online job ads increased by 35,400 for computer scientists and mathematicians in November, according to the Conference Board, and online postings...

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22 Stories ­nderground: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

Down a road that winds through the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just across from a cow pasture, the bucolic scenery of Butler County is interrupted by...

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At a Loss For Words? Google Offers Search By Sight

Google's first search engine let people search by typing text onto a Web page. Next came queries spoken over the phone. On Monday, Google announced the ability...

Scientists Promise an End to Web Attacks
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Scientists Promise an End to Web Attacks

Research on new encryption technology that has the potential to make cyberattacks "computationally impossible" will be presented at the ASIACRYPT 2009 security...

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African Computer Scientists Recognized

The Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and Microsoft Research have awarded the inaugural TWAS-AAS-Microsoft Award for...

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Scientists, Lawyers Mull Effects of Home Robots

Scientists and legal scholars are studying the likely effects of the inevitable bond that will form between humans and robots in the coming decade. Although robots...

Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite
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Optimism as Artificial Intelligence Pioneers Reunite

An optimistic outlook has returned to the field of artificial intelligence (AI) 45 years after the pronouncement by computer scientist John McCarthy that a thinking...

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FCC Plans to Formalize Internet Rules on Net Neutrality Draw Fire

Internet service providers (ISPs) are unhappy at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) plan to formalize rules for net neutrality — the notion that...

Replica of Groundbreaking Computer Going to Computer History Museum
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Replica of Groundbreaking Computer Going to Computer History Museum

Iowa State University's full-scale, working replica of the Atanasoff-Berry Computer, a groundbreaking machine built on the Iowa State campus from 1939 to 1942,...

Naval Academy to Emphasize Cybersecurity
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Naval Academy to Emphasize Cybersecurity

Looking at the next great threat to the nation, U.S. Naval Academy officials told the institution's oversight board Monday (December 7) that they plan to make cybersecurity...

Government Surveillance of Social Networks Challenged
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Government Surveillance of Social Networks Challenged

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Samuelson Law, Technology, and Public Policy Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley Law School filed a lawsuit...

Power Lines and Tv Deliver Communications to Remote Brazil
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Power Lines and Tv Deliver Communications to Remote Brazil

A cheap way to deliver interactive communications to remote communities has been successfully tested in Brazil and Italy.

Mathematical Models Could Track Gossip, and Terrorists
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Mathematical Models Could Track Gossip, and Terrorists

Thanks to the Internet and online social networks (OSNs) news and gossip now spread seemingly without any order. But according Ryerson University researcher Anthony...

Local Governments Offer Data to Software Trackers
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Local Governments Offer Data to Software Trackers

Local governments are trying to make government data more accessible to citizens, and some are turning over data to programmers to make it more usable. One example...

Software Models Aid Genetic Study
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Software Models Aid Genetic Study

New modeling software called Qlucore is being used by researchers at King's College to study how genes react to toxins. The gene-modeling software can sort through...

Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution
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Californians and Cell Phones to Help Computer Scientists Track Air Pollution

Computer scientists at University of California, San Diego are creating a network of environmental sensors that will help identify air pollution hot spots. The...
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