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Threat of next world war may be in cyberspace: ­N

"Cyber war!" flashes on the screen at an Internet security conference. The next world war could take place in cyberspace, the UN telecommunications agency chief...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda
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Itu Sets 'green Ict' Agenda

Information and communications technology (ICT) needs to play a bigger part in helping reduce global greenhouse gas emissions, says Malcolm Johnson, director of...

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Computer Detects Abuse Before Doctors

Ben Reis at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School led a research team that developed software that could spot warning signs of domestic abuse. 

Protocols Will Test Effects of Rfid on Medical Devices
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Protocols Will Test Effects of Rfid on Medical Devices

Radio frequency identification (RFID) systems have found their way into medical environments to track patients, equipment assets and staff members. However, there...

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­nix at 40: Hanging on Despite Strong Linux, Windows Challenges

After four decades, the Unix platform is still very important to enterprise information technology and has many years of usefulness left to it, even though Linux...

After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software
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After Losing ­sers in Catalogs, Libraries Find Better Search Software

People are worried that library catalogs are in danger of marginalization because they present information online in a clunky, non-intuitive way that often frustrates...

Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software
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Aid Agencies Turn to Open-Source Software

Wesleyan University and Trinity College students have developed Collabbit, software that acts as a virtual emergency response center. Collabbit serves as a central...

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Iits Strike Partnerships With Global ­niversities

Some of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) are launching projects along with global universities to offer students and faculty more opportunities for collaborative...

Robots in Education
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Robots in Education

Robots are increasingly becoming ubiquitous in education. The Google Lunar X Prize, a $30 million contest to design a robot capable of traveling to the moon, is...

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Augmented Reality Gets Off to a Wobbly Start

Although the iPhone can superimpose navigation routes or reviews on top of real-time images, augmented reality (AR) still has a long way to go. The iPhone's application...

Louisiana Tech Receives Grant to Advance Women in Engineering, Science
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Louisiana Tech Receives Grant to Advance Women in Engineering, Science

The U.S. National Science Foundation's ADVANCE program has awarded Louisiana Tech University $736,500 for a four-year initiative called "Creating a Culture of Success...

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ACM Plans to Serve European Computing Community With World-Class Resources

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, uniting computing educators, researchers, and professionals...

Researchers to Create Semantic Web Platforms For Massive Scientific Collaboration
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Researchers to Create Semantic Web Platforms For Massive Scientific Collaboration

Web scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will use the World Wide Web to compile and share scientific data on an unprecedented scale. Their goal is to...

Honda Research Hints at Nano Class of Electronics
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Honda Research Hints at Nano Class of Electronics

Microscopic carbon nanotubes may have the potential to transport electricity faster and over greater distances with minimal loss of energy, according to new research...

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'state of the Internet' Assessed

Internet attacks came from 201 different countries in the second quarter of 2009, up from 68 countries in the first quarter, according to a report released Thursday...

Wireless Network Modded to See Through Walls
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Wireless Network Modded to See Through Walls

The way signal strength varies in a wireless network can reveal what's going on behind closed doors. It's every schoolboy's dream: an easy way of looking through...

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Smart Grid Vulnerabilities Could Cause Widespread Disruptions

A new cybersecurity coordination task force report highlights the need for planners to prepare for possible attacks on the U.S.'s smart grid and the technology...

A Peek Into Xerox R&d
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A Peek Into Xerox R&d

Xerox is executing a research and development (R&D) strategy with concentrations on information explosion, mass customization, and sustainability, says Xerox CTO...

Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads
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Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads

A European-wide research project slated to begin in 2010 should offer some answers about the real benefits that advanced driver assistance systems provide to drivers...
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