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Smart Sensors Power Interaction

More than 70 demonstrations of interactive technologies that use sensors for a wide range of applications were showcased at the Human Computer Interaction conference's...

Nationwide Research Network Will Expand Supercomputer Capabilities
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Nationwide Research Network Will Expand Supercomputer Capabilities

Indiana University (IU) researchers will lead a four-year, $15 million National Science Foundation project to develop software to connect future supercomputers...

Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network
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Purdue Receives $105 Million to Lead National Earthquake Engineering Network

The U.S. National Science Foundation awarded $105 million to a Purdue-led team to spearhead a center that will serve as headquarters for the operations of the George...

Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot
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Catching Fake Meds in a Snapshot

New York University researchers have proposed Epothecary, a system that uses cell phones to authenticate and track drugs distributed in the developing world. The...

How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?
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How Do You Say Grid Computing in Spanish?

Encouraged by the success of grid computing in Europe, scientists there set out to help their Latin American colleagues develop grid capability. The result today...

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Internet Address Run-Out: Is It Time to Panic?

Most Internet-based estimates show that IPv4 addresses are scheduled to run out by July 22, 2011. However, researcher Stephan Lagerholm has come up with an earlier...

NSF Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds
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NSF Awards a Petascale Computing Grant to Study Turbulent Clouds

University of Delaware National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientists have received a $1,064,500 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct...

Lobsters Teach Robots Magnetic Mapping Trick
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Lobsters Teach Robots Magnetic Mapping Trick

Computer scientist Janne Haverinen reports that a small wheeled robot was able to use a magnetic map to determine where it was in a hospital and move along a corridor...

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Group of Microsoft Rivals Nears Patent Deal in Bid to Protect Linux

The Open Invention Network (OIN), which includes major corporate supporters of open source software, is close to an agreement to purchase 22 patents involving Linux...

A Turing Test for Computer Game Bots
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A Turing Test for Computer Game Bots

Can a computer fool expert gamers into believing it's one of them? That was the question posed at the second annual BotPrize, a three-month contest that concluded...

Machines Still Way Behind Humans in Image Recognition
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Machines Still Way Behind Humans in Image Recognition

Computers can copy many aspects of human behavior, but they don't yet possess our ability to recognize distorted images, says a team of researchers. "Our goal is...

Computer Games Make You More Efficient at Work
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Computer Games Make You More Efficient at Work

The Volvo Group has developed a computer game to teach the principles of lean production, a concept designed to increase the efficiency of working processes. In...

New Microprocessor Runs on Thin Air
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New Microprocessor Runs on Thin Air

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor researchers Minsoung Rhee and Mark Burns have developed a series of channels and valves that process binary signals by sucking...

Open-Source Camera Could Revolutionize Digital Photography
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Open-Source Camera Could Revolutionize Digital Photography

The Frankencamera is an open source device developed by Stanford University researchers that will enable programmers to change the camera's features and support...

Arkansas Receives $3.3 Million Grant From National Science Foundation
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Arkansas Receives $3.3 Million Grant From National Science Foundation

The University of Arkansas has received a $3.3 million National Science Foundation grant to build and support a cyberinfrastructure and to train students and workers...

Mobile Phones Are Key to Learning of the Future
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Mobile Phones Are Key to Learning of the Future

In a speech entitled "Learning in a Technology Enhanced World," Open University of the Netherlands professor Marcus Specht will argue that mobile phones are one...

Computer Science Lacks Women, Minorities
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Computer Science Lacks Women, Minorities

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that few students are enrolling in computer science courses, particularly women and minorities. The BLS ranks...

Bio-Computing Day Planned for SC09
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Bio-Computing Day Planned for SC09

Biologist Leroy Hood will be the plenary speaker for the 22nd annual SCO9 conference, which takes place Nov. 14-20, in Portland, Ore. Hood, president and co-founder...

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European Project Will Raise Interest in Scientific Study

Eight European universities, including the Technical University of Madrid, are participating in the European DynaLearn Project, which is designed to increase student...

Electrical Circuit Runs Entirely Off Power in Trees
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Electrical Circuit Runs Entirely Off Power in Trees

You've heard about flower power. What about tree power? It turns out that it's there, in small but measurable quantities. There's enough power in trees for University...
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