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Exploring New Frontiers
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Exploring New Frontiers

The Expeditions in Computing program provides scientists with the funding to work on ambitious, often multidisciplinary research.

Implementing Electronic Medical Records
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Implementing Electronic Medical Records

Despite a number of challenges, patients' medical records are slowly making the transition to the digital age.

Electronic Paper's Next Chapter
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Electronic Paper's Next Chapter

The technological challenge for researchers working on the next generation of electronic paper is to render color as brightly as traditional paper, without increasing...

Deep Data Dives Discover Natural Laws
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Deep Data Dives Discover Natural Laws

Computer scientists have found a way to bootstrap science, using evolutionary computation to find fundamental meaning in massive amounts of raw data.

Frankencamera Could Herald a New Digital Photography Era
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Frankencamera Could Herald a New Digital Photography Era

There's a pieced-together monster shaking up the campus of Stanford University this fall. Named after the legendary, lumbering creature that Halloween nightmares...

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Georgia Tech Wins Nsf Award For Next-Gen Supercomputing

The Georgia Institute of Technology announced its receipt of a five-year, $12 million award from the U.S. National Science Foundation's Office of Cyberinfrastructure...

Is Your Microrobot Up For the (nist) Challenge?
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Is Your Microrobot Up For the (nist) Challenge?

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), in collaboration with IEEE, is inviting university and collegiate student teams currently engaged in...

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Artificial Muscles Made of Hydrogen Can Make Domestic Robots Silent

Engineers have found a way to make domestic robots a lot quieter, by building them with artificial muscles that run on hydrogen, instead of noisy compressed-air...

Jumping the Queue For Official Documents
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Jumping the Queue For Official Documents

Software developed by European researchers allows citizens and local governments to exchange official documents over mobile phones. The software could help usher...

Handheld Camera Brings 'invisible' Into View
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Handheld Camera Brings 'invisible' Into View

A group of researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology has developed a handheld camera that uses microwave signals to non-destructively peek inside...

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First Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources Awarded

The first $1,000 Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources goes for an essay written by researchers from Harvard and Dresden, Germany. Maryland's Robert...

Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams
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Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams

Florida State University (FSU) researcher Kathleen Burnett has received a two-year, $380,226 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study scientific researchers...

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UCSB Joins With Leading Asian Institute to Develop Green Electronics

The research and development of "green" nanoscale devices with ultra-low power leakage is the focus of a new collaboration between the University of California,...

Moving Beyond Text-Based Video Search
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Moving Beyond Text-Based Video Search

Current disputes on the appropriate format for conducting searches of online video threaten to dredge up old battles on the superiority of linear, textual styles...

Nsf's Cyber-Network Now Connects Half the Globe
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Nsf's Cyber-Network Now Connects Half the Globe

The Taj network, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), has expanded to the Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD), and...

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New Software Could Smooth Supercomputing Speed Bumps

Supercomputers have long been an indispensable, albeit expensive, tool for researchers who need to make sense of vast amounts of data. One way that researchers...

IT Jobs Will Expand Globally by Nearly 6 Million in 4 Years
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IT Jobs Will Expand Globally by Nearly 6 Million in 4 Years

IDC predicts that by 2013, jobs in information technology (IT) will expand by 5.8 million worldwide, and that 75,000 new businesses will be created during that...

Tracking Devious Phishing Web Sites
From ACM TechNews

Tracking Devious Phishing Web Sites

Internet security experts have discovered that many phishers are using a trick called a flux, which allows a fake Web site to rapidly change its URL, making it...

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Field Experiment on a Metropolitan Quantum Cryptography Network

The University of Science and Technology of China recently demonstrated a metropolitan quantum cryptography network (QCN) for use by the government in Wuhu, China...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Arduino's Tom Igoe
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Arduino's Tom Igoe

Tom Igoe is a co-developer of the Arduino programming language, which he says was created out of a desire to provide a tool for teaching physical computing to artists...
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