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Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage
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Canada on Verge of It Student Shortage

Declining enrollment in computer science programs, along with an increased demand for computer science workers, could lead to a critical workforce shortage in Canada...

U.S. Simulation Superiority Slips
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U.S. Simulation Superiority Slips

Today's  supercomputers require programming skills that too few U.S. researchers have to produce advanced computer simulations, and affordable computers and committed...

Eu ­rges Icann Independence
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Eu ­rges Icann Independence

ICANN should become completely independent of the U.S. government, says EU Information Society commissioner Viviane Reding. In a statement regarding the Oct. 1...

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Sequoia: The Next Generation of Supercomputer

The Sequoia project, commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), aims to build the world's first 20 petaflop...

Students Make Atari Games Look Like Atari Again
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Students Make Atari Games Look Like Atari Again

Georgia Institute of Technology students have developed a system that recreates the original picture and experience of Atari video games. Old video game displays...

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Tough Times For Complex Systems: A Modernization Story

A European project has just released a prototype of a software engineering platform that could help companies save time, money and energy as they scramble to upgrade...

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Robot With Skin to Improve Human Communication

Computer scientists at the University of Hertfordshire are covering a child-sized humanoid robot with artificial skin in an effort to help autistic children improve...

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Simple Technology Links Students With Peers Overseas

A growing number of East Carolina University undergraduates are having international experiences without ever leaving the Greenville, N.C., campus. The university's...

Web Tool 'as Important as Google'
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Web Tool 'as Important as Google'

Physicist Stephen Wolfram says the goal of his free Wolfram Alpha program, which will be available to the public starting in the middle of May, is to "make expert...

Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?
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Quantum Cryptography: Hackers' R.i.p.?

Researchers from Toshiba and Cambridge University's Cavendish Laboratory say secure quantum communication is possible with practical components for high-speed photon...

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Sending Cell Phones Into the Cloud

Intel Research Berkeley scientists Byung-Gon Chun and Petros Maniatis have developed CloneCloud, a cloud computing-based clone of smartphones that can handle large...

Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated By Compressed Air
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Low Cost, Dexterous Robotic Hand Operated By Compressed Air

The Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory (RoMeLa) of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech has developed a unique robotic hand that can firmly hold objects...

Consortium Lights the Way for Photonics Research Community
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Consortium Lights the Way for Photonics Research Community

An umbrella group set up to give direction to Europe's emerging photonics community has proposed a program of strategic research and is calling for action to address...

Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential
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Rfid Wristband Becomes a Theme Park Essential

In a nondescript manufacturing plant on a quiet cul-de-sac in San Fernando, Calif., a khaki-green machine the size of a buffet table sucks in bright pink ribbon...

Here Comes the Smart Grid
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Here Comes the Smart Grid

A new data model developed by researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, at other universities, and in the private sector will help facilities and buildings...

Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars
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Software: The Eternal Battlefield in the Unending Cyberwars

Cybercriminals still have the upper hand on the Internet despite nearly two decades of technological advancement, and Carnegie Mellon University professor William...

Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings
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Software to Improve the Design of Aircraft Wings

TECNALIA is working with AERNNOVA on the ICARO project, which is developing multidisciplinary optimization software that would help design the most effective aircraft...

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In Major Shift, Apple Builds Its Own Chip Design Team

In a major strategy shift, Apple reportedly has begun boosting its capability to design its own computer chips in an effort to create exclusive features for its...

Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors
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Iranians and Others Outwit Net Censors

People around the world are circumventing their governments' censorship of Web content using tools developed and provided by a diverse coalition of political and...

Doe Opens Petascale Supercomputing Power
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Doe Opens Petascale Supercomputing Power

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has committed to releasing a record amount of supercomputing time--1.3 billion processor hours--starting in 2010, giving scientific...
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