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Keeping Women in Science on a Tenure Track

More women are obtaining Ph.D.s in science than ever before, but those women—largely because of pressures from having a family—are far more likely than their...

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UPC Team Presents a System for Analyzing Information on WikiLeaks

Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya researchers have developed DEX, a system for finding information on networks that is designed to complement Internet search...

When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China
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When Innovation, Too, Is Made in China

As a national strategy, China is trying to build an economy that relies on innovation rather than imitation.

Rise of the Machines
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Rise of the Machines

With factories swapping technology for workers during the recovery, jobs may not come back for decades.

Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology
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Cheaters Find an Adversary in Technology

Mississippi had a problem born of the age of soaring student testing and digital technology. High school students taking the state’s end-of-year exams were using...

Ibm Expects Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries By 2015
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Ibm Expects Holographic Phone Calls, Air-Powered Batteries By 2015

By 2015, your mobile phone will project a 3D image of anyone who calls and your laptop will be powered by kinetic energy. At least that’s what International Business...

Can Washington Get America's Economy Moving Again with Cash Rewards?
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Can Washington Get America's Economy Moving Again with Cash Rewards?

In the flurry of activity at the end of the 111th Congress, the reauthorization of the "America COMPETES Act" went mostly unnoticed. But it is a little bill that...

Google's Marissa Mayer
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Google's Marissa Mayer

Who says you have to be a guy to be a geek? This Google senior executive is teaching a new generation that femininity and technology are a winning formula.

India's Elephantine Effort
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India's Elephantine Effort

An ambitious biometric ID project in the world's second most populous nation aims to relieve poverty, but faces many hurdles.

The Touchy Subject of Haptics
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The Touchy Subject of Haptics

After more than 20 years of research and development, are haptic interfaces finally getting ready to enter the computing mainstream?

The Brainy Learning Algorithms of Numenta
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The Brainy Learning Algorithms of Numenta

How the inventor of the PalmPilot studied the workings of the human brain to help companies turn a deluge of data into business intelligence.

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To Attract the Next Google, the City Seeks a New College

Worried that New York City is not spawning enough technology-based start-up companies with the potential to become big employers like Google, city officials are...

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Google Goes to the Cloud For New Idea in Pc System

In the personal-computer industry, where things change fast, one fact has been a constant for years: There are two major, mainstream operating systems for consumers...

Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites
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Rivals Say Google Plays Favorites

Search giant displays its own health, shopping, local content ahead of links to competing sites.

War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene
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War for Tech Talent Hits 'White Hot' New York Startup Scene

It's a good time to be a software programmer in New York City.

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It Hiring Projected to Increase in Q1 2011

Information technology (IT) employment is expected to rise next year as 11 percent of 1,400 CIOs from U.S. companies surveyed by Robert Half Technology said they...

Iphone Games: Kids ­nknowingly Spend Real Money in 'smurf's Village'
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Iphone Games: Kids ­nknowingly Spend Real Money in 'smurf's Village'

"The Smurfs' Village," a game for the iPhone and other Apple gadgets, was released a month ago and quickly became the highest-grossing application in the iTunes...

Diminishing Returns?: U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Drop
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Diminishing Returns?: U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Drop

A historic downward shift in U.S. research efficiency is described in a new report on science publication trends, showing that while funding rose, the quantity...

Apple to Tap Intel's Graphics For Future Macbooks
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Apple to Tap Intel's Graphics For Future Macbooks

Apple has decided to use Intel's upcoming Sandy Bridge processors in its MacBook line, a transition that will occur in 2011, squeezing out Nvidia's graphics processors...

Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms
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Big Patent Firm Sues Nine Tech Firms

Technology companies on Wednesday received troubling news that some had feared for years: Intellectual Ventures LLC has started suing.
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