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Battery Backups Can Lower Datacenter Energy Costs
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Battery Backups Can Lower Datacenter Energy Costs

Researchers at Penn State say that datacenters can cut up to 40 percent off their energy costs by provisioning UPS battery backup devices to meet peak energy requirements...

Q&a: Hacker Culture, Coding, and Free Speech
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Q&a: Hacker Culture, Coding, and Free Speech

Anthropologist E. Gabriella Coleman, author of Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking, is fascinated by hacker culture, and with its notion that software...

Developing New Information Services More Quickly
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Developing New Information Services More Quickly

Researchers have designed a new service-engineering platform to help accelerate the development of information technology services. 

The Grooviest Words of Medieval Times
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The Grooviest Words of Medieval Times

New software is determining the dates of British documents from approximately 1066 to the 1400s, based on popular words or phrases they contain. 

­c San Diego Team Achieves Petaflop-Level Earthquake Simulations on Gpu-Powered Supercomputers
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­c San Diego Team Achieves Petaflop-Level Earthquake Simulations on Gpu-Powered Supercomputers

A new highly scalable software can dramatically cut both research times and energy costs in simulating seismic hazards. 

Nsf-Supported Stampede Opens the Gates of Advanced Computation to Thousands of Research Teams
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Nsf-Supported Stampede Opens the Gates of Advanced Computation to Thousands of Research Teams

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Stampede supercomputer is the most powerful within the NSF Extreme Digital environment. 

Looking Back at Big Data
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Looking Back at Big Data

As computational tools open up new ways of understanding history, historians and computer scientists are working together to explore the possibilities.

The Future of Ion Traps
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The Future of Ion Traps

Researchers say ion-trap technology could be a scalable option for quantum information processing. 

Linux-Savvy It Pros Are in High Demand, Low Supply
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Linux-Savvy It Pros Are in High Demand, Low Supply

A new survey finds that businesses and government agencies are aggressively seeking to hire IT professionals with Linux skills. 

Cybercrime: It's Serious, But Exactly How Serious?
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Cybercrime: It's Serious, But Exactly How Serious?

Symantec says $110 billion annually while McAfee says $1 trillion. Why can't anyone agree?

Decoding Dementia
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Decoding Dementia

Computer models may help neurologists unlock the secrets of brain disorders, from Alzheimer's to cancer.

New Global Research Data Alliance Poised For Launch
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New Global Research Data Alliance Poised For Launch

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A System That Improves the Precision of Gps in Cities By 90 Percent
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A System That Improves the Precision of Gps in Cities By 90 Percent

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers have developed a system that improves GPS accuracy by up to 90 percent. 

White House Seeks Tech Innovation Fellows
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White House Seeks Tech Innovation Fellows

The White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows program, launched last May, is broadening its efforts to recruit key private sector employees to work for a limited...

Into the Quantum Internet at the Speed of Light
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Into the Quantum Internet at the Speed of Light

University of Innsbruck physicists have discovered a way to transfer quantum information stored in an atom onto a particle of light and then send it to a distant...

Life in Simulation
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Life in Simulation

Computational models are tackling the complexity of biology, from single-celled microbes to human organs.

Revving the Rover
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Revving the Rover

The new Mars rover has attracted plenty of attention for its planetary gymnastics, but the big breakthroughs are under the hood.

A New Model For Healthcare
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A New Model For Healthcare

Computer modeling is radically redefining healthcare and epidemiology by providing new tools for understanding the impact of different intervention strategies.

It Job Market Recovering Faster Than After Dot-Com Bubble Burst
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It Job Market Recovering Faster Than After Dot-Com Bubble Burst

More new technology jobs have been created since the end of the past recession than during the same recovery period following the burst of the dot-com bubble and...

Big Data, Java and Other Developer Skills: Top Hiring Priorities
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Big Data, Java and Other Developer Skills: Top Hiring Priorities

Big data-related jobs ranked fourth among the top information technology skills hiring executives are looking for in 2013, according to a recent Dice.com survey...
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