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Analyzing Apple Products
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Analyzing Apple Products

Researchers untangle the complex web of Apple's global supply chain — and offer lessons for managers and policymakers trying to chart the future course of U.S....

Celebration Time
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Celebration Time

The centennial celebrations of Alan Turing's birth might help turn a quiet British genius into an iconic global hero.

Law and Disorder
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Law and Disorder

International law has always been a murky and Byzantine area. However, the Internet and digital technology have raised the stakes, the risks, and the challenges...

Revamping Storage Performance
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Revamping Storage Performance

Great strides are being made in finding fast alternatives to the slow disks that dominate storage systems, but fast media are not nearly enough.

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning
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Better Medicine Through Machine Learning

Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.

Renci and Duke to Build Experimental Networking Infrastructure
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Renci and Duke to Build Experimental Networking Infrastructure

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Duke University, and IBM are leading a project to build a nationwide testbed for networking and networked cloud...

Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011
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Dennis Ritchie, 1941-2011

 Colleagues recall the creator of C and codeveloper Unix, an unassuming but brilliant man who enjoyed playing practical jokes on his coworkers.

CSEdWeek Takes Hold
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CSEdWeek Takes Hold

Groups in more than 130 countries will participate in Computer Science Education Week this year.

Activism Vs. Slacktivism
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Activism Vs. Slacktivism

Today's activists are highly plugged into social media, mobile apps, and other digital tools. But does this make a difference where it matters most?

Brave NUI World
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Brave NUI World

Natural user interface developments, such as Microsoft's Kinect, may indicate the beginning of the end for the mouse.

The Rise of Molecular Machines
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The Rise of Molecular Machines

The field of molecular computing is achieving new levels of control over biochemical processes and fostering sophisticated connections between computer science...

From ACM TechNews

Paper ­ncovers Power of Foldit Gamers' Strategies

University of Washington researchers recently completed a study that examined Foldit players' strategies and compared them to the best-known scientist-developed...

The Future of Human Computer Interfaces
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The Future of Human Computer Interfaces

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing novel and more natural ways for people to interact with computers and access and store information...

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists
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Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists

A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it...

Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future
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Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales on the Internet's Future

Censorship is the biggest threat to the development of the Internet, according to Wikipedia's founder Jimmy Wales.

Software Finds Place in Posse
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Software Finds Place in Posse

Law-enforcement and intelligence agencies are increasingly relying on information from the Web and electronic records to help solve crimes and evaluate threats...

Ibm, Georgia Tech Launch Children's Health Data Modeling Project
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Ibm, Georgia Tech Launch Children's Health Data Modeling Project

The Georgia Institute of Technology will use IBM analytics technology to study data models as a way to systematically improve the pediatric health system. 

A Social-Media Decoder
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A Social-Media Decoder

From his 24th-floor corner office in midtown Manhattan, the veteran CBS research chief David Poltrack can gaze southward down the Avenue of the Americas, its...

How Revolutionary Tools Cracked a 1700s Code
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How Revolutionary Tools Cracked a 1700s Code

It has been more than six decades since Warren Weaver, a pioneer in automated language translation, suggested applying code-breaking techniques to the challenge...

Risky Business
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Risky Business

Governments, companies, and individuals have suffered an unusual number of highly publicized data breaches this year. Is there a solution?
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