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Spain Positioned in Europe as a Sponsor of Open Source Software
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Spain Positioned in Europe as a Sponsor of Open Source Software

The Vulcano Project is a collaborative effort between Spanish higher education institutions, technology transfer centers, and industrial partners to develop open...

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Researchers Give ­pdate on Road to Parallelism

University of Illinois researchers have taken several small steps toward developing new parallel programming models to tap the many-core processors of the future...

New Statistical Method Could Cut Computation Time for Genetic Studies
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New Statistical Method Could Cut Computation Time for Genetic Studies

UCLA researchers have developed a new computational strategy for genome-wide association studies, which enables the scanning of up to a million genetic markers...

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Pushing For Software Quality Assurance

In a recent Journal of Computer Science research article, "Resistance Factors in the Implementation of Software Process Improvement Project in Malaysia," the authors...

Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid
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Intel Powers Its Way Inside the Smart Grid

Intel wants you to take more interest in your energy use but isn't fussy about how you do it. The chip giant has developed a broad strategy to make money on smart...

Nist, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure For Health It Systems
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Nist, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure For Health It Systems

NIST has released the first of four installments of a new health IT test method and related software, developed in collaboration with a broad array of public and...

Group Seeks to Open Source Data-Center Design
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Group Seeks to Open Source Data-Center Design

The recently announced Open Source Data Center Initiative is looking to apply open source principles to the design and construction of data centers. 

IT Spending Will Rise - But Not Rebound - in 2010
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IT Spending Will Rise - But Not Rebound - in 2010

Global IT expenditure is expected to rise slightly this year for the first time since the onset of the global economic downturn, according to industry analyst Ovum...

Body Acoustics Can Turn Your Arm Into a Touchscreen
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Body Acoustics Can Turn Your Arm Into a Touchscreen

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft have developed Skinput, a skin-based interface that turns the human body into a touchscreen. 

One Sensor to Do the Work of Many
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One Sensor to Do the Work of Many

U.S. Pentagon scientists have developed the Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS-IS), a sensor system that can spot and track...

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Nsf-Supported Researchers Gain Access to Microsoft's Azure Services Platform

The National Science Foundation has announced a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft Corp. whereby Microsoft will provide NSF supported-researchers access...

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Guide For Applying Risk Management Framework to Information Systems Released

The final publication of the 93-page Guide for Applying the Risk Management Framework to Federal Information Systems: A Security Life Cycle Approach (NIST Special...

Student-Run Business Wins Epa Energy-Optimization Contract
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Student-Run Business Wins Epa Energy-Optimization Contract

A company founded and run by Missouri University of Science and Technology students recently received its first federal contract, and hopes to parlay that funding...

Prace Evaluated Additional Prototypes For Next Generation Architectures
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Prace Evaluated Additional Prototypes For Next Generation Architectures

The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe's work package for future petaflop computer technologies beyond 2010 recently assessed 12 prototypes for next-generation...

Tracking Garbage
From Communications of the ACM

Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Engineering the Web's Third Decade
From Communications of the ACM

Engineering the Web's Third Decade

As Web technologies move beyond two-way interactive capabilities to facilitate more dynamic and pervasive experiences, the Web is quickly advancing toward its third...

CS and Biology's Growing Pains
From Communications of the ACM

CS and Biology's Growing Pains

Biologists can benefit from learning and using the tools of computer science, but several real-world obstacles remain.

Putting Data Centers on a Low-Energy Diet
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Putting Data Centers on a Low-Energy Diet

A holistic approach to data centers could result in millions of dollars of savings and a  smaller carbon footprint for the ever-expanding universe of information...

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Is That a 'black Box' in Your Car?

Just a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, a Chevy Tahoe barreled its way through a residential neighborhood on a Sunday evening. The driver lost...

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A Virtual System Which Facilitates Access and Adapts Contents to the Student

Researchers at Carlos III University of Madrid are developing Project FLEXO, a virtual platform for different teaching methods that can be customized to specific...
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