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MIT Breaks New Ground in Gesture Control

A group of MIT researchers claims to have made a significant leap in gesture-controlled computing, due to a new kind of LCD screen configuration they describe as...

Our Devices Will Spin Denser Webs of Data in 2010
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Our Devices Will Spin Denser Webs of Data in 2010

Over the next decade, the evolution of computing and the Internet will produce faster, increasingly intelligent devices. More of our possessions will contain sensors...

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ACM and India

ACM is in the process of establishing ACM India as a legal entity and will hold its first conference in late January....

New Search Challenges and Opportunities
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New Search Challenges and Opportunities

If search engines can extract more meaning from text and better understand what people are looking for, the Web's resources could be accessed more effectively.

Automated Translation of Indian Languages
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Automated Translation of Indian Languages

India faces a daunting task trying to manually translate among 22 official languages, but assistance, in the form of advanced technology enabled by a lot of hard...

Rebuilding For Eternity
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Rebuilding For Eternity

Buildings collapse. Wind and rain beat them, temperatures cycle from freezing to blistering, and random strikes of...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

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Scientists, IT Community Await Exascale Computers

The information technology (IT) industry discussed the challenges it faces in developing exascale systems, a new generation of supercomputers that promise to be...

Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize
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Bristol Postdoc Shares in High-Performance Computing Prize

University of Bristol postdoctoral researcher Rio Yokota was a member of the team that won the first Gordon Bell prize in the price per performance category of...

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22 Stories ­nderground: Iron Mountain's Experimental Room 48

Down a road that winds through the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, just across from a cow pasture, the bucolic scenery of Butler County is interrupted by...

Conquering the Digital Data Overload
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Conquering the Digital Data Overload

University of Utah computer scientist Juliana Freire is working to find data that could be missed in the quagmire of technology available, and to manage and integrate...

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Squeezing Web Sites Onto Cellphones

When a group of engineers at National Instruments Corp. modified a 1988 Oldsmobile so it could be controlled by an iPhone, the company was quick to share the project...

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Open Source as a Model For Business Is Elusive

SAN FRANCISCO — In many ways, MySQL embodies the ideals of the populist software movement known as open source, in which a program’s creator releases it to the...

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Human Brains Emulated in the Computer World

Lulea University of Technology researchers have developed a computer-based architecture that mimics human brain functions and could lead to systems capable of detecting...

Building Real Security With Virtual Worlds
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Building Real Security With Virtual Worlds

University of Maryland (UM) researchers are combining computerized modeling and group behavior predictions with video-game graphics to create virtual worlds that...

Medibots: The World's Smallest Surgeons
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Medibots: The World's Smallest Surgeons

A man lies comatose on an operating table. The enormous spider that hangs above him has plunged four appendages into his belly. The spider, made of white steel,...

New Step For the Future Web
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New Step For the Future Web

The Semantic Evaluation At Large Scale (SEALS) project will develop a new research infrastructure dedicated to the evaluation of semantic technologies. The infrastructure...

Making Automation Work
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Making Automation Work

Today's automated systems provide enormous safety and convenience. However, when glitches, problems, or breakdowns occur, the results can be catastrophic.

Blueprints For Self-Assembly
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Blueprints For Self-Assembly

Researchers are using tools from information theory and computer science to facilitate the automatic creation of nanoscale structures.
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