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Tiny 'mems' Devices to Filter, Amplify Electronic Signals

Purdue University researchers are developing a new class of microelectromechanical (MEMS) devices called resonators that contain vibrating, hair-thin structures...

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­.s. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

The White House is proposing to soften a long-existing prohibition on tracking how users peruse U.S. government Web sites with cookies and other methods, inciting...

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Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

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Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...

Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions
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Cloud Computing Spurs New Encryption Solutions

University of Washington researchers’ announcement that they had created an encryption scheme called Vanish captured a lot of attention for its elegant simplicity...

Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip
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Supercomputer Visuals Without Graphics Chip

The obsolescence of graphics-processing clusters is being hastened by the rapidly accelerating data processing speed of supercomputers. Scientists at Argonne National...

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Communication Devices 2033

Motorola's Consumer Xperience Design (CXD) teams have speculated possible evolutionary paths that communication devices may take during the next 25 years. They...

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A Mind-Controlled Wheelchair Is Moving Closer to Reality

Researchers are making major progress on technology that could help the severely disabled. Professor Javier Minguez at Spain's University of Zaragoza is developing...

From ICT Results

Semantics-Based Software Boosts Company Performance

New semantics-based software tools that accelerate the speed companies can develop or adjust their processes—while slashing costs—have resulted from a major European...

Intel Taps Facebook Multitudes For Massive Research Efforts
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Intel Taps Facebook Multitudes For Massive Research Efforts

Intel has launched Progress Thru Processors, a new Facebook application that provides users with an interface to donate their unused computer processing time to...

Is the Future of Healthcare Online?
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Is the Future of Healthcare Online?

An international coalition of medical and technology companies called the Continua Health Alliance is encouraging the migration of healthcare to the Web, as remote...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Yawn Alert For Weary Drivers
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Yawn Alert For Weary Drivers

An in-car system for detecting driver fatigue has the potential to reduce traffic accidents caused by tired drivers, according to Aurobinda Mishra of Vanderbilt...

Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers
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Adding Meaning to Millions of Numbers

True Engineering Technology has developed semantic technology that gives meaning to numerical data to prevent number-related mixups. The company has launched Numberspace...

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Carnegie Mellon Tackles Data Management Maturity Model For Finance

Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and the Enterprise Data Management (EDM) Council are collaborating to create a new data management...

Epub: The Next Pdf?
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Epub: The Next Pdf?

EPUB, an XML format for reflowable text made from three open standards, is on its way to becoming an e-book industry standard. The standard, developed by the International...

Siggraph Announces Winners of New Award Honoring Achievement in Digital Art
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Siggraph Announces Winners of New Award Honoring Achievement in Digital Art

Minneapolis College of Art & Design professor Roman Verostko and University of California, Davis professor Lynn Hershman Leeson are the winners of the first ACM...

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Iphone App Predicts Ipv4 Doomsday

Several companies and researchers have offered predictions for when the supply of IPv4 addresses will be exhausted. Hurricane Electric, for example, recently introduced...

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How Networking Is Transforming Healthcare

High-speed computer networks have the potential to transform the healthcare industry, according to Mike McGill, program director for Internet2's Health Sciences...

Top Designers in Your Own Home?
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Top Designers in Your Own Home?

A Web tool that gives homeowners a virtual representation of how new products  look in their home promises to help textile producers boost product development.AsIsKnown...
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