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Medical Nanobots
From Communications of the ACM

Medical Nanobots

Researchers working in medical nanorobotics are creating technologies that could lead to novel health-care applications, such as new ways of accessing areas of...

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
From ACM TechNews

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

From ACM TechNews

Nsf Awards ­CLA Engineering $10m to Create Customized Computing Technology

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Expeditions in Computing program has awarded the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Henry Samueli School of Engineering...

New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps
From ACM TechNews

New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps

National ICT Australia has developed AutoMap, a Linux-based system designed to make personal navigation systems more accurate. AutoMap uses machine-vision techniques...

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano
From ACM TechNews

'spiderbots' Talk Amongst Themselves Inside Active Volcano

A group of "spiderbots" released inside Mount St. Helens in Washington is the first network of volcano sensors capable of automatically communicating with each...

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic...

From ACM TechNews

Semantics-Based Software Boosts Company Performance

SUPER, a European research project, has developed software that expedites companies' development or adjustment of their business processes while realizing cost...

From ACM TechNews

Robots to Get Their Own Operating System

Robots are limited by the fact that they are often designed and built in isolation for specific functions, and roboticists have started to consider what aspects...

From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

­.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...

From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

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...

From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM TechNews

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?
From ACM TechNews

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?
From ACM News

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...
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