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National Free Software Coalition Formed in India

Delegates at the National Free Software conference in Bangalore, India, announced the formation of a national coalition, the National Free Software Movement of...

New Touch Screen Technology in Works
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New Touch Screen Technology in Works

Carleton University professor Robert Biddle is one of 12 scientists working on the Digital Surface Software Application Network project, which is developing next...

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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...

ACM Council on Women Honors Leader in Improving Cad Performance
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ACM Council on Women Honors Leader in Improving Cad Performance

ACM's Council on Women in Computing has named Pennsylvania State University computer science professor Mary Jane Irwin the 2010-2011 Athena Lecturer. 

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New Spam Targeting Facebook ­sers Is Invisible to Most Virus Scans, Says Expert

Cyber-criminals are using fake e-mails to target Facebook users and deliver computer viruses that were being detected only by one-third of the 42 most common anti...

See-Through Networks
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See-Through Networks

Promising faster, more efficient and cheaper computer networking, transparent networks are the paradigm of the future. But thanks to European researchers, they...

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Are Machines Ready to Break Down Language Barriers?

Even in an era of global networks and cheap travel, international communication still faces one great barrier: we don't all speak the same language. But that gap...

Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers
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Amarsi Project Could See Robots Learn From Co-Workers

The AMARSi project aims to build humanoid robots that can autonomously learn and develop motor skills in open-ended environments just as humans do.

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...

Telling Friends Where You Are (or Not)
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Telling Friends Where You Are (or Not)

As Jordan Viator roams the conference rooms, dimly lit bars and restaurants here at the South by Southwest Interactive conference, she often pulls out her cellphone...

Netflix Ditches Beat-Our-Recommendation-System Contest Due to Privacy Questions
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Netflix Ditches Beat-Our-Recommendation-System Contest Due to Privacy Questions

Netflix's grassroots competition to best its recommendation algorithm was a big popularity booster for the company—but thanks to concerns over privacy (backed up...

Jpl Program Cleans Mars Mission Code
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Jpl Program Cleans Mars Mission Code

Jet Propulsion Laboratory uses formal verification at every step of software development, and is applying some of those techniques to the flight code for next year's...

Software's Take on the Light Bulb Joke
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Software's Take on the Light Bulb Joke

How many men does it take to change a light bulb? Putting the punchline aside a moment, consider that it takes even more to pack a shipping crate. Now a European...

Computer Algorithm 'reads' Memories
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Computer Algorithm 'reads' Memories

Computer algorithms developed at University College London (UCL) can predict which of three short films a person is thinking about, just by looking at their brain...

Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells
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Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Badri Roysam and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee professor Andrew Cohen are using computer vision technology to predict...

Conquering the Chaos in Modern, Multiprocessor Computers
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Conquering the Chaos in Modern, Multiprocessor Computers

A group of computer scientists have found a way to tame multiprocessor computers, which behave in wildly unpredictable ways even as they become widespread in the...

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Research Streamlines Data Processing To Solve Problems More Efficiently

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new analytical method that opens the door to faster processing of large amounts of information,...

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New 'hearing' Maps Are Real Conversation Starters

Cardiff University researchers have developed software that creates audibility maps of proposed room designs that  show hotspots where conversations would be inaudible...

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Academics and software engineers from the universities of Edinburgh, Manchester, and Southampton have established the Software Sustainability Institute with research...

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Developing Web Technologies to Share Secure Information

Semantic Web technology will be a key tool in the development of a standard policy language for sharing information between agencies, countries, and organizations...
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