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Software Knowledge ­nnecessarily Lost

Dutch researchers investigating how software architectural knowledge can be better disseminated discovered that many architects simply do not talk with each other...

Improving Security With Face Recognition Technology
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Improving Security With Face Recognition Technology

University of Miami professor Mohamed Abdel-Mottaleb has developed a new way to improve the efficiency and accuracy of facial recognition technology. Abdel-Mottaleb...

Petascale Tools Could Provide Deeper Insight Into Genomic Evolution
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Petascale Tools Could Provide Deeper Insight Into Genomic Evolution

Research recently funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 aims to develop computational tools that will utilize next-generation petascale computers...

There's No Business Like Grid Business
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There's No Business Like Grid Business

Scientists have embraced the computing and communications grid, but businesses have held back, concerned about complexity and security. Now a European research...

Intuitive Semantic Internet Would Know What Is Said
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Intuitive Semantic Internet Would Know What Is Said

The push to develop the Semantic Web recently received fresh support through a National Science Foundation grant, which has been awarded to researchers at Rensselaer...

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Tough Choices For Supercomputing's Legacy Apps

The future of supercomputing holds several significant software challenges, writes Numerical Algorithms Group's Andrew Jones. The first challenge is the rapidly...

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Intel Says Shape-Shifting Robots Closer to Reality

Researchers at Intel and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) say distributed computing and robotics could be used to make shape-shifting electronics a reality in the...

Working Together to Design Robust Silicon Chips
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Working Together to Design Robust Silicon Chips

Cooperation between researchers, chipmakers, and tool suppliers working on the EUREKA MEDEA+ microelectronics Cluster ROBIN project has led to improved design methods...

Creating 3D Models With a Simple Webcam
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Creating 3D Models With a Simple Webcam

University of Cambridge researchers have developed a simple and affordable method for constructing virtual three-dimensional (3D) models, which should make 3D modeling...

India Prof Tips Fastest Prime Number Detection Algorithm
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India Prof Tips Fastest Prime Number Detection Algorithm

Manindra Agrawal, an Indian professor who developed a deterministic polynomial time algorithm for detecting prime numbers, will receive the 2009 G.D. Birla Award...

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Google Launches New Programming Language: Go

Google has unveiled Go, a new programming language the company says offers the speed of working in a dynamic language such as Python and the performance and safety...

Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis
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Tinkering Makes Comeback Amid Crisis

The economic crisis and the reduced costs of high-tech tools and materials are fueling a resurgence in tinkering and experimentation. U.S. engineering schools...

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Face-Recognition Technology May Be ­sed at Hong Kong Border Checks

Face-recognition technology might be used to screen the residents at Hong Kong border checkpoints, Hong Kong's Security Secretary Ambrose Lee said Thursday (Nov...

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Secret Math of Fly Eyes Could Overhaul Robot Vision

By turning the brain cell activity underlying fly eyesight into mathematical equations, researchers have found an ultra-efficient method for pulling motion patterns...

Inventing a Programming Language
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Inventing a Programming Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Barbara Liskov, winner of ACM's 2008 A.M. Turing Award, recently delivered the first lecture of MIT's 2009...

3-D Software Gives Doctors, Students a View Inside the Body
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3-D Software Gives Doctors, Students a View Inside the Body

James Oliver picked up an Xbox game controller, looked up to a video screen and used the device's buttons and joystick to fly through a patient's chest cavity for...

Software Looks to Solve Life-Threatening Medical Puzzles
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Software Looks to Solve Life-Threatening Medical Puzzles

New software is under development that doctors hope will help them identify brain tumours in children that will grow aggressively. A new software tool can integrate...

Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies
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Digital Cloud Plan For City Skies

A giant "digital cloud" that would "float" above London's skyline has been outlined by an international team of architects, artists and engineers. The construction...

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Wi-Fi Certification Might Be Tweaked For Smart Grids

The Wi-Fi Alliance has formed a task group to determine what standards need to be modified to ensure Wi-Fi is the tool of choice for smart-grid applications. The...

Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques
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Netbook Apps Demand Dedicated Development Techniques

Netbooks have grown in popularity and with them a demand for software. But developers who assume there's no need to create applications differently when they enter...
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