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Merging Video With Maps
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Merging Video With Maps

Microsoft and researchers from the University of Konstanz in Germany are collaborating to create Videomap, navigation software that incorporates videos of driving...

Seeing Things
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Seeing Things

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Antonio Torralba and students from the school's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) say...

Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'facts'
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Dispute Finder: Making the Call on Web 'facts'

Intel Labs researcher Rob Ennals has developed Dispute Finder, software that highlights inaccurate online information in pink with a link pointing toward a reliable...

Hacker Dojo Sparks Ideas and Tinkering
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Hacker Dojo Sparks Ideas and Tinkering

A typical evening at the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View, CA, sometimes looks like chaos — two friends cobbling together a robot out of chips, circuit boards and servo...

Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz
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Harvard's Robotic Bees Generate High-Tech Buzz

Harvard University researchers have received a $10 million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create a colony of flying robotic bees called RoboBees. The...

Computer Program Proves Shakespeare Didn't Work Alone, Researchers Claim
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Computer Program Proves Shakespeare Didn't Work Alone, Researchers Claim

An expert on William Shakespeare at the University of London has used plagiarism-detection software to determine that Shakespeare co-wrote the unattributed play...

Why Desktop Multiprocessing Has Speed Limits
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Why Desktop Multiprocessing Has Speed Limits

Despite the mainstreaming of multicore processors for desktops, not every desktop application can be rewritten for multicore frameworks, which means some bottlenecks...

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Machine Learning by Watching and Listening

A team led by University of Pennsylvania professor Ben Taskar has demonstrated that computers can be educated to associate the content of video clips with existing...

Computing Project Combats Card Counting
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Computing Project Combats Card Counting

A cost-effective computer system for identifying card counters and detecting dealer errors has been developed by a recent graduate of the University of Dundee....

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

­CLA Center Gets $4.5 Million For Role in National Earthquake Simulation Network
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­CLA Center Gets $4.5 Million For Role in National Earthquake Simulation Network

UCLA's earthquake center will receive $4.5 million of a $105 million grant given by the U.S. National Science Foundation to Purdue University to spearhead a national...

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Trinity's Humanitarian Open Source Software Project Snags Major Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a two-year, $800,000 grant to the Humanitarian FOSS Project (HFOSS), a collaborative three-college program that...

IBM and ACM-Icpc Announce 'battle of the Brains' Software Competition
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IBM and ACM-Icpc Announce 'battle of the Brains' Software Competition

Student computer programmers from universities around the world will battle for a spot to attend the World Finals of the 34th annual ACM-International Collegiate...

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Prototype Security Software Blocks Ddos Attacks

Auburn University researchers have developed a software filter that protects computers against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks without bogging down...

Expeditions in Computing Continue to Break New Ground
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Expeditions in Computing Continue to Break New Ground

The U.S. National Science Foundation's directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering recently created three new Expeditions in Computing. Each...

ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award
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ACM Group Taps Multimedia Visionary for Top Award

At the ACM International Conference on Multimedia in Beijing, China, the ACM Special Interest Group on Multimedia (SIGMM) will present its prestigious technical...

Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.
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Terrorists Nearing Ability to Launch Big Cyberattacks Against ­.S.

U.S. computer networks are most threatened by terrorist organizations that may purchase software code from cybercrooks to hack into sensitive platforms, a possibility...

Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid
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Geoffrey Fox, Director of Futuregrid

The FutureGrid Program is a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project to determine the best ways to connect supercomputers together, headed by Indiana University...

Scientist Receives NSF Grant to Improve Computer Tools
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Scientist Receives NSF Grant to Improve Computer Tools

Carnegie Mellon NewsCarnegie Mellon University's Ole Mengshoel has received a two-year, $498,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to develop new computer...

Betting Exchange Proposed as Means to Valuing Toxic Assets
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Betting Exchange Proposed as Means to Valuing Toxic Assets

Alan Holland, a researcher at the Cork Constraint Computation Centre at University College Cork, Ireland, advocates using an online prediction market to value toxic...
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