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Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams
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Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams

Florida State University (FSU) researcher Kathleen Burnett has received a two-year, $380,226 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study scientific researchers...

Nsf's Cyber-Network Now Connects Half the Globe
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Nsf's Cyber-Network Now Connects Half the Globe

The Taj network, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), has expanded to the Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD), and...

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New Software Could Smooth Supercomputing Speed Bumps

Supercomputers have long been an indispensable, albeit expensive, tool for researchers who need to make sense of vast amounts of data. One way that researchers...

IT Jobs Will Expand Globally by Nearly 6 Million in 4 Years
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IT Jobs Will Expand Globally by Nearly 6 Million in 4 Years

IDC predicts that by 2013, jobs in information technology (IT) will expand by 5.8 million worldwide, and that 75,000 new businesses will be created during that...

Tracking Devious Phishing Web Sites
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Tracking Devious Phishing Web Sites

Internet security experts have discovered that many phishers are using a trick called a flux, which allows a fake Web site to rapidly change its URL, making it...

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Field Experiment on a Metropolitan Quantum Cryptography Network

The University of Science and Technology of China recently demonstrated a metropolitan quantum cryptography network (QCN) for use by the government in Wuhu, China...

Plastic Optical Fiber Brightens Communications Landscape
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Plastic Optical Fiber Brightens Communications Landscape

Groundbreaking research by a team of European scientists working in the EU-funded POLYCOM project has helped put plastic optical fiber (POF) on track for use in...

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What Kind of Cloud Computing Project Would You Build With $32m?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) plans to build a large cloud computing test bed in an effort to determine whether cloud computing can help meet scientists'...

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...

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Northeastern Launches Online Master's Degree Program in Information Security

Northeastern University is launching an online graduate degree program in information assurance (IA). The program, which will train students to tackle identity...

'Light on a Wire' Promises Faster Computing, Communications
From ICT Results

'Light on a Wire' Promises Faster Computing, Communications

A team of European researchers has demonstrated some of the first commercially viable plasmonic devices, paving the way for a new era of high-speed communications...

Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop
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Kraken Becomes First Academic Machine to Achieve Petaflop

The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), a joint project between the University of Tennessee (UT) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has upgraded...

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New Wi-Fi Spec Challenges Bluetooth

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced Wi-Fi Direct, a new Wi-Fi specification that supports standard Wi-Fi data rates and enables Wi-Fi-enabled devices within about...

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...

Csi in a Virtual World: Grant Furthers Nc State's Work in Forensic Science
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Csi in a Virtual World: Grant Furthers Nc State's Work in Forensic Science

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to adapt the process used in building video games to help...

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Eight-State Cyber Consortium Gets $2.7 Million Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $2.7 million grant to an eight-state consortium of technology centers and community colleges that is working...

Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Portal to be Developed
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Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Portal to be Developed

Virginia Tech has been awarded a $1.25 million five-year contract by the U.S. Department of Energy to develop, manage, and maintain a public Smart Grid Information...

The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing
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The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing

Governments around the world have put more of their data on the Web this year than previous years, and the United States and Britain have led the way, said Sir...

Rewiring Cities For a More Convenient Future
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Rewiring Cities For a More Convenient Future

Over the next few years, several Chinese cities aim to add broadband and other services that establish them as "e-cities" or "digital cities." The cities will use...

$2 Million Grant to Fund Research on Wireless Patient Monitoring
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$2 Million Grant to Fund Research on Wireless Patient Monitoring

A team of wireless researchers and doctors from Rice University and The Methodist Hospital Research Institute have won a $2 million federal grant to design and...
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