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Yale Researchers Create Database-Hadoop Hybrid

Yale University professor Daniel J. Abadi has led the development of HadoopDB, an open source parallel database management system (DBMS) that combines the data-processing...

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Future Cars Will Communicate to Avoid Collisions

The recent First Rim Mathematical Association (PRIMA) conference in Sydney featured a demonstration of how the flocking technique could be used to control cars....

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Tim Berners-Lee Calls For Free Web

At a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Web, its creator, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, said the Internet should not be controlled, censored, or intercepted by...

Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions
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Researchers Bring Web Access to Developing Regions

University of Waterloo researchers have released a beta version of Vlink, an open source technology that is designed to provide robust and inexpensive Web access...

Blind Can Take Wheel With Vehicle Designed By Engineering Team
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Blind Can Take Wheel With Vehicle Designed By Engineering Team

Virginia Tech's Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory Blind Driver Challenge student team has retrofitted a four-wheel dirt buggy with laser range finders, an instant...

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Trust But Verify: Security Risks Abound in the It Supply Chain

There are substantial national security issues associated with the use of information technology (IT) products delivered via the global supply chain, including...

U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan
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U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan

'Intent and timing' may help the federal cyberspace initiative work better than previous blueprints.

Learning Through Games
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Learning Through Games

Electronic games can inspire players to explore new ideas and concepts. By gaining a better understanding of the dynamic between player and game, researchers hope...

IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa
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IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa

Technologists discuss government policies affecting broadband, patent reform, privacy — and President Obama's effect on it all.

The 'flat' World Is 'open': How Technology Is Changing Education
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The 'flat' World Is 'open': How Technology Is Changing Education

A new book by an Indiana University School of Education professor takes a comprehensive look at how Web technology is changing worldwide education. "The World is...

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership
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Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership

A team of faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology has formed a historic partnership with the Korean government, industry, and universities to develop a...

From ICT Results

Smart Clothes For Better Healthcare

Comfortable smart clothes that monitor the wearer’s heart, breathing and body temperature promise to revolutionise healthcare by reducing hospital visits and allowing...

How New Technologies Will Ease Our Traffic Woes
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How New Technologies Will Ease Our Traffic Woes

A new generation of monitoring and data-gathering technologies could drastically alter how people travel by car by providing them with more accurate information...

Touch Typists Could Help Stop Spammers in Their Tracks
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Touch Typists Could Help Stop Spammers in Their Tracks

Newcastle University computer scientists have developed Magic Bullet, a computer game that turns a tedious manual labeling task into entertainment, giving companies...

Data Overload on Dating Sites
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Data Overload on Dating Sites

New research on online dating sites shows that users can experience "cognitive overload" when faced with too many choices, causing them to make poorer decisions...

Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors
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Cyborg Crickets Could Chirp at the Smell of Survivors

Research supported by the U.S. Pentagon is attempting to turn insects into search-and-rescue systems capable of locating trapped victims in earthquake rubble and...

Georgia Tech to Lead Fight Against Cell Phone Hackers
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Georgia Tech to Lead Fight Against Cell Phone Hackers

The Georgia Institute of Technology has won a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct research into securing cell phones. Georgia...

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Ward Off Espionage: India to Design a Home-Grown Microprocessor

Top scientists at some of India's ace scientific institutions are pooling energies, and the government some money, in an ambitious attempt to design a home-grown...

Catching Spammers in the Act
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Catching Spammers in the Act

Indiana University researchers have exposed some of the methods spammers use to collect email addresses and send junk mail through multiple computers. In a paper...

Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate
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Semantic Web Technology to Get ­pdate

A proposal before the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) would dramatically improve SPARQL, the query technology for the Semantic Web, for application development....
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