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'Smart' House Texts You If There's a Problem
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'Smart' House Texts You If There's a Problem

It may look low-tech, but a smart doll's house could one day change the way we live, its inventors claim. Part of a project called InterHome, it is designed to...

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids
From ICT Results

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids

A huge amount of computing power sits idle most of the time, and new technologies enabling the sharing of resources aim to capitalize on that. Now European researchers...

From ACM TechNews

Ndssl Receives $1.45 Million to Develop Petascale Computer Modeling Capabilities

The Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) at Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has been awarded a four-year, $1.45 million...

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap
From ICT Results

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap

Quantum technologies have become the Holy Grail of the IT industry with research projects springing up throughout  Europe and all over the world. Now a major European...

From ACM TechNews

Linked Data System Provides More Effective Research

Experts at the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) have developed the Resilience Knowledge Base Explorer, a new infrastructure...

Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade
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Laser Light Switch Could Leave Transistors in the Shade

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology have developed an optical transistor that uses one laser beam to control another, potentially forming...

People Avoiding Automatic Location Information in Mobile Services
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People Avoiding Automatic Location Information in Mobile Services

Providers of fully automatic Web and mobile location information services will need to allow users to edit the information to get more people to use the features...

'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins
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'Toy ­niverse' Could Solve Life's Origins

The EvoGrid envisioned by Bruce Damer and a group of international advisers is a simulation of the primordial soup that they intend to use to gain insights about...

Researchers ­nite to Distribute Quantum Keys
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Researchers ­nite to Distribute Quantum Keys

Scientists from 41 European research and industrial organizations recently sent secure, quantum encrypted information over an eight-node, mesh network. By creating...

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Building a Crash-Proof Internet

The Internet's susceptibility to earthquakes, accidents, and other disruptions appears to be greater than people originally assumed, and a great deal of the Net's...

Researcher Develops Self-Learning Security System For Computer Networks
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Researcher Develops Self-Learning Security System For Computer Networks

University of Twente researcher Damiano Bolzoni has developed SilentDefense, an anomaly network intrusion detection system that could lead to a new generation of...

Nasa Tests 'space Internet' Protocols on International Space Station
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Nasa Tests 'space Internet' Protocols on International Space Station

The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) is collaborating with NASA on the development of a new Interplanetary Internet currently undergoing testing on...

From ACM TechNews

XHTML 2 Language Dumped in Favor of HTML 5

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will no longer develop XHTML 2, an XML-based version of HTML that would have provided capabilities for mobile systems and internationalization...

Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds
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Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds

University of Michigan computer science students have developed DoGood, an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that encourages users to perform acts of kindness...

­.s. Takes Aim at Cyberwarfare
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­.s. Takes Aim at Cyberwarfare

The U.S. Pentagon's decision last week to open a cybercommand for both offensive and defensive cyberwarfare activities raises a host of questions. U.S. Defense...

Second Life Data Offers Window Into How Trends Spread
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Second Life Data Offers Window Into How Trends Spread

University of Michigan researchers are using information available through the Second Life virtual world to study how "gestures," or pieces of code that users must...

From ACM TechNews

DARPA Investigates Extreme Supercomputing

Future network-tethered sensor systems will be capable of unleashing an enormous amount of data, so a new breed of supercomputers will be needed to make sense of...

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
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Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World

The European Union-funded CASBLiP project has developed a portable system to help visually-impaired users navigate outdoors. The system analyzes video from portable...

'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams
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'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams

The University of Florida is using a life-sized computer avatar on a flat screen and a mannequin with prosthetic body parts to teach medical students how to perform...

Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Muri Grant
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Muri Grant

The Army Research Office has awarded Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers pursuing work on hard/soft data fusion with a $1.2 million Multidisciplinary...
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