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Scholarships Will Enable Women Students to Attend Computing Conferences

Wipro Technologies and ACM have announced an agreement wherein Wipro will fund scholarships that enable women students majoring in computer science and related...

Seeing the Science in Our Surroundings
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Seeing the Science in Our Surroundings

Schoolchildren in Nottingham, United Kingdom, are using a new computer toolkit to start assignments in the classroom and continue them outdoors or at home. 

Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks
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Computer Modeling to Build Better Mud Bricks

University of Illinois at Chicago assistant professor Craig Foster received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create computer models that analyze physical...

Swf Examines New National Space Policy
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Swf Examines New National Space Policy

President Obama's new National Space Policy calls for greater international cooperation in outer space activities and opens the door for potential international...

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Obama ­nveils New National Space Policy

President Obama announced the administration's new National Space Policy on Monday (June 28).

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Google in 'new Approach' on China

Until recently, the firm automatically redirected Chinese users to its unfiltered search site in Hong Kong to get round censorship issues. Google has said it will...

Drone Alone: How Airliners May Lose Their Pilots
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Drone Alone: How Airliners May Lose Their Pilots

Would you fly in an airliner knowing there were no pilots in the cockpit? This is no mere hypothetical question. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking...

Supreme Court: 'business Method' and Software Patents Ok
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Supreme Court: 'business Method' and Software Patents Ok

This morning, the Supreme Court decided the long-running Bilski case on business method patents--a case with broad applicability to software patents. As expected...

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Broadband Availability to Expand

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday (June 28) will sign a memorandum that makes 500 megahertz of wireless spectrum, currently controlled by the federal government...

­ncovering Results in the Magellan Testbed
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­ncovering Results in the Magellan Testbed

The Magellan cloud computing testbed funded by the U.S. Department of Energy is dedicated to studying the advantages and disadvantages of the cloud computing model...

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Police Push to Continue Warrantless Cell Tracking

A law requiring police to obtain a search warrant before tracking Americans' cell phones may imperil criminal investigations and endanger children's lives, a law...

China's Young College Grads Toil in 'ant Tribes'
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China's Young College Grads Toil in 'ant Tribes'

Liu Jun sleeps in a room so small, he shares a bed with two other men. It's all the  computer engineering graduate can afford in Beijing, a city where the dreams...

China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics
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China Pushing the Envelope on Science, and Sometimes Ethics

Last year, Zhao Bowen was part of a team that cracked the genetic code of the cucumber. These days, he's probing the genetic basis for human IQ.

Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech
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Computers Make Strides in Recognizing Speech

"Hi, thanks for coming," the medical assistant says, greeting a mother with her 5-year-old son. "Are you here for your child or yourself?" The boy, the mother replies...

Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep
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Sleepserver Software Lets Enterprise Pcs Work While They Sleep

Personal computers in enterprise environments save energy and money by "sleep-working," thanks to new software called SleepServer created by computer scientists...

Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary
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Pioneering Seac Computer Remembered on 60th Anniversary

Sixty years ago this week, the National Bureau of Standards dedicated the first programmable computer in U.S. history.

Judge Sides With Google in Viacom Video Suit
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Judge Sides With Google in Viacom Video Suit

In a major victory for Google in its battle with media companies, a federal judge in New York on Wednesday threw out Viacom’s $1 billion copyright infringement...

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Nist to Lead Nice Cybersecurity Program

NIST has been tapped to coordinate the new interagency program, which aims to promote cybersecurity awareness and know-how across the country and among citizens...

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Nsa Gets Geeky After Dark, New Docs Show

It's an agency staffed by some of the government's top hackers, brainiest cryptographers, and most sophisticated network defenders. But when employees at the NSA...

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Sending Data 160 Characters at a Time

In the absence of a good Internet connection, why not use text messages to transmit data?
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