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Hidden Sensor Network Detects Explosives

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communications, Information Processing, and Ergonomics have developed Hazardous Material Localization and Person Tracking...

American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents
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American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents

For the second straight year, foreign companies collectively captured a slight majority of new U.S. patents awarded to corporations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'
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Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'

Washington and Lee University Associate Professor Claudette Artwick sees evidence of a 'digital divide' in recent social media campaigns to locate missing persons...

Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green
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Science and Technology Heads to Make Networks Green

Alcatel-Lucent's research division, Bell Labs, spearheaded the launch of a global consortium of academics, operators and vendors on Monday (January 11), tasked...

Tech Recession 'Is Unofficially Over'
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Tech Recession 'Is Unofficially Over'

After an extended slump, technology spending will rev back to life in 2010, according to analyst firm Forrester. "The technology downturn of 2008 and 2009 is unofficially...

Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures
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Now, Electronics That Obey Hand Gestures

The technology industry is going retro — moving away from remote controls, mice and joysticks to something that arrives without batteries, wires or a user manual...

Maryland: The State of Cyber Security
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Maryland: The State of Cyber Security

Maryland's leaders want the state to take a lead role in the cyber security field in an effort to land thousands of jobs as the federal government and high-tech...

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Canada Picks ­p Pace in Computer, Tech Spending

Canadian companies have been picking up their spending on computers, software and other technology, but they still lag the U.S., according to an annual study. Businesses...

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Feds Hand Out $47 Million in Grants For Green Data Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy recently awarded $47 million in federal stimulus money to 14 private projects aimed at making data centers more energy efficient....

MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers
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MIT and First Ally to Encourage STEM Educational Careers

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are collaborating on a program designed to...

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White House Calls for IT Boost to Fight Terrorism

A new White House report says the U.S. government needs better information technology (IT) to counter potential terrorist attacks, such as the recent attempt to...

Can the World's Fastest Supercomputer Combat Health Care Waste?
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Can the World's Fastest Supercomputer Combat Health Care Waste?

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have proposed using Jaguar, a recently upgraded Cray XT5-based supercomputer, to help with U.S. government health care...

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DHS Eyes Science and Technology Research

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Science and Technology Directorate is seeking proposals for conducting research in a wide range of technology...

India: A Nation Develops
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India: A Nation Develops

India is making the transition from a global outsourcing center to a global innovation nexus, but lingering challenges include persistent infrastructure difficulties...

India's Labs Waking ­p, Surge in Global Science Papers
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India's Labs Waking ­p, Surge in Global Science Papers

Often referred to as a "sleeping giant" in scientific literature, India seems to be waking out of its slumber, says a recent global research report by Thomson Reuters...

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Wanted: Cyber Ninjas

U.S. colleges are adding courses and specialized degrees in the once-exotic field of cybersecurity to try to meet the growing demands for computer security skills...

$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab
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$10.3 Million Stimulus Funds Will Build Advanced Quantum Lab

The University of Maryland has been awarded $10.3 million in stimulus funds by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to build an advanced quantum science...

At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers
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At Argonne Lab, a Shift From Radioactivity to Supercomputers

Argonne National Laboratory is phasing out its use of radioactive materials in favor of supercomputers for the purpose of conducting research. "The past was the...

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Bringing Color to E-Readers

One of the hot topics at the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas is color e-readers, with several companies showcasing new products. While E-Ink has...

Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360
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Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360

When Nintendo's Wii game console debuted in November 2006, its motion-sensing handheld "Wiimotes" got players off the couch and onto their feet. Now Microsoft...
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