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­nique Thz 'fingerprints' Will Identify Hidden Explosives from a Distance
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­nique Thz 'fingerprints' Will Identify Hidden Explosives from a Distance

A breakthrough in remote wave sensing by a team from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute opens the way for detecting hidden explosives, chemical or biological agents...

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Feds Publish Final Ehealth 'meaningful Use' Rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued the final guidelines that will determine how doctors, hospitals and other medical care facilities...

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Java Supplants IT Security as Most Sought-After Tech Skill Set, Survey Finds

Java/J2EE has become the most difficult skill set and position to fill, according to a new Dice.com survey. Java development has supplanted IT security and virtualization...

A Turning Point For Genetic Testing
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A Turning Point For Genetic Testing

In a prelude to overhauling its regulatory oversight of genetic diagnostic testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene a public meeting next week...

The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project
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The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project

Studsat, a tiny satellite that was built by 35 students belonging to four engineering colleges in Bangalore and three in Hyderabad, was put in orbit on Monday...

Computer Science Professor Receives Hp Labs Innovation Research Award
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Computer Science Professor Receives Hp Labs Innovation Research Award

Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been selected to participate in the HP Labs Innovation Research Program...

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­.s. R&d Companies Employed 27 Million Workers Worldwide in 2008

U.S. research & development companies employed 27.1 million workers worldwide in 2008, including 18.5 million domestically, according to a new report from the U...

Woven Electronics
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Woven Electronics

ETH Zurich researchers have developed intelligent textiles that have electronic components such as sensors and conductive filaments woven into the fabric. 

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7887 Khz, Your Home For Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage...

DARPA Plots Death-From-Above, On Demand
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DARPA Plots Death-From-Above, On Demand

Before a bomb gets dropped in Afghanistan, dozens of people weigh in: air controllers bark coordinates over a radio; officers double-check the target’s location...

Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality
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Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality

Middleshcool students are champion time-wasters. And the personal computer may be the ultimate time-wasting appliance. Put the two together at home, without hovering...

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Chinese Think Tank Accuses ­.S., Other Western Countries of ­sing Facebook to Sow ­nrest

A Chinese government-backed think tank has accused the U.S. and other Western governments of using social-networking sites such as Facebook to spur political unrest...

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Indian Students Head For Canada to Join Research Internships

As part of MITACS Globalink internship program, 105 undergraduate Indian students are working on a number of research projects alongside undergraduate and graduate...

Talent Scarcity Crimps IT's Growth, Says Narayana Murthy
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Talent Scarcity Crimps IT's Growth, Says Narayana Murthy

The scarcity of computer science engineers in India has led to the booming information technology sector poaching talent from other engineering disciplines, according...

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Government Auditors Urge Clearer Cybersecurity R&D Strategy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report that criticizes the way in which the federal government funds and carries out cybersecurity research...

War in the Fifth Domain
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War in the Fifth Domain

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Estonia-based "center of excellence" for cyberdefense is the hub of brainstorming efforts covering the tactical and legal...

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Over 5 Billion Mobile Phone Connections Worldwide

More than a billion mobile phone connections have been added to the global tally in just 18 months, according to Wireless Intelligence.

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Intel's Cure For Home Energy Management: Answering Machines

Intel may have come up with a way to solve one of the most pressing problems with home energy management consoles, and the solution harks back to the early '80s...

Algorithm Predicts Manhole Explosions in New York City
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Algorithm Predicts Manhole Explosions in New York City

A team of Columbia University researchers have developed an algorithm that helps predict which of New York City's manholes might be the next to blow.

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Consumers, Marketers Differ on Electronic Privacy Rules

The the first study to directly compare consumer and marketer expectations for privacy limits, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that...
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