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Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies
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Spinoffs Reveal Earth Benefits of Nasa Technologies

Congressional staffers in the Rayburn House Office Building on May 20 were wondering why a robot was roaming the halls. Those who followed the robot were led to...

Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields
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Educators Seek New Ways to Steer Kids Toward Technical Fields

Students at the new Hughes STEM High School, in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati, learn concepts of science, technology, engineering and math by...

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Worldwide R&d Expenditures Top $330 Billion

U.S.-owned businesses and U.S. affiliates of foreign companies had worldwide R&D expenses of $330 billion in calendar year 2008 and worldwide sales of $11 trillion...

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Despite Green Diet, Data Centers Still Gobble Power

Despite U.S. government warnings on exploding energy consumption, data centers are not getting more power-efficient.

Mobile Data: A Gold Mine For Telcos
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Mobile Data: A Gold Mine For Telcos

Cell phone companies are finding that they're sitting on a gold mine--in the form of the call records of their subscribers.

Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech
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Apple Passes Microsoft as No. 1 in Tech

Wall Street has called the end of an era and the beginning of the next one: The most important technology product no longer sits on your desk but rather fits in...

Robin Milner: The Elegant Pragmatist
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Robin Milner: The Elegant Pragmatist

Remembering a rich legacy in verification, languages, and concurrency.

Mine Your Business
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Mine Your Business

Researchers are developing new techniques to gauge employee productivity from information flow.

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Submissions Invited For Green500 Supercomputer Ranking

The next submission deadline for the Green500 List, which ranks the most energy-efficient supercomputers in the world, will be June 7.

Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus
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Scientist Infects Himself With Computer Virus

University of Reading scientist Mark Gasson has deliberately infected himself with a computer virus in order to study the potential risks of implanting electronic...

The Automotive Internet, From Vision to Reality
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The Automotive Internet, From Vision to Reality

The European Union-funded CVIS project aims to deploy an advanced communications infrastructure that can facilitate new ways to drastically upgrade the safety,...

The Doctor Is Out, but New Patient Monitoring and Robotics Technology Is In
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The Doctor Is Out, but New Patient Monitoring and Robotics Technology Is In

A new generation of medical devices using wireless communications, sophisticated software and data center-driven "cloud" computing promises to deliver health care...

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DARPA Builds Cyber Range to Test Security Measures

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with industry to develop the National Cyber Range, a cybersecurity testbed for researching network...

Idea Man of Limewire at a Crossroads
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Idea Man of Limewire at a Crossroads

Mark Gorton is a confident guy. He’s confident about his ideas. He’s confident about his enthusiasms. And he’s confident that his successes--like making money on...

Va Researchers Seek Answers to Unexplained Illnesses Through Technology
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Va Researchers Seek Answers to Unexplained Illnesses Through Technology

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs researchers are extracting information from millions of clinical notes in order to identify patterns in symptoms that might...

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Communications Law to Be Reviewed

Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV) and Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA)  announced Monday (May 24) that they would hold hearings to examine how the Communications Act...

Researchers Turn to Supercomputing to Find Malaria's Soft Spot
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Researchers Turn to Supercomputing to Find Malaria's Soft Spot

Intellectual Ventures builds computer simulations to better understand how malaria spreads and how it responds to eradication efforts.

Book Urges a 'minds-On' Approach to Teaching Science
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Book Urges a 'minds-On' Approach to Teaching Science

Thomas O'Brien, director of Binghamton University's Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, hopes that his new book will change the way students...

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How Apps, Texting Can Improve Your Health

Before iPhones, Foursquare and Facebook, B.J. Fogg envisioned a mobile fitness device that coaches the user, tracks her location, and shows her friends also exercising...

Researchers Build Mathematical Models For Cancer Treatment
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Researchers Build Mathematical Models For Cancer Treatment

South Dakota State University mathematicians are helping doctors of the Mayo Clinic build mathematical models to fine-tune an innovative strategy to treat cancer...
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