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Duke to Shut ­senet Server, A Piece of Internet History
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Duke to Shut ­senet Server, A Piece of Internet History

Duke University this week will shut down its Usenet server, which provides access to a worldwide electronic discussion network of newsgroups started in 1979 by...

Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation
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Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation

Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century...

Nsf Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury ­niversity
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Nsf Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury ­niversity

Salisbury University is working to increase graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, with the help of a $996,303 National...

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Rensselaer Joins Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been selected to join a new international network of prestigious world-class research laboratories to support the growing field...

At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5
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At Youtube, Adolescence Begins at 5

Early this year, the most popular YouTube video of all time--a 2007 clip of a British toddler gleefully biting the finger of his older brother--was supplanted by...

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Software Improves Rehabilitation Techniques

Clear and simple visualizations of biomechanical data could improve rehabilitation after a stroke, accelerate the recovery from joint replacements, and prevent...

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Amd and Bgca to Offer Game Technology Program to Hundreds of Youth

The AMD Foundation has awarded a $115,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to implement Club Tech: Game Tech, a digital game development program, in...

Japanese Couple First in the World to Be Wed By a Robot
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Japanese Couple First in the World to Be Wed By a Robot

A Japanese professor of robotics and his bride were the first couple in the world officially wed by a robot.

Computers Could Make Better Drugs
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Computers Could Make Better Drugs

Using the NSF-funded Ranger supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, University of Texas at Austin professor Pengyu Ren is working to develop faster...

Technology Linked to Happiness, Study Claims
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Technology Linked to Happiness, Study Claims

A recent Chartered Institute for IT worldwide survey found there are positive links between access to technology and feelings of well-being. Access to communication...

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­.s. Struggles to Ward Off Evolving Cyber Threat

U.S. Department of Defense official James Miller says authorities have failed to stay ahead of the cyberattacks, which have resulted in the loss of an enormous...

Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers
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Operation Reboot: It Professionals Become Computer Science Teachers

A three-year, Georgia Tech-sponsored program called Operation Reboot is helping 30 information technology professionals reenter the work force as high school computer...

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Evolution of Large-Scale Social Networks Focus of MSU Study

A team from Michigan State University will study how large-scale social networks such as YouTube and Wikipedia change as users come and go over time in order to...

Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls
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Cellphones Now Used More For Data Than For Calls

She taps out her grocery lists, records voice memos, listens to music at the gym, tracks her caloric intake and posts frequent updates to her Twitter and Facebook...

Concerns as Sixth Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide
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Concerns as Sixth Foxconn Worker Commits Suicide

Foxconn Technology, the world's biggest contract maker of electronics, has been forced to answer allegations about the welfare of employees in China after its...

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Cars' Computer Systems Called at Risk to Hackers

Automobiles, which will be increasingly connected to the Internet in the near future, could be vulnerable to hackers just as computers are now, two teams of computer...

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Student Researchers Advance Emergency Alert Technology

A group of Northeastern University student researchers have developed a wireless wrist device that monitors a user's vital signs and may serves as an automated...

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Decline Is Seen in Nasa

The decline of basic research at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration jeopardizes the agency’s ability to study and explore the cosmos, a review panel...

Computers Can Effectively Detect Disease-Related Eye Problems
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Computers Can Effectively Detect Disease-Related Eye Problems

Cost-effective computerized systems can successfully screen diabetic patients to detect early eye problems related to the disease, University of Iowa analysis shows...

Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook
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Four Nerds and a Cry to Arms Against Facebook

How angry is the world at Facebook for devouring every morsel of personal information we are willing to feed it?
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