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How Advanced Technology Helped East Coast Blizzard Emergency Crews
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How Advanced Technology Helped East Coast Blizzard Emergency Crews

Emergency management and transport agencies along the Mid-Atlantic coping with the recent blizzards used an advanced visualization and data fusion system that put...

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Sensor Exploits Traditional Weakness of Nano Devices

By taking advantage of a phenomenon that until now has been a virtual showstopper for electronics designers, a team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Panos...

Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering
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Do-It-Yourself Genetic Engineering

It all started with a brawny, tattooed building contractor with a passion for exotic animals. He was taking biology classes at City College of San Francisco, a...

Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer
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Despite Glitches, Electronics Make Cars Safer

Future cars will have even more complex electronics and robotic-like control systems that monitor driving conditions and assist drivers, but experts say that will...

Australia Builds Secret Database to Fight Cyber-Terrorism
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Australia Builds Secret Database to Fight Cyber-Terrorism

Australia's federal government has been given sensitive data from utilities, banks, and other organizations for the Critical Infrastructure Protection Modeling...

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Ntu Launches One of the World's Greenest Supercomputers

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) researchers recently launched the High Performance Computing (HPC) Centre, which features sustainability features such as...

Nsf Launches Open Government Web Page
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Nsf Launches Open Government Web Page

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently launched a new Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/open designed to encourage participation and collaboration between...

Stanford Finds Cheating
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Stanford Finds Cheating

Allegations of cheating at Stanford University have more than doubled in the past decade, with the largest number of violations involving computer science students...

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Organic Crystals Promise Low-Power Green Computing

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have discovered ferroelectric behavior in crystalline croconic acid, which...

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...

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Ibm's Jeopardy-Playing Machine Now Beats Human Contestants

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...

Wipro to Offer 100 Percent Recyclable, Toxin-Free Computers
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Wipro to Offer 100 Percent Recyclable, Toxin-Free Computers

Information technology services corporation Wipro Infotech has claimed to be the first Indian company to build a 100 percent recyclable and toxin-free computer,...

Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job
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Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job

Peiter Zatko--a respected hacker known as "Mudge"--has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed toDARPA...

A 50-Watt Cellular Network
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A 50-Watt Cellular Network

An Indian telecom company is deploying simple cell phone base stations that need as little as 50 watts of solar-provided power. It will soon announce plans to sell...

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India's International Patent Filing Dips By 29 Percent

The economic slowdown has had an impact on India's international patent filings under World Intellectual Property Organisation's (WIPO) Patent Cooperation Treaty...

Old-Style Computers Get New Life in Developing Countries
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Old-Style Computers Get New Life in Developing Countries

Hanuman, a divine being in Hindu mythology, is well on his way to becoming a video game hero. It's all part of a project called PlayPower, co-founded by Carnegie...

An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web
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An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web

The Internet used to be a place where Ken Harrenstien could do anything. The Google engineer, who has been deaf since childhood, loved the Web because he could...

Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion
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Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion

If wireless operators thought they'd faced a deluge of data traffic from the iPhone, they haven't seen anything yet, according to a survey from network equipment...

Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms
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Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms

A SWARM of "smart dust" spacecraft, positioned at a sweet spot between the Earth and the sun, could alert us to the approach of dangerous space storms well before...
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