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Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids
From ICT Results

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids

A huge amount of computing power sits idle most of the time, and new technologies enabling the sharing of resources aim to capitalize on that. Now European researchers...

­.S. Tech Education Push Gets a New Techie Weapon
From ACM TechNews

­.S. Tech Education Push Gets a New Techie Weapon

Raytheon recently presented an open source computer simulation and modeling program designed to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education...

Robot Learns to Smile and Frown
From ACM TechNews

Robot Learns to Smile and Frown

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed an Einstein robot "empowered" to learn to smile and frown realistically via machine...

From ACM TechNews

Defense Agency, Faulted for Scaling Back Computer Research, Gets New Leader

University of Washington professor Edward D. Lazowska wants Regina E. Dugan, the new director of the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Emotional Robots: Will We Love Them or Hate Them?
From ACM TechNews

Emotional Robots: Will We Love Them or Hate Them?

Scientists have theorized that many technologies would function better if they were aware of their users' emotional states, and progress in this field includes...

From ACM TechNews

Ndssl Receives $1.45 Million to Develop Petascale Computer Modeling Capabilities

The Network Dynamics and Simulation Science Laboratory (NDSSL) at Virginia Tech's Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has been awarded a four-year, $1.45 million...

From ACM News

Americans See Science as Lagging Here

Both the American public and researchers have a high regard for scientific advancement. But they disagree over the standing of science in the U.S. A full 84 percent...

From ACM News

Crime-Fighting Eyes Take to the Skies

In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials in Lancaster, Calif. are testing a small airplane mounting a high...

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap
From ICT Results

Tying ­p Loose Ends For a Quantum Leap

Quantum technologies have become the Holy Grail of the IT industry with research projects springing up throughout  Europe and all over the world. Now a major European...

Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers
From ACM TechNews

Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers

Juniper security researcher Barnaby Jack canceled plans for a live demonstration of the insecurity of automatic teller machines (ATMs) at the upcoming Black Hat...

People Avoiding Automatic Location Information in Mobile Services
From ACM TechNews

People Avoiding Automatic Location Information in Mobile Services

Providers of fully automatic Web and mobile location information services will need to allow users to edit the information to get more people to use the features...

Scientist Shortage? Maybe Not
From ACM News

Scientist Shortage? Maybe Not

The predictions are dire, the language grim: Looming shortfalls. Gathering storm. Disturbing mosaic. It's not the economy or global warming. It's the coming shortage...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
From ACM TechNews

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

From ACM TechNews

Semantic Search Engine to Speed ­p Administrative Procedures

The Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) School of Computing's Ontology Engineering Group has developed an ontology-based semantic search engine for government...

Nasa Tests 'space Internet' Protocols on International Space Station
From ACM TechNews

Nasa Tests 'space Internet' Protocols on International Space Station

The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder) is collaborating with NASA on the development of a new Interplanetary Internet currently undergoing testing on...

How Computing Is Changing Journalism
From ACM News

How Computing Is Changing Journalism

Computing has influenced many fields in a big way, and journalism is one of them. There’s an ongoing trend away from print media and toward digital, and this is...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
From ACM News

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...

Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds
From ACM TechNews

Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds

University of Michigan computer science students have developed DoGood, an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that encourages users to perform acts of kindness...

CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers
From ACM News

CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown that public information readily gleaned from governmental sources, commercial databases, or online social networks...

Breaking Down the Gender Barrier
From ACM TechNews

Breaking Down the Gender Barrier

A recent ACM survey of more than 1,400 college-bound high school students found that 45 percent of boys see a computer science major as a "very good" choice, but...
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