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Virtual Surgery Aims to Replace Risky Training

A new haptically enabled computer simulation system is undergoing clinical trials at Cork University Hospital in Ireland and Pecs University in Hungary. The virtual...

Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies
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Report ­rges Colleges to Emphasize Math, Science, and International Studies

Mathematics, science, and technology must continue to be a priority for U.S. higher education to ensure that the United States remains globally competitive, according...

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Wiser Owl Learns to ­nravel Doctor Talk

OWL 2, a new Internet language developed by an international team led by computer scientists from the University of Manchester and Oxford University, is designed...

Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health
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Consumer Electronics Can Help Improve Patient Health

Electronic tools and technology applications for consumers can help improve health care processes, such as adherence to medication and clinical outcomes like smoking...

Robert L. Ashenhurst, Former Communications Editor-in-Chief, Dies
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Robert L. Ashenhurst, Former Communications Editor-in-Chief, Dies

Robert L. Ashenhurst, professor emeritus of applied mathematics at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business and a former editor-in-chief of Communications...

Internet Set For Change With Non-English Addresses
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Internet Set For Change With Non-English Addresses

Internationalized domain names (IDNs) will be one of the central topics at ICANN’s 36th International Public Meeting, which takes place October 25-30 in Seoul,...

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data
From ICT Results

Robot Integrates Audio, Visual Data

European researchers developed technology that enables a robot to combine data from both sound and vision to create combined, purposeful perception. In the process...

From ACM News

Overseas Chinese Return to Start Companies

TIANJIN, China — This city in northeastern China is a long way from Sand Hill Road, home to the world's greatest concentration of venture capitalists. But a deal...

Rensselaer To Lead Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks
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Rensselaer To Lead Research Center for Social and Cognitive Networks

With $16.75 million in funding from the Army Research Laboratory (ARL), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute will launch a new interdisciplinary research center devoted...

Biosensor to Help Enlist Cancer Resistance Fighters
From ICT Results

Biosensor to Help Enlist Cancer Resistance Fighters

Cancer is a major killer and an intractable problem confronting medical science, but now the Cochise team of European researchers have developed a biosensor that...

Center Finds Gaps in Internet ­se Based on Age, Education, and Income
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Center Finds Gaps in Internet ­se Based on Age, Education, and Income

The total number of Internet users in the United States reached its highest point to date this year — 82 percent of Americans say they go online, a percentage that...

Algorithm Predicts Fate of Emergency Medical Service Callers
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Algorithm Predicts Fate of Emergency Medical Service Callers

A computer algorithm that can predict the risk of dying for individuals who place calls for emergency medical service has been developed by researchers in Japan...

Friend This: Scientists Will Find Research Partners on National Network
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Friend This: Scientists Will Find Research Partners on National Network


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Congress Endorses Computer Science Education as Driver of Innovation, Economic Growth

ACM joins with several partners from the computing community to commend the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of a resolution to raise the profile of computer...

Acm, Ieee-CS Honor Pioneer of Grid Computing
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Acm, Ieee-CS Honor Pioneer of Grid Computing

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society (IEEE-CS) have named Francine Berman the winner of the inaugural Ken Kennedy Award. Established this year, the award, named for...

Exploring New Frontiers
From Communications of the ACM

Exploring New Frontiers

The Expeditions in Computing program provides scientists with the funding to work on ambitious, often multidisciplinary research.

Implementing Electronic Medical Records
From Communications of the ACM

Implementing Electronic Medical Records

Despite a number of challenges, patients' medical records are slowly making the transition to the digital age.

Jumping the Queue For Official Documents
From ICT Results

Jumping the Queue For Official Documents

Software developed by European researchers allows citizens and local governments to exchange official documents over mobile phones. The software could help usher...

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First Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources Awarded

The first $1,000 Gordon Prize in Managing Cybersecurity Resources goes for an essay written by researchers from Harvard and Dresden, Germany. Maryland's Robert...

Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams
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Researchers to Model the Life Cycles of Successful Virtual Teams

Florida State University (FSU) researcher Kathleen Burnett has received a two-year, $380,226 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study scientific researchers...
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