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Smart Grid Vulnerabilities Could Cause Widespread Disruptions

A new cybersecurity coordination task force report highlights the need for planners to prepare for possible attacks on the U.S.'s smart grid and the technology...

A Peek Into Xerox R&d
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A Peek Into Xerox R&d

Xerox is executing a research and development (R&D) strategy with concentrations on information explosion, mass customization, and sustainability, says Xerox CTO...

Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads
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Intelligent Vehicles Tested Across European Roads

A European-wide research project slated to begin in 2010 should offer some answers about the real benefits that advanced driver assistance systems provide to drivers...

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Industry Body Forming to Address It Graduate Skills

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) is creating the Open Web Education Alliance (OWEA), a new body designed to help ensure that educational institutions around...

MIT Creating Microchip That Could Restore Vision
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MIT Creating Microchip That Could Restore Vision

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) researchers have developed a microchip that could be used with wireless technology and eyeglasses equipped with a camera...

Icann Be Independent
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Icann Be Independent

ICANN has reached a new agreement with the U.S. government that will allow the organization to operate more independently, just before the expiration of the joint...

Pedestrian Crossings Could Be Monitored
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Pedestrian Crossings Could Be Monitored

A surveillance system for monitoring whether cars and pedestrians are acting normally at crosswalks has been developed by researchers at Spain's University of Castilla...

Greener Computing in the Cloud
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Greener Computing in the Cloud

Researchers say that custom data centers being built for cloud computing systems are very energy efficient. "There are issues with property rights and confidentiality...

Google Opens Voting on Ideas to Change the World
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Google Opens Voting on Ideas to Change the World

Google's Project 10 100 — a contest celebrating the company's 10th anniversary — asked participants in September 2008 to submit ideas that could help change the...

Thought-Controlled Wheelchair
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Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

Carmaker Toyota has teamed up with the Riken Brain Science Institute to create a computer the reads the brainwaves of a person seated in a wheelchair to control...

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard
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'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard

Scientists from six European countries have designed a new automatic driving assistance program called DRIVSCO. The program studies the car owner's driving pattern...

Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane
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Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane

The Smart Cane is a prototype device developed by Central Michigan University (CMU) engineering students to help visually-impaired people navigate and avoid obstacles...

State Educators Call For Technology Investment
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State Educators Call For Technology Investment

In his first State of Education Address Thursday (Sept 24), Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers touched on budget cuts and problems...

The Sum of Knowledge
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The Sum of Knowledge

European researchers are creating new technology that could, ultimately, make accessible the sum of humankind’s knowledge. Hundreds of organisations and millions...

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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

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Control of Internet Is at Issue

The U.S. Commerce Department's Joint Project Agreement (JPA) with ICANN is set to expire on Sept. 30. As that date approaches, Commerce is under increasing pressure...

Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium
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Infoglut: The Disease of the New Millennium

Information, the very thing that makes it possible to be an engineer, a doctor, a lawyer, or any other kind of information worker, is threatening our ability to...

Rfid Technology May Help in Keeping Foods Safe
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Rfid Technology May Help in Keeping Foods Safe

RFID technology has led to better safety handling of raw materials and finished products in the food industry, which is also using the technology to speed up the...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award
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Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award

University of California, Berkeley professors Maneesh Agrawala and Lin He have been named MacArthur Fellows, which provides them with five-year, $500,000 grants...
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