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Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition
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Virginia Tech Team to Build Battlefield Robots For 2010 Competition

The roving, walking robotic soldiers of the "Terminator" films are becoming less sci-fi and more certain future every day. Now, a team of robotics researchers from...

From ACM CareerNews

ACM India to Launch in January

The first major event for the ACM community in India is set for January 21, 2010 in Bangalore. The ACM India Launch Event will be a full day event featuring speakers...

Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones
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Insurgents Hack ­.s. Drones

Militants in Iraq have used $26 off-the-shelf software to intercept live video feeds from U.S. Predator drones, potentially providing them with information they...

Augmented Reality Gets Ready For Work
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Augmented Reality Gets Ready For Work

Much of the work on augmented reality (AR) has focused on applying computer-generated virtual imagery to video games and other consumer applications, but the technology...

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NexGen Air Transport System to ­ltimately Succeed, Computer Scientist Predicts

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has begun implementing the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NexGen) across the United States. University...

Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search
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Google Collaborates With D-Wave on Possible Quantum Image Search

Google has developed new search technology that recognizes images significantly faster than the computers currently used in its data centers. The image search...

From ACM TechNews

­niversity of Toronto Physicists Lay the Groundwork for Cooler, Faster Computing

Researchers at the University of Toronto (UT) have discovered new behaviors of light that could lead to faster optical information processing and compact computers...

From ACM TechNews

Surgery on Beating Heart Thanks to Robotic Helping Hand

Researchers at France's Montpellier Laboratory of Informatics, Robotics, and Microelectronics have developed a computerized three-dimensional (3D) model that enables...

Tenure-O-Meter
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Tenure-O-Meter

Indiana University computer scientists have developed the Tenurometer, a tool for evaluating the impact of scholars in their field. Tenurometer counts the number...

Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory
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Five Ways to Revolutionize Computer Memory

Various technologies are under development in labs worldwide to dramatically enhance computer memory capacity beyond that of flash memory. 

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Glasgow's Joking Computer

A computer that is capable of using simple language rules and a large vocabulary to generate cracker-style jokes, based on puns, is the subject of a new exhibit...

From ACM TechNews

New Open Source Stack Saves Money

Vienna University of Technology researchers have created the Open Source EtherNet/IP Adapter Stack for connecting a wide range of industrial products that already...

Computing With a Wave of the Hand
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Computing With a Wave of the Hand

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab researchers have devised a way to turn liquid crystal displays (LCDs) into lens-less cameras through the use of...

Advancing STEM Education
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Advancing STEM Education

Seven institutions received funding in fiscal year 2009 through Innovation through Institutional Integration, or I3 — an effort intended to link institutions' existing...

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing
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A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

In a speech given just a few weeks before he was lost at sea off the California coast in January 2007, Jim Gray, a database software pioneer and a Microsoft researcher...

From ACM TechNews

Wales Gets

The Welsh Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has announced HPC Wales, a new high-performance computing (HPC) institute that will provide the industrial...

Pandemic Toolkit Offers Flu With a View
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Pandemic Toolkit Offers Flu With a View

Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are developing the Pandemic Influenza Planning Tool, an analytic toolkit...

Of Girls and Geeks: Why Women Don't Like Computer Science
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Of Girls and Geeks: Why Women Don't Like Computer Science

The stereotype of computer scientists as nerds who stay up all night coding and have no social life may be driving women away from the field, according to a new...

China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics
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China Ready For Humanoid Robot Olympics

In an effort to strengthen achievements in the technology sector, China will hold a special olympics event for robots. The International Humanoid Robot Olympic...

Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations
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Southampton Supercomputer to Crunch Computations

The new University of Southampton supercomputer, which will go live in January 2010, will enable students in the school's Institute for Complex Systems Simulation...
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