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Surveillance Software Solves Security Snag

University of Adelaide researchers have developed software that eliminates the need for security personnel at large public venues to search for suspicious activity...

Eu Funding 'orwellian' AI Plan to Monitor Public For 'abnormal Behavior'
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Eu Funding 'orwellian' AI Plan to Monitor Public For 'abnormal Behavior'

The European Union-funded Project Indect is developing software that monitors and processes information collected from Web sites, discussion forums, file servers...

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City 2.0: It Will Make Cities More Engaging and Energy-Efficient

Cities will be transformed by WiMax, smart grids, social networks, and other emerging technologies, once they are cohesively integrated. WiMax is seen as a critical...

Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009
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Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009

This year's ACM conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Appliances (OOPSLA 2009) will be held in Orlando, Fla., from October 25-29. OOPSLA...

High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment
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High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment

Computers have helped doctors in the medical community for years. Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are working to see if computers can...

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Theoretical Electrical Resistance Discovery Proven in Nanomaterials Lab

Three years ago, theoretical work of a University of Nebraska-Lincoln research group predicted a new effect that could revolutionize the field of microelectronics...

Taming the Vast
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Taming the Vast

European researchers are making an impressive effort to link up digital repositories to create a vast network of easy to search online data. The DRIVER project...

What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity
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What Traditional Academics Can Learn From a Futurist's ­niversity

The Singularity University program combines technology, futurism, and corporate support to question well-entrenched perspectives on learning and technology. The...

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Hamburg Internet Technologists Propose Roadmap For Future Internet Design

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences computer scientists led by professor Thomas Schmidt have received a three-year grant for the Hybrid Adaptive Mobile Multicast...

White House ­nveils Cloud Computing Initiative
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White House ­nveils Cloud Computing Initiative

The Obama administration has introduced a cloud computing policy that aims to lower infrastructure costs and reduce the environmental impact of government computing...

Software and the Smartphone Will Map Research Across the World
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Software and the Smartphone Will Map Research Across the World

Research from Imperial College London scientists indicates that new smartphone software will help epidemiologists and ecologists in the field analyze data remotely...

Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities
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Researchers Could Save Thousands ­sing Xbox's Parallel Processing Capabilities

University of Warwick researcher Simon Scarle has demonstrated that an Xbox 360 chip could replace parallel processing hardware for a fraction of the cost. Scarle's...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Groovy
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Groovy

Groovy project manager Guillaume Laforge says the Groovy programming language was designed to make life simpler for developers through its seamless integration...

Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable
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Making Nanowires More Electrically Stable

Nanomaterials  are widely expected to be a foundation of future electronics. A key component of  tomorrow's nanoelectronic circuits is stable nanowires that work...

Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites
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Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites

Using a new software protocol called the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world recently...

Prone Robot Sculpture Draws Attention
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Prone Robot Sculpture Draws Attention

Goldie, the sculpture that looks like a rusty, prone robot, lies mute on Woods Quad at the University of Alabama. Curious, delighted visitors drawn to the enchanting...

Internet Pioneer Cerf ­rges IPv6 Migrations
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Internet Pioneer Cerf ­rges IPv6 Migrations

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) needs to be implemented now to enable the Internet to continue to grow, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf said during an event at...

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Google Delivers New Java-Like Language: Noop

Google has developed Noop, a new programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Google describes Noop as "a new language that attempts to blend...

Google Acquires Recaptcha
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Google Acquires Recaptcha

ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online...

NRL Artificial Intelligence Team Win Prestigious Video Awards
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NRL Artificial Intelligence Team Win Prestigious Video Awards

Researchers at the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory's (NRL) Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence won two awards at the 21st International Joint...
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