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Iit Kharagpur Receives Charles Babbage Grant

Synopsys Inc. announced Wednesday (Sept. 9) that the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur is the first institution of higher education in India to receive the...

Powerful Supercomputers Boost ­.s. Weather Forecasts
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Powerful Supercomputers Boost ­.s. Weather Forecasts

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has completed implementation of the final phase of a nine year, $180 million contract by installing the...

Computer Models Aim to Classify, Help Reduce Injury Accidents
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Computer Models Aim to Classify, Help Reduce Injury Accidents

Researchers at Purdue University and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety are developing computer models to search through the thousands of injury reports...

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Grant to Improve Monitoring of Computers Should Increase Reliability

University of Illinois at Chicago professor Prasid Sistla has received a three-year, $485,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to develop techniques for...

Empathy in the Virtual World
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Empathy in the Virtual World

Professor G. Anthony Gorry of Rice University's Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning is concerned that our empathy toward other people — and our ability...

How Belief Makes European E-Infrastructure Real
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How Belief Makes European E-Infrastructure Real

Europe has turned its early belief and investment in the potential of e-Infrastructures and virtual research into a position of strength, especially in e-Science...

Bio-Nano Device Could Lead to Better Electronics
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Bio-Nano Device Could Lead to Better Electronics

If manmade devices could be combined with biological machines, laptops and other electronic devices could get a boost in operating efficiency. Lawrence Livermore...

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IBM Japan Giving ­niversities Taste of Cloud Computing

IBM Japan Ltd. is accelerating the proliferation of cloud computing at universities as part of a global strategy by parent company IBM Corp. aimed at attracting...

Searching For Chinese Start-­ps
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Searching For Chinese Start-­ps

Google Inc.'s newly departed China chief outlined his plans for a technology-incubation company, capitalized with $115 million from several prominent backers. Kai...

Internet Addiction Center Opens In ­.s.
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Internet Addiction Center Opens In ­.s.

Ben Alexander spent nearly every waking minute playing the video game "World of Warcraft." As a result, he flunked out of the University of Iowa.Alexander, 19,...

Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips
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Quantum Computer Slips Onto Chips

A silicon chip about the size of a penny that uses photons to run Shor's algorithm has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Bristol in the...

Adding Trust to Wikipedia, and Beyond
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Adding Trust to Wikipedia, and Beyond

WikiTrust, developed by University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) researchers, helps users evaluate information published on Wikipedia by automatically assigning...

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Putting Computing in Education's Core

ACM has submitted comments on the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top Fund program that stress the need to ensure the level of support and attention...

Still Trying to Crack Nazi Enigma Messages
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Still Trying to Crack Nazi Enigma Messages

Enigma@home is attempting to break one of three original messages generated by the Enigma machine, which was intercepted by the Allies in 1942. The Enigma M4 machine...

Career Advice: High-Tech, Healthcare Best Choices For College Students
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Career Advice: High-Tech, Healthcare Best Choices For College Students

College students seeking careers in computer science and engineering have the best chance of being hired in the wake of the recession, according to a Challenger...

Welcome to 3-D Learning
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Welcome to 3-D Learning

The Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) is using three-dimensional (3D) technology to enable students to interact with the content covered in...

The Right Honorable Computer, Barrister-at-Law
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The Right Honorable Computer, Barrister-at-Law

European researchers have created a legal analysis query engine that combines artificial intelligence, game theory and semantics to offer advice, conflict prevention...

Child's Play May Revolutionize Video Gaming, Police Work
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Child's Play May Revolutionize Video Gaming, Police Work

University of Alberta researchers Marcia Spetch and Vadim Bulitko have completed a study on the decisions humans make when hiding and searching for objects. They...

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Dhs Report: It Sector Is Resilient Against Serious Cyberattacks

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently released a report that outlines several scenarios in which attacks against vital elements of the U.S.'s IT infrastructure...

­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center
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­tsa Wins $5 Million in Stimulus Funds For New Interdisciplinary Center

University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have received a five-year, $5 million National Science Foundation grant to establish the Simulation, Visualization...
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