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Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds
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Stock Traders Find Speed Pays, in Milliseconds

Practitioners of high-frequency trading use powerful computers to transmit millions of orders at incredible speed, and critics warn that the method could be used...

Technology on Way to Forecasting Humanity's Needs, Researcher Reports
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Technology on Way to Forecasting Humanity's Needs, Researcher Reports

Much as meteorologists predict the path and intensity of hurricanes, Indiana University's Alessandro Vespignani believes we will one day predict with unprecedented...

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise
From ICT Results

Next-Generation Sound Systems to Minimize Background Noise

The whole listening experience in cars, cinemas, theatres, and even during videoconferences, is likely to improve radically thanks to a new set of tools for application...

Helping Robots Get a Grip
From ACM TechNews

Helping Robots Get a Grip

Columbia University robotics researchers Peter Allan and Matei Ciocarlie have developed a new way to control a dexterous robotic hand. The researchers realized...

Learning Through Games
From Communications of the ACM

Learning Through Games

Electronic games can inspire players to explore new ideas and concepts. By gaining a better understanding of the dynamic between player and game, researchers hope...

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership
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Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership

A team of faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology has formed a historic partnership with the Korean government, industry, and universities to develop a...

When Robots Invaded the Senate
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When Robots Invaded the Senate

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently held a luncheon briefing and open house for U.S. Senate members to demonstrate cyber-physical systems (CPS), an emerging...

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants
From ICT Results

Building Better Automated Workplace Assistants

A key component of modern factories is the flexible production cell – a workstation staffed by a worker with the training and tools to carry out a variety of operations...

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DAC Workshops Focus on Design Techniques, Careers, Emerging EDA Apps

ACM's 46th Design Automation Conference (DAC) will give industry professionals an opportunity to learn more about front- and back-end design issues and to participate...

From ACM TechNews

In Search For Intelligence, a Silicon Brain Twitches

Blue Brain is a supercomputer-powered software model designed to closely simulate the activity of a rat's neocortical column (NCC) in the hope of gaining insights...

Technology Offers Virtual Visualization of the Human Body
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Technology Offers Virtual Visualization of the Human Body

From a command center resembling the bridge of the Starship Enterprise, doctors at The Methodist Hospital have developed 3-D technology that enables them to view...

Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers
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Robo-Bats With Metal Muscles May Be Next Generation of Remote Control Flyers

North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers are developing a highly maneuverable bat-sized flying robot that could be used for a variety of purposes, including...

From ACM TechNews

IBM Security Software Masks Confidential Info

IBM researchers have developed Masking Gateway for Enterprises (MAGEN), software that uses optical character recognition and screen scraping technology to identify...

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids
From ICT Results

Software ­nlocks the Power of Grids

A huge amount of computing power sits idle most of the time, and new technologies enabling the sharing of resources aim to capitalize on that. Now European researchers...

Researchers Help Set Security Standards For the Internet
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Researchers Help Set Security Standards For the Internet

Dartmouth College researchers who pioneered the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) have assumed leadership roles in the establishment of Internet security standards...

From ACM News

Crime-Fighting Eyes Take to the Skies

In what they say is the first step toward a new era in law enforcement techniques, city officials in Lancaster, Calif. are testing a small airplane mounting a high...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
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Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

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Video Tool to Zoom in on Criminals

Researchers at Tel Aviv University (TAU) have developed software that enhances the resolution of raw video images and improves the quality of the images. TAU professor...

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XHTML 2 Language Dumped in Favor of HTML 5

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) will no longer develop XHTML 2, an XML-based version of HTML that would have provided capabilities for mobile systems and internationalization...

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Techies the Latest Weapon in Catching Car Thieves

Researchers at the University of Technology, Sydney, (UTS) Australia, have developed software that uses new imaging technology to enable moving police cars to automatically...
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