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New Direction in Teaching Computer Science Emphasizes Activity, Interaction, Critique

The Washington University in St. Louis computer science department is using a new "active learning" approach to teach undergraduate students in an effort to better...

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ACM Fellow Ed Catmull Garners an Oscar For Computer Graphics Leadership

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has honored ACM Fellow Ed Catmull for his lifetime of technical contributions and leadership...

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­U.S. Said to Be Losing Competitive Edge

The U.S. economy has lost much of its competitive edge during the past decade, concludes a new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report. The United...

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­Universities Pilot 'Tools as a Service' Cloud Computing Initiative

The Tools as a Service (TaaS) cloud computing pilot program involving the IBM Canada Software Lab and the Ontario Centres of Excellence is up and running at participating...

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A Difficult, Unforgettable Idea

On the 40th anniversary of Douglas C. Engelbart's "The Mother of All Demos," computer scientists discuss the event's influence — and imagine what could have been...

Crowd Control
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Crowd Control

Researchers are turning to computers to help us take advantage of our own cognitive abilities and of the wisdom of crowds.

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IT Not So Green

University of Calgary professor Richard Hawkins says there is no evidence that information technology (IT) reduces the world's environmental footprint. "It was...

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Howard S. Smith: Will Robotics Advance on the Battlefield?

Optimal Robotics founder Howard S. Smith says the military is the most likely place for artificially intelligent machines. Developing the technology that will be...

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The Expanding Mind

A "remarkable synergy" between the advancement of brain-computer interface (BCI) technology and innovations in computers, digital storage devices, software, and...

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Improved Sensor Technology Could Someday Keep Tabs on Terrorists By Remote Control

Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) scientists are developing new optical sensors for use in unmanned air vehicles and surveillance drones that could track...

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The Journey from Jar Jar to Sign Language Motion Capture Opens the Door to a New Way to Communicate

Dalhousie University professor Aaron Newman, the Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, is using motion capture technology to develop a more thorough...

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Does Better Security Depend on a Better Internet?

The New York Times' recent article, "Do We Need a New Internet?," by John Markoff, has sparked debate in the research community over whether creating a secure Internet...

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Graduates Take Degrees Overseas

International students at Carnegie Mellon University pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math are increasingly leaving the United States after...

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Women in IT Still Hit Glass Ceiling

Despite the growing role of women in the United Kingdom's information technology industry, there are signs that a glass ceiling still exists. A recent survey found...

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Stimulus Bill Includes $7.2 Billion For Broadband

The $787 billion economic stimulus package U.S. President Obama recently signed into law includes $7.2 billion for broadband grant and loan programs. Under the...

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Mathematical Firepower (and Cash) Key to Solving Computing Problems

Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CSIRO's) Louise Ryan says increasing funding for mathematical sciences is essential...

Does Drm Have a Future?
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Does Drm Have a Future?

Digital rights management (DRM)  has emerged as a widespread tool to combat piracy. So far, however, DRM systems have proved highly inconvenient to consumers who...

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Computer Science Meets the Grid

University of California, Berkeley professor Randy Katz says future computers need to be designed to meet the energy efficiency needs of data centers, and the power...

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Lighting ­Up the Lives of the Elderly - Adaptively

Researchers working on the European Union-funded Aladin project say lighting that can adapt automatically to meet a user's needs could have significant benefits...

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Intelligent Home Environment

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) in Kaiserslautern, Germany, are developing an intelligent home automation system...
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