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Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot
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Designing a Ride and Learning Math at Epcot

Can children who do not know how many sides a triangle has get excited about learning math and engineering? Maybe a field trip to an amusement park will do the...

The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing
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The Web's Inventor Regrets One Small Thing

Governments around the world have put more of their data on the Web this year than previous years, and the United States and Britain have led the way, said Sir...

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data
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Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

It is a rare criticism of elite American university students that they do not think big enough. But that is exactly the complaint from some of the largest technology...

­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.
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­.s. Begins Antitrust Inquiry of I.b.m.

The Justice Department has started a preliminary investigation into whether I.B.M. has abused its monopoly position in the market for mainframe computers, which...

DARPA Director Visits ­niversities in Bid to Re-Energize Partnerships
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DARPA Director Visits ­niversities in Bid to Re-Energize Partnerships

Regina E. Dugan, the new director of the Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), is visiting universities across the United States in an attempt...

Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light
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Nobel Awarded For Advances in Harnessing Light

The mastery of light through technology was the theme of this year’s Nobel Prize in Physics as the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences honored breakthroughs in fiber...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm
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After the Transistor, a Leap Into the Microcosm

Gaze into the electron microscope display in Frances Ross’s laboratory here and it is possible to persuade yourself that Dr. Ross, a 21st-century materials scientist...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts
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Mining the Web for Feelings, Not Facts

Opinions expressed on the Internet can determine the eventual success or failure of a product, and tools stemming from the emergent field of sentiment analysis...

Study Finds that Online Education Beats the Classroom
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Study Finds that Online Education Beats the Classroom

Students' performance in online education settings tended to trounce that of those receiving face-to-face instruction, according to a study SRI International carried...

The Corporate Lab as Ringmaster
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The Corporate Lab as Ringmaster

The advent of the Internet era is shrinking the role of corporate research and development laboratories in the innovation process, according to experts. Michael...

For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics
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For Today's Graduate, Just One Word: Statistics

The statistics field's popularity is growing among graduates as they realize that it involves more than number crunching and deals with pressing real-world challenges...

Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates ­.s. Fear of Cyberwar Risk
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Halted '03 Iraq Plan Illustrates ­.s. Fear of Cyberwar Risk

At the core of the U.S. Obama Administration and its Pentagon leadership's efforts to develop rules governing cyberwarfare is the question of whether offensive...

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Researchers Try to Stalk Botnets ­sed By Hackers

To track the spread of botnets, Sandia National Laboratories computer security specialists Rob Minnich and Don Rudish have converted a Dell Thunderbird supercomputer...

Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt
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Netflix Challenge Ends, But Winner Is in Doubt

Netflix's $1 million contest to design a better movie preference-matching algorithm ended on July 26th, with two teams in a near tie and the outcome of the contest...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man
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Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) have spurred a group of computer scientists to consider whether research that might lead to a loss of human control over...

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...

Digital Eyes Will Chart Baseball's ­nseen Skills
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Digital Eyes Will Chart Baseball's ­nseen Skills

The game of baseball could be significantly affected by a new camera and software system capable of recording the precise speed and location of the ball and every...

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E-Mail Surveillance Renews Concerns in Congress

A National Security Agency (NSA) operation involving surveillance of American residents' communications, especially domestic email, is fueling debate in the U.S...
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