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N.y. Bomb Plot Highlights Limitations of Data Mining

The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City shows the limitations of data-mining technology. Using data mining to search for potential terrorists is similar...

An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication
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An Optical Traffic Cop For Rapid Communication

Tel Aviv University's Koby Scheuer has developed a nano-based filtering device using silicon rubber that is designed to enable faster communications over optical...

Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets
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Intel Launches Chip For Smartphones, Tablets

Intel on Tuesday announced its long-awaited Atom chip for smartphones and tablets, a crowded market populated by a host of formidable rivals--unlike the PC market...

Complex Software Systems
From ICT Results

Complex Software Systems

Researchers from Israel and six EU countries have carried out pioneering work on self-healing software capable of automatically and autonomously detecting, identifying...

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics
From ACM TechNews

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics

Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung researchers have developed a way to capture the piezoelectric power generated when a touchscreen flexes under a user's touch...

Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions
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Teams Gear ­p For Two Robotic Competitions

NIST has announced that 11 university teams will square off next week in two contests designed to prove the viability of advanced technologies for robotic manufacturing...

Mastering Multicore
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Mastering Multicore

MIT researchers have developed software that makes computer simulations of physical systems run more efficiently on multicore chips. 

Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer
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Researchers at Iowa State, Ames Lab Prepare For Blue Waters Supercomputer

They can't wait to do computational chemistry at a quadrillion calculations per second. Petascale computing will give three researchers at Iowa State University...

Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Cryptography Hits the Fast Lane

Toshiba researchers have developed a quantum cryptography system they say is fast enough to encrypt a video transmission. 

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Mit Researchers Boost Efficiency of Wireless Power

Wireless power transmission systems become increasingly efficient as more devices are being powered, according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of...

Thacker Wins Turing Award
From Communications of the ACM

Thacker Wins Turing Award

Microsoft's Charles P. Thacker named 56th recipient of ACM's A.M. Turing Award.

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations
From Communications of the ACM

Cloud Computing and Developing Nations

For a growing number of organizations worldwide, cloud computing offers a quick and affordable way to tap into IT infrastructure as an Internet service. But obstacles...

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!
From Communications of the ACM

Happy Birthday, RDBMS!

The relational model of data management, which dates to 1970, still dominates today and influences new paradigms as the field evolves.

Modeling the Astronomical
From Communications of the ACM

Modeling the Astronomical

Advances in computer technology have changed the way astronomers see and study the universe.

A Flexible Color Display
From ACM TechNews

A Flexible Color Display

Hewlett-Packard Labs researchers are testing a flexible, full-color display that saves power by reflecting ambient light instead of using a backlight. 

Oak Ridge Lab, Industry to Collaborate in Advanced Battery Research
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Oak Ridge Lab, Industry to Collaborate in Advanced Battery Research

Oak Ridge National Laboratory and American industry will tackle some of the most critical challenges facing lithium ion battery production.

Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices
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Scientists Work to Keep Hackers Out of Implanted Medical Devices

Researchers are developing ways to prevent hackers from accessing and remotely controlling medical devices that emit wireless signals.

From ACM TechNews

Hp Researcher: Power Efficiency Has a Long Way to Go

The information technology and consumer electronics industries could make quantum leaps in terms of improving the power efficiency of electronic systems and devices...

The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge
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The Next Big Thing for Intel: Sandy Bridge

Sandy Bridge is arguably Intel's most important future technology. So, what is it exactly? Intel has been careful to reveal only snippets about the technology over...

Speedy Scanner Re-Writes Book on Publishing Technology
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Speedy Scanner Re-Writes Book on Publishing Technology

A Japanese research group at Tokyo University has created new software that allows hundreds of pages of a book to be scanned within minutes.
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