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Berkeley Discusses Progress in Parallel Programming

University of California, Berkeley researchers recently discussed their progress in finding new parallel programming models for multicore processor architectures...

Nsf Launches Open Government Web Page
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Nsf Launches Open Government Web Page

The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) recently launched a new Web site at http://www.nsf.gov/open designed to encourage participation and collaboration between...

Scientists Decode the Secrets of Olympic Skeleton Sliding
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Scientists Decode the Secrets of Olympic Skeleton Sliding

Using state-of-the-art flow measurements, engineering professor Timothy Wei and students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., are employing science...

Stanford Finds Cheating
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Stanford Finds Cheating

Allegations of cheating at Stanford University have more than doubled in the past decade, with the largest number of violations involving computer science students...

Computer Simulations Can Be as Effective as Direct Observation in Teaching Science
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Computer Simulations Can Be as Effective as Direct Observation in Teaching Science

Students can learn some science concepts just as well from computers simulations as they do from direct observation, new research suggests.

Researchers Envision High-Tech Applications For 'multiferroic' Crystals
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Researchers Envision High-Tech Applications For 'multiferroic' Crystals

Two of Florida State University's most accomplished scientists' recent collaborative research project has yielded results that could lay the groundwork for future...

Pcs Around the World Unite To Map the Milky Way
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Pcs Around the World Unite To Map the Milky Way

Tens of thousands of volunteers from Africa to Australia are donating the computing power of their home computers to help computer scientists and astronomers at...

Location Technology Homes in on Where Stuff, People Are
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Location Technology Homes in on Where Stuff, People Are

Technology that provides location data is exploding, leading to the rollout of location-aware services. University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Jignesh Patel...

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Organic Crystals Promise Low-Power Green Computing

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology have discovered ferroelectric behavior in crystalline croconic acid, which...

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...

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Ibm's Jeopardy-Playing Machine Now Beats Human Contestants

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes...

Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light
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Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light

A wireless network that uses reflected infrared light instead of radio waves has transmitted data through the air at a speed of one gigabit per second—six to 14...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...

The Power of 'random'
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The Power of 'random'

Communications networks' efficiency could be upgraded with a new network coding approach co-developed by researchers at MIT in which a router mathematically combines...

Can Your Computer Make You Happy?
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Can Your Computer Make You Happy?

Computers that can recognize users' emotional states are under development in the hope that the machines can be made capable of improving the human-computer interface...

Dash to the Next Gen of Robots: Small, Cheap, and Feral
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Dash to the Next Gen of Robots: Small, Cheap, and Feral

The University of California, Berkeley's Biomimetic Millisystems Lab has developed the Dynamic Autonomous Sprawled Hexapod (DASH), a small, inexpensive, and highly...

And the Academy Award Goes to . . . a Computer Scientist
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And the Academy Award Goes to . . . a Computer Scientist

University of Southern California (USC) computer scientist Paul E. Debevec has earned an Academy Award in science and engineering for his pioneering work on digital...

Princeton Scientists Makes a Leap in Quantum Computing
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Princeton Scientists Makes a Leap in Quantum Computing

Princeton University professor Jason Petta has developed a technique that can control the properties of a lone electron, a feat that is essential to the development...

Wipro to Offer 100 Percent Recyclable, Toxin-Free Computers
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Wipro to Offer 100 Percent Recyclable, Toxin-Free Computers

Information technology services corporation Wipro Infotech has claimed to be the first Indian company to build a 100 percent recyclable and toxin-free computer,...

Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job
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Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job

Peiter Zatko--a respected hacker known as "Mudge"--has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed toDARPA...
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