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The Dozens of Computers That Make Modern Cars Go (and Stop)

Modern cars and trucks contain as many 100 million lines of computer code, more than in some jet fighters. "It would be easy to say the modern car is a computer...

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Code Defends Against 'stealthy' Computer Worms

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed an algorithm that defends against the spread of local scanning worms that search for hosts in "local" spaces...

Darpa's New Plans: Crowdsource Intel, Edit Dna
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Darpa's New Plans: Crowdsource Intel, Edit Dna

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA's) future plans call for crowdsourcing military intelligence, creating an immune system for Defense...

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Indo-German Center on Computer Science Opened at Iit, Delhi

The Indian government and the Max Planck Society have formally unveiled a new center in Delhi that will serve as a hub for collaboration between computer scientists...

Madly Mapping the ­niverse
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Madly Mapping the ­niverse

Researchers at Berkeley Lab's National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center are designing computational tools to create maps of the cosmic microwave background...

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Interactive Board Games Will Come to Life

Queen's University researchers have built the prototype of an interactive board game that enables users to touch tiles together or "pour" the contents of a tile...

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­.s. Scientists Given Access to Cloud Computing

The National Science Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing...

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Seven CS Researchers Selected For Recovery Act Early Career Funds

Seven computer science researchers supported by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) are among 69 scientists...

­.s. House Passes Bill to Bolster Cybersecurity
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­.s. House Passes Bill to Bolster Cybersecurity

The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday (February 4) overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at protecting the Internet and vulnerable computer networks by funding...

Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot
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Nasa and Gm Develop 'robonaut2' Robot

Engineers from NASA and General Motors have jointly developed what they tout as "the world's most dexterous robot" called "Robonaut2" to supplement human activity...

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De-Worming Software More Effective at Detecting Infected Network Computers Before Contagion Can Spread

More than a year after being launched by hackers on a campaign to infect computers running Microsoft Windows, the Conficker worm's effects are still being felt....

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Tech Spending Bounces Back as Profits Rise

Business spending on technology goods and services is returning as the economy mends, pumping new life into suppliers such as Cisco Systems Inc., though it has...

Data Defenders
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Data Defenders

University of California, Irvine researchers are developing new cybersecurity methods designed to thwart botnets and other types of cyberattacks. 

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Researchers Develop Way to Catch Online Gaming Cheats

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers have developed a way to identify cheating in online games. 

MSU Pushing Robot Development
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MSU Pushing Robot Development

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers are developing robots that can climb walls, detect breast cancer and test protective clothing worn by soldiers. 

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Google to Enlist NSA to Help It Ward Off Cyberattacks

The world's largest Internet search company and the world's most powerful electronic surveillance organization are teaming up in the name of cybersecurity. Under...

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Oak Ridge Fan Upgrade Improves Jaguar's Efficiency

A fan upgrade that will save Oak Ridge National Laboratory's computing complex $150,000 a year in energy costs is just the latest step by the laboratory to reduce...

Grid Computing For the Masses
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Grid Computing For the Masses

Having helped scientists study the building blocks of the universe, peer inside the human body in miniscule detail and monitor climate change, grid computing could...

Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning Less Than in 2000
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Silicon Valley Tech Workers Earning Less Than in 2000

While some of the latest government wage data appears to show that Silicon Valley's high-tech workers are making more now than they did in 2000, a closer look at...

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Police Want Backdoor to Web Users' Private Data

count likely knows that police can peek inside it if they have a paper search warrant. But cybercrime investigators are frustrated by the speed of traditionalone...
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