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Digital Boost For Works of Art
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Digital Boost For Works of Art

Imagine the research possibilities of being able to view three-dimensional scans of museum objects, write dance moves electronically or study ancient documents...

Cars Get Cooperative
From ICT Results

Cars Get Cooperative

European researchers have developed a groundbreaking middleware platform that could lead to thousands of new applications in a range of industries. Beginning with...

Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision
From ACM News

Radar Will Improve Agents' Tunnel Vision

Of every tunnel ever discovered by U.S. border patrol agents,  "all of them have been found by accident or human intelligence," said Ed Turner, a project manager...

Master of Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology
From ACM News

Rfid Examined as Shoplifting Prevention Technology

Shoplifting in retail outlets is an increasing problem that creates an estimated annual retail deficit of more than $30 billion, but RFID technology can help to...

­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs
From ACM News

­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs

Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are developing programming tools to...

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division

Harvard University computer scientists have developed a model for studying the arrangement of tissue networks that are created by cell division. "We developed a...

U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield
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U.s. Creates Military Command For Cyber Battlefield

The U.S. military announced a new "cyber command" designed to wage digital warfare and to bolster defenses against mounting threats to its computer networks. Defense...

From ACM TechNews

Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

From ACM TechNews

Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

From ACM TechNews

Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky
From ACM TechNews

Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky

Duke University engineering students have developed the PhonePoint Pen, a program that uses the accelerometers in smart phones to enable users to write messages...

From ACM TechNews

Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station
From ACM TechNews

Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station

The U.S. space shuttle's current mission, one of the most technical ever attempted by NASA, would not be possible without the use of robotics, says Holly Ridings...

Computer System For Dementia Patients
From ACM TechNews

Computer System For Dementia Patients

The shortage of healthcare workers has led to a demand for computer-based solutions that will allow elderly people to live in the own homes. However, the technology...

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons
From ACM TechNews

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilScientists at the University of Sheffield have developed the first cargo-scanning device that can operate inside...

Technology Looks Into Some Old Dinosaur Bones
From ACM News

Technology Looks Into Some Old Dinosaur Bones

A new study published in The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology uses high-resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging to guide sampling of bone lesions in the vertebrae...

Behavior-Driven Development Catches On
From ACM TechNews

Behavior-Driven Development Catches On

A process that helps users be more involved in the development of applications, behavior-driven development (BDD) continues to become increasingly popular among...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
From ACM News

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...
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