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Department of Energy’s ESnet Rolls Out World’s Fastest Science Network

Department of Energy’s ESnet Rolls Out World’s Fastest Science Network

For Data-Intensive Science, New 100 Gbps Network Will Serve as Instrument for Discovery As scientific research becomes increasingly data-intensive and globally collaborative, the ability to quickly and reliably share enormous data sets is critical to challenges as diverse as finding cleaner energy technologies, understanding climate change and investigating the nature of our universe. ESnet Network [...]

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Looking for Information? Turn the Pages With Just Your Eyes

Looking for Information? Turn the Pages With Just Your Eyes

Putting on a pair of novel data glasses with an OLED microdisplay allows you to see not only the real world, but also a wealth of virtual information. Imagine looking through a repair manual; the trick here is that you turn the pages using just your eyes. Users can control the display of these data [...]

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Software Improves Quality of Sound for Hearing Aid Users

A new software product developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge could greatly improve sound perception for users of hearing aids. The software prescribes the amount of amplification of high-frequency sounds required to restore the audibility of such sounds. This increases the frequency range of sound that individuals with hearing loss are able to [...]

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‘Attack Navigator’ Protects Against Weak Spots in Security

Everyone is familiar with the yellow ‘Post-it’ memos, showing login details, that are often found stuck to computer monitors. The same goes for USB sticks found in car parks. However, few grasp the real impact of such actions on an organization’s business or brand. Both may eventually lead to data theft, not as a result [...]

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Virtual Reality Puts Human in Rat World: ‘Beaming’ Technology Transforms Human-Animal Interaction

Virtual Reality Puts Human in Rat World: ‘Beaming’ Technology Transforms Human-Animal Interaction

Using cutting-edge virtual reality technology, researchers have ‘beamed’ a person into a rat facility allowing the rat and human to interact with each other on the same scale. Screenshot of the virtual environment. Three of the four posters are visible in the image as well as the two avatars representing both the participant and the [...]

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New Tool Aims to Ensure Software Security Policies Reflect User Needs

Researchers from North Carolina State University and IBM Research have developed a new natural language processing tool that businesses or other customers can use to ensure that software developers have a clear idea of the security policies to be incorporated into new software products. Specifically, the research focuses on access control policies (ACPs), which are [...]

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‘Beam Me to My Meeting:’ Video Conferencing Much Improved

‘Beam Me to My Meeting:’ Video Conferencing Much Improved

Forget about crackly lines or blurry webcams. Video conferencing has just got a whole lot better. By combining robotics, video and a host of other sensor and display technologies, European scientists can now virtually ‘beam’ you to locations on the other side of the globe. It may sound like science fiction, but this new approach [...]

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Study Reveals Impact of Public DNS Services; Researchers Develop Tool to Help

A new study by Northwestern University researchers has revealed that public DNS services could actually slow down users’ web-surfing experience. As a result, researchers have developed a solution to help avoid such an impact: a tool called namehelp that could speed web performance by 40 percent. Through a large-scale study involving more than 10,000 hosts [...]

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Glove Keyboard May Revolutionize Use of Devices With One Hand

Glove Keyboard May Revolutionize Use of Devices With One Hand

Give a hand to some computer engineering students at The University of Alabama in Huntsville for designing a tool that could revolutionize new ways of using electronic devices with just one hand. Jiake Liu showing off the gauntlet glove. (Credit: Image courtesy of University of Alabama Huntsville) It’s called a Gauntlet Keyboard, a glove device [...]

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Biology-Friendly Robot Programming Language: Training Your Robot the PaR-PaR Way

Biology-Friendly Robot Programming Language: Training Your Robot the PaR-PaR Way

Teaching a robot a new trick is a challenge. You can’t reward it with treats and it doesn’t respond to approval or disappointment in your voice. For researchers in the biological sciences, however, the future training of robots has been made much easier thanks to a new program called “PaR-PaR.” PaR-PaR makes it much easier [...]

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