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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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Engineers Invent New Device That Could Increase Internet Download Speeds

Engineers Invent New Device That Could Increase Internet Download Speeds

A team of scientists and engineers at the University of Minnesota has invented a unique microscale optical device that could greatly increase the speed of downloading information online and reduce the cost of Internet transmission. University of Minnesota researchers have invented a novel microscale mechanical switch of light on a silicon chip The device uses [...]

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Breakthrough Offers New Route to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

Breakthrough Offers New Route to Large-Scale Quantum Computing

In a key step toward creating a working quantum computer, Princeton researchers have developed a method that may allow the quick and reliable transfer of quantum information throughout a computing device. A circuit uses microwaves to read the quantum state of an electron, a potentially scalable route to developing a quantum computer. (Credit: Jason Petta/Princeton [...]

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FTC Challenges Innovators to Do Battle with Robocallers

FTC Challenges Innovators to Do Battle with Robocallers

Agency Offers $50,000 for Best Technical Solution as Part of Ongoing Fight Against Illegal Calls The Federal Trade Commission is challenging the public to create an innovative solution that will block illegal commercial robocalls on landlines and mobile phones. As part of its ongoing campaign against these illegal, prerecorded telemarketing calls, the agency is launching [...]

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NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center Opens

The NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (NWSC), which houses one of the world’s most powerful supercomputers dedicated to the geosciences, officially opens today. A handful of the Yellowstone supercomputer’s 100 racks. An iconic scene from its namesake national park is featured mosaic-style on the ends of each rack. The image by Michael Medford, licensed to National Geographic, [...]

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Making Sudoku Puzzles Less Puzzling

Making Sudoku Puzzles Less Puzzling

For anyone who has ever struggled while attempting to solve a Sudoku puzzle, University of Notre Dame complex networks researcher Zoltan Toroczkai and Notre Dame postdoctoral researcher Maria Ercsey-Ravasz are coming to the rescue. They can not only explain why some Sudoku puzzles are harder than others, they have also developed a mathematical algorithm that [...]

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Mine Your Business: Text Mining Insights from Social Media

Thanks to blogs, online forums, and product review sites, companies and marketers now have access to a seemingly endless array of data on consumers’ opinions and experiences. In principle, businesses should be able to use this information to gain a better understanding of the general market and of their own and their competitors’ customers. Yet [...]

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An Operating System in the Cloud: TransOS Could Displace Conventional Desktop Operating Systems

A new-cloud based operating system for all kinds of computer is being developed by researchers in China. Details of the TransOS system are reported in a forthcoming special issue of the International Journal of Cloud Computing. Computer users are familiar to different degrees with the operating system that gets their machines up and running, whether [...]

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