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U.K. spy agency asks hackers to crack code

December 2, 2011 3:56 am | by Cassandra Vinograd, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's electronic listening agency, GCHQ, quietly launched a cryptic Website last month featuring a box of code made up of numbers and letters. There is no branding on the site, only the phrase "Can you crack it?" and a box to type in an answer.

Thomson Reuters publishes list of top global innovators

November 16, 2011 8:03 am | by R&D Editors | News | Comments

The 100 top innovators have been ranked this week by the Thomson Reuters’ intellectual property (IP) consulting arm. The U.S. continues to lead this list with a large share of innovators, and Asia and Europe place second and third, respectively. However, China is not yet ranked because of its practices regarding protecting IP and commercializing products globally.

Report sees safety risks in computerized medical records

November 9, 2011 8:12 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | News | Comments

Computerized medical records have been sold as a powerful tool to improve patient safety, for example by automatically alerting a doctor to potential allergic reactions to a medication prescribed to a patient. But a report by a panel from the Institute of Medicine said such benefits shouldn't be taken for granted.

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U.S. report blasts China, Russia for cybercrime

November 3, 2011 12:00 pm | News | Comments

For years, experts and officials have complained about cyberattacks emanating from China. Now, U.S. intelligence agencies have published a report that offers the first detailed public accusations from U.S. officials, saying computer attacks by foreign governments and corporate hackers are on the rise and represent a "persistent threat to U.S. economic security."

Genia Photonics, IQT enter strategic partnership

November 1, 2011 7:47 am | News | Comments

Genia Photonics Inc. announced a strategic partnership and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT). The partnership will promote Genia's fiber-based laser technology development to a higher level and provide new opportunities for Genia's product applications.

Survey finds public support for geoengineering research

October 24, 2011 11:54 am | News | Comments

The first international survey by a peer-reviewed journal on the public perception of geoengineering and solar radiation management has found that 72% of respondents approved research into these climate-manipulating techniques.

EU launches its first satellite navigation system

October 21, 2011 8:17 am | by Raf Casert, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a bid to establish a system that is more precise and more reliable than the U.S.-established Global Positioning System, a Russian-French collaboration Friday launched the first two satellites of the European Union's Galileo navigation system.

Report: Top U.S. firms show strong 2010 R & D investment jump

October 18, 2011 11:53 am | News | Comments

The European Union Industrial R&D Investment Scoreboard, published annually by the European Commission, tracks the world’s top 1,400 companies and ranks their investments in R&D. The report shows global R&D investment increased by 4%, but some regions are lagging behind others in investment growth.

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Georgia Tech releases Cyber Threats Forecast for 2012

October 11, 2011 1:37 pm | News | Comments

At the Georgia Tech Cyber Security Summit this week, researchers at the university released its latest report on the threats facing an interconnected world. Specific cyber threats include search poisoning, mobile web-based attacks, and stolen data used for marketing.

Crocus and IBM sign tech development and patent agreements

October 7, 2011 1:44 pm | News | Comments

A new set of agreements between magnetic memory developer Crocus and IBM will provide mutual access to patents that will enable the companies to collaborate and integrate magnetic technology into semiconductor products.

First round of Innovation Corps awards announced

October 7, 2011 12:25 pm | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected 21 teams for the inaugural class of its I-Corp awards. Winning teams will receive guidance from private- and public-sector experts, participate in a specially designed training curriculum, and receive $50,000 to begin assessing the commercial readiness of their technology concepts.

Non-compete agreements create ‘career detours’

October 5, 2011 1:55 pm | by Peter Dizikes, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Technology firms frequently require workers to sign non-compete agreements, which typically bar their employees from joining rival companies for one to two years. A new study of more than 1,000 engineers, conducted by an MIT professor, shows that these agreements come with a high cost for employees.

Shutdown looms at pioneering American atom smasher

September 30, 2011 5:13 am | by Tammy Webber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The coming months will be both exciting and bittersweet at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory. What was for many years the world’s most powerful particle accelerator, Tevatron, will soon cease to operate. But Fermilab will continue to be America’s “City of Energy”, confirming faster-than-light results from CERN and building Project X.

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China launches module for space station

September 29, 2011 10:36 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

On Thursday, the box car-sized Tiangong-1 module was shot into space from a launch pad at the edge of the Gobi Desert. Within the next few weeks, another spacecraft will be launched to practice remote-controlled maneuvers with this experiment capsule, setting the stage for what China hopes to a full space station launch beginning in 2020.

Spin overtaking facts in Marcellus Shale debate

September 27, 2011 8:44 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

For some, Marcellus Shale natural gas represents a economic boon for America. For others, it’s an ongoing ecological disaster. Scientists worry that as advocates on both sides spin every shred of research to fit their own views, they will ignore the bigger picture.

Automation in the air dulls pilot skill

August 31, 2011 5:26 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pilots' "automation addiction" has eroded their flying skills to the point that they sometimes don't know how to recover from stalls and other mid-flight problems, say pilots and safety officials. The weakened skills have contributed to hundreds of deaths in airline crashes in the last five years.

Scientists man bioterror front lines

August 26, 2011 7:41 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Over the past decade, federal research laboratories such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory have shifted from Cold War-era defense R&D to meeting the challenges of new terror threats, developing a nationwide system to sniff the air for germs such as anthrax and smallpox.

Reports: Hewlett-Packard to spin off PC business

August 18, 2011 11:07 am | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard plans to spin off its personal computer division into a separate business, according to unnamed sources in major news outlets. It marks a reversal from HP's previous stance, in March, when it denied this rumor.

NSF launches four new engineering research centers

August 17, 2011 2:26 pm | News | Comments

The National Science Foundation is awarding $74 million to create four new Engineering Research Centers (ERCs) that will advance interdisciplinary research and education in solar energy, sustainable water systems, sensorimotor neural engineering and energy transmission.

Lab and Spain sign agreement to collaborate on fusion

August 5, 2011 5:43 am | by Breanna Bishop | News | Comments

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, which is pursuing fusion research at its National Ignition Facility, has expanded the scope of its research by singing a memorandum of understanding to engage in joint research and exchange personnel with Spain's Instituto de Fusion Nuclear.

NSF funds national center for synthesis

August 3, 2011 5:21 am | News | Comments

Ssynthesis centers are designed to bring together and meld research from many disciplines of science. The latest iteration will appear at the University of Maryland as the result of a $27.5 million award. The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center will be home to research on such issues as water availability, sustainable food production, and the interaction between human activities and ecosystem health.

Bayer MaterialScience improves chlorine tech to reduce emissions, consumption

August 1, 2011 12:29 pm | News | Comments

With the introduction of a new chlorine manufacturing process achieved by combining oxygen depolarized cathode technology and new electrolysis technology, Bayer MaterialScience is poised to save enough electricity to power a small city.

Study: Iraq’s oil future bright, but faces challenges

July 28, 2011 1:20 pm | News | Comments

Iraq's large oil-production potential could put it in a position to vie for leadership with Saudi Arabia in the world oil scene in the coming decades. But an energy study recently published by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy shows why mounting demand for oil may not be enough to put Iraq on the path of prosperity.

Cyber-network to be world’s biggest digital R & D resource

July 28, 2011 1:16 pm | News | Comments

Seventeen institutions officially joined forces last week to link computers, data and people from around the world to establish a single, virtual system, called XSEDE, that scientists can interactively use to conduct research. The National Science Foundation-funded effort will build on the high-performance computing ground broken by TeraGrid.

Pentagon publishes strategy for cyberspace wars

July 14, 2011 12:24 pm | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

In a broad new cybersecurity strategy released Thursday, the Defense Department formally declared cyberspace a new warfare domain. As part of the plan, the Pentagon is developing more resilient computer networks so the military can continue to operate if critical systems are breached or taken down.

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