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Time zone database has new home after lawsuit

October 16, 2011 9:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The organization in charge of the Internet's address system is taking over a database widely used by computers and websites to keep track of time zones around the world. The transition comes a week after the database was abruptly removed from a U.S. government server because of a federal lawsuit claiming copyright infringement.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

New data spill shows risk of online health records

August 22, 2011 6:48 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Until recently, medical files belonging to nearly 300,000 Californians sat unsecured on the Internet for the entire world to see. The leak was not brought about by a hacker, however, just a company’s neglect. Experts worry that such mistakes could hinder the transition of medical records to digital form.

In nod to IBM, HP overhaul minimizes consumers

August 19, 2011 8:09 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. is surrendering in smartphones and tablet computers and has put its personal computer division up for sale, as new CEO Leo Apotheker tries to transform the Silicon Valley stalwart into a twin of East Coast archrival IBM Corp.

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.

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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.

Report: Global cyberattack under way for five years

August 4, 2011 4:27 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Computer security firm McAfee Inc. issued a report Wednesday reporting the the targets of a concerted wave of cyberattacks totaling more than 70 entities, mostly in the U.S. The attacks, the company reports, are likely originating from a nation state.

Federal court upholds patenting on human genes

August 3, 2011 5:24 am | by Marley Seaman, AP Health Writer | News | Comments

A federal court said Friday that human genes can be patented, reversing a lower court's ruling that involved a test for breast cancer but which could have had big implications for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

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.

Google buys about 1,000 IBM patents

August 1, 2011 12:32 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After losing out to a consortium of technology companies during bidding for thousands of patents from the bankrupt Nortel, Google has bolstered its war chest with a collection of patents from IBM, one of the industry’s leading generators of intellectual property. The move has less to do with innovation than it does an effort to defend against lawsuits from other tech companies.

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.

AT & T to throttle data speeds for 'unlimited' hogs

August 1, 2011 12:27 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, AT&T became the latest wireless provider to limit speeds for users who go over certain limits for data consumption. AT&T stopped signing up new customer for unlimited plans last year, as did Verizon and T-Mobile and now will start throttling speed for a small percentage of “data hogs”.

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.

Daunting space mission: Send astronauts to asteroid

July 26, 2011 11:56 am | by Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer | News | Comments

Even with the shuttle now history, NASA has a major deadline looming. By presidential order, the space agency has to be ready to launch a manned mission to another asteroid by 2025. The logistical hurdles to be overcome in the 14 years has many NASA brains both thrilled and anxious.

Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents

July 25, 2011 5:00 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The next 14 months will bring generic versions of seven of the world's 20 best-selling drugs, including the top two: cholesterol fighter Lipitor and blood thinner Plavix. Generic competition will decimate sales of the brand-name drugs and cut costs to patients and companies that provide health benefits.

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