Researchers reach out to technophobes

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Researchers reach out to technophobes: Researchers in London have conducted a study to find out why people are spooked by using computer technology and have come up with methods for helping them get online. They found that one thing holding people back from using computers more was a lack of spelling ability: they got really frustrated when plugging misspelled words into search engines. Researchers also found that most courses today are geared more toward using computers at work, not at home.

Computer users chip in to boost protein research: Howard Hughes Medical Institute is crediting 70,000 selfless home computer users with helping its researchers to accurately predict for the first time the three-dimensional structure of a special sort of protein. The finding could help in drug design, among other things.

Wikipedia proves that Good Samaritans DO exist, Dartmouth researchers say: Dartmouth researchers say they were surprised to find that Good Samaritans – those people who update the online Wikipedia encyclopedia when just passing by – are actually as reliable as regular, registered users of the site.

Cisco and OOPSLA hoopla: While Cisco has its share of excellent technical experts, it might not be the first company you’d think of headlining an event called the Object-Oriented Programming, Systems, Languages and Applications event (OOPSLA 2007 ).

Ohio State researchers seek to keep monster Internet telescopes from getting destroyed: Ohio State University researchers are developing software designed to make it easier for scientists to remotely operate powerful electron microscopes, telescopes and other instruments over the Internet.

Penn State researchers advance photo searching: Penn State researchers have developed software they say tags images upon uploading to Yahoo’s Flickr or other photo systems but also automatically updates those tags based on how people interact with the photos.

Microsoft leads way among tech R&D spenders: Microsoft is getting more serious about investing in research and development, according to Booz Allen Hamilton’s annual study of the world’s largest corporate R&D spenders.

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