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Software debate in Tweede Kamer

The Dutch House of Representatives - Tweede Kamer - debated on software expenses of the Dutch government on June 13, 2007. This resulted from an interview in newspaper Trouw with Jan Friso …

Future Interactive TV visible at EuroITV 2007

Mobile TV, social interactive television, and ambient entertainment: At the fifth European TV Conference - EuroITV 2007 - various topics dealing with the future of interactive television will be discussed. The conference …

Limits of quantum computing: CWI in Nature Physics

Can quantum computers be commercially used in the near future? In February 2007, the company D-Wave Systems presented a working 16-qubit quantum computer. Many researchers are skeptical of this breakthrough, some because …

Best Student Paper Award at ECIR, April 2-5 2007, Rome

We are happy to announce that CWI researchers Roberto Cornacchia and Arjen de Vries have won the Best Student Paper Award at the 29th European Conference on Information Retrieval (ECIR) in Rome …

Discovering Similarities by Compressing Data

CWI researcher Rudi Cilibrasi studied and extended a new method for statistical inference, based on data compression. It is based on determining the similarity between two random files by using the concept …

Open Source Release: MonetDB/XQuery Updates

CWI released a new version of its high-performance open-source XML database system MonetDB/XQuery on 3 February 2007. The main new feature of this release is support for transactional safe updating of XML …

Ute Ebert: ``No plasma in ball lightning?''

"Is there no plasma in ball lightning?" CWI researcher Ute Ebert comments recent experiments on lightning balls. These experiments were done by Antônio Pavão and Gerson Paiva of the Federal University of …

Global warming could destabilize the plankton of the oceans

Chaos among the plankton