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A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain
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A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain

A San Francisco neurosurgeon says he is working toward building a wireless brain-machine interface that could translate brain signals directly into audible speech...

Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law
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Self-Assembly Shows Promise for Extending Moore's Law

These are challenging times for computer chip engineers.

Can Software Make Health Data More Private?
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Can Software Make Health Data More Private?

New software could give people more control over how their personal health information is shared between doctors and medical institutions. 

Ibm: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon
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Ibm: Commercial Nanotube Transistors Are Coming Soon

For more than a decade, engineers have been fretting that they are running out of tricks for continuing to shrink silicon transistors.

The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race
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The Space-Based Quantum Cryptography Race

One of the great benefits of quantum communication is the ability to send messages from one point in space to another with perfect security.

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search
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Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful...

How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing
From ACM TechNews

How to Make Smart Watches Not Worth Stealing

A prototype device can identify someone by measuring the electrical resistance of tissues within the person's wrist. 

Neuroscience's New Toolbox
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Neuroscience's New Toolbox

The hypothalamus is a small structure deep in the brain that, among other functions, coördinates sensory inputs—the appearance of a rival, for example—with instinctual...

Thermal Camera Turns Many Things Into Interactive Surfaces
From ACM TechNews

Thermal Camera Turns Many Things Into Interactive Surfaces

Augmented reality company Metaio is developing technology that could enable people to use all kinds of objects as interactive touch surfaces. 

How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations
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How Ebay's Research Laboratories Are Tackling the Tricky Task of Fashion Recommendations

If you've ever puzzled over what to wear in the morning, you might also have wondered whether you could leave the choice to an algorithm that could recommend a...

Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D
From ACM TechNews

Google’s Experimental Smartphone Captures a Future Mapped in 3D

Google's Project Tango prototype Android smartphone could make it easier, faster, and less expensive to scan and map the world in 3D. 

How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic
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How Statisticians Found Air France Flight 447 Two Years After It Crashed Into Atlantic

"In the early morning hours of June 1, 2009, Air France Flight AF 447, with 228 passengers and crew aboard, disappeared during stormy weather over the Atlantic...

How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend
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How Your Location Data Is Being Used to Predict the Events You Will Want to Attend

Researchers are tapping data from location-based social media network Foursquare to learn what makes people more likely to attend one event rather than another.

How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location
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How Your Tweets Reveal Your Home Location

An algorithm developed by IBM researchers exploits anyone's last 200 Twitter postings to reveal their home city location with nearly 70-percent accuracy.

Three Questions For Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize
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Three Questions For Leslie Lamport, Winner of Computing's Top Prize

This year's winner of the Turing Award—often referred to as the Nobel Prize of computing—was announced yesterday as Leslie Lamport, a computer scientist whose research...

Are You a Super-Spreader of Disease?
From ACM TechNews

Are You a Super-Spreader of Disease?

New research could yield insight into monitoring a specific group of disease carriers to identify nascent outbreaks early and help prevent epidemics. 

A Breakthrough For Speeding Satellite Feeds
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A Breakthrough For Speeding Satellite Feeds

A new data-coding technology based on transmission control protocol could more than double bandwidth on satellite Internet connections. 

Wikipedia's Secret Multilingual Workforce
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Wikipedia's Secret Multilingual Workforce

Versions of Wikipedia content in different languages have little overlap, with the English edition, for example, containing just 51 percent of the articles in German...

An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane
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An App-Led Walk Down Memory Lane

The Memoir iPhone app accesses photos and status updates from a user's social networks based on the user's location, what is going on, and who else is around. 

Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers
From ACM TechNews

Data Mining Reveals the Secret to Getting Good Answers

A new algorithm can rank the questions and answers on question and answer websites, while weeding out off-topic and irrelevant entries.
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