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Computers See Your Face as a Child. Will They Recognize You as an Adult?
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Computers See Your Face as a Child. Will They Recognize You as an Adult?

Questions have emerged about whether facial recognition technology could recognize an adult based on images of that person as a child. 

Not Dr. Glasshole: How Google Glass Could Help Save Lives
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Not Dr. Glasshole: How Google Glass Could Help Save Lives

Doctors who have used Google Glass are optimistic about the device’s place in medical practice.

After European Court Decision, Google Works on a Link Removal Tool
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After European Court Decision, Google Works on a Link Removal Tool

Google will announce by the end of the month a mechanism for consumers to request that links to information about them be removed from the company’s search engine...

Virtual Humans, Programmed to Feel
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Virtual Humans, Programmed to Feel

A new program called Cerebella enables virtual humans to demonstrate emotions using facial expressions and hand gestures. 

Getting Everyday Objects to Think
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Getting Everyday Objects to Think

In an interview, Ayla Networks co-founder and Stanford University professor Thomas Lee discusses the future of the Internet of Things (IoT). 

Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings Via Voice Analysis
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Listening to Bipolar Disorder: Smartphone App Detects Mood Swings Via Voice Analysis

A new smartphone app monitors a person's voice during telephone conversations to detect early signs of mood changes in people with bipolar disorder. 

What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?
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What Is the 'right to Be Forgotten'?

Sixteen years ago, a Spaniard named Mario Costeja Gonzalez had hit financial difficulties.

Gaittrack App Makes Cellphone a Medical Monitor For Heart and Lung Patients
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Gaittrack App Makes Cellphone a Medical Monitor For Heart and Lung Patients

The GaitTrack app turns a smartphone into a medical monitor. 

­W Building Teleoperated Robots for Disaster Response in National Challenge
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­W Building Teleoperated Robots for Disaster Response in National Challenge

Researchers say they have developed telerobotics technology that could make disaster response faster and more efficient. 

Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election
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Research in India Suggests Google Search Results Can Influence an Election

Google long ago went from being a mere directory of the Internet to a shaper of online reality, helping determine what we see and how.

Cheap Gadget Lets You Steer a Wheelchair with Your Eyes
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Cheap Gadget Lets You Steer a Wheelchair with Your Eyes

Put some "crap" technology with some smart software and you get one life-changing solution.

Problem at the Polls: Tech Stuck in Past
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Problem at the Polls: Tech Stuck in Past

Election officials are facing a growing imperative to replace outdated voting technology to prepare for elections over the next decade.

The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security
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The Military Thinks Bitcoin Could Pose a Threat to National Security

Does Bitcoin risk endangering the nation's safety? The Pentagon thinks it might.

Math Makes Mobile Maps Meaningful
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Math Makes Mobile Maps Meaningful

Researchers say a new method will ensure mathematically optimal adaptation of the labeling to the perspective and driving direction on digital maps. 

Dogs, Technology, and the Future of Disaster Response
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Dogs, Technology, and the Future of Disaster Response

The Smart Emergency Response System aims to use cyber-physical systems to share information and coordinate emergency and disaster response and recovery. 

Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?
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Scientific Computing's Future: Can Any Coding Language Top a 1950s Behemoth?

Take a tour through the research laboratories at any university physics department or national lab, and much of what you will see defines "cutting edge."

Former Head of the Nsa and Commander of the ­S Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander
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Former Head of the Nsa and Commander of the ­S Cyber Command, General Keith Alexander

Recently retired director of the U.S. National Security Agency and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command General Keith Alexander was interviewed by Australian Financial...

First Life with 'alien' Dna
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First Life with 'alien' Dna

For billions of years, the history of life has been written with just four letters—A, T, C and G, the labels given to the DNA subunits contained in all organisms...

An Intelligent Vehicle That Can Detect Pedestrians at Nighttime
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An Intelligent Vehicle That Can Detect Pedestrians at Nighttime

Researchers have developed a pedestrian detection system for cars that works in low visibility conditions by capturing body heat with infrared cameras. 

Augmented Reality Gains Traction For Training
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Augmented Reality Gains Traction For Training

Training is one of the original applications of the technology.
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