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New Global Research Data Alliance Poised For Launch
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New Global Research Data Alliance Poised For Launch

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A System That Improves the Precision of Gps in Cities By 90 Percent
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A System That Improves the Precision of Gps in Cities By 90 Percent

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers have developed a system that improves GPS accuracy by up to 90 percent. 

White House Seeks Tech Innovation Fellows
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White House Seeks Tech Innovation Fellows

The White House's Presidential Innovation Fellows program, launched last May, is broadening its efforts to recruit key private sector employees to work for a limited...

Into the Quantum Internet at the Speed of Light
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Into the Quantum Internet at the Speed of Light

University of Innsbruck physicists have discovered a way to transfer quantum information stored in an atom onto a particle of light and then send it to a distant...

Life in Simulation
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Life in Simulation

Computational models are tackling the complexity of biology, from single-celled microbes to human organs.

Revving the Rover
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Revving the Rover

The new Mars rover has attracted plenty of attention for its planetary gymnastics, but the big breakthroughs are under the hood.

A New Model For Healthcare
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A New Model For Healthcare

Computer modeling is radically redefining healthcare and epidemiology by providing new tools for understanding the impact of different intervention strategies.

It Job Market Recovering Faster Than After Dot-Com Bubble Burst
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It Job Market Recovering Faster Than After Dot-Com Bubble Burst

More new technology jobs have been created since the end of the past recession than during the same recovery period following the burst of the dot-com bubble and...

Big Data, Java and Other Developer Skills: Top Hiring Priorities
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Big Data, Java and Other Developer Skills: Top Hiring Priorities

Big data-related jobs ranked fourth among the top information technology skills hiring executives are looking for in 2013, according to a recent Dice.com survey...

Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation
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Google Cleared of Search Results Bias After 2-Year U.s. Investigation

Google has been forced by regulators in the U.S. to agree to legally binding changes to the way it presents some search results and runs its search advertising...

Just the Facts
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Just the Facts

In repackaging other companies' news, some news aggregators are diverting readers and ad dollars, and, critics argue, undercutting the incentive to spend money...

Stopping the Leaks
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Stopping the Leaks

Side channels give out information that can be used to crack secrets, but researchers are identifying the holes and trying to close them.

In the Year of Disruptive Education
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In the Year of Disruptive Education

As college tuitions soar, various online models vie to educate college students worldwide — at no cost.

Zoom In, Zoom Out
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Zoom In, Zoom Out

Drilling down to more detail on a computer screen, or moving out to see the context, is basic. But it's hardly simple and, after 20 years, innovations are still...

Quantum Quests
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Quantum Quests

Three breakthrough experiments involving photons have extended coherence times and indicated scalable production.

Putting More Cores to Work in Server Farms
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Putting More Cores to Work in Server Farms

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne researchers, working in the EcoCloud research center, have found that reorganizing the inner architecture of the processors...

Agency Programs Show Outlines of Future Cyber Ecosystem
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Agency Programs Show Outlines of Future Cyber Ecosystem

Although the creation of autonomous, self-defending, and self-healing online ecosystems remains years away, several U.S. government programs are already laying...

Speeding Algorithms By Shrinking Data
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Speeding Algorithms By Shrinking Data

MIT researchers have developed a technique to represent data so that it takes up much less space in memory but can still be processed in conventional ways.  

Researchers Struggle to Measure Big Data's Impact
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Researchers Struggle to Measure Big Data's Impact

The impact of big data on the U.S. economy is huge, but how huge isn’t easily determined.  

Software on Mars
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Software on Mars

With the AEGIS system, the Mars Exploration Rovers can autonomously select, capture, and analyze images using onboard logic.
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