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Deborah Estrin Calls For CS Research on Sustainability
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Deborah Estrin Calls For CS Research on Sustainability

The old adage, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure,” applies to how both networking and sensor technology can help address problems of sustainability, says...

An App That Could Stop Traffic
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An App That Could Stop Traffic

German researchers have developed Greenway, a Windows phone application designed to help people avoid traffic jams and get drivers from one point to another in...

Crowd Sourcing Comes to Astronomy
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Crowd Sourcing Comes to Astronomy

Astronomers have reconstructed the orbit of the Holmes comet, which flew by Earth in 2007, using photos from the Internet.  

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Computers Not Yet Able to ­nderstand Human Speech

Cornell University professor Lillian Lee discusses the progress in natural language processing and machine learning and the challenges that lie ahead.  

At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech
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At Getty Museum, Revelations of Art via Tech

Walking through gallery after gallery of classical European paintings, sculptures, and other antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum here, it's easy to get lost...

Device Helps Eyes Do the Write Thing
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Device Helps Eyes Do the Write Thing

French National Center for Scientific Research director Jean Lorenceau has developed a device that enables users to write with their eyes in cursive script on a...

Angry Birds Meets Bioinformatics
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Angry Birds Meets Bioinformatics

UAB researchers have developed ImageJS, a free smartphone application system that enables pathologists to drag a digitized pathology slide into a Web app and analyze...

Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer
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Timing Is Everything For the Games' Chief Timer

Timing is everything for Peter Hürzeler, a man for whom "good enough" simply isn't.

Advertising Gets Personal
From Communications of the ACM

Advertising Gets Personal

Online behavioral advertising and sophisticated data aggregation have changed the face of advertising and put privacy in the crosshairs.

DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved
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DARPA Shredder Challenge Solved

The eight-person winning team used original computer algorithms to narrow the search space and then relied on human observation to move the pieces into their final...

Cosmic Simulations
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Cosmic Simulations

With the help of supercomputers, scientists are now able to create models of large-scale astronomical events.

Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers
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Nothing But Net? Basketball Science Has More Answers

In a multibillion-dollar sport like basketball, one might expect that trainers had figured out every nuance of aerodynamics, mechanics and all things Newtonian...

Mystery Tug on Spacecraft Is Einstein's 'i Told You So'
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Mystery Tug on Spacecraft Is Einstein's 'i Told You So'

It's been a bad year to bet against Albert Einstein.

Top Five 'earth as Art' Winners
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Top Five 'earth as Art' Winners

During a span of 40 years, since 1972, the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites has become a vital reference worldwide for understanding scientific issues...

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In First, Software Emulates Lifespan of Entire Organism

Scientists at Stanford University and the J. Craig Venter Institute have developed the first software simulation of an entire organism, a humble single-cell bacterium...

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy
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Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how...

Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks
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Study: Wikileaked Data Can Predict Insurgent Attacks

Insurgencies are amongst the hardest conflicts to predict. Insurgents can be loosely organized, split into factions, and strike from out of nowhere. But now researchers...

App That Allows Deaf People to Verbally Communicate Wins Imagine Cup
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App That Allows Deaf People to Verbally Communicate Wins Imagine Cup

First place in the 2012 Imagine Cup went to a Ukrainian university team that developed an application that enables deaf people to verbally communicate using sensory...

In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley
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In-Q-Tel: The Cia's Tax-Funded Player In Silicon Valley

For more than a decade the CIA has run its own venture capital fund called In-Q-Tel. It was founded in the late 1990s when the CIA was drowning in data and didn't...

Computer Scientists Reproduce the Evolution of Evolvability
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Computer Scientists Reproduce the Evolution of Evolvability

Modular systems evolve more easily than non-modular systems, but the evolution of modularity is a key open question for biology.  
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