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Nih Seeking Advances in Spatial ­ncertainty
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Nih Seeking Advances in Spatial ­ncertainty

NIH recently issued a solicitation for innovative research that identifies sources of spatial uncertainty in public health data, incorporates the inaccuracy into...

on{X}: Microsoft Automatic-Message Tool Is for (Gasp) Android
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on{X}: Microsoft Automatic-Message Tool Is for (Gasp) Android

A new service from Microsoft enables developers and technology enthusiasts to remotely program their smartphones via automated messages that send text messages...

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Apple, Google Just Killed Portable GPS Devices

If it wasn't obvious before, it’s crystal clear today. The dedicated portable GPS device is dead, with Apple and Google playing pallbearer to Garmin, Magellan,...

The Algorithm Didn't Like My Essay
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The Algorithm Didn't Like My Essay

As a professor and a parent, I have long dreamed of finding a software program that helps every student learn to write well.

Eleven Countries ­se an Azti-Tecnalia Software as a Method to Assess the Status of Their Seabeds
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Eleven Countries ­se an Azti-Tecnalia Software as a Method to Assess the Status of Their Seabeds

AZTI-Tecnalia has developed software that allows users to assess the ecological status of seabed fauna.  

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Spy Agency Fund Targets Bay Area Technology

With technology that would make James Bond envious, Silicon Valley companies are playing a behind-the-scenes role with the nation's most clandestine agencies, helping...

Big Health Benefits From a Little Small Talk, Researchers Find
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Big Health Benefits From a Little Small Talk, Researchers Find

University of Queensland researchers have developed Discursis, an automated computer visualization measurement technique that visually represents conversations...

Concordia's 3D Innovation Revolutionizes Visual Art
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Concordia's 3D Innovation Revolutionizes Visual Art

Researchers  are developing 3D drawing tools for a software system that enables animation artists to literally draw in thin air.  

Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets
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Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets

People who avoid social networking sites to maintain their privacy may not be as secure as they think, German computer scientists say. 

Could Ears Be the Perfect Biometric?
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Could Ears Be the Perfect Biometric?

Ear identification could provide as distinctive a form of identification as fingerprints, says University of Southampton's Mark Nixon.  

Astronomers Predict Titanic Collision: Milky Way vs. Andromeda
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Astronomers Predict Titanic Collision: Milky Way vs. Andromeda

NASA astronomers say they can now predict with certainty the next major cosmic event to affect our galaxy, sun, and solar system: the titanic collision of our Milky...

Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis
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Craig Venter Wants to Solve the World's Energy Crisis

There is one version of Craig Venter's life story where he would’ve been a dutiful scientist at the National Institutes of Health, a respected yet anonymous researcher...

Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over
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Shots Fired, Pinpointed and Argued Over

 At 7:22:07 p.m. on a recent Thursday, an electronic alarm went off in the soundproof control room of a suburban office building here.

­sing Machine Learning to Discover Ancient Middle East Settlements
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­sing Machine Learning to Discover Ancient Middle East Settlements

 An archeologist and a computer scientist have developed a new technique to analyze satellite images of wide swaths of land to discover ancient settlements in the...

Data Mining Meets City Hall
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Data Mining Meets City Hall

Local and national governments are turning to open data to cut their costs, increase transparency and efficiency, and respond to the needs of citizens.

Analyzing Medical Data
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Analyzing Medical Data

Electronic patient records contain a treasure trove of data, and researchers are using natural language processing technology to mine the structured data and free...

Welcome to the Multiverse
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Welcome to the Multiverse

"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in creating the world." That's how Albert Einstein, in his characteristically poetic way, asked whether...

Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound
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Leap Motion: 3D Hands-Free Motion Control, Unbound

Hands-free motion control, a technology pioneered by Nintendo's Wii and later improved upon by Microsoft's Kinect, just took a very big leap forward.

Mind-Controlled Robot Arms Show Promise
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Mind-Controlled Robot Arms Show Promise

 Two people who are unable to move their limbs have been able to guide a robot arm to reach and grasp objects using only their brain activity, a paper in Nature ...

Floating Robots Use Gps-Enabled Smartphones to Track Water Flow
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Floating Robots Use Gps-Enabled Smartphones to Track Water Flow

University of California, Berkeley researchers have developed the Floating Sensor Network project, which offers a network of mobile sensors that can be rapidly...
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