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Mathematician Sees Artistic Side to Father of Computer
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Mathematician Sees Artistic Side to Father of Computer

In a book to be published later this year, University of Chicago mathematician Robert Soare proposes that Alan Turing's design for the modern computer was an artistic...

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More Design Hobbyists, Entrepreneurs Use 3D Printing

Matt Sullivan, a retired soldier, still has trouble explaining his right leg to strangers.

The DIY Copyright Revolution
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The DIY Copyright Revolution

It is something of a fluke that copyright law has become so intertwined with our online lives. For most people, the first things that were easy to create and distribute...

Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World
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Smithsonian Turns to 3d to Bring Collection to the World

With just 2% of the Smithsonian's archive of 137 million items available to the public at any one time, an effort is under way at the world's largest museum and...

Algorithm Uses Photo Networks to Reveal Your Hometown
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Algorithm Uses Photo Networks to Reveal Your Hometown

There is growing evidence that information gleaned from online social networks can be processed and used in ways to gain an accurate profile of an individual.

Gaining Wisdom from Crowds
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Gaining Wisdom from Crowds

Online games are harnessing humans' skills to solve scientific problems that are currently beyond the ability of computers.

Policing the Future
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Policing the Future

Computer programs and new mathematical algorithms are helping law enforcement agencies better predict when and where crimes will occur.

Stanford Schooling - Gratis!
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Stanford Schooling - Gratis!

Stanford University's experiment with online classes could help transform computer science education.

Computer Sleuthing Helps ­nravel Rna's Role in Cellular Function
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Computer Sleuthing Helps ­nravel Rna's Role in Cellular Function

University of Central Florida computer engineers used a computer program to analyze the subunits that make up ribonucleic acid.  

NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees in a New Light
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NASA Map Sees Earth's Trees in a New Light

A NASA-led science team has created an accurate, high-resolution map of the height of Earth's forests.

Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release
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Activist-Backed Collaboration Platform Set for March Release

A functional prototype of the Global Square, a social network collaboration platform for activists, will be available by March.  

Best Time For a Coffee Break? There's an App For That
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Best Time For a Coffee Break? There's an App For That

Pennsylvania State University researchers have developed Caffeine Zone, an application that can help people determine when caffeine may give them a mental boost...

New System Allows Robots to Continuously Map Their Environment
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New System Allows Robots to Continuously Map Their Environment

MIT researchers have developed a system that enables robots to create and continuously update a three-dimensional map of their environment using a low-cost camera...

Computer Programs That Think Like Humans
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Computer Programs That Think Like Humans

University of Gothenburg researchers have developed software that can score 150 on a standard IQ test.  

Chemist Applies Google Software to Molecular World
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Chemist Applies Google Software to Molecular World

Washington State University researchers have adapted Google's PageRank software to create moleculaRnetworks, a program that enables scientists to virtually study...

­pgrading the Hurricane Forecast
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­pgrading the Hurricane Forecast

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University and the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have developed a hurricane forecasting system that improves...

Log Onto Facebook, Contribute to Scientific Research
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Log Onto Facebook, Contribute to Scientific Research

Researchers at Victoria University of Wellington, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and Cardiff University are developing a cloud computing-based Facebook...

Virtual Internships in Rising Demand
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Virtual Internships in Rising Demand

Virtual internships, in which students work for an employer over the Web, increasingly are being offered at college campuses, with advantages for both students...

Weave Open Source Data Visualization Offers Power, Flexibility
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Weave Open Source Data Visualization Offers Power, Flexibility

The open source Weave project is a platform designed to make it easier for government agencies, nonprofits, and corporate users to offer the public a way to analyze...

Europe Goes for Computing Technologies as Driver for Competitiveness
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Europe Goes for Computing Technologies as Driver for Competitiveness

The recent HiPEAC 2012 Conference highlighted the goal of getting energy efficient and low-cost computing technologies into the full spectrum of devices and systems...
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