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Google's 'babel Fish' Heralds Future of Translation
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Google's 'babel Fish' Heralds Future of Translation

The Google Translate project seeks the enablement of real-time language translation by building "statistical models that are automatically training themselves and...

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Kaist's Smart E-Book System More Convenient Than Paper-Based Books

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed the Smart E-book System, technology designed to make reading easier on smartphones...

Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate
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Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate

Astronomers said Wednesday that each of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way probably has at least one companion planet, adding credence to the notion that...

NASA: Prize Money a Bargain for Better Software
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NASA: Prize Money a Bargain for Better Software

Researchers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Harvard Business School in 2010 launched the NASA Tournament Lab, an online platform...

Winter Driving Trouble? There's an App for That
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Winter Driving Trouble? There's an App for That

North Dakota State University researchers have developed Winter Survival Kit, a free iPhone and Android application that helps motorists prepare for winter driving...

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In M.t.a. App Contest, Many Buttons Worth Pushing

How do you create public-service software? Run a contest.

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Eyeball-Movement-Based Navigation Shifting From Helping the Disabled to Mainstream ­se?

That Kindle Fire you got for Christmas may be pretty cool, but what if it could flip the book pages without requiring you to lift a finger?

Computer Cop Humble About His Success
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Computer Cop Humble About His Success

The Saint John Police Force's computer scientist James Stewart has developed software that ranks every criminal violation based on severity, taking into account...

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning
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Better Medicine Through Machine Learning

Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.

Network Analysis Predicts Drug Side Effects
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Network Analysis Predicts Drug Side Effects

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston have developed a mathematical network to predict drug side effects that normally are not discovered...

Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook For the 99%
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Occupy Geeks Are Building a Facebook For the 99%

As part of the Occupy Wall Street movement, a team of Web and mobile application developers is redesigning social networking for the era of global protests.

Quantum Computing Has Applications in Magnetic Imaging, Say Pitt Researchers
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Quantum Computing Has Applications in Magnetic Imaging, Say Pitt Researchers

University of Pittsburgh researchers are developing a nanoscale magnetic imager made of single electrons encased in a diamond crystal. 

Need a New Material? New Tool Can Help
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Need a New Material? New Tool Can Help

Thanks to a new online toolkit developed at MIT and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, any researcher who needs to find a material with specific properties—whether...

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Feds Launch 'healthy App Challenge'

The ONC has partnered with the U.S. Surgeon General to launch the Healthy App Challenge, which invites developers to submit health, wellness, and fitness apps that...

Augmented Monoliths: Stonehenge Goes Digital
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Augmented Monoliths: Stonehenge Goes Digital

Ever wanted to stand at the centre of Stonehenge at summer solstice and appreciate the site’s beauty without the accompaniment of tourists or druids?

Japan Group to Build Smart Power Grids That Treat Energy Like Network Data
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Japan Group to Build Smart Power Grids That Treat Energy Like Network Data

Japan's Digital Grid Consortium plans to develop large-scale energy grids that can handle power the way the Internet handles data, using routers and service providers...

System Would Monitor Feds for Signs They're 'Breaking Bad'
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System Would Monitor Feds for Signs They're 'Breaking Bad'

Georgia Tech researchers are developing the PRODIGAL system, which is designed to scan up to 250 million text messages, emails, and file transfers to identify insider...

Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera
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Speed of Light Lingers in Face of New Camera

More than 70 years ago, the MIT electrical engineer Harold (Doc) Edgerton began using strobe lights to create remarkable photographs: a bullet stopped in flight...

Computational Modeling For Biotechnology: Predictions For Optimal Production
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Computational Modeling For Biotechnology: Predictions For Optimal Production

The BioPreDyn project aims to develop computational tools that integrate and analyze the large amounts of data in biology and biotechnology, focusing on improving...

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Health Care Innovation Challenge

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently launched its Health Care Innovation Challenge, with as much as $1 billion in grant funding being offered...
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