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Computer Scientists May Have What It Takes to Help Cure Cancer
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Computer Scientists May Have What It Takes to Help Cure Cancer

Computer scientists should be signing up in droves to fight cancer because they may have the best skills to help cure the disease, writes University of California...

Real, Artificial Brains Make Magical Music
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Real, Artificial Brains Make Magical Music

College of Charleston researchers have developed Monterey Mirror, an interactive music performance system. When a musician plays a piece of music, Monterey Mirror...

Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3D
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Dawn Soars Over Asteroid Vesta in 3D

Glide over the giant asteroid Vesta with NASA's Dawn spacecraft in a new 3D video. Dawn has been orbiting Vesta since July 15, obtaining high-resolution images...

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Following Digital Breadcrumbs to 'big Data' Gold

What do Facebook, Groupon, and biotech firm Human Genome Sciences have in common? They all rely on massive amounts of data to design their products. Terabytes...

Making Collective Wisdom Wiser
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Making Collective Wisdom Wiser

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed database technology that can automatically evaluate information submitted by the crowd. 

Google ­sability Chief: Ideas Have to Be Discoverable
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Google ­sability Chief: Ideas Have to Be Discoverable

Google's Dan Russell recently spoke to New Scientist on improving searches. 

Kilobots Are Leaving the Nest
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Kilobots Are Leaving the Nest

Harvard University computer scientists and engineers have developed technology designed to test collective algorithms on hundreds or even thousands of tiny robots...

Dod Looks to Make a Game of Software Testing
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Dod Looks to Make a Game of Software Testing

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently launched the Crowd Sourced Formal Verification project, which aims to use crowdsourcing technology to...

M­ Researchers Develop Tool That Saves Time, Eliminates Mistakes in Diabetes Care
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M­ Researchers Develop Tool That Saves Time, Eliminates Mistakes in Diabetes Care

Doctors will be able to make the right decisions for diabetes treatment by using the diabetes dashboard, a tool that allows them to view patient information on...

New Stanford Software Takes Folding@home's Biological Research to Supercomputers
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New Stanford Software Takes Folding@home's Biological Research to Supercomputers

Stanford University researchers have developed Copernicus, a distributed framework for supercomputers that is based on Folding@home, a distributed computing project...

The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)
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The Problem With Landing Humans on Mars (and How to Fix It)

When NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory—scheduled to lift-off from Cape Canaveral later this week—touches down on the Red Planet in August of 2012, the one-ton probe...

Brave NUI World
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Brave NUI World

Natural user interface developments, such as Microsoft's Kinect, may indicate the beginning of the end for the mouse.

The Rise of Molecular Machines
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The Rise of Molecular Machines

The field of molecular computing is achieving new levels of control over biochemical processes and fostering sophisticated connections between computer science...

Burns App Could Save Lives at the Touch of a Button
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Burns App Could Save Lives at the Touch of a Button

Mersey Burns, an iPhone and iPad app created by University of Manchester student Chris Seaton, has the potential to save the lives of soldiers and prevent severe...

Sound, Digested
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Sound, Digested

Backed by funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation, Imagine Research has developed MediaMined, an artificial intelligence system for understanding and...

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The Revolution in Photography

When a set of online teasers for a new camera called the Lytro appeared earlier this year, you could have been forgiven for seeing the invention as just another...

Nsf Renews Grant For Scientists Who Study How the Brain Acquires Visual Expertise
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Nsf Renews Grant For Scientists Who Study How the Brain Acquires Visual Expertise

Researchers studying how the brain acquires visual expertise will receive an additional $4 million in funding from the U.S. National Science Foundation. 

Gamers Create Scientific 'recipes'
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Gamers Create Scientific 'recipes'

Researchers say that players of a protein-folding game called Foldit are coming up with molecular "recipes" that rival their own complex algorithms. One of the...

Nasa Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth
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Nasa Captures New Images of Large Asteroid Passing Earth

NASA's Deep Space Network antenna in Goldstone, Calif. has captured new radar images of Asteroid 2005 YU55 passing close to Earth.

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Justices Weigh Privacy vs. Gps Bugs

In a case that questions the Constitution's meaning in light of modern surveillance technology, the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday whether police need a...
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