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­Understanding and Improving Crowdsourcing Models
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­Understanding and Improving Crowdsourcing Models

A network of researchers are attempting to create more efficient and useful crowdsourcing models that could be used to predict everything from terrorist attacks...

New Emotion Detector Sees When We're Lying
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New Emotion Detector Sees When We're Lying

A sophisticated new camera system can detect lies just by watching our faces as we talk, experts say. The computerized system uses a simple video camera, a high...

Bike Crash Wiped Details; Gps Data Filled Them In
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Bike Crash Wiped Details; Gps Data Filled Them In

After racing and biking back roads on the San Francisco Peninsula for almost half a century without serious incident, on July 3 I crashed while riding downhill...

The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-Sized Worlds
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The AlloSphere Offers an Interactive Experience of Nano-Sized Worlds

The University of California, Santa Barbara's AlloSphere Research Laboratory takes scientific data that is too small to see and hear and magnifies it to a human...

Engineers Find Leaky Pipes With Artificial Intelligence
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Engineers Find Leaky Pipes With Artificial Intelligence

University of Exeter researchers are using artificial intelligence software to monitor water systems to identify leaky pipes and flood risks. 

World's First University With Indoor Navigation App
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World's First University With Indoor Navigation App

Students at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology are using a new application that serves as a guide for users both outside and inside buildings. 

How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck
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How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck

Microsoft researcher Scott Saponas is developing Skinput, a bracelet of wearable electrodes that can sense how the user is moving their hand and fingers, transmitting...

Computer Helps Msu Researchers ­nravel Plants' Secrets to Survival
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Computer Helps Msu Researchers ­nravel Plants' Secrets to Survival

Michigan State University scientists are using artificial intelligence to gain a better understanding of how plants cope with extreme environments. 

Science After 9/11: How Research Was Changed By the September 11 Terrorist Attacks
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Science After 9/11: How Research Was Changed By the September 11 Terrorist Attacks

New work in forensics, biodefense and cyber security blossomed after the attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and in the skies over Pennsylvania, but increased...

Chatty Robots Go Viral on Youtube
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Chatty Robots Go Viral on Youtube

Cornell University students have used a Web-based chatbot called Cleverbot to set up an online chat between two robots, one male and one female.

Nih Research Model Predicts Weight With Varying Diet, Exercise Changes
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Nih Research Model Predicts Weight With Varying Diet, Exercise Changes

Researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health have developed a computer simulation of metabolism that enables scientists to better understand how diet and...

For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity
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For Software Developers, A Bounty Of Opportunity

As people across the country suffer from long-term unemployment, the tech industry is experiencing a shortage of qualified workers. Particularly in software development...

How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck
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How Microsoft Researchers Might Invent a Holodeck

Deep inside Microsoft is the brain of a mad scientist.

Animated or Real, Both Are Believable
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Animated or Real, Both Are Believable

It is still possible to distinguish between a living, breathing character in a movie and an animated one—but it is getting harder.

New Sensors Streamline Detection of Estrogenic Compounds
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New Sensors Streamline Detection of Estrogenic Compounds

University of Illinois researchers have developed sensors that fluoresce in the presence of compounds that interact with estrogen receptors in human cells. 

Showcasing Award-Winning Scientific Visualizations
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Showcasing Award-Winning Scientific Visualizations

Argonne National Laboratory's computer visualizations of arterial blood flow and the dynamics of early galaxy formation both recently won Office of Advanced Scientific...

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Astrophysicists Report First Simulation to Create a Milky Way-Like Galaxy

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers recently solved a long-standing physics problem by using Eris, a supercomputer simulation that created a spiral...

Taking Mobile Applications Into the Cloud
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Taking Mobile Applications Into the Cloud

Microsoft's Mobile Computer Research Center director Victor Bahl, speaking at the recent Microsoft Research Faculty Summit 2011, discussed Project Hawaii, an initiative...

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Jupiter-Bound Space Probe Captures Earth And Moon

On its way to the biggest planet in the solar system—Jupiter, NASA's Juno spacecraft took time to capture its home planet and its natural satellite—the moon.

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Milky Way Galaxy Re-Created

How long does it take to simulate the Milky Way? The answer is about nine months, if you're using a powerful supercomputer.
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