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Turning Data Into Democratic Action: Social Apps Lab at Citris
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Turning Data Into Democratic Action: Social Apps Lab at Citris

Current projects at the University of California Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society's Social Apps Lab include eradicating dengue...

Robot Teaches English as Second Language
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Robot Teaches English as Second Language

Pasadena City College professor Ron Chang Lee has developed interactive robots that help students learn English as a second language.

Football Analysis Leads to Advance in Artificial Intelligence
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Football Analysis Leads to Advance in Artificial Intelligence

Oregon State University researchers have developed an AI-based tool that combines computer vision, machine learning, and automated planning to create a system that...

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­t Researchers Develop Algorithm to Improve Remote Electrocardiography

An algorithm developed by a team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has the potential to make an electrocardiogram more effective. 

Researchers: Target Cancer Cell Metabolism
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Researchers: Target Cancer Cell Metabolism

Tel Aviv University professor Eytan Ruppin and colleagues have developed the first computerized genome-scale model of cancer cell metabolism. 

Researchers Improving Gps Accuracy in the 3rd Dimension
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Researchers Improving Gps Accuracy in the 3rd Dimension

Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can fix global positioning system errors by taking a more accurate measurement of altitude. 

Virtual Touch Helps Keyhole Surgeons to 'feel' Tumours
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Virtual Touch Helps Keyhole Surgeons to 'feel' Tumours

Leeds University researchers have developed tactile feedback technology that combines computer virtualization with a hand-held haptic device that gives doctors...

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IBM Work With World's Thinnest Material Seen Creating Faster Pcs

A one-atom-thick layer of carbon may one day help International Business Machines Corp. and the U.S. military build more precise radar and computers that operate...

New Tool Allows First Responders to Visualize Post-Event Disaster Environments
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New Tool Allows First Responders to Visualize Post-Event Disaster Environments

During the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency's National Level Exercise 2011, emergency preparedness officials and first responders used iPads and SUMMIT,...

Computational Method Predicts New Uses For Existing Medicines
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Computational Method Predicts New Uses For Existing Medicines

A recent National Institutes of Health-funded computational study analyzing genomic and drug data has been able to predict new uses for existing medicines. 

Antennas in Your Clothes? New Design Could Pave the Way
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Antennas in Your Clothes? New Design Could Pave the Way

Ohio State University researchers are working on a new way to incorporate radio antennas directly into clothing, in an effort to improve communications reliability...

Wire Robot Yanks Your Golf Game Into Shape
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Wire Robot Yanks Your Golf Game Into Shape

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a haptics-based robotic wire system designed to help golfers with putting. 

W3c Ignites Developer Participation in Web Standards Process
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W3c Ignites Developer Participation in Web Standards Process

The World Wide Web Consortium recently announced a new track, called W3C Community Groups, that makes it easier for developers and businesses to create Web technology...

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Research Team Develops Face-Mapping App For Global Smartphone Searching

Rice University researchers have developed a smartphone application that allows users to search images on other users' phones that have been transmitted by a centralized...

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The Public, Playing a Molecule-Building Game, Outperforms Scientists

Researchers at Stanford and Carnegie Mellon universities are using EteRNA, a Web-based crowdsourcing game, to understand how RNA molecules fit together. The researchers...

Remaking American Medicine
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Remaking American Medicine

Developing an IT ecosystem for health could improve — and transform — the practice of medicine.

Invasion of the Mobile Apps
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Invasion of the Mobile Apps

The market model pioneered by Apple and others is transforming the software world — and has profound implications for software companies and their customers.

Pretty Good Democracy Suggests Path to Internet Elections
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Pretty Good Democracy Suggests Path to Internet Elections

University of Melbourne fellow Vanessa Teague says that Internet voting systems cannot provide both high levels of privacy and vote verifiability, and she is an...

Face Recognition Ids Chimps from Photos
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Face Recognition Ids Chimps from Photos

Facial recognition isn't just for humans anymore; similar programs run on apes could help park rangers help identify chimps and gorillas, scientists have found...

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Robot 'mission Impossible' Wins Video Prize

You could call it Mission Impossible: Robot Library Heist. An army of flying, rolling, and climbing robots have been taught to work together to find and snatch...
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