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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...

Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists
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Poor Penmanship Spells Job Security For Post Office's Scribble Specialists

A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it...

Think About It: CS­ Research Could Turn Brain Waves Into Remote Control
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Think About It: CS­ Research Could Turn Brain Waves Into Remote Control

Colorado State University researchers are developing technology that will enable people with severe neurological impairments to complete tasks by changing what...

University Adopts Predictive Technology
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University Adopts Predictive Technology

Edith Cowan University is using an IBM-developed predictive model to identify students at risk of leaving a course before they complete it, says National ICT Australia...

High-Tech Spider For Hazardous Missions
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High-Tech Spider For Hazardous Missions

Spiders are agile, and some can even jump. They owe this capability to their hydraulically operated limbs. Researchers have now designed a mobile robot modeled...

How to Predict the Future
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How to Predict the Future

Imagining the future, we naturally think of it as a different place to the one we live in now. It is populated with new technologies, advanced science, and perhaps...

Relief From "parking Wars"
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Relief From "parking Wars"

Researchers have developed PARKAGENT, a computer simulator that models the real-life parking challenges of specific cities, identifying different strategies for...

Crowdsourcing Nutrition in a Snap
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Crowdsourcing Nutrition in a Snap

Harvard University researchers have developed PlateMate, software that enable users to utilize crowdsourcing to determine the calorie levels of their meals. Users...

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Gartner: 10 Key It Trends For 2012

If you had to pick 10 technology-related trends that will affect your enterprise infrastructure in the coming year, Gartner says you'd do well to start with virtualization...

Ibm, Georgia Tech Launch Children's Health Data Modeling Project
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Ibm, Georgia Tech Launch Children's Health Data Modeling Project

The Georgia Institute of Technology will use IBM analytics technology to study data models as a way to systematically improve the pediatric health system. 

Filling Space With Polyhedra
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Filling Space With Polyhedra

Salvatore Torquato’s unique space-packing method has implications in information theory and materials science.

To Diagnose Heart Disease, Visualization Experts Recommend a Simpler Approach
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To Diagnose Heart Disease, Visualization Experts Recommend a Simpler Approach

Harvard University researchers have developed HemoVis, a method for visualizing human arteries that, in clinical testing, increased diagnostic accuracy from 39...

Computer Scientist Seeks the Real Meaning of Language
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Computer Scientist Seeks the Real Meaning of Language

Researchers at Columbia University and the City University of New York are developing computational methods to detect deception in English, Mandarin Chinese, and...

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DARPA Offers $50,000 Prize If You Can Figure Out These Shredded Puzzles

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced the $50,000 Shredder Challenge, which asks participants to devise new methods or techniques for piecing...

New Tool Clears the Air on Cloud Simulations
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New Tool Clears the Air on Cloud Simulations

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers and international collaborators have developed the Cloud-Feedback-Model Intercomparison Project Observation Simulator...

A Deeper Look Into Space
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A Deeper Look Into Space

NASA hopes the James Webb Space Telescope, which can detect ancient light that its predecessors can’t, will reveal more information about the origins of the universe...

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IBM Simulates 4.5% of the Human Brain, and All of the Cat Brain

Supercomputers can store more information than the human brain and can calculate a single equation faster, but even the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world...

New Technology Pinpoints Anomalies in Complex Financial Data
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New Technology Pinpoints Anomalies in Complex Financial Data

Battelle researchers at the U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed Anomalator, analytical software designed to recognize anomalous information...

Wholesome Data: ­sing It to Promote Healthy Behaviors
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Wholesome Data: ­sing It to Promote Healthy Behaviors

Edmund Seto, a researcher at the University of California, Davis,  develops censor and cell phone technologies to connect people to relevant, real-time data about...

Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad
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Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad

Forget relying solely on touch to control your Apple device. On future iPads, you may be able to control your tablet from across the room using 3D gestures, such...
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