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Panel Proposes Killing Webb Space Telescope

The House Appropriations Committee proposed Wednesday to kill the James Webb Space Telescope, the crown jewel of NASA’s astronomy plans for the next two decades...

Roving Robot to the Rescue
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Roving Robot to the Rescue

A roving robot that can locate victims of natural disasters via their mobile phones or bombs that are detonated through mobile phones has been developed by students...

A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar
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A Collision of Creativity and Cash at Disney/pixar

When the Walt Disney Company bought Pixar Animation Studios for $7.4 billion in 2006, there was understandable concern that the media conglomerate that drove...

Scientists Develop Sensitive Skin for Robots
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Scientists Develop Sensitive Skin for Robots

Technical University of Munich (TUM) researchers are developing a sensitive skin for robots that will provide tactile information, adding to their existing perception...

Supercomputer Simulations to Help Predict Tornadoes
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Supercomputer Simulations to Help Predict Tornadoes

University of Oklahoma researchers are using supercomputers to assemble and analyze massive amounts of data on tornadoes, such as updraft, downdraft, and regions...

Games and Learning: Seven Questions For Mary Flanagan
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Games and Learning: Seven Questions For Mary Flanagan

A professor of digital humanities at Dartmouth College, Mary Flanagan has spent her career thinking critically about a topic that most of us take for granted: Play...

Handheld Testing: New Application For Iphone May Support Monitoring and Research on Parkinson's Disease
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Handheld Testing: New Application For Iphone May Support Monitoring and Research on Parkinson's Disease

Researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute have developed iTrem, an iPhone application designed to enable Parkinson's disease patients to use  an iPhone...

The Robot Doctor Will See You Now
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The Robot Doctor Will See You Now

Computer scientists are developing artificial intelligence systems that could take more responsibility in diagnosing diseases, assigning treatments, and facilitating...

Google Ideas Think Tank Gathering Former Extremists to Battle Radicalization
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Google Ideas Think Tank Gathering Former Extremists to Battle Radicalization

The Google Ideas think tank has gathered 80 former radicals, including ex-neo-Nazis, Muslim extremists, and U.S. gang members, to brainstorm ways technology can...

Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2
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Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2

Although the stories told by Pixar Animation Studios take place in richly realized fantasy realms, the science and technology required to create those worlds...

Cracking the Code of Machine Translation
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Cracking the Code of Machine Translation

University of Southern California scientists have developed a machine-translation technique that treats translation as a cryptographic challenge rather than a matter...

Inspired By Insect Intelligence
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Inspired By Insect Intelligence

Monash University researchers are developing wireless sensor networks based on insects' neural systems that could revolutionize how environmental systems, building...

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Genius of Einstein, Fourier Key to New Humanlike Computer Vision

Purdue University researchers have developed two new techniques for computer-vision technology that mimic how humans perceive three-dimensional shapes by instantly...

Brave, New Social World
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Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Weighing Watson's Impact
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Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

New Software Improves the Maintenance and Management of Forests
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New Software Improves the Maintenance and Management of Forests

Forests could receive better maintenance and management using new software developed by a team at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The software is designed...

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Protein Folding Made Easy

A McGill University researcher and Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborators have achieved impressive results with an algorithm for predicting protein...

Ornl Package Tracking System Takes Social Media to New Heights
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Ornl Package Tracking System Takes Social Media to New Heights

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed Tracking 2.0, supply chain software that provides a start-to-finish view as an item moves to its destination...

Researchers Improve Method For Finding Genetic Mistakes That Fuel Cancer
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Researchers Improve Method For Finding Genetic Mistakes That Fuel Cancer

Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have developed the Clipping Reveals Structure algorithm, which helps identify the chromosomal rearrangements...

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Fire-Breathing Dragon Roars to Life

The first practical technique for recreating the sound of fire, based on its behavior, for virtual worlds has been devised by Jeff Chadwick and colleagues at Cornell...
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