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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development
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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

Both Tim Willits and Matt Hooper got their start in game design as fans, creating maps for id Software games like Doom and Quake. Now, as the studio celebrates...

Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom
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Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom

Researchers at Rice and Nanyang Technological universities, working at the Institute for Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics, are preparing for full-scale production...

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Secure Updates For Navigation Systems & Co

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Applied and Integrated Security (AISEC) have developed a way to enable a vehicle navigation system to automatically...

Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App
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Wales' Rugby World Cup Team ­sing Swansea ­ni App

The Wales national rugby team is using MatchPad, a Swansea University-developed iPad application, to simplify match information and help understand the team's performance...

Scientists Release Most Accurate Simulation of the Universe to Date
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Scientists Release Most Accurate Simulation of the Universe to Date

The Bolshoi simulation, which ran on the Pleiades supercomputer at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Ames Research Center, is the most accurate...

How to Hatch a Dinosaur
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How to Hatch a Dinosaur

People have told Jack Horner he’s crazy before, but he has always turned out to be right.

Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote
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Electronic Elections: One App, One Vote

Rice University researchers led by Bryan Campbell have designed an iPhone app that will allow voters to cast their ballots with their smartphones. 

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Computational Modeling Can Help Plan Vaccine Introduction, Pitt Study Finds

Computational modeling can predict the impact of a new vaccine introduction and identify potential disruptions before introducing new vaccines to a developing country's...

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Kinect Project Merges Real and Virtual Worlds

Microsoft researchers recently demonstrated KinectFusion, a research project that lets users generate three-dimensional (3D) models in real time using a standard...

Supercomputer Simulations of the Evolution of the ­niverse
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Supercomputer Simulations of the Evolution of the ­niverse

Two research articles describing the most accurate cosmological simulation of the evolution of the large-scale structure of the universe yet made—named "Bolshoi"...

How Rapidly Expanding Storage Spurs Innovation
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How Rapidly Expanding Storage Spurs Innovation

Moore's Law gets all the press. It's easy to present even to non-technical readers, and the way it's most often expressed is something like, "computers double...

'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians
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'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians

The proliferation of ways to measure things—point-of-service terminals, Web analytics, geographic and temporal records, even semantic information—means businesses...

Data Mining For Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge
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Data Mining For Global Change: Furthering Science, Knowledge

University of Minnesota's Vipin Kumar and colleagues want to integrate computer scientists into the effort to address climate change, ecosystem health, and global...

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A Made-to-Measure Social Network For the Academic World

Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne researchers have developed Graaasp, an academic social network that responds to the specific needs of the academic world...

Software Developer Shows Face-Swapping in Realtime
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Software Developer Shows Face-Swapping in Realtime

New software can now replace a face with another in real time. 

Data Mining ­ncovers New Connections Between Health Problems
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Data Mining ­ncovers New Connections Between Health Problems

Researchers in Denmark are using data mining techniques to uncover new connections between health problems as seemingly unrelated as migraines and hair loss.

New Targets For the Control of Hiv Are Predicted ­sing a Novel Computational Analysis
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New Targets For the Control of Hiv Are Predicted ­sing a Novel Computational Analysis

Virginia Tech researchers have developed a computational approach that can predict several human proteins that the human immunodeficiency virus requires to replicate...

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Scientists ­se Brain Imaging to Reveal the Movies in Our Mind

Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s own dream on YouTube. With a cutting-edge blend of brain imaging and computer simulation, scientists...

Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?
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Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?

You have to wonder what's going on in the DNA of Harvard genetics professor George Church. What extra bit of code does he have that the rest of us don't? If genes...

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Mining Data For Better Medicine

The antidepressant Paxil was approved for sale in 1992, the cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol in 1996. Company studies proved that each drug, on its own, works...
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