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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...

We've Bin Watching You!
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We've Bin Watching You!

With Bincam, Newcastle University computer scientists have used a camera phone and Facebook to introduce an element of competition to recycling and minimizing waste...

Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta
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Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta

Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in...

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Future of Virtual Reality: What Pregnancy Feels Like

Men can gain a better understanding of what women experience during pregnancy by wearing a new device developed at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology...

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Johns Hopkins Expert Finds Randomness Rules in Turbulent Flows

Johns Hopkins University professor Gregory Eyink has determined through computer experiments that turbulent fluid flows are dominated by randomness, and has confirmed...

Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge
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Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge

Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with...

Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique For Measuring Them
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Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique For Measuring Them

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a method for integrating biological molecules directly with electronic circuits so they can operate in open...

Leia in Your Living Room: Projecting a Star-Wars-Style Hologram With a Microsoft Kinect
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Leia in Your Living Room: Projecting a Star-Wars-Style Hologram With a Microsoft Kinect

Michael Bove, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Object-Based Media Group, recently purchased a Kinect for his graduate students to experiment...

Building a Better Dam Map
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Building a Better Dam Map

A geographically explicit, high-resolution global database of large dams and reservoirs has been developed by a team of scientists at McGill University.

Apple's Path to the App Store Wasn't a Straight Road
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Apple's Path to the App Store Wasn't a Straight Road

The unveiling of the iPhone almost four years ago stands as a pivotal moment in computing history. The elegant design not only ushered in the mobile computing...

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Sri: Silicon Valley's Old School Incubator

These days, it seems there's a new incubator for just about every pair of 19-year-olds working on a mobile-payment startup. Long ago, before Y Combinator and...

Google Missed 'friend Thing'
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Google Missed 'friend Thing'

Google Inc. executive chairman Eric Schmidt said one of his biggest failures as chief executive of the search giant over the last decade was grappling with the...

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Funny Science Sparks Serious Spat

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., issued a 73-page report, "The National Science Foundation: Under the Microscope," after months of signals from GOP leaders that the...

New 3D Map of ­niverse Is Best One Yet
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New 3D Map of ­niverse Is Best One Yet

Astronomers have created the most complete 3D map of our local universe, revealing new details about our place in the cosmos. The map shows all visible structures...

In Brazil, an Explosion in Computing Power Is Revolutionizing Weather Prediction
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In Brazil, an Explosion in Computing Power Is Revolutionizing Weather Prediction

Rio de Janeiro recently launched a new command center, equipped with IBM's Deep Thunder supercomputer, dedicated to developing more advanced weather prediction...

Google Search Patterns Could Track Mrsa Spread
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Google Search Patterns Could Track Mrsa Spread

Google searches might enable public health experts to better fight drug-resistant staph infections, according to the University of Chicago's Diane Lauderdale.

All the News That's Fit For You
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All the News That's Fit For You

Personalized news promises to make daily journalism profitable again, but technical and cultural obstacles have slowed the industry's adoption of automated personalization...

Blind Children of India Helping Scientists See Into the Brain
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Blind Children of India Helping Scientists See Into the Brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working with 300,000 blind children living in the Indian subcontinent to treat their blindness and learn more...
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