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Computational Power Against Noise
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Computational Power Against Noise

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is working with Empa's Acoustics and Noise Control Laboratory to develop a computer model to simulate noise levels...

Ecs Research Advances Identification of People By Their Ears
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Ecs Research Advances Identification of People By Their Ears

A new biometric technique developed by computer scientists at the University of Southampton can automatically identify people by their ears. The technique uses...

Artificial Intelligence: Helping Man Explore the Cosmos
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Artificial Intelligence: Helping Man Explore the Cosmos

Man's first 50 years of spaceflight may have been fuelled by human ingenuity but it is artificial intelligence that will play an increasingly important role in...

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When Glass Touch Screens Feel Like Sandpaper

Glass screens that can feel the touch of your fingers are all the rage these days. You'll find them in all kinds of gadgets, from smartphones to tablet computers...

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Body Organs Can Send Status ­pdates to Your Cellphone

For cardiac patients such as myself, too much excitement can be a shocking experience. If my heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in my chest can...

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You Too Can Have a Dream Body

If you dislike the way you look on video, a new kind of image-manipulation software could make you feel better about yourself.

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Therapeutic Computer Games Target Stroke Sufferers

A therapeutic computer game developed in Ireland uses 3-D goggles to improve the brain's sense of perspective and balance in stroke sufferers. A motion-controlled...

Powerful Supercomputer Peers Into the Origin of Life
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Powerful Supercomputer Peers Into the Origin of Life

Supercomputer simulations at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are helping scientists unravel how nucleic acids could have contributed...

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Goooaal! Students Scoring with Computer Science

Rowan University students are using their computer skills to help score goals on the soccer field. CS master's degree students developed Soccer Scoop, a computer...

Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners
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Inventions Ease the Plight of Trapped Miners

From copper-fibersocks to fiber-optic cable, innovation and improvisation make time more bearable for 33 Chilean.

Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale
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Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale

Scanning 1,200 brains could help researchers chart the organ's fine structure and better understand neurological disorders.

Dust Models Paint Alien's View of Solar System
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Dust Models Paint Alien's View of Solar System

New supercomputer simulations tracking the interactions of thousands of dust grains show what the solar system might look like to alien astronomers searching...

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Eu Backs Universal Apps Project

A new European research project aimed at developing technology that will allow applications to be delivered across a wide range of connected environments including...

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Mobile Chips Battle For Processing Power

Inside your smartphone, a battle is raging. As tiny chips with big ambitions fight for processing power, is there anything the phones of the future will not be...

What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?
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What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?

Tracking down one of the last few parking spots in the cramped confines of a dimly lit multi-storey car park is not among life's pleasures. German car maker BMW...

Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech
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Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech

"Devil Pup" robots. Super sniper scopes. Secret signals intelligence sensors. Flying spies to find buried threats. Campaigns to influence the media behind the...

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Gadget for N.F.L. Stadiums Vies for Fans' Inattention

For football spectators, a device called FanVision might be nirvana—or it might turn them into stadium versions of zombies who stumble down streets staring mesmerized...

Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds
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Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds

A device developed by Sandia National Laboratories researchers that shoots a blade of water capable of penetrating steel is headed to U.S. troops in Afghanistan...

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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.

New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates
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New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates

A new electronic biosensing technology developed by a team of engineers and biomedical scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology could make the multi-welled...
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