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Fewer Verbs and Nouns in Financial Reporting Could Predict Stock Market Bubble, Study Shows
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Fewer Verbs and Nouns in Financial Reporting Could Predict Stock Market Bubble, Study Shows

University College Dublin researchers say the stock market can be predicted by the way financial commentators describe market activity. 

Daytona Project Will Help Researchers Crunch Data
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Daytona Project Will Help Researchers Crunch Data

Microsoft's Project Daytona, which will run a broad spectrum of machine-learning algorithms on the Windows Azure application hosting system, will benefit researchers...

Imaging Technology Throws New Light on Ancient Artefacts
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Imaging Technology Throws New Light on Ancient Artefacts

Researchers at the universities of Southampton and Oxford have modifed Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories' Reflectance Transformation Imaging system to make...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence
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A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence

Computers are unable to defeat the world's best Go players, but that may change with the application of a new strategy that promises to revolutionize artificial...

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DARPA Searches For Life

There’s a hidden clock that underlies every process of every living thing—from when our cells start dividing to how quickly we age. Researchers at Darpa, the...

Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Willow Garage have developed a special user interface that enables a mute and partially paralyzed stroke victim to control a robot...

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US to Let Everyday Drivers Test Advanced Wireless Auto Safety Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to launch a program over the next few months to test new wireless auto safety systems in the real world. 

Health Care of the Future
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Health Care of the Future

A new system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can provide clues about...

Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide
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Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide

Microsoft researchers have developed Prodcast, a tool that helps consumers decide whether to buy a new product now or wait for prices to fall.

Wireless Power Could Cut Cord For Patients With Implanted Heart Pumps
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Wireless Power Could Cut Cord For Patients With Implanted Heart Pumps

Researchers at the universities of Washington and Pittsburgh have developed a wireless power system for ventricular assist devices, which are implanted in people...

Stanford Engineers Build a Nanoscale Device For Brain-Inspired Computing
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Stanford Engineers Build a Nanoscale Device For Brain-Inspired Computing

Stanford University researchers have developed a nanoelectronic device that mimics human brain synapses, which they say could lead to portable, energy-efficient...

Computer Learns Language By Playing Games
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Computer Learns Language By Playing Games

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Regina Marzilay has adapted a system she developed to generate scripts for installing software on a Windows computer...

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The Race to Zero: Speech By Andrew Haldane

In a speech at the International Economic Association 16th World Congress in Beijing, Andrew Haldane, Executive Director for Financial Stability and member of...

From ACM TechNews

Biomolecular Computer Can Autonomously Sense Multiple Signs of Disease

Weizmann Institute of Science researchers have developed a biomolecular computer that can autonomously sense several different types of molecules at once, and could...

Scientists Hope to Get Glimpse of Adolescent Universe from Revolutionary Instrument-on-a-Chip
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Scientists Hope to Get Glimpse of Adolescent Universe from Revolutionary Instrument-on-a-Chip

Scientists know what the universe looked like when it was a baby. They know what it looks like today. What they don't know is how it looked in its youth.

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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...
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