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Designs With a Deeper Purpose
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Designs With a Deeper Purpose

Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.

See Ancient Earth from Space
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See Ancient Earth from Space

Over the past 750 million years, our blue marble has gone through remarkable changes; continents have shifted, ice ages have come and gone, sea levels have risen...

Web Science Meets Network Science
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Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
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Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

I, Domestic Robot
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I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.

Csail Researcher Creates Customizable Buttons
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Csail Researcher Creates Customizable Buttons

New technology developed by a systems robotics engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can...

Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks
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Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks

Bitcoin is an open source distributed and anonymous digital currency created by Satoshi Nakamoto to enable people to exchange money without being traced.

Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies
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Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md...

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Open Source Programming Tools on the Rise

Several open source programming tools are gaining in popularity as developers seek new ways to revise, fix and extend their codes.

Like Europa, Titan May Have a Giant Subsurface Ocean
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Like Europa, Titan May Have a Giant Subsurface Ocean

In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons...

Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings
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Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms and a real-time occupancy sensor network to create a smart heating, ventilation...

Aberdeen Researchers to Collaborate With India on Development of Trusted Mobile Technologies For Rural Healthcare
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Aberdeen Researchers to Collaborate With India on Development of Trusted Mobile Technologies For Rural Healthcare

University of Aberdeen researchers, in collaboration with Indian institutions, are launching the TRUMP project, a three-year study to explore how mobile technologies...

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Robots on the Farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are...

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New Kde Project Aims at Tablets, Mixed ­is

KDE is developing two open source projects designed to provide a consistent user interface across a variety of touchscreen interfaces and to advance data integration...

Can Supercomputers Help Japan Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Supercomputers Help Japan Predict Earthquakes?

Dell Computer and several U.S. universities have provided Japanese researchers with supercomputing capacity following the March 11 earthquake, as rolling blackouts...

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Evolutionary Babel Was in Southern Africa

Where did humanity utter its first words? A new linguistic analysis attempts to rewrite the story of Babel by borrowing from the methods of genetic analysis—and...

Physicists Discover New Way to Visualize Warped Space and Time
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Physicists Discover New Way to Visualize Warped Space and Time

When black holes slam into each other, the surrounding space and time surge and undulate like a heaving sea during a storm. This warping of space and time is...

Mathematical Model Simulating Rat Whiskers Provides Insight Into Sense of Touch
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Mathematical Model Simulating Rat Whiskers Provides Insight Into Sense of Touch

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a mathematical model that will allow them to simulate how rats use their whiskers to sense objects around...

Neighborhood Wireless Grid Project Gains Support
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Neighborhood Wireless Grid Project Gains Support

Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Virginia Tech researchers have collaborated to create wireless grid technologies as part of the Wireless...
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