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Computer Code Gives Astrophysicists Full Simulation of Star's Final Hours
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Computer Code Gives Astrophysicists Full Simulation of Star's Final Hours

Researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed the first full-star simulation of the conditions inside a...

Thought-Controlled Wheelchair
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Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

Carmaker Toyota has teamed up with the Riken Brain Science Institute to create a computer the reads the brainwaves of a person seated in a wheelchair to control...

'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard
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'intelligent Car' Able to Learn and Warn Driver of Possible Hazard

Scientists from six European countries have designed a new automatic driving assistance program called DRIVSCO. The program studies the car owner's driving pattern...

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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

Mobile Phones Present Improved, Augmented Reality
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Mobile Phones Present Improved, Augmented Reality

New mobile phones could make it possible for augmented reality (AR) — real-world views overlaid with digital information — to trump virtual reality, which lacks...

Rfid Technology May Help in Keeping Foods Safe
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Rfid Technology May Help in Keeping Foods Safe

RFID technology has led to better safety handling of raw materials and finished products in the food industry, which is also using the technology to speed up the...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

Debating Net Neutrality
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Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
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Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...

Computer Model Shows Changes in Brain Mechanisms For Cocaine Addicts
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Computer Model Shows Changes in Brain Mechanisms For Cocaine Addicts

University of Missouri researchers Ashwin Mohan and Sandeep Pendyam, doctoral students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, are utilizing computational...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

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Quantum Computers Are Coming

WHATEVER happened to quantum computers? A few years ago, it seemed, it was just a case of a tweak here, a fiddle there, and some kind of number-crunching Godzilla...

High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment
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High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment

Computers have helped doctors in the medical community for years. Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are working to see if computers can...

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Hamburg Internet Technologists Propose Roadmap For Future Internet Design

Hamburg University of Applied Sciences computer scientists led by professor Thomas Schmidt have received a three-year grant for the Hybrid Adaptive Mobile Multicast...

White House ­nveils Cloud Computing Initiative
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White House ­nveils Cloud Computing Initiative

The Obama administration has introduced a cloud computing policy that aims to lower infrastructure costs and reduce the environmental impact of government computing...

Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites
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Collaborators Operate Multiple Biomedical Robots from Numerous Sites

Using a new software protocol called the Interoperable Telesurgical Protocol, nine research teams from universities and research institutes around the world recently...

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Google Delivers New Java-Like Language: Noop

Google has developed Noop, a new programming language that runs on the Java Virtual Machine (JVM). Google describes Noop as "a new language that attempts to blend...

Google Acquires Recaptcha
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Google Acquires Recaptcha

ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online...

Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level
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Nsf Supported 'cake' Takes It to the Next Level

Florida Atlantic University's College of Engineering and Computer Science has received a five-year grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to create a...

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How Emerging Wireless Techs Are Transforming Healthcare

Heath care technology researchers are taking advantage of faster wireless networks and developing new "telehealth" sensors and devices as part of a booming new...
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