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Context Is Ev . . . Well, Something, Anyway

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a way to improve object recognition systems by using information about their context. 

Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development
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Machine-Learning Revolutionizes Software Development

Automation technology has revolutionized the fine-tuning needed to maximize software performance on devices such as mobile phones.

Robot Bred in Wales to Seek Life on Red Planet
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Robot Bred in Wales to Seek Life on Red Planet

Aberystwyth University researcher Stephen Pugh has developed a picture-taking robot designed to look for signs of life on Mars. Pugh is fine-tuning the robot's...

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The Next Secure Hash Algorithm Had Better Be a Good One

 Katholieke Universiteit Leuven professor Bart Preneel says the SHA-3 hash algorithm selected by the National Institute of Standards and Technology will need to...

3D Graphics & Reality Fuse on the Fly
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3D Graphics & Reality Fuse on the Fly

Oxford University researchers have developed the Parallel Tracking and Mapping program, a camera-tracking system for fusing real and three-dimensional (3D) computer...

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Recommendation Algorithm Wants to Show You Something New

An international group of researchers have developed a new algorithm for recommender systems designed to address the challenge of diversity when making recommendations...

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Researchers Develop 3D Graphics Capability For Firefox

Researchers have incorporated faster software for generating three-dimensional (3D) images into Firefox and plan to release the modified version of the browser...

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Putting the Web in a Spreadsheet

IBM researchers have developed BigSheets, a data analysis tool based on Hadoop designed to help users analyze large Web data sets. BigSheets uses Hadoop to comb...

Nsf Career Award Recognizes Wsu Vancouver Professor
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Nsf Career Award Recognizes Wsu Vancouver Professor

WenZhan Song, assistant professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Science at WSU Vancouver, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER...

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Touch Screens that Touch Back

Forget putting your phone on vibrate. A novel "high-definition" touch-feedback display can give a touch screen the feel of a textured surface. The technology was...

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Software Sniffs Out Criminals By the Shape of Their Nose

University of Bath scientists have developed a biometric system for identifying people based on their nose shape. The researchers used a photographic system to...

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Nsf-Supported Researchers Gain Access to Microsoft's Azure Services Platform

The National Science Foundation has announced a memorandum of understanding with Microsoft Corp. whereby Microsoft will provide NSF supported-researchers access...

Student-Run Business Wins Epa Energy-Optimization Contract
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Student-Run Business Wins Epa Energy-Optimization Contract

A company founded and run by Missouri University of Science and Technology students recently received its first federal contract, and hopes to parlay that funding...

Free Systems Biology Markup Language Has Proven Popular
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Free Systems Biology Markup Language Has Proven Popular

A scientific paper that describes a file format used by scientists to represent models of biological processes has exceeded 500 citations in the ISI Web of Knowledge...

Tomorrow's Forecast: Clear With a Chance of Tremors
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Tomorrow's Forecast: Clear With a Chance of Tremors

The goal of the Southern California Earthquake Center's CyberShake project is to accurately predict earthquake activity for the next 50 years. The CyberShake predictions...

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Ibm Speeds ­p Data Analysis With New Algorithm

Researchers at IBM's laboratories in Zurich have developed a new algorithm that can sort, correlate, and analyze millions of random data sets in minutes. 

The Mathematics Behind a Good Night's Sleep
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The Mathematics Behind a Good Night's Sleep

Professor of Mathematics Mark Holmes and his graduate student Lisa Rogers are using math to develop a new computer model that can be easily manipulated by other...

Coming Ssoon: Emotion Detector For Babies
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Coming Ssoon: Emotion Detector For Babies

Parents-to-be can take a breather: It may soon be possible to translate infant cries, all thanks to Japanese scientists who have come up with a statistical computer...

Light-Based Computing, Quick as a Thought
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Light-Based Computing, Quick as a Thought

A consortium of European research institutions is working on a new, photonic computing model under the aegis of the PHOCUS project. The system envisioned by the...

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Stopping Stealthy Downloads

SRI International and Georgia Tech researchers have developed Block All Drive-By Download Exploits (BLADE), free software that can stop Internet attacks brought...
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