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Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky
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Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky

Duke University engineering students have developed the PhonePoint Pen, a program that uses the accelerometers in smart phones to enable users to write messages...

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Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station
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Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station

The U.S. space shuttle's current mission, one of the most technical ever attempted by NASA, would not be possible without the use of robotics, says Holly Ridings...

Computer System For Dementia Patients
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Computer System For Dementia Patients

The shortage of healthcare workers has led to a demand for computer-based solutions that will allow elderly people to live in the own homes. However, the technology...

Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons
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Robotic Ferret Will Detect Hidden Drugs and Weapons

Engineering & Physical Sciences Research CouncilScientists at the University of Sheffield have developed the first cargo-scanning device that can operate inside...

Technology Looks Into Some Old Dinosaur Bones
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Technology Looks Into Some Old Dinosaur Bones

A new study published in The Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology uses high-resolution computed tomography (CT) imaging to guide sampling of bone lesions in the vertebrae...

Behavior-Driven Development Catches On
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Behavior-Driven Development Catches On

A process that helps users be more involved in the development of applications, behavior-driven development (BDD) continues to become increasingly popular among...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

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Computing Research That Changed the World

The Computing Community Consortium held a day-long symposium at the Library of Congress in late March titled "Computing Research That Changed the World: Reflections...

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Data Mining Knowledge and Expertise on Show at KDD-09

Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2009 (KDD-09), organized by ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, will offer more than 120 presentations...

Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors
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Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors

University of Central Florida professor Mubarak Shah is using the techniques used to detect suspicious activity in airports, stadiums, and other public places to...

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Research Has All the Right Moves

Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a motion-capture device that makes it easier to identify the different aspects of movement or sequences. Users...

The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward
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The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward

Look closely at recent supermarket coupons, and you may see some new markings on them near the traditional bar code: sets of neat black bars stacked in two rows...

Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians
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Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians

Using phone cameras, scientists can one day hunt for Martian life, by looking for organic matter that could indicate life. According to a report in New Scientist...

System Finds Safe, Efficient Routes for Dangerous Goods
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System Finds Safe, Efficient Routes for Dangerous Goods

A new routing and monitoring system developed by European researchers for trucks carrying dangerous goods promises to make Europe’s roads safer while saving haulers...

Video Games Help Doctors View Ct and Mri Images
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Video Games Help Doctors View Ct and Mri Images

The popular Nintendo Wii video game system is helping radiology students reach new levels! Faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College have coupled the motion-sensitive...

Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution
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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution

Carnegie Mellon University roboticist Tony Stentz says that in the near future the farming industry may undergo a significant change as robotic farmhands become...

Iphone  The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future
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Iphone The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future

The European Union-backed MyCar project is a collaborative effort involving Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology and the Volvo Group that is developing manufacturing...

Downsizing Is Real ­pper For Daylight Solutions
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Downsizing Is Real ­pper For Daylight Solutions

Startup company Daylight Solutions is betting that its cutting-edge sensor technology will change the landscape in fields ranging from medical diagnostics to environmental...

Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques
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Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers program is the premier global forum presenting groundbreaking research from today's leading international organizations. Topics...
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