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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...

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Supercomputers Often Run Outdated Software

Supercomputing experts discussed the issue of supercomputing software during a recent conference in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Coalition...

Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code
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Study Shows Improvements in Quality of Open Source Code

Code analysis vendor Coverity reports that the number of defects in open source projects is on the decline. 

The Sum of Knowledge
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The Sum of Knowledge

European researchers are creating new technology that could, ultimately, make accessible the sum of humankind’s knowledge. Hundreds of organisations and millions...

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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...

Visualizing the Aztecs
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Visualizing the Aztecs

University of Utah professor Antonio Serrato-Combe has created a British Museum exhibition that allows visitors to digitally explore the empire of the last elected...

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...

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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...

Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award
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Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award

University of California, Berkeley professors Maneesh Agrawala and Lin He have been named MacArthur Fellows, which provides them with five-year, $500,000 grants...

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Rethinking the Long Tail Theory: How to Define 'hits' and 'niches'

The Long Tail theory suggests that the Internet drives demand away from popular products with mass appeal and directs it to more obscure niche offerings as it eases...

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Controlling the Language of Security

A security policy specification that guarantees the reliability and availability of home networks has been developed by computer scientists at Kyungpook National...

Shaping the Future
From Communications of the ACM

Shaping the Future

To create shape-shifting robotic ensembles, researchers need to teach micro-machines to work together.

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...

Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help
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Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help

Willow Garage researchers are developing robots that ask human for help when they cannot recognize objects. Willow Garage computer scientist Alan Sorokin has designed...

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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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Super-Dense Data Stores Cool Down

Super-dense "millipede"-style data storage systems could be enabled to function at room temperature with the development of a material that becomes soft when placed...

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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...

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Surveillance Software Solves Security Snag

University of Adelaide researchers have developed software that eliminates the need for security personnel at large public venues to search for suspicious activity...
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