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A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe
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A Trip Beyond the Edge of the Observable Universe

If you want to see what outer space looks like, there may be no better way to do so than to have Carter Emmart take you on a ride there.

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Google Search: Political Power

Google’s aggressive tactics have put it on top of the business world, and now the Internet giant is looking to leverage the high profile and sterling connections...

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­se of Flexible Robotics Reduces Trauma in Surgery

Research conducted by surgeons from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center shows that using robotics reduces blood vessel trauma during minimally invasive...

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Google May Know Your Desires Before You Do

Google attempts to return relevant search results in the blink of an eye. But in future it could go one better, delivering search results to its users even before...

European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand
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European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand

European researchers have built a robot for 'on-demand' garbage collection—just make a call and it will soon arrive at your door. It's ideal for collecting waste...

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Some Experts Question Efforts to Identify Cyberattackers

Cybersecurity experts testifying at a recent U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing disagreed about whether the federal government should explore new...

Safety in Numbers
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Safety in Numbers

Mathematicians and computer scientists are working on equations and algorithms that exhibit potential as terrorism countermeasures. These include powerful algorithms...

OSIRIS Project to Guide ICT Research Infrastructures
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OSIRIS Project to Guide ICT Research Infrastructures

The OSIRIS project is developing an international strategy for open and sustainable ICT research infrastructures. 

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DARPA Issues Call For Computer Science Devotees

DARPA wants university-based researchers to come up with the next big computer science idea—for the military.

Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons
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Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers receive $2.3 million NIH grant to develop and validate virtual reality hardware, software for training and certifying...

Google's Fight to Keep Search a Secret
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Google's Fight to Keep Search a Secret

Can Google keep a secret?

Cutting-Edge Medical Imaging System Will Employ Night Vision Technology
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Cutting-Edge Medical Imaging System Will Employ Night Vision Technology

UTHealth has reached an agreement with other institutions that will allow it to take the next step in commercially developing an innovative medical imaging system...

Geo-Tags Reveal Celeb Secrets
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Geo-Tags Reveal Celeb Secrets

U.S. computer scientists have demonstrated that by using information from Internet images and videos it is possible to determine the addresses and locations of...

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How Twitter Could Better Predict Disease Outbreaks

Social media is particularly useful for anyone who wants to track the present—or predict the future.

DARPA
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DARPA

Darpa’s leading advocate for crowdsourcing and other ways of tapping new talent is leaving to join Microsoft—after only a year at the Defense Department’s top R&D...

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Pnnl, Chinese Researchers Begin Cooperative Clean Energy Work

Researchers from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the National Energy Technology Laboratory and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have formed a partnership...

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Entering the Secret World of Wikileaks

The Website Wikileaks publishes secret documents submitted by anonymous sources and makes them available to the public. The site, which went public in January 2007...

China's Green Dam May Be Ready to Collapse
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China's Green Dam May Be Ready to Collapse

China's Green Dam software-filtering project has been staying afloat without government funds for the past year, but the project may now be in danger of collapse...

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The Challenge of China's Green Technology Policy

To remain competitive in the growing clean energy race, the United States  must implement a new public investment strategy with the overarching goal of making...

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It Employment Jumps For First Time Since 2008

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' quarterly current population survey report shows that IT employment rose an estimated 5 percent during the second quarter,...
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