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Tech Volunteers Build New Tools to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts
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Tech Volunteers Build New Tools to Aid Haiti Relief Efforts

Techies are gathering in person and online to collaborate on the development of new systems to support rescuers and relief workers on the ground in Haiti, and to...

Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible
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Making Braille Music ­niversally Accessible

Blind musicians have had restricted access to scores due to the scarcity and limitations of Braille transcriptions. A new European system makes music for the blind...

Cybersecurity Expert Stays Creative Baking Bread
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Cybersecurity Expert Stays Creative Baking Bread

Is there a recipe a scientist might follow to spur creativity and cook up new discoveries? Cyber security expert Kevin Fu of the University of Massachusetts Amherst...

Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine
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Web Access Is New Clinton Doctrine

The U.S. plans to make unrestricted access to the Internet a top foreign-policy priority, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to announce Thursday (January...

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Fearing Hackers Who Leave No Trace

The crown jewels of Google, Cisco Systems or any other technology company are the millions of lines of programming instructions, known as source code, that make...

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U.s. Keeps Science Lead, But Other Countries Gain

The United States remains the world's leader in science and technology, based on factors such as gross dollars spent, relative spending on research, research articles...

Multilingual Translation System Receives Over 2 Million Euro in Eu Funding
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Multilingual Translation System Receives Over 2 Million Euro in Eu Funding

University of Gothenburg professor Aarne Ranta is leading an effort to create a reliable translation tool that covers most of the European Union languages. The...

Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave
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Korean Robot Maid Upgraded to do Laundry, Use Microwave

The prospect of a future that includes robot maids took an incremental step forward to reality. Korean scientists have created a domestic robot that cleans, dumps...

Scammers Target Givers After Haiti Earthquake
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Scammers Target Givers After Haiti Earthquake

The earthquake in Haiti has motivated many people to make contributions to help. "Unfortunately, these events also bring out the con artists and scammers who are...

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Today's Threat: Computer Network Terrorism

"A fleet of fighter planes is not necessary to attack a power station; a keyboard is sufficient. And if you don't have the skills, there are enough mercenary hackers...

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Darpa: U.s. Geek Shortage Is National Security Risk

Sure, we’re all plugged in and online 24/7. But fewer American kids are growing up to be bona fide computer geeks. And that poses a serious security risk for the...

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Computer Vision System Analyzes Human Behavior

European researchers, coordinated by the Autonomous University of Barcelona, have developed a cognitive computational system that uses video cameras and computer...

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The Greening of It

A seminar hosted by Science|Business focused on what needs to be done to make information technology (IT) more environmentally friendly. The cross-pollination...

Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access
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Fcc Looks at Ways to Assert Authority Over Web Access

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering aggressive moves to claim its authority over consumer access to the Internet as part of the Obama...

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

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How Google Ranks Tweets

To deliver useful search returns from the so-called real-time Web--such as seconds-old Twitter "tweets" reporting traffic jams--Google has adapted its page-ranking...

Social Science Meets Computer Science at Yahoo
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Social Science Meets Computer Science at Yahoo

Yahoo Labs is hiring social scientists, including cognitive psychologists, economists, and ethnographers, to help it understand what motivates users to click and...

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Hidden Sensor Network Detects Explosives

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communications, Information Processing, and Ergonomics have developed Hazardous Material Localization and Person Tracking...

American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents
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American Companies Capture Less Than Half of 2009 ­.s. Patents

For the second straight year, foreign companies collectively captured a slight majority of new U.S. patents awarded to corporations by the U.S. Patent and Trademark...

Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'
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Social Media Campaigns Hint at Widening 'digital Divide'

Washington and Lee University Associate Professor Claudette Artwick sees evidence of a 'digital divide' in recent social media campaigns to locate missing persons...
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