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CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers
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CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown that public information readily gleaned from governmental sources, commercial databases, or online social networks...

Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble
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Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble

Deb Roy, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is exploring children's development of communication skills...

Translate This: 'cognition-Strength Interfaces'
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Translate This: 'cognition-Strength Interfaces'

A highly ambitious European project used basic cognitive function, eye-tracking and keystroke logging as the starting point for the study of human-computer interaction...

Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat
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Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat

Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Lab — a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol — and the University of Sheffield...

Breaking Down the Gender Barrier
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Breaking Down the Gender Barrier

A recent ACM survey of more than 1,400 college-bound high school students found that 45 percent of boys see a computer science major as a "very good" choice, but...

­.s. Takes Aim at Cyberwarfare
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­.s. Takes Aim at Cyberwarfare

The U.S. Pentagon's decision last week to open a cybercommand for both offensive and defensive cyberwarfare activities raises a host of questions. U.S. Defense...

Magnet and Glue Turn Tongue Into Joystick
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Magnet and Glue Turn Tongue Into Joystick

New ScientistGeorgia Tech University professors Maysam Ghovanloo and Xueliang Huo have developed a headset that enables a person to precisely control a wheelchair...

Second Life Data Offers Window Into How Trends Spread
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Second Life Data Offers Window Into How Trends Spread

University of Michigan researchers are using information available through the Second Life virtual world to study how "gestures," or pieces of code that users must...

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DARPA Investigates Extreme Supercomputing

Future network-tethered sensor systems will be capable of unleashing an enormous amount of data, so a new breed of supercomputers will be needed to make sense of...

Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success
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Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success

Information services company Matrixware has teamed up with a consortium of European researchers to enhance access to its database of patents. The commercial deal...

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Emc Aims to Tap the Best Brains in Computer Science

Even though EMC Corp. makes some of the world's most advanced data-storage gear, the Hopkinton, Mass. company is going back to school. Late last month, EMC unveiled...

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
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Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World

The European Union-funded CASBLiP project has developed a portable system to help visually-impaired users navigate outdoors. The system analyzes video from portable...

'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams
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'mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to Do Intimate Exams

The University of Florida is using a life-sized computer avatar on a flat screen and a mannequin with prosthetic body parts to teach medical students how to perform...

Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Muri Grant
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Researchers Receive $1.2 Million Muri Grant

The Army Research Office has awarded Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers pursuing work on hard/soft data fusion with a $1.2 million Multidisciplinary...

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Physics Brings Realism to Virtual Reality

The latest multi-core processors and smart software are enabling physicists and engineers to simulate the real world with unprecedented accuracy to create more...

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Circuit Malfunction Preceded Dc Metro Crash

The replacement of an important piece of collision-prevention equipment five days before last week's fatal train crash on the Washington, D.C., Metro's Red Line...

Drexel to Deploy Smart Grid System
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Drexel to Deploy Smart Grid System

Drexel University will deploy a smart grid system to provide real-time measurements of the University's power usage and allow excess power to be sold back to the...

Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices
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Long-Range Effects Found in Advanced Magnetic Devices

A tiny grid pattern has led materials scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Institute of Solid State Physics in Russia...

Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize
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Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize

When the organizers of the Netflix Prize contest announced late last week that one team had met the requirement for the $1 million Grand Prize, Yehuda Koren, a15th...

Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?
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Mobile Tv Coming to Canada?

Simon Fraser University (SFU) doctorate student Cheng-Hsin Hsu, along with SFU graduate students Yi Liu and Cong Ly, and their supervisor Mohamed Hefeeda, has designed...
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