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A Swiss Army Knife For Analyzing Three-Dimensional Images
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A Swiss Army Knife For Analyzing Three-Dimensional Images

Howard Hughes Medical Institute computer scientists have developed V3D, a software suite that features tools for visualizing, analyzing, and measuring complex,...

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Mobile Learning with iPhone Now Possible

Peruvian and Belgian researchers have developed an open source mobile learning application that enables health-care workers to connect to the free learning platform...

Creating Apps Just For Cars
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Creating Apps Just For Cars

Ford Motor Co. is working with the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Microsoft to offer a computer science and engineering course in which Michigan students...

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UIC Researcher Looks Toward a Communication Revolution

Andy Johnson, a professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory, is developing ultra-high-speed connections paired with...

Nist, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure For Health It Systems
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Nist, Partners Develop Testing Infrastructure For Health It Systems

NIST has released the first of four installments of a new health IT test method and related software, developed in collaboration with a broad array of public and...

Software's Take on the Light Bulb Joke
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Software's Take on the Light Bulb Joke

How many men does it take to change a light bulb? Putting the punchline aside a moment, consider that it takes even more to pack a shipping crate. Now a European...

Toyota Applies the Brakes
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Toyota Applies the Brakes

In the wake of a massive public-relations nightmare involving brake problems in its cars, Toyota is investigating two more reports this week of unintended acceleration...

Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells
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Predicting the Fate of Stem Cells

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute professor Badri Roysam and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee professor Andrew Cohen are using computer vision technology to predict...

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New 'hearing' Maps Are Real Conversation Starters

Cardiff University researchers have developed software that creates audibility maps of proposed room designs that  show hotspots where conversations would be inaudible...

Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills
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Japan Baby-Robot Teaches Parenting Skills

Tsukuba University engineering students have developed Yotaro, a baby humanoid robot designed to teach young people about parenting. 

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Silicon-on-Silk Electronics Developed For Potential Biomedical Applications

University of Illinois researcher John Rogers has collaborated with a team at Tufts University to develop silicon-on-silk electronics, which could one day function...

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Project Peppher Announced

The European PErformance Portability and Programmability of Heterogeneous many-core aRchitectures (PEPPHER) project is developing a methodology and architecture...

One Sensor to Do the Work of Many
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One Sensor to Do the Work of Many

U.S. Pentagon scientists have developed the Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System (ARGUS-IS), a sensor system that can spot and track...

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Putting the Web in a Spreadsheet

IBM researchers have developed BigSheets, a data analysis tool based on Hadoop designed to help users analyze large Web data sets. BigSheets uses Hadoop to comb...

Coming Ssoon: Emotion Detector For Babies
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Coming Ssoon: Emotion Detector For Babies

Parents-to-be can take a breather: It may soon be possible to translate infant cries, all thanks to Japanese scientists who have come up with a statistical computer...

Tracking Garbage
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Tracking Garbage

Researchers are focusing on the so-called "removal chain" in an attempt to save landfill space, improve recycling rates, and trim the flow of toxic materials into...

Engineering the Web's Third Decade
From Communications of the ACM

Engineering the Web's Third Decade

As Web technologies move beyond two-way interactive capabilities to facilitate more dynamic and pervasive experiences, the Web is quickly advancing toward its third...

CS and Biology's Growing Pains
From Communications of the ACM

CS and Biology's Growing Pains

Biologists can benefit from learning and using the tools of computer science, but several real-world obstacles remain.

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Sfu Develops Super Sensor Devices

Simon Fraser University's Center for Integrative Bio-Engineering Research (CiBER) continues to improve its next-generation wireless sensor technology. CiBER's...

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Is That a 'black Box' in Your Car?

Just a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, a Chevy Tahoe barreled its way through a residential neighborhood on a Sunday evening. The driver lost...
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