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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft
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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people...

Robots Imitate Honey Bees For Aircraft Aerobatics
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Robots Imitate Honey Bees For Aircraft Aerobatics

University of Queensland scientists have developed an autopilot system that is able to guide planes through extreme maneuvers, such as loops and barrel rolls, by...

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

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Your Next Wallet Is Calling

"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.

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Nasa Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial...

Intelligent Detector Provides Real-Time Information on Available Parking Spaces
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Intelligent Detector Provides Real-Time Information on Available Parking Spaces

A Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya research team has developed a way to locate available parking spaces using optical and magnetic sensors. The researchers...

Topic Models vs. Unstructured Data
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Topic Models vs. Unstructured Data

With topic modeling, scientists can explore and understand huge collections of unlabeled information.

The Eyes Have It
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The Eyes Have It

Eye-tracking control for mobile phones might lead to a new era of context-aware user interfaces.

'nowhere to Hide': ­.s. Army Testing New 'smart' Weapons in Afghanistan
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'nowhere to Hide': ­.s. Army Testing New 'smart' Weapons in Afghanistan

The XM-25 soon will see combat; precision rounds can be programmed to explode before impact.

Georgia Tech-Led Team Wins Gordon Bell Prize for Supercomputing
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Georgia Tech-Led Team Wins Gordon Bell Prize for Supercomputing

A team led by George Biros, associate professor in Georgia Tech's School of Computational Science & Engineering, has won the Association for Computing Machinery's...

Where Cinema and Biology Meet
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Where Cinema and Biology Meet

When Robert A. Lue considers the "Star Wars" Death Star, his first thought is not of outer space, but inner space.

Future Soldiers May Be Wearing 'iron Man' Suits
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Future Soldiers May Be Wearing 'iron Man' Suits

A lunchtime crowd is gathering beside the parking lot at Raytheon Sarcos, the defense contractor, on a recent day in Salt Lake City. White-collar workers from...

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Improving Emergency Evacuation Planning With Decision-Making Simulation

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a disaster-response planning tool that uses real-time human decision-making to determine effective law-enforcement...

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Researcher's App Will Let Students Call in an Emergency Via Videophone

Computer scientists at the University of Maryland at College Park, led by professor Ashok Agrawala, have worked with campus police on developing Video 911, a smartphone...

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'Desktop Medicine' Will Transform the Practice of Medicine

A new approach to medicine is emerging in which physicians rely on electronic information and statistical models to identify risk-factors for medical conditions...

Nasa Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2
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Nasa Mission Successfully Flies By Comet Hartley 2

NASA's EPOXI mission successfully flew by comet Hartley 2 at about 7 a.m. PDT (10 a.m. EDT) today, and the spacecraft has begun returning images. Hartley 2 is...

Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research
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Long-Range Undersea Robot Does Its Own Research

A new breed of undersea robot promises to give oceanographers a deeper understanding of ocean life by going faster, farther, and longer than its predecessors—and...

Piracy Technology to Revolutionize Market Research in Cinema
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Piracy Technology to Revolutionize Market Research in Cinema

Researchers are developing piracy tracking technology for movie theatres. "We plan to build on the capabilities of current technology . . . to detect criminals...

Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'
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Implanted Chip 'allows Blind People to Detect Objects'

A man with an inherited form of blindness has been able to identify letters and a clock face using a pioneering implant, researchers say.

Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...
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