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Catering to Car Buyers' Desires
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Catering to Car Buyers' Desires

Buying a new car is one of the biggest purchases most people make. But how can you be sure that the car you order will live up to your expectations? The EU-funded...

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Computer Learning, Electrical Stimulation Offer Hope for Paralyzed

University of Florida professor Warren Dixon says electrical stimulation can be combined with computer learning technologies to help people regain precise, life...

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Powerful Computer Cluster Helps Fight Disease

A university in Sweden is gearing up to provide researchers with a powerful system for large scale computing and data storage. Grants are helping Uppsala University's...

Mathematical System Helps to Cut Bus Journey Times
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Mathematical System Helps to Cut Bus Journey Times

Researchers from the University of Burgos (UBU) have used heuristic algorithms and the "taboo search" method to improve bus service in Burgos, Spain. The approach...

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Machines That Can See

Computer vision or object recognition has progressed by leaps and bounds to the degree that machines can in some instances surpass humans. Applications being developed...

Ec Calls For Energy Efficiency Through Ict
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Ec Calls For Energy Efficiency Through Ict

The European Commission (EC) believes information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used to reduce energy use, which also would help in the effort toView...

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Studying the Female Form: Math Could Lead to Sexier Lingerie, Safer Labcoats

Researchers at Japan's Kyoto Institute of Technology and Osaka University have developed a computerized model for identifying body shape components that can be...

Software Tracks Tigers in 3D
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Software Tracks Tigers in 3D

New software developed with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society will allow tiger researchers to rapidly identify individual animals by creating a three-dimensional...

Brain on a Chip?
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Brain on a Chip?

How does the human brain run itself without any software? Find that out, say European researchers, and a whole new field of neural computing will open up. A prototype...

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It Built Into Your Jewelery

Henry Tirri, Nokia's head of research, says the economic downturn will lead to more investments in collaboration tools, broadband, video, and mobile technology...

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How Ibm's Sprucing ­p Its 'social' Side

IBM researchers are exploring ways of using social computing to encourage greater collaboration among enterprise users in an effort to make it easier for businesses...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh

Steve Bourne, creator of the Bourne shell or sh programming language, says in an interview that the language aimed to remedy the problem of designing the shellView...

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Bathrooms Become Smarter With Touch Screens

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems have developed a touch screen mirror that can remind people when to takeView...

ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design
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ACM Turing Award Goes to Creator of Influential Innovations in Computer Software Design

ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, has named Barbara Liskov of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) the winner of the 2008 ACM A.M. Turing...

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Swedish Research Can Make Super Mario More Realistic

Thomas Larsson, a researcher at Sweden's Malardalen University, has developed a new approach for calculating collisions involving animated objects in computer games...

From ICT Results

Web Cubed The Network of Everything

The future Internet promises to link electronics, clothing, cars and pretty much everything in between. The upshot will be a network that can accompany and support...

From ICT Results

Serious Games for Serious Health Problems

Gamers caught a very early glimpse of the future of serious games aimed at the health sector during the PlayMancer project’s demos at the latest Vienna Science...

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Google Launches Google Code Labs

eWeekGoogle has created a new Web site that will give outside developers an opportunity to contribute to the development of the company's products. Google Code...

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New 'Smart' Homes For Dementia Sufferers

University of BathA sensing system that assists people who suffer from dementia will be among the smart home technologies on display at the Engineering and Physical...

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Can Virtual Teachers Plug the Educational Divide?

Newcastle UniversityNewcastle University professor of educational technology Sugata Mitra believes that introducing more technology to the classroom is the keyView...
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