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Slow Internet Connection? The Web Might Have a Bigger Problem
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Slow Internet Connection? The Web Might Have a Bigger Problem

Slow Internet connection frustrated users on Tuesday, but the slowdown wasn't caused by cable problems or data center issues.

As Seen by Rosetta: Comet Surface Variations
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As Seen by Rosetta: Comet Surface Variations

A new image of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko shows the diversity of surface structures on the comet's nucleus.

The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career
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The Engineer of the Original Apple Mouse Talks About His Remarkable Career

Jim Yurchenco was responsible for squeezing the guts inside the impossibly slim Palm V.

Wireless Sensors and Flying Robots: A Way to Monitor Deteriorating Bridges
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Wireless Sensors and Flying Robots: A Way to Monitor Deteriorating Bridges

Researchers are developing wireless sensors and flying robots that could help authorities monitor the conditions of bridges in real time. 

Computer Eyesight Gets a Lot More Accurate
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Computer Eyesight Gets a Lot More Accurate

For the second time in its four-year history, the Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge saw dramatic improvements in the quality of machine-vision technology...

Why Teaching Grandmothers to Code Isn't a Crazy Idea
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Why Teaching Grandmothers to Code Isn't a Crazy Idea

The same efforts to teach youngsters coding and entrepreneurship should be extended to older workers and retired people, writes Stanford University fellow Vivek...

Brain-Computer Interface Project Gives Hope to Disabled
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Brain-Computer Interface Project Gives Hope to Disabled

The European Union-funded Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction project could help the severely disabled regain some of their lost functionality. 

New Algorithm Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due
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New Algorithm Gives Credit Where Credit Is Due

A new algorithm could help determine how to properly allocate credit for science papers that have multiple authors.

Computer Science Professor Awarded Grant to Study Cooperative Behavior
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Computer Science Professor Awarded Grant to Study Cooperative Behavior

A University of New Mexico computer science professor has received a six-year, $450,000-grant to study how cooperative behavior emerges in complex systems. 

Ultra Pure Silicon Could Pave Way for More Quantum Computing Research
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Ultra Pure Silicon Could Pave Way for More Quantum Computing Research

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a much less expensive and easier way of producing ultra-pure silicon. 

PGP Is Fundamentally Broken, Says Crypto Expert
From ACM TechNews

PGP Is Fundamentally Broken, Says Crypto Expert

Johns Hopkins University professor Matthew Green says the PGP encryption protocol is badly out of date and fails to meet modern public key cryptography needs. 

Researchers Aim to Thwart Targeted Cyberattacks
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Researchers Aim to Thwart Targeted Cyberattacks

Researchers are studying a series of sophisticated attacks via email against the World Uyghur Congress, a Chinese nongovernmental organization. 

Technology Simplifies Big Data for the Human Brain
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Technology Simplifies Big Data for the Human Brain

A project involving 16 partners in nine European countries hopes to present large datasets in a way that is easier for the brain to understand. 

Google Introduces Kids to Coding Through Blockly Games Project
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Google Introduces Kids to Coding Through Blockly Games Project

Google has developed a collection of online Blockly Games designed to help engage children in their first efforts at programming. 

Researchers Roll Out Free Software to Advance Computer Chip Design
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Researchers Roll Out Free Software to Advance Computer Chip Design

Researchers have developed software to facilitate chip design, and are making it freely available to cultivate new research on pushing the envelope of computer...

Mobile Phones Come Alive With the Sound of Music, Thanks to Nanogenerators
From ACM TechNews

Mobile Phones Come Alive With the Sound of Music, Thanks to Nanogenerators

Everyday background noise could be used to charge mobile phones, according to scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Nokia. 

Rutgers Researchers Show That How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You Are Going
From ACM TechNews

Rutgers Researchers Show That How Fast You Drive Might Reveal Exactly Where You Are Going

Researchers say monitoring motorists' driving habits may disclose where motorists are driving, even in the absence of GPS or other location-sensing technology. 

Visual Control of Big Data
From ACM TechNews

Visual Control of Big Data

DBWipes is a new data visualization tool that enables users to highlight abnormalities and possible patterns in a graphical display. 

Brazilian Animator visits Vancouver SIGGRAPH technology conference via robot
From ACM News

Brazilian Animator visits Vancouver SIGGRAPH technology conference via robot

Bedridden Paulo Henrique Machado is given ‘the freedom I physically can’t have.’
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