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Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing
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Polite Drones Do Awkward Dance to Avoid Crashing

No, I insist, after you.

Sensors for Seniors
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Sensors for Seniors

In-home technologies are helping seniors stay aware, healthy, and in touch.

Intelligent Living
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Intelligent Living

After years of false starts, the smart home is gaining momentum.

Decoding the Language of Human Movement
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Decoding the Language of Human Movement

Computers that recognize what is happening in moving images can help defend against crime, and revolutionize rehabilitation.

What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration
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What's Next for the Rosetta Mission and Comet Exploration

Somewhere dark and icy on a comet 320 million miles away, the history-making, comet-bouncing Philae spacecraft is sleeping.

:-o: The Surprising Power of Emoticons
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:-o: The Surprising Power of Emoticons

It all started with an awkward moment online. In the early 1980s, computer scientist Scott Fahlman realised his words were failing him.

Note to Future Self
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Note to Future Self

Jonathan Zittrain, director of Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, is working to develop a sort of cryptographic time capsule. 

New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical
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New Device Could Make Large Biological Circuits Practical

Researchers have developed a new kind of load driver that could enable biological circuits to behave almost as predictably as electronic circuits. 

Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight
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Linguistic Mapping Reveals How Word Meanings Sometimes Change Overnight

To track how language evolves, Stony Brook University researcher Vivek Kulkarni and colleagues map the linguistic vector space of words. 

Tomorrow's Degradable Electronics
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Tomorrow's Degradable Electronics

SINTEF researchers in Norway say they have made electronic components that are soluble in water and disappear after a few hours. 

Facebook's Flow Could Help JavaScript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs
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Facebook's Flow Could Help JavaScript Programmers Spot Elusive Bugs

Facebook researchers have developed Flow, an open source debugging tool for JavaScript designed to highlight problems caused by the misuse of data types. 

US Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics
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US Regulators Move on Thought-Controlled Prosthetics

For the first time since accidents severed the neural connection between their brains and limbs, a small number of patients are reaching out and feeling the world...

How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap
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How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

Staffers of Ross Perot have unearthed and restored a big chunk of ENIAC, the "Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer."

Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant
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Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant

The brain is one of the most delicate and complex objects in the universe, so tinkering with its activity may seem like a fool's errand.

At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition
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At China Online Coming-Out Party, Beijing Spells Out Internet Control Ambition

China showed governments and the planet's biggest tech firms last week its vision for global Internet governance—clean, controlled and choreographed.

Microsoft Machine Learning Tech Adds Captions to Images
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Microsoft Machine Learning Tech Adds Captions to Images

Microsoft is leveraging its machine learning research to build software that automatically captions images. 

WebRTC Hammers Out Compromise on Video Codec Standards
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WebRTC Hammers Out Compromise on Video Codec Standards

Proponents of WebRTC, the Web standard for real-time communications via browsers, have reached a compromise on the H.264 and VP8 video codecs.

Fulbright Award Takes Computer Scientist to France
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Fulbright Award Takes Computer Scientist to France

An Arizona State University professor will spend six months studying at the French Institute for Research in Computer Science Automation. 

Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Ranks the World's Most Notable Authors

New software automatically ranks authors and creators whose work is in the public domain by how likely they are to be of interest to academics and the public. 
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