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Keeping Better Tabs on Suspicious Persons
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Keeping Better Tabs on Suspicious Persons

A cyber security researcher wonders if information technology, the Internet, and social media could determine whether a suspicious person is likely to commit a...

Fujitsu Smart Ring Lets User 'Write' in the Air
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Fujitsu Smart Ring Lets User 'Write' in the Air

Fujitsu Laboratories recently demonstrated a prototype for a ring-type computing device that would enable users to "write" words in the air. 

Carnegie Mellon's Six-Legged 'Snake Monster' Is First of New Breed of Reconfigurable Modular Robots
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Carnegie Mellon's Six-Legged 'Snake Monster' Is First of New Breed of Reconfigurable Modular Robots

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed the Snake Monster, a six-legged modular robot that can be reconfigured to meet a user's needs. 

Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are for Hire Online
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Need Some Espionage Done? Hackers Are for Hire Online

A man in Sweden says he will pay up to $2,000 to anyone who can break into his landlord’s website.

Crystal-Rich Rock 'Mojave' is Next Mars Drill Target
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Crystal-Rich Rock 'Mojave' is Next Mars Drill Target

A rock target where NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is using its sample-collection drill this week may have a salty story to tell.

A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets
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A Speedy Wireless Protocol Is Coming to Many Gadgets

Smartphones, tablets and PCs should appear this year that can send and receive data wirelessly more than 10 times faster than a Wi-Fi connection.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Stanford Physicists Predict Dangerous Solar Flares
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Stanford Physicists Predict Dangerous Solar Flares

Stanford University researchers have automated analysis of the largest-ever set of solar observations to forecast solar flares using data from the Solar Dynamics...

Advanced 3D Facial Imaging May Aid in Early Detection of Autism
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Advanced 3D Facial Imaging May Aid in Early Detection of Autism

Researchers at the University of Missouri have used advanced three-dimensional imaging to identify the facial traits of children with autism. 

Software Created to Help Find a Cure for a 'Great Neglected Disease'
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Software Created to Help Find a Cure for a 'Great Neglected Disease'

Researchers have developed software that analyzes images showing the effects of potential drugs on parasites and measures their effectiveness. 

Computers May Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse
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Computers May Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse

Researchers say a new program analyzes a user's likes on Facebook to characterize their personality with an accuracy rivaling that of a close family member. 

The Voice-Activated Video Game
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The Voice-Activated Video Game

When he was in grad school, the roboticist Daniel Wilson installed 150 binary sensors in his house.

NASA and ESA Celebrate 10 Years Since Titan Landing
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NASA and ESA Celebrate 10 Years Since Titan Landing

Ten years ago, an explorer from Earth parachuted into the haze of an alien moon toward an uncertain fate.

Catching Up with Stern Pinball on Its New SPIKE System and Wrestlemania Limited Edition
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Catching Up with Stern Pinball on Its New SPIKE System and Wrestlemania Limited Edition

When we were in Las Vegas last week, we unexpectedly ran into some representatives from Stern Pinball, who said the company would be announcing a brand new game...

Death by Robot
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Death by Robot

Many roboticists are realizing autonomous robots  inevitably will find themselves in situations that require a moral judgment.

Obama Calls for New Laws to Bolster Cybersecurity
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Obama Calls for New Laws to Bolster Cybersecurity

President Barack Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to pass legislation designed to bolster cybersecurity across both the government and private sectors. 

Vision System for Household Robots
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Vision System for Household Robots

A new algorithm can aggregate perspectives and recognize four times as many objects as one that uses a single perspective, while reducing misidentifications. 

Batman Lights the Way to Compact Data Storage
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Batman Lights the Way to Compact Data Storage

Researchers say they have developed technology that could make data storage on hard drives faster and more efficient. 

Colleges Rush to Create Cybersecurity Soldiers
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Colleges Rush to Create Cybersecurity Soldiers

The recent increase in computer attacks at major corporations have pushed colleges and universities to educate more cybersecurity students and professionals. 

Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab
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Tropical Paradise Inspires Virtual Ecology Lab

A paradise on Earth could soon become the first ecosystem in the world to be replicated in digital form in pain­staking detail, from the genes of its plants and...

We Know How You Feel
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We Know How You Feel

Three years ago, archivists at A.T. & T. stumbled upon a rare fragment of computer history: a short film that Jim Henson produced for Ma Bell, in 1963.
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