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'CardBoardiZer' Allows Users to Create Robotic Models in Minutes
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'CardBoardiZer' Allows Users to Create Robotic Models in Minutes

The CardBoardiZer system developed at Purdue University allows even beginning designers to transform static three-dimensional objects into moving robotic versions...

 7 Cities Head for Smart City Transportation Challenge Finals
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7 Cities Head for Smart City Transportation Challenge Finals

The cities continue to compete for as much as $50 million to improve safety, enhance mobility, boost economies, and address climate change.

Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long Necks
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Genome Reveals Why Giraffes Have Long Necks

Call it a tall task: researchers have decoded the genomes of the giraffe and its closest relative, the okapi.

New Electrical Energy Transmission System Makes Distance Wireless Charging a Reality
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New Electrical Energy Transmission System Makes Distance Wireless Charging a Reality

It may soon be possible to charge mobile devices without even taking them out of one's pocket. 

When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer
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When Websites Won't Take No for an Answer

Harry Brignull, a user-experience consultant in Britain who helps websites and apps develop consumer-friendly features, has a professional bone to pick with sites...

A Few Controversial Numbers May Be Illegal to Share
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A Few Controversial Numbers May Be Illegal to Share

Jon Johansen's program worked. The Norwegian teenager watched as it downloaded 200 megabytes of a recently released movie, The Matrix, from a DVD onto his computer...

Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers
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Cybersecurity Sleuths Learn to Think Like Hackers

About 35 high-school students sit at neatly arranged rows of tables in the university's gym. Another 115 college-level contestants surround the high schoolers.

4 Big Plans to Fix Internet Security
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4 Big Plans to Fix Internet Security

Inadequate security is endemic to the Internet, and solving this problem will require effective trust and security mechanisms. 

Moore's Law Is Dead. Now What?
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Moore's Law Is Dead. Now What?

The looming obsolescence of Moore's Law is forcing scientists to look for other ways to improve computer performance and innovation. 

System Harnesses Thousands of Network Cameras for Public Safety
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System Harnesses Thousands of Network Cameras for Public Safety

Purdue University researchers have developed a prototype system that can tap into thousands of cameras located in numerous venues. 

How Toy Street Lamps Are Shedding New Light on Quantum Computing
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How Toy Street Lamps Are Shedding New Light on Quantum Computing

The bulbs from toy street lamps, among other things, are helping to reveal new insights into quantum computing. 

Your Smartphone and Tablet May Be Making You ADHD-Like
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Your Smartphone and Tablet May Be Making You ADHD-Like

Smartphones and other digital technology may be inducing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder-like symptoms, according to a new study.

How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime
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How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service".

How Typography Can Save Your Life
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How Typography Can Save Your Life

After decades of silently shouting at the top of its lungs, the National Weather Service recently announced that it's going to stop publishing its forecasts and...

Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence
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Pentagon Turns to Silicon Valley for Edge in Artificial Intelligence

In its quest to maintain a United States military advantage, the Pentagon is aggressively turning to Silicon Valley’s hottest technology—artificial intelligence...

500,000+ Data Scientists at Your Service
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500,000+ Data Scientists at Your Service

Members of the online community Kaggle push the limits of what Big Data can do.

Altering a Robot's Gender and Social Roles May Be a Screen Change Away
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Altering a Robot's Gender and Social Roles May Be a Screen Change Away

Pennsylvania State University researchers have found robots can keep their parts and still change their perceived gender. 

Tech Helps Teens Battle Asthma
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Tech Helps Teens Battle Asthma

Hyekyun Rhee, chair of nursing science at the University of Rochester's School of Nursing, has developed ways to help teens better manage their asthma. 

The Internet of Drones Is Coming
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The Internet of Drones Is Coming

A significant barrier to commercial use of drones remains drone traffic density, and Robert J. Hall at AT&T Labs believes the answer lies in an "Internet of drones...

Young Women in STEM Fields Earn Up to One-Third Less Than Men
From ACM TechNews

Young Women in STEM Fields Earn Up to One-Third Less Than Men

Women with Ph.D.s in science and engineering fields earn 31 percent less than men one year after they graduate, according to a new study.
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