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Better Sensors for Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection
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Better Sensors for Medical Imaging, Contraband Detection

MIT researchers have developed a new, ultrasensitive magnetic-field detector that is 1,000 times more energy-efficient than its predecessors. It could lead to miniaturized...

Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's Uneasy Glare
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Online Test-Takers Feel Anti-Cheating Software's Uneasy Glare

Before Betsy Chao, a senior here at Rutgers University, could take midterm exams in her online courses this semester, her instructors sent emails directing students...

Making Big Data Work
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Making Big Data Work

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has released a framework for working with big data. 

Computers That Mimic the Function of the Brain
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Computers That Mimic the Function of the Brain

Northwestern University researchers have developed a new type of memristor technology that can remember how much current has flowed through it. 

Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man
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Jay Edelson, the Class-Action Lawyer Who May Be Tech's Least Friended Man

When technology executives imagine the boogeyman, they see a baby-face guy in wire-rim glasses. His name is Jay Edelson.

Expert Panel Discusses Issue of New Principles for Internet Governance
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Expert Panel Discusses Issue of New Principles for Internet Governance

A panel of Internet experts recently addressed the question of what kind of Internet users want. 

Gotcha! Ultra-Realistic Robot Proves There's More Than One Way to Scare a Fish
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Gotcha! Ultra-Realistic Robot Proves There's More Than One Way to Scare a Fish

Researchers have developed bio-inspired robotic models that serve as controllable stimuli for experiments studying animal behavior. 

NASA, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems
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NASA, IBM Team Up on Global Hackathon to Solve Earth's Problems

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration this weekend will hold its fourth annual space apps hackathon. 

Teaching a Computer Not to Forget
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Teaching a Computer Not to Forget

Imagine if every time you learned something new, you completely forgot how to do a thing you'd already learned.

Puzzle of Moon's Origin Resolved
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Puzzle of Moon's Origin Resolved

A nagging problem at the heart of the leading theory of how the Moon formed seems to have been explained away.

MLB Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI
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MLB Is Supercharging Its Stats System with Radar and AI

For all the Brad Pitt-fueled hype, sabermetric analysis is still only as good as the systems that capture data from the field—who hit what to whom.

Is Your Robot a Little Cheeky? Google May Build It That Way
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Is Your Robot a Little Cheeky? Google May Build It That Way

Google is developing robots that have individual personalities. 

Why Women Won't Code Is Topic of New Documentary
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Why Women Won't Code Is Topic of New Documentary

Film director Robin Hauser Reynolds was inspired to create her new documentary about the gender gap in computer science by the experience of her daughter. 

Planes Without Pilots
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Planes Without Pilots

Modern airplanes are highly automated, but some researchers say there is room to automate planes even further.

Coding for a More Open Cuba
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Coding for a More Open Cuba

Technology experts will gather at Facebook's Menlo Park, CA, headquarters later this month to participate in the Code for Cuba hackathon. 

Connecting Vehicles
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Connecting Vehicles

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are developing a computational framework for connected-vehicle technologies that facilitates communication. 

Dawn in Excellent Shape One Month After Ceres Arrival
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Dawn in Excellent Shape One Month After Ceres Arrival

Since its capture by the gravity of dwarf planet Ceres on March 6, NASA's Dawn spacecraft has performed flawlessly, continuing to thrust with its ion engine as...

This working computer is smaller than a grain of rice
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This working computer is smaller than a grain of rice

The University of Michigan's Micro Mote is an autonomous computer programmed and charged via light, which could be used for a variety of medical and industrial...

Planes Without Pilots
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Planes Without Pilots

Mounting evidence that the co-pilot crashed a Germanwings plane into a French mountain has prompted a global debate about how to better screen crewmembers for mental...

Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic GPS
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Brain Compass Implant Gives Blind Rats Psychic GPS

Who needs sight to get around when you've got a digital compass in your head?
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