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ORNL Graphite Foam Technology Licensed to LED North America

Graphite foam technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has been licensed to LED North America (Oak Ridge, TN) for...

EmotionML: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?
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EmotionML: Will Computers Tap Into Your Feelings?

For all those who believe the computing industry is populated by people who are out of touch with the world of emotion, it's time to think again.

NSF Announces Future Internet Architecture Awards
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NSF Announces Future Internet Architecture Awards

Four basic research projects funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation will explore different aspects of network architecture to foster new ideas and innovations...

Thought-Controlled Computers on the Way: Intel
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Thought-Controlled Computers on the Way: Intel

Intel is developing a computer that can directly read the thoughts of its user by mapping out brain activity produced when people think of particular words. Intel...

U.S. Military Wants to Exert Influence Over Private Cyber Infrastructure
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U.S. Military Wants to Exert Influence Over Private Cyber Infrastructure

The U.S. military wants more authority to protect the nation's cyberinfrastructure because it depends on power grids, transportation networks, and financial systems...

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Not Enough Students Take Advanced STEM Courses, Warns IET

More students are taking advanced level science, technology and math in the United Kingdom, but the number is not enough to fill a skills shortage in time to prevent...

Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb
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Secrets of the Gecko Foot Help Robot Climb

Stanford University engineer Mark Cutkosky has led the development of Stickybot, a robot that can climb up smooth surfaces with feet modeled on the design of gecko...

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Shake to Adjust Your Smartphone's Privacy Settings

Open University's Lukasz Jedrzejczyk led the development of Privacy Shake, an application that enables users with global positioning system-enabled smartphones...

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Court Allows Agents to Secretly Put GPS Trackers on Cars

Law enforcement officers may secretly place a GPS device on a person's car without seeking a warrant from a judge, according to a recent federal appeals court...

Searching for Fun
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Searching for Fun

Research suggests that search engines could tap into users' need to be entertained.

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Apple Reinvents the Audio Jack

Although Apple is known for filing patents on complex multi-touch algorithms, anti-piracy measures and advanced user interfaces, it still has a focus on basic...

Now You Can Earn Virtual Currency By Watching Ads
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Now You Can Earn Virtual Currency By Watching Ads

You know the type—social game addicts who pepper your Facebook page with updates about the wine recipe they created playing "FarmVille," or the gem broker they...

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NSF Awards San Diego Supercomputer Center $2.8 Million for Trestles System

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, $2.8 million to build and deploy...

Virtual Farm Games Absorb Real Money, Real Lives
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Virtual Farm Games Absorb Real Money, Real Lives

Last century's cash crops included tobacco, cotton, and sugar cane. Now we have magic cauliflower and super berries, too—and even though they can't be sold at...

China Limits Use of Foreign Computer Security Technology
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China Limits Use of Foreign Computer Security Technology

China has ordered its banks and other major companies to limit use of foreign computer security technology, setting up a possible trade clash with the United...

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Lenovo to Develop Game Console

Lenovo Group Ltd. is investing in the development of a new videogame console, part of a broader push by the Chinese personal-computer company to branch out into...

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Google Gives Real-Time Search Its Own Page

Google is digging deeper into real-time search, with a new search page that displays only results from timely sources, like updates from Twitter and other social...

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The Fast Track From Code to Cloud

Combining emerging technologies such as dynamic language platforms, cloud computing, and agile development practices has led to a new paradigm for software development...

Heady Days of Nanotech Funding Behind It, the U.S. Faces Big Challenges
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Heady Days of Nanotech Funding Behind It, the U.S. Faces Big Challenges

Despite the U.S.'s lead in patenting nanotechnology inventions, it has not been able to translate that success into the marketplace, which has enabled other countries...

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A Search Service that Can Peer into the Future

Yahoo!'s Barcelona research lab has developed Time Explorer, a prototype news search engine that generates timelines that stretch into the future as well as the...
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