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The Tech Refresher Russia's Spies Needed

From James Bond to Johnny English, the movies give us the impression that spies are top of the tree when it comes to money-no-object espionage technology. But that...

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Insect-Like Robot Crawls Into Microrobot Contenders' Ring

University of Washington engineers have built an insect-like robot with hundreds of tiny legs. The UW model can carry more than seven times its own weight and move...

Study Explains the Aerodynamics of Soccer
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Study Explains the Aerodynamics of Soccer

With the attention of sports fans worldwide focused on South Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup, U.S. scientist John Eric Goff has made the aerodynamics of the...

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Patented Electronic Braking System Prevents Slips on Walkers

Rolling walkers—which help senior citizens maintain mobility and an active lifestyle—have just become safer and easier to use.

IBM Research Grant Awarded for Database Enhancement Application Development
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IBM Research Grant Awarded for Database Enhancement Application Development

The University of Haifa's Ami and Teddy Sagy Center for the Study of the Internet has been awarded IBM's $40,000 Open Collaborative Research grant for their proposal...

Haptics Brings a Personal Touch to Technology
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Haptics Brings a Personal Touch to Technology

Of all the senses, touch as been somewhat neglected as a human means of interacting with machines. Labs around the world are now racing to close the gap while...

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Taiwanese Companies Join on Cloud Computing for Asia

Taiwan's biggest telecommunications company, Chunghwa Telecom, has signed an agreement with Quanta Computer, the world's largest contract laptop maker, to jointly...

The Challenge of Molecular Communication
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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Research led by Ph.D. student Sachin Kadloor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are investigating how much information can be exchanged via molecular...

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Share Information to Boost Cellphone Performance

Dartmouth College researchers led by Emiliano Miluzzo say that sharing data gathered by cell phone sensors could improve the accuracy of the data and the applications...

Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin
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Roll-Up Computers and Their Kin

Digital reading technology has evolved from the original Amazon Kindle, which cost $400 and displayed four shades of gray, to devices that are much less expensive...

Quantifying Human Behavior With Motion-Capture Technology
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Quantifying Human Behavior With Motion-Capture Technology

The University of Southern California is using improvisation and motion-capture technology to study expressive human behavior "to be able to build technologies...

STEMing the Tide
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STEMing the Tide

Many recent studies have shown that cultural attitudes are a problem for women in STEM fields.

Program Finds Patterns in Social Networks
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Program Finds Patterns in Social Networks

University of Maryland researchers have developed the COSI program, an algorithm that supports subgraph pattern matching in very large social networks containing...

Virtual Reality You Can Reach Out and Touch
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Virtual Reality You Can Reach Out and Touch

A team of European researchers has "virtually" teleported real objects through cyberspace, touched things in virtual reality and even felt the movements of a virtual...

IBM Names Firefox Its Default Browser
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IBM Names Firefox Its Default Browser

Firefox has become the default browser for nearly 400,000 IBM employees, a big coup for the open-source project during a time of increasing browser competition.

Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography
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Arrests of Alleged Spies Draws Attention to Steganography

A year ago in April, the government says, the accused operative known as Richard Murphy and his supposed wife, "Cynthia Murphy," booted up a computer in their comfy...

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
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Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair
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With World Watching, Wikileaks Falls Into Disrepair

Would-be whistle-blowers hoping to leak documents to Wikileaks face a potentially frustrating surprise. Wikileaks’ submission process, which had been degraded for...

Making Optical Switching More Practical for Telecom
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Making Optical Switching More Practical for Telecom

Using all-optical controls could speed the transmission of telecommunications data, but optical switches that can work at high bandwidths need a lot of energy to...

Computing Careers: The Future Is Bright
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Computing Careers: The Future Is Bright

"The Market for Computing Careers," a new report from Calvin College professor Joel Adams, suggests a bright future for people pursuing computing careers. 
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