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Engineer Says Robotics Can Use a Woman's Touch
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Engineer Says Robotics Can Use a Woman's Touch

Texas A&M at College Station computer science professor Robin Murphy creates rescue robots designed to slither through collapsed buildings, fly over wildfires,...

Teaching Robots Some Manners
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Teaching Robots Some Manners

People are more likely to adapt to and use robots if they behave more like humans, even if that means they operate less efficiently. 

Virtual Reality Used to Transfer Men's Minds Into a Woman's Body
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Virtual Reality Used to Transfer Men's Minds Into a Woman's Body

Barcelona University scientists recently conducted an experiment in which they used virtual reality to transfer men's minds into a woman's body. 

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Giving New Meaning to 'Smart Car'

McMaster University computer and software engineers are studying how one IBM multicore processor can be used to connect a vehicle's automotive systems. 

As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot
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As Attention Wanders, Rethinking the Autopilot

A captain returned to the cockpit after taking a bathroom break and found the first officer facing away from the instruments and talking to a flight attendant....

Software that Learns by Watching
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Software that Learns by Watching

Overworked and much in demand, IT support staff can't be in two places at once. But software designed to watch and learn as they carry out common tasks could soon...

Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple iPads to Undergraduates
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Illinois Institute of Technology to Provide Apple iPads to Undergraduates

Illinois Institute of Technology will provide all incoming, first-year undergrads with Apple iPads as part of an initiative to integrate new technologies into the...

Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology
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Nanotech Microlens Could Lead to Better Infrared Satellite Imaging Technology

Researchers from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a nanotech "microlens" that uses gold to boost the strength of infrared imaging and could lead...

Fantastic Journey to Next-Generation Virtual Reality CAVE
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Fantastic Journey to Next-Generation Virtual Reality CAVE

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have received a grant to develop the "next-generation" CAVE virtual environment, a 3-D research tool for use...

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Advancing the Nuclear Enterprise Through Better Computing

Scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory are merging decades of nuclear energy and safety expertise with high-performance computing to effectively address a...

Duke to Shut Usenet Server, A Piece of Internet History
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Duke to Shut Usenet Server, A Piece of Internet History

Duke University this week will shut down its Usenet server, which provides access to a worldwide electronic discussion network of newsgroups started in 1979 by...

Machines That Learn Better
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Machines That Learn Better

New mathematics will make it much easier to build machine-learning systems that tackle a wider range of problems.

Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation
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Mathematicians Solve 140-Year-Old Boltzmann Equation

Two University of Pennsylvania mathematicians have found solutions to a 140-year-old, 7-dimensional equation that were not known to exist for more than a century...

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New Platform Creates Shortcut for Field Data Analysis

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed the Knowledge Acquisition Ubiquitous Agent Infrastructure, a framework for gathering and analyzing data...

NSF Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury University
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NSF Awards STEM Grant to Salisbury University

Salisbury University is working to increase graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, with the help of a $996,303 National...

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Rensselaer Joins Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been selected to join a new international network of prestigious world-class research laboratories to support the growing field...

Physicists Use Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages
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Physicists Use Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages

UCLA researchers have developed a type of quantum cryptography, which guarantees that only a person at a certain location can read an encrypted message. 

At YouTube, Adolescence Begins at 5
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At YouTube, Adolescence Begins at 5

Early this year, the most popular YouTube video of all time--a 2007 clip of a British toddler gleefully biting the finger of his older brother--was supplanted by...

LSU Scientists Develop New Efficiency Software
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LSU Scientists Develop New Efficiency Software

Louisiana State University professors Supratik Mukhopadhyay and S.S. Iyengar have developed software that can monitor systems and use the data it collects to make...

Junior, the Robotic Car, Learns to Slide Park
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Junior, the Robotic Car, Learns to Slide Park

The autonomous car that the Stanford Racing Team developed for the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007 is now capable of parking itself from an accelerated, reverse position...
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