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A Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians
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A Data Deluge Swamps Science Historians

The British Library's Jeremy Leighton John is working to find ways of archiving the massive amounts of data being generated and studied by scientists so future...

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Three New Laws of Robotics for the Early 21st Century

Ohio State University's David Woods and Texas A&M's Robin Murphy have proposed three new laws of robotics that can be applied to robots available today. The new...

Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot's Latest AI Abilities
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Inventor Demonstrates Humanoid Robot's Latest AI Abilities

Independent inventor Le Trung recently demonstrated the newest version of his robot-controlling software called Bio Robot Artificial Intelligence Neural System...

IU Cognitive Scientists Receive $3.1 Million for Innovative Training Methods
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IU Cognitive Scientists Receive $3.1 Million for Innovative Training Methods

Indiana University (IU) Bloomington researchers have received a five-year, $3.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop and deploy new...

Scholarship Sponsorships for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Announced
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Scholarship Sponsorships for Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing Announced

The Anita Borg Institute (ABI) for Women and Technology has announced that Cisco, Microsoft, and Sun Microsystems will be among the sponsors for the Grace Hopper...

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Computer Scientists at Yale Develop New Hybrid Database System

Yale computer scientists recently demonstrated HadoopDB, their new open source system for managing huge amounts of data, at the VLDB conference in Lyon, France....

Software Annotates Images for Semantic Search
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Software Annotates Images for Semantic Search

Innovative software developed in Europe that makes it easier to organize, search and navigate collections of digital images will soon be available to media agencies...

Making Global Science Networking More User-Friendly
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Making Global Science Networking More User-Friendly

Computer scientists at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Electronic Visualization Laboratory have received a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

Software System Helps Train Orthopedic Surgeons
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Software System Helps Train Orthopedic Surgeons

New and experienced orthopedic surgeons can improve their surgical skills with an innovative software surveillance system that tracks their instruments during surgery...

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China Pushes Chinese Domain Mames

China has pushed ahead with deploying Internet domain names written in Chinese as it urges action to standardize their use globally. China has solved most of the...

China's 600-year-old Forbidden City Comes Alive Online
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China's 600-year-old Forbidden City Comes Alive Online

China's 600-year-old Forbidden City is renovating its Web site in a move to improve its offerings of Chinese culture. According to Hu Chui, head of the Palace Museum's...

Moral Machines
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Moral Machines

Scientists at the Universidade Nova De Lisboa, in Portugal, and the Universitas Indonesia, in Indonesia, are researching artificial intelligence and the application...

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Computer System Classifies Music by its Beat and Tempo

Taiwanese computer scientists have developed a neural network program that can classify music on its beat and tempo. Lead researchers Mao-Yuan Kao and Chang-Biau...

UCI to Test Earthquake Damage Sensors in Newport
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UCI to Test Earthquake Damage Sensors in Newport

Researchers at UC Irvine are using sensor technology to test how water pipes are damaged in an earthquake, and the results could be used to build a public alert...

NSF Funds CMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Privacy and Security
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NSF Funds CMU Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in Privacy and Security

Carnegie Mellon University has received a five-year, $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to launch a Ph.D. program in usable privacy and security...

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Defying Experts, Rogue Computer Code Still Lurks

Like a ghost ship, a rogue software program that glided onto the Internet last November has confounded the efforts of top security experts to eradicate the program...

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HTML 5 Steps Up

Microsoft Internet Explorer developers recently offered their feedback on the most recent draft of HTML version 5. Despite the fact that the entire Web is built...

Federal Grants Aim to Boost STEM Equity
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Federal Grants Aim to Boost STEM Equity

Two programs created to get more minority and female students interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects and careers have received...

Using Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home
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Using Robots to Serve the Elderly at Home

Robots that lend a very human-like helping hand to healthy elderly people with limited mobility may be on the horizon, thanks to three University of Illinois at...

Hankering for Molecular Electronics? Grab the New NIST Sandwich
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Hankering for Molecular Electronics? Grab the New NIST Sandwich

The sandwich recipe recently concocted by scientists working at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) may prove tasty for computer chip designers...
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