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April 2014


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Robot Scouts Rooms People Can't Enter

Robot Scouts Rooms People Can't Enter

Student researchers are working with Sandia National Laboratories to develop a robotic system that can be used to map rooms in three-dimensional space. 


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Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Superconducting Qubit Array Points the Way to Quantum Computers

Researchers say they have demonstrated a new level of reliability in a five-qubit array, moving one step closer to making a quantum computer a reality. 


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Alzheimer's and Cancer Link Found

Alzheimer's and Cancer Link Found

Researchers have determined that Alzheimer's disease and glioblastoma multiform, the most aggressive form of brain cancer, share a pathway in gene transcription. 


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Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

Computational Method Dramatically Speeds Up Estimates of Gene Expression, CMU, UMD Researchers Report

Researchers say they have developed a computational method that dramatically speeds up estimates of gene activity from RNA sequencing data. 


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Heartbleed Bug Provokes Open Source Soul-Searching

Heartbleed Bug Provokes Open Source Soul-Searching

Vulnerability underscored the issue of how projects like OpenSSL should be supported.


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Apple's Display Tech Lets Users Interact with 3D Objects in Mid-Air

Apple's Display Tech Lets Users Interact with 3D Objects in Mid-Air

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published an Apple patent application for an "Interactive three-dimensional display system," which details a method of presenting users with what appears to be a 3D image that can be manipulated


From ACM Opinion

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The Cloud Industry Needs Aereo to Win. But Consumers Need Something Better.

The best way to think about Aereo, the company at the center of this week's Supreme Court battle over the future of computing, is as an example of legal performance art.


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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.


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Scientists Develop Antarctic Ice Dating Technique Using Krypton

Scientists Develop Antarctic Ice Dating Technique Using Krypton

Using a form of krypton, a chemical element created when cosmic rays hit the planet, scientists have developed a new technique to more accurately date ancient Antarctic ice which could help them understand the forces that have


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How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

How America's Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

Stories set in the future are often judged, as time passes, on whether they come true or not.


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Michigan Man Among 1st in U.S. to Get 'Bionic Eye'

Michigan Man Among 1st in U.S. to Get 'Bionic Eye'

A degenerative eye disease slowly robbed Roger Pontz of his vision.


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Listening to the Big Bang

Listening to the Big Bang

For six months each year, the perennially dark and wind-swept plains of the southern polar ice cap have an average temperature of about 58 degrees Fahrenheit below zero.


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'Photonic Transistor' Switches Light Signals Instead of Electronic Signals

'Photonic Transistor' Switches Light Signals Instead of Electronic Signals

A practical "photonic transistor" for optical interconnects will be able to control light signals similarly to electronic transistors. 


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Code Camp Empowers High School Girls With Computer Science Education

Code Camp Empowers High School Girls With Computer Science Education

Stanford's Girls Teach Girls To Code program recently hosted more than 200 high school girls on campus for a "Code Camp."


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Researchers Use Twitter to Predict Crime

Researchers Use Twitter to Predict Crime

Twitter can be useful for predicting up to 25 kinds of crimes, especially offenses like stalking, thefts, and certain kinds of assault, if the correct analysis is applied.


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A Face to Remember

A Face to Remember

Researchers have developed a way to change profile photos to highlight a person's most memorable facial features. 


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Brain-Derived Computing Beyond Von Neumann

Brain-Derived Computing Beyond Von Neumann

In an interview, Heidelberg University professor Karlheinz Meier discusses the emerging field of neuromorphic computing.


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Wikipedia Searches and Sick Tweets Predict Flu Cases

Wikipedia Searches and Sick Tweets Predict Flu Cases

A new algorithm mines data from Wikipedia to track flu cases across the United States. 


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Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine's East

Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in Ukraine's East

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of behaving in a "19th-century fashion" because of its annexation of Crimea.


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U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

U.S. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet.


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Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

A quantum computer is a device that could exploit the weirdness of the quantum world to solve certain specific problems much faster than we know how to solve them using a conventional computer.


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Gambling with Computers

Gambling with Computers

Researchers are turning to computers, big data, and sophisticated algorithms to improve the odds of picking a winner.


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Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Among the most exciting destinations in the Solar System are Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.


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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials


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Fit to Be Tried

Fit to Be Tried

A team of electrical and computer engineering students has created a virtual dressing room for a design project. 


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Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Stephen Brooks is testing proposed designs for an electron accelerator for the lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.


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Google Algorithm Busts CAPTCHA With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

Google Algorithm Busts CAPTCHA With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 


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How to Build a Neanderthal

How to Build a Neanderthal

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.


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What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known as the Goldilocks Zone—not too close to its star, nor too far away


From ACM Opinion

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search for MH370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.

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