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June 2013


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New System Uses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—Even Behind Walls

New System Uses Low-Power Wi-Fi Signal to Track Moving Humans—Even Behind Walls

The comic-book hero Superman uses his X-ray vision to spot bad guys lurking behind walls and other objects.


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The Seventy-Billion-Mile Telescope

The Seventy-Billion-Mile Telescope

When I was a teen-ager, I spent many nights gazing through a telescope at an amateur observatory in Cranford, New Jersey. Saturn, to the naked eye, is a shining white dot.


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Siri's Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative

Siri's Creators Demonstrate an Assistant That Takes the Initiative

In a small, dark, room off a long hallway within a sprawling complex of buildings in Silicon Valley, an array of massive flat-panel displays and video cameras track Grit Denker’s every move.


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The Internet of Things: Open Garden

The Internet of Things: Open Garden

When the Large Hadron Collider went online in 2009, most scientists saw it as an unprecedented opportunity to conduct experiments involving the building blocks of the physical world.


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NASA's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our 'Solar Bubble'

NASA's Voyager 1 Explores Final Frontier of Our 'Solar Bubble'

Data from Voyager 1, now more than 11 billion miles (18 billion kilometers) from the sun, suggest the spacecraft is closer to becoming the first human-made object to reach interstellar space.


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The Quest for Seamless, High-Quality Virtual Reality

The Quest for Seamless, High-Quality Virtual Reality

New virtual-reality peripherals are garnering attention as they enable users to feel truly present in a VR environment by addressing the challenge of movement. 


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Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity

Coding Camps for Kids Rise in Popularity

Coding camps for children are becoming increasingly popular amid an expanding initiative to inspire more youths to seek computer science degrees. 


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Remotely Controlled Roaches Could Search for Survivors

Remotely Controlled Roaches Could Search for Survivors

Researchers hope to guide cockroaches through collapsed buildings to search for survivors. 


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Robo-Pets May Contribute to Quality of Life for Those With Dementia

Robo-Pets May Contribute to Quality of Life for Those With Dementia

Therapeutic robot companions improve anxiety and the quality of life for people with mid- to late-stage dementia, according to a pilot study.


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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Emotions Based on Brain Activity

Carnegie Mellon Researchers Identify Emotions Based on Brain Activity

Researchers have developed a method to identify which emotion a person is experiencing based on brain activity. 


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Researcher Dreams Up Machines That Learn Without Humans

Researcher Dreams Up Machines That Learn Without Humans

Yoshua Bengio recently had a vision—a vision of how to build computers that learn like people do.


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The Race to a $100 Genome

The Race to a $100 Genome

Mark Costa has a higher-than-average risk of stomach cancer, a lower-than-average risk for Alzheimer's, and he metabolizes caffeine very slowly.


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Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt for Mars Life

Overprotection May Be Hampering Hunt for Mars Life

There are aliens on Mars—and they came from Earth.


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Team Creates Techniques for High-Quality, High-Resolution Stereo Panoramas

Team Creates Techniques for High-Quality, High-Resolution Stereo Panoramas

New methods promise to correct the problems of steroscopic panoramas, yielding high-quality panoramas at megapixel resolutions.


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Mozilla Lab Wants Scientists to Step Out of Analog Age

Mozilla Lab Wants Scientists to Step Out of Analog Age

Mozilla is creating a science lab that will enable researchers to explore ways to make research faster, more agile, and collaborative. 


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White House Should Develop Cyberspace Deterrence Policy, Says SASC

White House Should Develop Cyberspace Deterrence Policy, Says SASC

President Barack Obama should formulate a deterrence policy for cyberspace, says the Senate Armed Services Committee in a legislative report. 


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'Password Fatigue' Haunts Internet Masses

'Password Fatigue' Haunts Internet Masses

Passwords have proliferated so broadly that it is a daily struggle for users to cope with dozens of them, a syndrome known as password fatigue. 


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Father's Genetic Quest Pays Off

Father's Genetic Quest Pays Off

Hugh Rienhoff says that his nine-year-old daughter, Bea, is "a fire cracker", "a tomboy" and "a very sassy, impudent girl". But in a forthcoming research paper, he uses rather different terms, describing her hypertelorism (wide…


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CFP Conferees Debate Government Surveillance, Cyber-Offensives, Copyright Reform

CFP Conferees Debate Government Surveillance, Cyber-Offensives, Copyright Reform

Coverage of the 23rd Annual Computers, Freedom & Privacy Conference, titled "Our Computers, Our Freedom: Can You Trust Anyone in the Digital Age?"


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Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift for Spooks

Submarine Internet Cables Are a Gift for Spooks

It's a golden age for spying. The subsea fibre-optic cables that carry telephone and Internet traffic are a technological marvel—and a gift to intelligence agencies.


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The Watchers

The Watchers

Looking down from 500 miles above Earth's surface, you could watch the FedEx Custom Critical Delivery truck move across the country along 3,140 miles of highway in 47 and a half hours of nonstop driving.


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ROSPHERE: a Spherical Robot for Exploration Missions

ROSPHERE: a Spherical Robot for Exploration Missions

The ROSPHERE spherical robot has no wheels or legs, but is able to scroll by itself to conduct missions in wild environments, and is inherently stable. 


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Intel Links Many Screens into a Giant, Wireless Display

Intel Links Many Screens into a Giant, Wireless Display

The Display as a Service (DaaS) wireless technology enables a single screen image to be shown on a wall of displays all working as parts of a large display. 


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New Algorithm Finds Best Routes for One-Way Car Sharing

New Algorithm Finds Best Routes for One-Way Car Sharing

A newly developed vehicle-routing algorithm is designed to help rebalance one-way vehicle-sharing systems. 


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How to Fit 1,000 Terabytes on a DVD

How to Fit 1,000 Terabytes on a DVD

Researchers have developed a technique that increases the data capacity of a single DVD from 4.7 gigabytes to one petabyte. 


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Gauging the Risk of Fraud From Social Media

Gauging the Risk of Fraud From Social Media

A researcher is working to enable more accurate predictions of a person's risk of fraudulent behavior by linking social media data with government data. 


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New Stanford Software Helps Identify Cost-Effective Ways to Invest in Clean Water

New Stanford Software Helps Identify Cost-Effective Ways to Invest in Clean Water

The new Resource Investment Optimization System (RIOS) is an open source program designed to help identify cost-effective investments for clean and reliable water. 


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Privacy Paradox: Americans Happy to Share Personal Data With Big Business

Privacy Paradox: Americans Happy to Share Personal Data With Big Business

It's official: Americans may freak out when government collects their data to track terrorists, but they would happily have banks use it to catch some jerk trying to hack into their accounts.


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Mathematicians Think Like Machines for Perfect Proofs

Mathematicians Think Like Machines for Perfect Proofs


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Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data

Spark: Open Source Superstar Rewrites Future of Big Data

Ram Sriharsha works in the engine room powering one of Silicon Valley's most influential companies. He’s an engineer at Yahoo.

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