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Fujitsu Develops Compact Rfid For Wearables, Metal
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Fujitsu Develops Compact Rfid For Wearables, Metal

Fujitsu says its new radio frequency identification tag technology can work on surfaces such as metal, which can otherwise impede radio waves. 

Google Says Bye Bye, Captchas, Well, Mostly
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Google Says Bye Bye, Captchas, Well, Mostly

Google recently announced it has starting phasing out its CAPTCHAs in favor of using its reCAPTCHA service.

Researchers, Medical Workers Seek Tech Answers to Ebola Outbreak
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Researchers, Medical Workers Seek Tech Answers to Ebola Outbreak

Robotics researchers plan to meet with healthcare and aid workers as part of a series of workshops on how technology can help fight Ebola and other dangerous viruses...

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

U.S. House lawmakers go viral over information diffusion study funded by the feds.  

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

The heads of five of the U.S.'s largest computing research organizations are refuting political attacks on research on what makes ideas go viral, particularly on...

Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs
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Topcoder Now Has 3,700 Swift Devs

Appirio, which owns and operates the TopCoder platform, says it has registered more than 3,700 Swift developers who are working on 2,000 projects in 110 countries...

Researchers to Meet With Aid Workers to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots
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Researchers to Meet With Aid Workers to Build Ebola-Fighting Robots

Robotics researchers from numerous institutions are working to organize workshops that will bring together roboticists and humanitarian workers to discuss how robots...

Robot Gets a Driving Lesson For DARPA Challenge
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Robot Gets a Driving Lesson For DARPA Challenge

One of the most difficult tasks at next year's U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency robotic challenge finals will be having a robot drive and then get...

One in Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software or Robots By 2025
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One in Three Jobs Will Be Taken By Software or Robots By 2025

By 2025, software, robots, or other "smart machines" will have replaced as many as one in three existing jobs, Gartner predicts.

Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is running two new IBM supercomputers, each 213 teraflops, that enable researchers to increase the resolution...

­.s. May Be Falling Behind in Researching Tech's Next Big Thing
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­.s. May Be Falling Behind in Researching Tech's Next Big Thing

A University of Virginia professor says the U.S. is not spending enough on research and development of cyber-physical systems. 

It Skills That Are in Demand, and Those That Will Be
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It Skills That Are in Demand, and Those That Will Be

A recent survey of employers found IT professionals with cloud and security-related certifications were in greatest demand.  

Googlex to Circle the Earth With Internet-Connected Balloons
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Googlex to Circle the Earth With Internet-Connected Balloons

GoogleX's Project Loon aims to provide wireless Internet access to billions of people living in remote locations by building a ring of balloons around the Earth...

Virginia Tech Researchers Devise Traffic App to Rival Weather Apps
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Virginia Tech Researchers Devise Traffic App to Rival Weather Apps

Researchers are developing a cloud-based application that will use real-time information and historical data to predict when and where traffic is likely to occur...

Nicta Pushes Sel4 Microkernel Beyond Drones
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Nicta Pushes Sel4 Microkernel Beyond Drones

Researchers hope the seL4 operating system, recently released as open source code, will be employed for medical devices, industrial automation, and other uses.

Changes Afoot as DARPA Challenge Robots Prep For ­pgrade
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Changes Afoot as DARPA Challenge Robots Prep For ­pgrade

Researchers are preparing developing autonomous humanoid robots for the finals of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's robotics challenge. 

For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs
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For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report says only about 26 percent of those who graduate with a four-year degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM)...

NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space
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NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that has been working on the International Space Station since 2011, is getting a series of upgrades.

China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the ­.s. Still Rules
From ACM TechNews

China Still Has the Fastest Supercomputer, but the ­.s. Still Rules

Although China has the world's most powerful supercomputer, the United States produces more supercomputers than any other country.

Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says Dot's Cio
From ACM TechNews

Roads in the Future Will Need Data Standards as Well as Signs, Says Dot's Cio

Data standards will be needed to facilitate traffic flow in the future, and government officials, engineers, and automakers are considering how to implement the...
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