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Researchers ­se Augmented Reality to Coach Train Drivers
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Researchers ­se Augmented Reality to Coach Train Drivers

Central University of Queensland researchers are improving train driving simulations with augmented reality in order to facilitate drivers' skills development....

NASA Calls on Researchers to Build Smarter Space Robot
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NASA Calls on Researchers to Build Smarter Space Robot

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has announced a new challenge focused on building a smart robot. 

Nasa Working on Tech to Take Humans to Mars – and Bring Them Back
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Nasa Working on Tech to Take Humans to Mars – and Bring Them Back

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working on the technologies needed to take astronauts to Mars and back. 

Watson and the Future of Cognitive Computing
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Watson and the Future of Cognitive Computing

Many applications being explored on the Watson supercomputer involve processing huge volumes of data rapidly to enable cognitive systems to engage with people in...

Researchers Build Jumping, Flipping, Hand-Standing Robot
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Researchers Build Jumping, Flipping, Hand-Standing Robot

The X-Rhex Lite robot can do a handstand, jump over gaps, and climb over rocks, all movements that could be used in hazardous situations. 

Self-Driving Cars Could Create 1Gbyte of Data a Second
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Self-Driving Cars Could Create 1Gbyte of Data a Second

Self-driving cars will come with a wide range of sensors, creating machine-to-machine data at the rate of 1Gbyte per second, according to BigData-Startups.com founder...

Software Employment Rises 45% in 10 Years, as Angst in Engineering Grows
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Software Employment Rises 45% in 10 Years, as Angst in Engineering Grows

IT employment has gone up and down over the past decade, but the only tech occupation that appears to have recovered to full employment is software developer, according...

Linux Foundation Sees Broadening Role For Developers
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Linux Foundation Sees Broadening Role For Developers

The Linux Foundation is expanding its training options to help Linux developers. 

Cerf Sees a Problem: Today's Digital Data Could Be Gone Tomorrow
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Cerf Sees a Problem: Today's Digital Data Could Be Gone Tomorrow

Google chief Internet evangelist and ACM president Vint Cerf worries that much of the data generated since the Internet's beginning will be lost over time. 

When Cars Talk, This Is What They'll Tell Each Other
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When Cars Talk, This Is What They'll Tell Each Other

Researchers are giving Internet Protocol addresses to all vehicles, allowing them to be instantly identifiable to nearby cars on the same network. 

Next-Gen ­SB SuperSpeed to Eliminate Power Cords
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Next-Gen ­SB SuperSpeed to Eliminate Power Cords

Upgrades to the Thunderbolt and USB SuperSpeed specifications will double data transfer speeds and boost power transfer in both directions 10-fold.

Harvard Global Grid Computing Project Will Help Create Printable Solar Cells
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Harvard Global Grid Computing Project Will Help Create Printable Solar Cells

Harvard University's Clean Energy Project soon will release a list of organic compounds that could be used to make inexpensive, printable photovoltaic cells. 

Scientists Demonstrate Key Component of Quantum Machine
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Scientists Demonstrate Key Component of Quantum Machine

Researchers have demonstrated a quantum bit based on the nucleus of a single atom in silicon, which could lead to mass production of quantum computers. 

­nsw Researchers Push Open Source, Android For Archeology
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­nsw Researchers Push Open Source, Android For Archeology

The Federated Archeological Information Management System Project aims to develop new archeological tools compatible with Android-based mobile devices. 

Cloud's Real Ecological Timebomb: Wireless, Not Data Centers
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Cloud's Real Ecological Timebomb: Wireless, Not Data Centers

A new report warns that the growing use of cellular and Wi-Fi networks to access cloud services is more of an ecological threat than the energy consumption of cloud...

New Hybrid Memory Cube Spec to Boost Dram Bandwidth By 15x
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New Hybrid Memory Cube Spec to Boost Dram Bandwidth By 15x

The Hybrid Memory Cube Consortium  has announced the final specifications for 3D dynamic random-access memory. 

Google Australia Funds Universities to Spur Computer Science
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Google Australia Funds Universities to Spur Computer Science

Google Australia is providing funding to 12 universities to develop workshops to help high school teachers promote computer science in their curricula. 

Csiro Telepresence Robots Connect Students With National Museum
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Csiro Telepresence Robots Connect Students With National Museum

Australia's National Museum has launched a trial that enables schoolchildren to remotely navigate its galleries via robots that contain telepresence technology. ...

Second Computer Glitch Stalls Nasa's Mars Rover
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Second Computer Glitch Stalls Nasa's Mars Rover

The Mars rover Curiosity recently put itself into safe mode after a software bug caused a command file to fail a size-check. 

Foreign Students Now a Majority in ­.s. Computer Science Grad Schools
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Foreign Students Now a Majority in ­.s. Computer Science Grad Schools

Foreign students represent the majority of students in U.S. computer science department graduate programs.
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