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These Compsci Programs Deliver Most Bang For Buck, Report Finds
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These Compsci Programs Deliver Most Bang For Buck, Report Finds

Computer science majors have the best 20-year net return on investment out of all of the degrees in the new College ROI Report. Stanford, UC-Berkeley, and MIT...

Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So
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Can Drones Hunt With Wolf Pack-Like Success? DARPA Thinks So

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to enable groups of drones to operate collaboratively under the supervision of a single human commander...

10 Cool Network and Computing Research Projects
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10 Cool Network and Computing Research Projects

If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are...

What Advanced Tech Will Dominate Your Car By 2025? IBM Knows
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What Advanced Tech Will Dominate Your Car By 2025? IBM Knows

An IBM study on the future of automotive technologies found self-healing cars and connections to the Internet of Things are the wave of the future. 

DARPA Takes Aim at Energy Conversion Technology
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DARPA Takes Aim at Energy Conversion Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching a program which focuses on transduction, the conversion of energy from one form to another. 

U.s. Intelligence Wants High-Tech Access to the Most Prodigious Sensor of All: Humans
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U.s. Intelligence Wants High-Tech Access to the Most Prodigious Sensor of All: Humans

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is doing research for its Future Applications of Sense Technology for Fidelitous Wearable Devices program...

DARPA Wants to Toughen-­p Wan Edge Networking, Security
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DARPA Wants to Toughen-­p Wan Edge Networking, Security

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to improve networking and security at the wide area network edge.

Wellesley College Researchers Seek the Truth via Twitter Trails
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Wellesley College Researchers Seek the Truth via Twitter Trails

Researchers at Wellesley College in Massachusetts have developed a tool that examines how true and false stories propagate on Twitter. 

Google Lets Connected Devices Commune Without Specialized Apps
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Google Lets Connected Devices Commune Without Specialized Apps

A new initiative by Google seeks to form an open standard for the Internet of Things, dubbed the Physical Web by the company's Chrome team. 

Tim Berners-Lee Wants Internet Magna Carta to Guarantee Netizens' Privacy
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Tim Berners-Lee Wants Internet Magna Carta to Guarantee Netizens' Privacy

Sir Tim Berners-Lee is using the 25th anniversary of his invention of the World Wide Web to push for an Internet bill of rights.

Researchers' New App Outs Iphone and Android Phone Energy Hogs
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Researchers' New App Outs Iphone and Android Phone Energy Hogs

New, free iOS and Android software identifies which apps drain the most power from device batteries. 

Hacking Traffic Lights With a Laptop Is Easy
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Hacking Traffic Lights With a Laptop Is Easy

Security researchers with permission from local road authorities hacked into nearly 100 wirelessly networked traffic lights and were able to change the lights on...

DARPA Demos Lightweight, 94ghz Silicon System on a Chip
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DARPA Demos Lightweight, 94ghz Silicon System on a Chip

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says it has demonstrated an all-silicon, microchip-sized system on a chip that runs at 94 GHz.

­.s. Intelligence Agency Wants Brain-Like Algorithms For Complex Information Processing
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­.s. Intelligence Agency Wants Brain-Like Algorithms For Complex Information Processing

The U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence wants to develop technology that will enable computers to think like humans. 

How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds
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How MIT and Caltech's Coding Breakthrough Could Accelerate Mobile Network Speeds

Researchers say they have successfully transmitted data without link layer flow control overloading throughput with retransmission requests. 

A Major Mystery Behind Microsoft's 'brain-Like' Speech-to-Speech Translator
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A Major Mystery Behind Microsoft's 'brain-Like' Speech-to-Speech Translator

New speech-to-speech translation technology from Microsoft becomes better at learning a language as it learns additional languages. 

Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award
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Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award

An expert in machine learning and Bayesian statistics at Princeton University is the recipient of the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computer Sciences. 

MIT Researchers Bring Javascript to Google Glass
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MIT Researchers Bring Javascript to Google Glass

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed WearScript, a Javascript environment that runs on Google Glass. 

Artificial Intelligence Challenge: Could a Robot Give Its Own Ted Talk?
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Artificial Intelligence Challenge: Could a Robot Give Its Own Ted Talk?

The TED organization has partnered with X Prize to develop a competition to have an AI-based robot "deliver a compelling TED Talk with no human involvement." 

Open Source Project Builds Mobile Networks Without Big Carriers
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Open Source Project Builds Mobile Networks Without Big Carriers

Range Networks is working on an open source project that aims to shift mobile network creation from proprietary hardware to inexpensive commodity hardware. 
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