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Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide
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Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide

Microsoft researchers have developed Prodcast, a tool that helps consumers decide whether to buy a new product now or wait for prices to fall.

Cracking the Code of Machine Translation
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Cracking the Code of Machine Translation

University of Southern California scientists have developed a machine-translation technique that treats translation as a cryptographic challenge rather than a matter...

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Fire-Breathing Dragon Roars to Life

The first practical technique for recreating the sound of fire, based on its behavior, for virtual worlds has been devised by Jeff Chadwick and colleagues at Cornell...

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Future of Virtual Reality: What Pregnancy Feels Like

Men can gain a better understanding of what women experience during pregnancy by wearing a new device developed at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology...

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Evolutionary Babel Was in Southern Africa

Where did humanity utter its first words? A new linguistic analysis attempts to rewrite the story of Babel by borrowing from the methods of genetic analysis—and...

Store Data in Your Body Without Cyborg Modification
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Store Data in Your Body Without Cyborg Modification

MIT's Pranav Mistry has developed Sparsh, a system that enables users to transfer files from one device to another by simply touching their screens.

Online 3D Insect Sleuth Tells Friend From Foe
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Online 3D Insect Sleuth Tells Friend From Foe

A new online system could make it easier for Australia to identify invasive fire ants, which were accidentally imported into the country two decades ago.

Software to Predict 'march Madness' Basketball Winner
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Software to Predict 'march Madness' Basketball Winner

The goal of the March Madness Predictive Analysis Challenge, now in its second year, is to build software that can select winning basketball teams with greater...

Crickets Inspire Stealthy Robots to Fire Rings of Air
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Crickets Inspire Stealthy Robots to Fire Rings of Air

Monash University's Andy Russell used the African cave cricket, Phaeophilacris spectrum, as inspiration for creating stealth communication between robots.

Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects
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Augmented Reality Iphone Helps Police Track Suspects

Picture the scene: armed police officers are warned on their radios that a suspected male terrorist has been tracked to a crowded football stadium.

Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer
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Better Than Human? What's Next for Jeopardy! Computer

A medical robot; a Google-killer; a financial advisor; a tool for trawling legal documents; an aide for the intelligence services. These are just some of the...

Smart Contact Lenses For Health and Head-up Displays
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Smart Contact Lenses For Health and Head-up Displays

Lenses that monitor eye health are on the way, and in-eye 3D image displays are being developed too—welcome to the world of augmented vision.

Make Way for Mathematical Matter
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Make Way for Mathematical Matter

We already have solid, liquid, gas, plasma and Bose-Einstein condensate. Now it seems we may be on the verge of discovering a whole host of new forms of matter...

Banknotes Go Electric to Outwit Counterfeiters
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Banknotes Go Electric to Outwit Counterfeiters

Researchers has created an electronic banknote that contains about 100 thin-film transistors. They have yet to determine how to program the electronic circuits...

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers
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Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer to analyze Internet traffic, looking for clues that will lead law enforcement officers...

Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning
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Better Hands May Help Robots Grasp Meaning

Two recent studies show that roboticists are applying some fresh thinking to the building and operation of robot hands, and a third suggests why the work is so...

Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light
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Robot Limbs to Plug Into the Brain with Light

Imagine a bionic arm that plugs directly into the nervous system, so that the brain can control its motion, and the owner can feel pressure and heat through their...

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Body Organs Can Send Status ­pdates to Your Cellphone

For cardiac patients such as myself, too much excitement can be a shocking experience. If my heart rate gets too high the implanted defibrillator in my chest can...

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You Too Can Have a Dream Body

If you dislike the way you look on video, a new kind of image-manipulation software could make you feel better about yourself.

What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?
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What's the Right Path for Indoor Satnav?

Tracking down one of the last few parking spots in the cramped confines of a dimly lit multi-storey car park is not among life's pleasures. German car maker BMW...
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