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Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder
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Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder

New York University programmer Toby Schachman has developed Recursive Drawing, an experimental programming interface that enables coders to manipulate source code...

Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder
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Visual Programming Means Anyone Can Be a Coder

Many great ideas start out as scribbles on scraps of paper, as thinking visually is an intuitive way to grapple with abstract concepts. Part of the reason is the...

Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease
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Watson Turns Medic: Supercomputer to Diagnose Disease

It is more than a year since Watson, IBM's famous supercomputer, opened a new frontier for artificial intelligence by beating human champions of the quiz show Jeopardy...

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3D Printers Tell You When Your Design Will Fail

Make a mistake with your average office printer and the worst that happens is a paper jam and some wasted ink. Do the same with a 3D printer, though, and your newly...

Digital Doppelgangers: Building an Army of You
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Digital Doppelgangers: Building an Army of You

U.S. National Science Foundation researchers have developed a smart, animated, digital double that can interact with other people via a screen when the user is...

Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay
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Cheap Chips Herald Future of Wave and Pay

Small, cheap smart-tag devices that are printed as digital circuits in rolls like newspapers could help kickstart the wireless payment industry. The devices, known...

Micro-Drones: The New Face of Cutting-Edge Warfare
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Micro-Drones: The New Face of Cutting-Edge Warfare

Micro-aerial vehicles (MAVs) with uncanny navigation and real-time mapping capabilities could soon be zipping through indoor and outdoor spaces, running reconnaissance...

Algorithm Beats Jigsaw-Solving Record
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Algorithm Beats Jigsaw-Solving Record

Cornell University's Andrew Gallagher has developed an algorithm that set a jigsaw puzzle-solving record by sorting through 10,000 pieces in 24 hours, surpassing...

Online Friendships Light ­p Shadow Social Networks
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Online Friendships Light ­p Shadow Social Networks

Friending someone on Facebook makes an association public, but many relationships are never professed online.

Telerobotics Offers Third Way For Space Exploration
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Telerobotics Offers Third Way For Space Exploration

Space exploration may have a new direction. In the 1960s, humans did the exploring but since the last moon landing in 1972, NASA's only explorers beyond low Earth...

Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash
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Gps Loss Kicked Off Fatal Drone Crash

Hopes that a new breed of commercial drones can be easily integrated into civilian airspace have been dashed after it was revealed that the loss of the technology...

Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller
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Next Xbox Could Have a Biometric Controller

The controller for the next Xbox might be able to take biometric readings of your hand, according to a recent Microsoft patent.

'bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids
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'bullet Time' to Stop Cyber Attacks on Power Grids

In The Matrix, the famous "bullet time" effect showed how Keanu Reeves's character Neo was able to sway out of the path of incoming bullets, as time appeared to...

Software Helps Spot Groups of Fake Online Reviews
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Software Helps Spot Groups of Fake Online Reviews

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Google have developed software that can identify groups of fraudulent online reviews that attempt to...

Secrets of App Store Revealed By Artificial Life Forms
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Secrets of App Store Revealed By Artificial Life Forms

University College London researchers Soo Ling Lim and Peter Bentley have developed a simulation of the Apple App Store to study how it works.  

Would You Pay to Block Your Own Internet Connection?
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Would You Pay to Block Your Own Internet Connection?

Carnegie Mellon University researcher Fred Stutzman has developed productivity apps designed to maintain workers' focus on tasks and prevent them from being distracted...

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads
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Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Struggling to make your smartphone battery last the whole day? Paying for your apps might help.

Better Living Through Video Gaming
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Better Living Through Video Gaming

From AI-designed games to realistic virtual worlds and social physics, gaming is changing our world view.

AI Designs Its Own Video Game
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AI Designs Its Own Video Game

It is never going to compete with the latest iteration of Call of Duty, but then Space Station Invaders is not your typical blockbuster video game. While modern...

Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle
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Nash's Beautiful Mind Pre-Empted Million-Dollar Puzzle

John Nash's mind is even more exquisite than we thought. The Nobel laureate, famous for both his work in game theory and his schizophrenia—as portrayed in the book...
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