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Blogs and Tweets Could Predict the Future
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Blogs and Tweets Could Predict the Future

Forecasts about social and economic trends could be generated through the analysis of blogs and tweets, building on earlier research by Google and others to mine...

Clouds Add Depth to Computer Landscapes
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Clouds Add Depth to Computer Landscapes

Nathan Jacobs and colleagues at Washington University in St. Louis have used a single camera to create a depth map, which records the geography of a three-dimensional...

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Microsoft's Kinect Isn't Just For Games

Microsoft's long-awaited body-sensing technology, Project Natal, got a new name last week at the E3 expo in Los Angeles. Kinect, as it is now called, is a set-top...

18th-Century Painters Give Photography New Perspective
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18th-Century Painters Give Photography New Perspective

Software engineer Thomas Sharpless and colleagues have developed Panini, software that can make wide-angled digital photos with perfect perspective using a technique...

Computerized Critics Could Find the Music You'll Like
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Computerized Critics Could Find the Music You'll Like

University of California, San Diego artificial intelligence researcher Luke Barrington is developing software that can analyze a piece of music and compile information...

19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone
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19th-Century Tech Makes a Smarter iPhone

Rarely has 19th-century technology stirred an audience of 21st-century technophiles as it did last week when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs revealed that the next-generation...

Thumbs Up For Gesture-Based Computing
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Thumbs Up For Gesture-Based Computing

Fashion crime it may be, but a multicoloured dayglo glove could bring Minority Report-style computing to your home PC.

Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them
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Invisibility Cloaks and How to ­se Them

The "invisibility cloaks" being made in labs today can hide objects when viewed from a wide range of directions and in visible light--both considered implausible...

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Immortal Avatars: Back Up Your Brain, Never Die

Zoe Graystone is a girl with two brains. Only one of them is human: the other is an exact digital copy that has become conscious in its own right. When the human...

Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers
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Dna Logic Gates Herald Injectable Computers

Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers have developed DNA-based logic gates that could carry out calculations inside the body and may lead to injectable biocomputers...

Impossible Figures Brought to Life in Virtual Worlds
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Impossible Figures Brought to Life in Virtual Worlds

Chinese University of Hong Kong computer scientists have developed software that depicts physically impossible images in three-dimensional virtual environments. ...

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Wireless Revolution May Reach Inside Microchips

Wireless technology is often credited with making us more productive. Now it looks like it could also improve the inner workings of our computers. Wireless transmission...

Teaching Robots Some Manners
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Teaching Robots Some Manners

People are more likely to adapt to and use robots if they behave more like humans, even if that means they operate less efficiently. 

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Nanotube Transistor Will Help US Bond With Machines

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have developed a transistor, which they say could be a step toward making prosthetic devices that can be wired...

Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork
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Web Science: Exploring the Network Without Guesswork

University of Southampton professor Nigel Shadbolt, speaking at a recent conference on the emerging discipline of Web science, says the Internet has become such...

Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings
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Crumbling Labs Could Clip Nasa's Wings

Years of neglect have left many NASA labs that might be used for breakthrough technology research in rough shape, says a report from the U.S. National Academies...

Why Labs Love Gaming Hardware
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Why Labs Love Gaming Hardware

Blasting zombies may seem to have little to do with serious research, but video game hardware is helping scientists in a variety of ways including helping them...

Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?
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Is Water the Key to Cheaper Nanoelectronics?

Researchers have developed a way to use water to transfer layers from one surface to another by exploiting the fact that different materials have different hydrophilicity...

What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?
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What Would It Take to Put a Walking Robot on the Moon?

Astro-Technology SOHLA, a small cooperative of companies in Osaka, Japan, wants to put an autonomous humanoid robot on the moon. 

Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain
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Army of Smartphone Chips Could Emulate the Human Brain

If you have a smartphone, you probably have a slice of Steve Furber's brain in your pocket. By the time you read this, his 1-billion-neuron silicon brain will be...
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