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Can Tornado Prediction Be Improved?
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Can Tornado Prediction Be Improved?

Advances in computer modeling and other technologies still cannot overcome the fundamental complexity of thunderstorm and subsequent tornado formation.

Why Bayes Rules: The History of a Formula That Drives Modern Life
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Why Bayes Rules: The History of a Formula That Drives Modern Life

Google has a small fleet of robotic cars that since autumn have driven themselves for thousands of miles on the streets of Northern California without once striking...

Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy
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Forecast For Processing and Storing Ever-Expanding Science Data: Cloudy

Scientists that previously relied on time-shared access to high-performance computers to analyze large datasets are now turning to cloud-based services from the...

Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing
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Online 24/7: "life Logging" Pioneer Clarifies the Future of Cloud Computing

Microsoft researcher Gordon Bell, paperless for more than a decade, envisions data centers saturated with information and services readily available via the...

Car Computer Controls Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers
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Car Computer Controls Could Be Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers claim to wirelessly break into automobile networks to take control of brakes and steering as the automobile industry shores up defenses.

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Being John Malkovich: Personal Control of Individual Brain Cells

In philosophy of mind, a "cerebroscope" is a fictitious device, a brain-computer interface in today's language, which reads out the content of somebody's brain...

Researchers Inventory a World of Information
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Researchers Inventory a World of Information

Data is the common currency that unites all fields of science.

Hackers Harness Microsoft's Kinect For Business and Pleasure
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Hackers Harness Microsoft's Kinect For Business and Pleasure

Gamers and hackers could control the office as well as games with Microsoft's Kinect.

Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication
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Solid-State Memories Pave the Way to Practical Quantum Communication

Two groups of physicists have managed to shift the quantum entanglement between two photons onto an entangled state between one photon and a quantum memor.

Gigapixel Cameras Create Highly Revealing Snapshots
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Gigapixel Cameras Create Highly Revealing Snapshots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has been developing a camera that can take gigapixel images with one snapshot. Columbia University researchers...

2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?
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2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?

Willow Garage's PR2 personal robot platform, released last year, could lead to new advances in robotic technology. Georgia Tech professor Charles Kemp. Kemp and...

Electric Currents Move Racetrack Memory Bits with Precision
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Electric Currents Move Racetrack Memory Bits with Precision

The moving bits in the proposed data-storage scheme do not stop and start instantaneously, but their motion is easy to quantify.

Diminishing Returns? U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Decline
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Diminishing Returns? U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Decline

U.S. science research efficiency is trending downward, according to a National Science Foundation study. U.S. research output, as measured by scientific publication...

Diminishing Returns?: U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Drop
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Diminishing Returns?: U.s. Science Productivity Continues to Drop

A historic downward shift in U.S. research efficiency is described in a new report on science publication trends, showing that while funding rose, the quantity...

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How Can Online Advertising Companies Be Kept from Tracking Web Surfers?

The FTC is calling for "do not track" software, but one privacy and security expert said such programming would have to be incorporated into a browser for it...

Power Hackers: The U.s. Smart Grid Is Shaping Up to Be Dangerously Insecure
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Power Hackers: The U.s. Smart Grid Is Shaping Up to Be Dangerously Insecure

Achieving greater efficiency and control of the electricity grid requires hooking almost every aspect of it up to the Internet, making it more vulnerable to cyber...

Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?
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Would Wiretapping Laws Spell the End of Quantum Encryption?

A new effort to ensure that the government can gain back-door access to encrypted messages could thwart one of the most promising applications of physics for...

Heady Days of Nanotech Funding Behind It, the ­.s. Faces Big Challenges
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Heady Days of Nanotech Funding Behind It, the ­.s. Faces Big Challenges

Despite the U.S.'s lead in patenting nanotechnology inventions, it has not been able to translate that success into the marketplace, which has enabled other countries...

A Car That Drives Itself
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A Car That Drives Itself

In September a driverless Audi TTS will speed to the top of Colorado's Pikes Peak at just under 100 kilometers per hour—that's right, no driver. It is an early...

Robot Pills
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Robot Pills

Pill-sized robotic capsules are under development for screening, diagnostic, and therapeutic procedures. 
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