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IBM Simulates 4.5% of the Human Brain, and All of the Cat Brain

Supercomputers can store more information than the human brain and can calculate a single equation faster, but even the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world...

Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs
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Precision-Controlled Microbots Show They Could Take On Industrial-Scale Jobs

A pioneering research institute that introduced the computer world to the mouse, hypertext, and networks is now setting its sights a bit lower.

Instant Health Checks For Buildings and Bridges
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Instant Health Checks For Buildings and Bridges

During 2011's deadly onslaught of earthquakes, floods and tornadoes, countless buildings had to be evacuated while workers checked to make sure they were stable...

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Security and Surveillance Pervades Post-9/11 New York City

From building-blocking bollards to millimeter-wave scanners, the September 11 terrorist attacks have led to significant changes in security techniques and technology...

Why Math Works
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Why Math Works

Most of us take it for granted that math works—that scientists can devise formulas to describe subatomic events or that engineers can calculate paths for space­craft...

Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2
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Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2

Although the stories told by Pixar Animation Studios take place in richly realized fantasy realms, the science and technology required to create those worlds...

A Test For Consciousness
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A Test For Consciousness

How will we know when we've built a sentient computer? By making it solve a simple puzzle.

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...

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...

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.

Researchers Turn to Supercomputing to Find Malaria's Soft Spot
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Researchers Turn to Supercomputing to Find Malaria's Soft Spot

Intellectual Ventures builds computer simulations to better understand how malaria spreads and how it responds to eradication efforts.

Braille Displays Promise to Deliver the Web to the Blind
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Braille Displays Promise to Deliver the Web to the Blind

The Web's wealth of information would lose some of its luster if you read it only one line at a time. Yet this is exactly how blind and other vision-impaired...

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De-Worming Software More Effective at Detecting Infected Network Computers Before Contagion Can Spread

More than a year after being launched by hackers on a campaign to infect computers running Microsoft Windows, the Conficker worm's effects are still being felt....

Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence
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Group Thinker: Researcher Gets $2.9 Million to Further Develop Swarm Intelligence

Swarm intelligence is a branch of artificial intelligence that attempts to get computers and robots to mimic the highly efficient behavior of colony insects such...

Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360
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Binary Body Double: Microsoft Reveals the Science Behind Project Natal for Xbox 360

When Nintendo's Wii game console debuted in November 2006, its motion-sensing handheld "Wiimotes" got players off the couch and onto their feet. Now Microsoft...

Intuitive Semantic Internet Would Know What Is Said
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Intuitive Semantic Internet Would Know What Is Said

The push to develop the Semantic Web recently received fresh support through a National Science Foundation grant, which has been awarded to researchers at Rensselaer...

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New Software Could Smooth Supercomputing Speed Bumps

Supercomputers have long been an indispensable, albeit expensive, tool for researchers who need to make sense of vast amounts of data. One way that researchers...
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