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An App That Could Stop Traffic
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An App That Could Stop Traffic

German researchers have developed Greenway, a Windows phone application designed to help people avoid traffic jams and get drivers from one point to another in...

Computer Scientists Reproduce the Evolution of Evolvability
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Computer Scientists Reproduce the Evolution of Evolvability

Modular systems evolve more easily than non-modular systems, but the evolution of modularity is a key open question for biology.  

An Online Encyclopedia That Writes Itself
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An Online Encyclopedia That Writes Itself

DARPA recently collaborated with Raytheon BBN researchers to develop a system that can follow global news events and provide intelligence analysts with useful summaries...

The New Science of Computational Advertising
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The New Science of Computational Advertising

University College London researchers recently conducted a review of computational advertising technology and outlined the challenges that it faces.  

Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits
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Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits

Clique Research Cluster scientists recently analyzed data from Last.fm, a social Web site for music, to determine which cities set the world's listening trends.

How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life
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How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life

Biologists and computer scientists have begun to examine what restrictions the theoretical limits of computation place on the way living things operate, which could...

City With Superfast Internet Invites Innovators to Play
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City With Superfast Internet Invites Innovators to Play

Chattanooga residents have access to a 1 Gbps Internet, which is about 100 times faster than the U.S. national average, and now the city is holding a contest with...

Algorithm Uses Photo Networks to Reveal Your Hometown
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Algorithm Uses Photo Networks to Reveal Your Hometown

There is growing evidence that information gleaned from online social networks can be processed and used in ways to gain an accurate profile of an individual.

Sensor Networks Could End Parking Rage
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Sensor Networks Could End Parking Rage

The anger many drivers feel from having to search and wait for parking spaces to open up might be quelled by arrays of networked sensors embedded in city streets...

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Kinect Project Merges Real and Virtual Worlds

Microsoft researchers recently demonstrated KinectFusion, a research project that lets users generate three-dimensional (3D) models in real time using a standard...

'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians
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'big Data' Means Business Needs Mathematicians

The proliferation of ways to measure things—point-of-service terminals, Web analytics, geographic and temporal records, even semantic information—means businesses...

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Mining Data For Better Medicine

The antidepressant Paxil was approved for sale in 1992, the cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol in 1996. Company studies proved that each drug, on its own, works...

Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Willow Garage have developed a special user interface that enables a mute and partially paralyzed stroke victim to control a robot...

Workplace Robots Need a Better View
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Workplace Robots Need a Better View

Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks says a new generation of industrial robots could be enabled by better machine vision.

App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
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App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon

University of California, San Diego researchers working on the GreenDroid project have developed software that scans the Android operating system and its most popular...

Tools For Better Web Design
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Tools For Better Web Design

Stanford University's Human Computer Interaction group creates tools to help Web designers take advantage of open source programs to improve and adapt designs more...

Designs With a Deeper Purpose
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Designs With a Deeper Purpose

Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.

Like Europa, Titan May Have a Giant Subsurface Ocean
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Like Europa, Titan May Have a Giant Subsurface Ocean

In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons...

A Search Engine for the Human Body
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A Search Engine for the Human Body

Microsoft researcher Antonio Criminisi has led the development of a search tool that indexes medical images of the human body and automatically finds organs and...

Turning Augmented Reality Into an Open Standard
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Turning Augmented Reality Into an Open Standard

A research team at Georgia Tech hopes to make augmented reality on smart phones more useful by developing an open standard for it.
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