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Eye Tracking For Mobile Control
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Eye Tracking For Mobile Control

It's hard sending a text message with arms full of groceries or while wearing winter gloves. Voice control is one alternative to using your fingers, but researchers...

Synthetic Genome Reboots Cell
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Synthetic Genome Reboots Cell

In the culmination of a project spanning 15 years, scientists at the J. Craig Venter Institute have engineered the first cell controlled by a synthetic genome.

Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked
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Commercial Quantum Cryptography System Hacked

Physicists have mounted the first successful attack of its kind on a commercial quantum cryptography system.

Software that Learns By Watching
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Software that Learns By Watching

Overworked and much in demand, IT support staff can't be in two places at once. But software designed to watch and learn as they carry out common tasks could soon...

Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages
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Physicists ­se Location to Guarantee Security of Quantum Messages

UCLA researchers have developed a type of quantum cryptography, which guarantees that only a person at a certain location can read an encrypted message. 

Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?
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Can Social Networks Be Generated Automatically?

When Google launched Buzz, a microblogging social network, several months ago, the company boasted that the network had been generated automatically, by algorithms...

Lining Up 'nanodot' Memory
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Lining Up 'nanodot' Memory

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a method for growing magnetic nanoparticles that could lead to much more dense computer memory devices...

Patient's Social Network Predicts Drug Outcomes
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Patient's Social Network Predicts Drug Outcomes

Earlier this month, the journal Lancet Neurology published a study showing that the generic drug lithium did nothing to slow the course of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
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Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

How Isps Could Combat Botnets
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How Isps Could Combat Botnets

Convincing Internet service providers to pinpoint infected computers on their networks could eliminate the lion's share of zombie computers responsible for churning...

Redesigning the Web For Touch Screens
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Redesigning the Web For Touch Screens

Last week, in an essay criticizing Adobe's Flash platform, Apple CEO Steve Jobs drew attention to, among other things, its lack of support for touch--something...

Why Twitter Is the Future of News
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Why Twitter Is the Future of News

It's basically impossible for a journalist who relies on Twitter to find stories, stalk editors, rack up "whuffie" and beef with rap stars to be objective about...

Self-Powered Flexible Electronics
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Self-Powered Flexible Electronics

Sungkyunkwan University and Samsung researchers have developed a way to capture the piezoelectric power generated when a touchscreen flexes under a user's touch...

How Personal Genomics Could Change Health Care
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How Personal Genomics Could Change Health Care

Several months after deciphering his genetic code last year, Stanford bioengineer Stephen Quake approached a cardiologist colleague. Early analysis of his DNA had...

Augmented-Reality Floor Tiling
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Augmented-Reality Floor Tiling

Researchers at McGill University in Montreal, Canada have developed floor tiles that can simulate the look, sound and feel of snow, grass or pebbles underfoot....

What's in a Tweet?
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What's in a Tweet?

Researchers at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) are developing new ways to deal with the torrent of information flowing from social media sites like Twitter...

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Peeking Into Users' Web History

In a test of Google's privacy protections, European researchers were able to hijack Google's personalized search suggestions to reconstruct users' Web search histories...

A Flexible Color Display
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A Flexible Color Display

Hewlett-Packard Labs researchers are testing a flexible, full-color display that saves power by reflecting ambient light instead of using a backlight. 

Real-Time Search
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Real-Time Search

How do you parse a tweet? Five years ago, that question would have been gibberish. Today, it's perfectly sensible, and it's at the front of Amit Singhal's mind....

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Exposing Hackers as an International Deterrent

An international group of computer scientists, law professors, military leaders, and others recently met at Russia's Moscow State University for a conference on...
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