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Google Search: Political Power

Google’s aggressive tactics have put it on top of the business world, and now the Internet giant is looking to leverage the high profile and sterling connections...

Researchers Create Sounds of Animated Things Breaking
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Researchers Create Sounds of Animated Things Breaking

A delicate wine glass shatters on the floor. A rock is thrown through a window. A child smashes his piggy bank. Dramatic moments like these in an animated movie...

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­se of Flexible Robotics Reduces Trauma in Surgery

Research conducted by surgeons from the Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center shows that using robotics reduces blood vessel trauma during minimally invasive...

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Htc, Samsung Rebut Apple's Smartphone Claims

Asian handset makers HTC Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. on Monday rebutted claims made by Apple Inc. that the iPhone 4's reception problems are shared by other...

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Google May Know Your Desires Before You Do

Google attempts to return relevant search results in the blink of an eye. But in future it could go one better, delivering search results to its users even before...

European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand
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European Mobile Robot Collects Garbage On Demand

European researchers have built a robot for 'on-demand' garbage collection—just make a call and it will soon arrive at your door. It's ideal for collecting waste...

Roila, a New Spoken Language Designed For Robots
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Roila, a New Spoken Language Designed For Robots

Eindhoven University of Technology researchers are developing the Robot Interaction Language (ROILA), a spoken language for robots that is meant to be easy for...

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Some Experts Question Efforts to Identify Cyberattackers

Cybersecurity experts testifying at a recent U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee hearing disagreed about whether the federal government should explore new...

Safety in Numbers
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Safety in Numbers

Mathematicians and computer scientists are working on equations and algorithms that exhibit potential as terrorism countermeasures. These include powerful algorithms...

OSIRIS Project to Guide ICT Research Infrastructures
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OSIRIS Project to Guide ICT Research Infrastructures

The OSIRIS project is developing an international strategy for open and sustainable ICT research infrastructures. 

Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays
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Brighter Color For Reflective E-Reading Displays

Hewlett-Packard researchers are developing a composite material that use ambient light to create more vibrant colors for video-capable, low-power screens. 

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DARPA Issues Call For Computer Science Devotees

DARPA wants university-based researchers to come up with the next big computer science idea—for the military.

Did a Speeding Car Just Jump Out of My Cellphone?
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Did a Speeding Car Just Jump Out of My Cellphone?

Smartphones are getting smarter. Now some new models even offer games or television broadcasts in three dimensions—and you don’t need special glasses to see the...

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Pitting Cloud Against Cloud

Tools that benchmark performance promise to reveal the strengths and weaknesses of competing cloud providers.

This Is the City, 2.0
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This Is the City, 2.0

Augmented reality tours of real monuments, instant visualization of virtual objects on living cityscapes, and user-generated, digital story telling around famous...

Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons
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Touch-Sensitive Virtual Reality Tools Will Train and Test Tomorrow's Surgeons

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers receive $2.3 million NIH grant to develop and validate virtual reality hardware, software for training and certifying...

Google's Fight to Keep Search a Secret
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Google's Fight to Keep Search a Secret

Can Google keep a secret?

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'broken Symmetry' Discovery Opens Path to Room-Temperature Superconductors

In a major step toward understanding the mysterious "pseudogap" state in high-temperature cuprate superconductors, a team of scientists have found a "broken symmetry...

Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm
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Human Trials Next For Darpa's Mind-Controlled Artificial Arm

Pentagon-backed scientists are getting ready to test thought-controlled prosthetic arms on human subjects, by rewiring their brains to fully integrate the artificial...

Cutting-Edge Medical Imaging System Will Employ Night Vision Technology
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Cutting-Edge Medical Imaging System Will Employ Night Vision Technology

UTHealth has reached an agreement with other institutions that will allow it to take the next step in commercially developing an innovative medical imaging system...
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