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Microsoft and Nasa Bring Mars Down to Earth Through the Worldwide Telescope
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Microsoft and Nasa Bring Mars Down to Earth Through the Worldwide Telescope

Today, Microsoft Research and NASA are providing an entirely new experience to users of the WorldWide Telescope, which will allow visitors to interact with and...

A Turning Point For Genetic Testing
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A Turning Point For Genetic Testing

In a prelude to overhauling its regulatory oversight of genetic diagnostic testing, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will convene a public meeting next week...

Crunching Cancer With Numbers
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Crunching Cancer With Numbers

When Danny Hillis spent a day watching a top surgeon perform keyhole cancer surgery, he was left both exhilarated and depressed. The clinical precision with which...

The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project
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The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project

Studsat, a tiny satellite that was built by 35 students belonging to four engineering colleges in Bangalore and three in Hyderabad, was put in orbit on Monday...

Computer Science Professor Receives Hp Labs Innovation Research Award
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Computer Science Professor Receives Hp Labs Innovation Research Award

Elke Rundensteiner, professor of computer science at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been selected to participate in the HP Labs Innovation Research Program...

Autonomous Cars Could Let Drivers Check Email
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Autonomous Cars Could Let Drivers Check Email

Oxford University researchers are developing autonomous vehicle technology that enables drivers to check their email while the car drives itself. 

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­.s. R&d Companies Employed 27 Million Workers Worldwide in 2008

U.S. research & development companies employed 27.1 million workers worldwide in 2008, including 18.5 million domestically, according to a new report from the U...

Woven Electronics
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Woven Electronics

ETH Zurich researchers have developed intelligent textiles that have electronic components such as sensors and conductive filaments woven into the fabric. 

Artificial Intelligence For Improving Team Sports
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Artificial Intelligence For Improving Team Sports

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers are developing a system for evaluating sport performance by using artificial intelligence to automatically analyze a...

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Google's Do-It-Yourself App Creation Software

Google is offering software designed to make it simple for users to create their own applications for Android smartphones. The free software has been under development...

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7887 Khz, Your Home For Classic Cuban Espionage Radio

The FBI documents that accompanied last week's arrest of 10 alleged Russian spies are alternately creepy—who knew the Tribeca Barnes & Noble was a hotbed of espionage...

Solving the Crisis of Choice Online
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Solving the Crisis of Choice Online

In an age of information overload, a team of European researchers are developing technology to solve the "crisis of choice" people face when surfing the Web, shopping...

DARPA Plots Death-From-Above, On Demand
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DARPA Plots Death-From-Above, On Demand

Before a bomb gets dropped in Afghanistan, dozens of people weigh in: air controllers bark coordinates over a radio; officers double-check the target’s location...

Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality
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Computers at Home: Educational Hope vs. Teenage Reality

Middleshcool students are champion time-wasters. And the personal computer may be the ultimate time-wasting appliance. Put the two together at home, without hovering...

You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Eyes
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You Can't Hide Your Lyin' Eyes

University of Utah researchers are using eye-tracking technology to pioneer a promising alternative to the polygraph for lie detection.

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Chinese Think Tank Accuses ­.S., Other Western Countries of ­sing Facebook to Sow ­nrest

A Chinese government-backed think tank has accused the U.S. and other Western governments of using social-networking sites such as Facebook to spur political unrest...

Computer Technology Helps Doctors Target Underserved Patients
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Computer Technology Helps Doctors Target Underserved Patients

Multimedia talking touchscreens, housed in computer kiosks at clinics and hospitals, are helping researchers at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine...

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot
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Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot

The boy, a dark-haired 6-year-old, is playing with a new companion. The two hit it off quickly—unusual for the 6-year-old, who has autism—and the boy is imitating...

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Indian Students Head For Canada to Join Research Internships

As part of MITACS Globalink internship program, 105 undergraduate Indian students are working on a number of research projects alongside undergraduate and graduate...

Talent Scarcity Crimps IT's Growth, Says Narayana Murthy
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Talent Scarcity Crimps IT's Growth, Says Narayana Murthy

The scarcity of computer science engineers in India has led to the booming information technology sector poaching talent from other engineering disciplines, according...
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