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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...

Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore
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Gaming Tech Aids Scientists Building Virtual Synthetic Chromatophore

Researchers are relying on graphics processing units to help build a highly complex computer simulation depicting how chromatophore proteins create photosynthesis...

How Hackers Can Steal Secrets From Reflections
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How Hackers Can Steal Secrets From Reflections

Even the best electronic security may not be enough to protect sensitive data from dogged hackers, and researchers have been able to extract information from the...

Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn From Their Own Experiences?
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Can Robots Be Programmed to Learn From Their Own Experiences?

Inexpensive personal robots could be available soon, but they first have to be able to learn to perform tasks that human know how to do instinctively, says Iowa...

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Artificial Intelligence: Robots Rule When It Comes to Holiday Shopping

Retailers are using robots to help warehouse workers find fast-selling products more quickly. The robots, built by Kiva Systems, are programmed with maps of the...
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