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Making Vagueness Into an Exact Science
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Making Vagueness Into an Exact Science

Aberdeen University computer scientist Kees van Deemter is creating a system that would be able to understand the meaning of vague phrases. 

Firm Develops Technology to Crush Cyber Attacks in Their Tracks
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Firm Develops Technology to Crush Cyber Attacks in Their Tracks

Cyber attacks are becoming the bane of governments and companies alike. A Virginia based engineering research company may have the answer. InZero Systems has developed...

DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain
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DARPA Develops 4-Legged Robot to Haul Equipment Over Rugged Terrain

Looking like a robotic mule, the Legged Squad Support System (LS3) being developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will carry 400 pounds of equipment...

The Uncertain Future For Social Robots
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The Uncertain Future For Social Robots

Being hacked by a robot requires much less hardware than I expected. There’s no need for virtual-reality goggles or 3D holograms. There are no skullcaps studded...

Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes
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Game Changers: How Videogames Trained a Generation of Athletes

The situation was desperate for the Denver Broncos. On the first Sunday of the National Football League’s 2009 season, with only 28 seconds left in the game, they...

Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We
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Smart Dust? Not Quite, but We

In computing, the vision always precedes the reality by a decade or more. The pattern has held true from the personal computer to the Internet, as it takes time...

Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations
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Supercomputer Breakthrough Allows Astronomers to Share ­niverse Simulations

Supercomputing has helped astrophysicists create massive models of the universe, but such simulations remain out of reach for many in the United States and around...

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No Catastrophes Please, It's Software Modeling

Thales Research and Technology (TRT) researchers have created a development platform that enables applications to tackle the increasing complexity of modern computer...

The Web Way to Learn a Language
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The Web Way to Learn a Language

The young woman seated next to us at the sushi bar exuded a vaguely exotic air; her looks and style, we thought, made it likely that she was not American born. ...

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Eff Reveals How Your Digital Fingerprint Makes You Easy to Track

Think that turning off cookies and turning on private browsing makes you invisible on the web? Think again. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched...

Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images
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Computers Do Better Than Humans at Measuring Some Radiology Images

Ohio State University researchers have developed software that can analyze images of knee ligaments much faster and just as reliably as humans. 

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Innovative Technique Can Spot Errors in Key Technological Systems

An innovative computational technique that draws on statistics, imaging, and other disciplines has the capability to detect errors in sensitive technological systems...

Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right
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Quantum Computer Simulates Hydrogen Molecule Just Right

Almost three decades ago, Richard Feynman — known popularly as much for his bongo drumming and pranks as for his brilliant insights into physics — told an electrified...

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Apple Wins Patent For "proximity Sensing" Multi-Touch Display

Apple has been granted a patent for a multi-touch display that can sense when and where a finger is near the screen. The patent was one of 13 granted to Apple,U...

Supercomputer Center Pursuing Hpc-Based Radiation Therapy
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Supercomputer Center Pursuing Hpc-Based Radiation Therapy

Researchers from the San Diego Supercomputer Center at UC San Diego have joined forces with the Department of Radiation Oncology in the university's School of Medicine...

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Pentagon Searches For

One of the trickiest problems in cyber security is trying to figure who’s really behind an attack. Darpa, the Pentagon agency that created the Internet, is trying...

In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent
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In Digital Combat, U.s. Finds No Easy Deterrent

On a Monday morning earlier this month, top Pentagon leaders gathered to simulate how they would respond to a sophisticated cyberattack aimed at paralyzing the...

New Life For Magnetic Tape
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New Life For Magnetic Tape

Music lovers may have long forsaken them, but magnetic tapes still reign supreme when it comes to storing vast amounts of digital data. And new research from IBM...

Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing
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Spasers Set to Sum: A New Dawn For Optical Computing

It's a laser, but not as we know it. For a start, you need a microscope to see it. Gleaming eerily green, a "spaser" is a single spherical particle just a few tens...

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Touchscreen Merges the Real and Digital Worlds

For all the advances in table-top and tablet computing, some design professionals will always prefer the feel of pen on paper to stylus on glass. A new device could...
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