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Computer Simulations Can Be as Effective as Direct Observation in Teaching Science
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Computer Simulations Can Be as Effective as Direct Observation in Teaching Science

Students can learn some science concepts just as well from computers simulations as they do from direct observation, new research suggests.

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Feds Push For Tracking Cell Phones

Two years ago, when the FBI was stymied by a band of armed robbers known as the "Scarecrow Bandits" that had robbed more than 20 Texas banks, it came up with aconvicted...

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Ibm's Jeopardy-Playing Machine Now Beats Human Contestants

IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer is now capable of beating human Jeopardy contestants on a regular basis, but has a ways to go before it takes on the likes...

Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light
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Wi-Fi at the Speed of Light

A wireless network that uses reflected infrared light instead of radio waves has transmitted data through the air at a speed of one gigabit per second—six to 14...

Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet
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Google Set to Showcase Fast Internet

Google said Wednesday that it would offer ultrahigh-speed Internet access in some communities in a test that could showcase the kinds of things that would be possible...

Can Your Computer Make You Happy?
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Can Your Computer Make You Happy?

Computers that can recognize users' emotional states are under development in the hope that the machines can be made capable of improving the human-computer interface...

Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job
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Hacker 'mudge' Gets DARPA Job

Peiter Zatko--a respected hacker known as "Mudge"--has been tapped to be a program manager at DARPA, where he will be in charge of funding research designed toDARPA...

A 50-Watt Cellular Network
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A 50-Watt Cellular Network

An Indian telecom company is deploying simple cell phone base stations that need as little as 50 watts of solar-provided power. It will soon announce plans to sell...

An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web
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An Engineer's Quest to Caption the Web

The Internet used to be a place where Ken Harrenstien could do anything. The Google engineer, who has been deaf since childhood, loved the Web because he could...

Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion
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Cisco Predicts Wireless Data Explosion

If wireless operators thought they'd faced a deluge of data traffic from the iPhone, they haven't seen anything yet, according to a survey from network equipment...

Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms
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Smart Dust Could Give Early Warning of Space Storms

A SWARM of "smart dust" spacecraft, positioned at a sweet spot between the Earth and the sun, could alert us to the approach of dangerous space storms well before...

Getting a Grip on Online Buzz
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Getting a Grip on Online Buzz

Big-name companies increasingly recognize the importance of discussions about their products on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But keeping track...

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'Rugged' Initiative Brings Secure Software Development to the Masses

The Rugged Software Development Initiative (RSDI) was recently launched by security experts in an effort to ensure that the software writing process considers security...

Chinese, Russian Universities Claim Top Spots in Acm Programming Competition
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Chinese, Russian Universities Claim Top Spots in Acm Programming Competition

Three Chinese teams and four Russian teams dominated the top ten rankings of the 2010 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC). Shanghai Jiaotong...

Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity
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Searching For Disease Clues in Genetic Diversity

Over the last few years, scientists have discovered hundreds of genetic variants linked to disease. But the vast majority of that research has focused on people...

Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams
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Unplugged: Goodbye Cables, Hello Energy Beams

LET'S face it: power cables are unsightly dust-traps. PCs, TVs and music players are becoming slicker every year, but the nest of vipers in the corner of everyAn...

Google
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Google

Google engineers are working on a translator for Google Android smartphones to convert one language into another quickly enough to allow speakers without a common...

Stanford's Robotic Audi to Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver
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Stanford's Robotic Audi to Brave Pikes Peak Without a Driver

A team of researchers at the Center for Automotive Research at Stanford (CARS) has filled the trunk of an Audi TTS with computers and GPS receivers, transforming...

Brewing ­p Java Skills For the Knowledge Economy
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Brewing ­p Java Skills For the Knowledge Economy

University College Dublin's School of Computer Science and Informatics will offer a second round of Java courses to companies that do not have the time and money...

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The Dozens of Computers That Make Modern Cars Go (and Stop)

Modern cars and trucks contain as many 100 million lines of computer code, more than in some jet fighters. "It would be easy to say the modern car is a computer...
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