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Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience
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Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience

Social problems like bullying and stereotyping involve thoughts, feelings and reactions that resist change. New research shows that when students play active roles...

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Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

Tool Can Get Most Pollution Control For the Money
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Tool Can Get Most Pollution Control For the Money

Purdue University professor Indrajeet Chaubey has developed a new tool that could help choose the most efficient ways to control pollution. Chaubey combined a...

Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore
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Students to Present Computational Linguistics Research in Singapore

Elijah Mayfield from the University of Minnesota at Morris will be among the students presenting papers during the Student Workshop for the 47th Annual Meeting...

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China Says ­npopular Filtering Software Optional

China appeared to cave in to public pressure Tuesday (June 16) by announcing that computer users are not required to install Internet-filtering software — though...

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Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station
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Nasa: Robots Critical to Endeavour's Mission on Space Station

The U.S. space shuttle's current mission, one of the most technical ever attempted by NASA, would not be possible without the use of robotics, says Holly Ridings...

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China's Filtering Software is 'Poorly Designed,' Researchers Say

Anti-pornography software that China will make mandatory next month is "poorly designed" and will make personal computers vulnerable to security breaches, said...

Brain-Computer Interface Begins New Clinical Trial
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Brain-Computer Interface Begins New Clinical Trial

The second clinical trial of the BrainGate Neural Interface System developed at Brown University is about to start at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston...

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Software Liability Law Could Divide Open Source

The European Commission has proposed that software companies should be held liable for the security and efficiency of their products. Ovum's David Mitchell says...

Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?
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Does Parallel Processing Require New Languages?

The software-design community is split on the best approach for distributing their programs across a multicore architecture, and most programming languages were...

Behavior-Driven Development Catches On
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Behavior-Driven Development Catches On

A process that helps users be more involved in the development of applications, behavior-driven development (BDD) continues to become increasingly popular among...

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D
From ICT Results

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D

Most people's experience with 3D involves wearing tinted glasses in a cinema. But a new technology, which does not require glasses and may enable 3DTV, is being...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar
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China Internet Filter Challenged in Rights ­proar

A Chinese lawyer has demanded a public hearing to reconsider a government demand that all new personal computers carry Internet filtering software, adding to uproar...

The Future of Robots Is Rat-Shaped
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The Future of Robots Is Rat-Shaped

Some roboticists believe that artificial intelligence researchers are following the wrong path by trying to replicate human intelligence, and a better approach...

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Visual System Detects Movement, Colors and Textures

A University of Granada research team has evaluated the accuracy of several models that estimate movement, and combined the responses of four movement detection...

Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages
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Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages

University of Washington researchers have developed an automated information extraction software engine that mines meaning out of more than 500 million Web pages...
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