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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language
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Writing Programs Using Ordinary Language

In a pair of recent papers, researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have demonstrated that, for a few specific tasks, it's...

Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics
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Hugh Herr and the Liberating Age of Bionics

"It's extraordinary that we live in this day and age with all our wonderful modern technology, and still we have shoes that give us blisters," says Hugh Herr, with...

Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell
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Attention, Shoppers: Store Is Tracking Your Cell

Like dozens of other brick-and-mortar retailers,Nordstrom wanted to learn more about its customers—how many came through the doors, how many were repeat visitors—the...

Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter
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Canadian Team Claims $250,000 Prize For Human-Powered Helicopter

The Canadian AeroVelo team has done what many thought impossible.

Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start
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Computational Photography: The Snap Is Only the Start

Imagine a camera that allows you to see through a crowd to get a clear view of someone who would otherwise be obscured, a smartphone that matches big-budget lenses...

Researchers Find Bug Bounty Programs Pay Economic Rewards
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Researchers Find Bug Bounty Programs Pay Economic Rewards

Bug bounty programs can be as much as 100 times more cost-effective for finding security vulnerabilities than hiring full-time security researchers to do the same...

Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of 'robo Sapiens'
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Modest Debut of Atlas May Foreshadow Age of 'robo Sapiens'

Moving its hands as if it were dealing cards and walking with a bit of a swagger, a Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance...

Graphene May Give US Cooler, Longer-Lasting Computers
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Graphene May Give US Cooler, Longer-Lasting Computers

Cooling is an important and tricky part of modern computing—you don't want those ever-more-functional processors overheating, but you also don't want the cooling...

Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation
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Touchscreens 'a Small Step' in Innovation

The way we use digital devices has become big news.

Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser
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Nasa's Opals to Beam Data From Space Via Laser

NASA will use the International Space Station to test a new communications technology that could dramatically improve spacspacecraft communications, enhance commercial...

Kremlin Returns to Typewriters to Avoid Computer Leaks
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Kremlin Returns to Typewriters to Avoid Computer Leaks

A source at Russia's Federal Guard Service, which is in charge of safeguarding Kremlin communications and protecting President Vladimir Putin, claimed that the...

Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers
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Human Motion Will Power the Internet of Things, Say Energy Harvesting Engineers

The Internet of Things is the imagined network of data links that will emerge when everyday objects are fitted with tiny identifying devices.

In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal
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In Head-Hunting, Big Data May Not Be Such a Big Deal

Q. How is Big Data being used more in the leadership and management field? 

Parts Installed 'upside Down' Caused Russian Rocket to Explode Last Week
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Parts Installed 'upside Down' Caused Russian Rocket to Explode Last Week

While America was looking forward to the July 4 holiday, the Russian space program was busy putting the final touches on its latest rocket launch.

Touch Screens Are Tested For Piloting Passenger Jets
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Touch Screens Are Tested For Piloting Passenger Jets

As Denis Bonnet slipped into the right-hand seat of a commercial jet demonstrator in the airliner cockpit design center here at Thales, the French electronics group...

Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data
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Unmasking Organized Crime Networks with Data

One of the big challenges in fighting organized crime is precisely that it is organized. It is run a bit like a business, with chains of command and responsibility...

Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover
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Science Team Outlines Goals for NASA's 2020 Mars Rover

The rover NASA will send to Mars in 2020 should look for signs of past life, collect samples for possible future return to Earth, and demonstrate technology for...

What Your Metadata Says About You
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What Your Metadata Says About You

As recently as a few weeks ago, "metadata" was an obscure term known mainly to techies and academics.

New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps
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New Language Helps Quantum Coders Build Killer Apps

Quantum software has finally left the dark ages with the creation of the first practical, high-level programming language for quantum computers.

Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing
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Future Cops: How Technology Is Set to Change Policing

The sci-fi vision of police officers rushing to the scene of a crime before any crime has even been committed may be rather far-fetched but technology is increasingly...
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