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Deep Learning
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Deep Learning

When Ray Kurzweil met with Google CEO Larry Page last July, he wasn't looking for a job.

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper Versus Screens
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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper Versus Screens

In a viral YouTube video from October 2011 a one-year-old girl sweeps her fingers across an iPad's touchscreen, shuffling groups of icons.

From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan It Sector Is Booming
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From Hackers to Security Experts, the Balkan It Sector Is Booming

After hacking the Pentagon, NASA and Britain's Royal Navy for fun, TinKode got a real job as a computer security expert for a Romanian cyber safety consultancy.

How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain
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How Ray Kurzweil Will Help Google Make the ­ltimate AI Brain

Google has always been an artificial intelligence company, so it really shouldn't have been a surprise that Ray Kurzweil, one of the leading scientists in the field...

Bioengineers Build Open Source Language For Programming Cells
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Bioengineers Build Open Source Language For Programming Cells

Drew Endy wants to build a programming language for the body.

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A Simple Way to Turn Any Lcd Into a Touch Screen

Electromagnetic interference can screw up cell phone and radio reception. But it may also be the key to cheaply transforming regular LCD screens into touch- and...

With Wave of the Hand, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Touch-Based Interfaces
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With Wave of the Hand, Carnegie Mellon Researchers Create Touch-Based Interfaces

Researchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen. But...

Google Glass's Word on the Street Now Easier to Read
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Google Glass's Word on the Street Now Easier to Read

Wearable displays post information in users' field of view, but the text will need to stand out from the constantly changing background. 

The Martian Chroniclers
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The Martian Chroniclers

There once were two planets, new to the galaxy and inexperienced in life. Like fraternal twins, they were born at the same time, about four and a half billion years...

In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone
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In the Virtual Cockpit: What It Takes to Fly a Drone

Drone pilots escape the physical demands and dangers of a traditional cockpit. There's no g-force pinning them to their seats, no uncomfortable pressure suit to...

Proving Grounds
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Proving Grounds

Researchers are making headway with one of quantum computing's major theoretical problems: multi-prover interactive proofs.

Vanishing Electronics
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Vanishing Electronics

Engineers are reinventing electronics by building safe devices that dissolve in the body or within the environment. The technology could redefine everything from...

'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists
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'Small Data' Enabled Prediction of Obama's Win, Say Economists

"Big data" from crowdsourcing resulted in more complex predictions.

A Digital Eye to Watch Soccer's Trouble Spots
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A Digital Eye to Watch Soccer's Trouble Spots

The organization at the heart of international soccer’s technological advancement is located in a generic two-story building just off the A4 highway here, a few...

Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects
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Tech-Savvy Public Plays Key Role in Hunt For Bombing Suspects

Since the bombs went off in Boston's Copley Square on Monday, the FBI and Boston Police Department have been enlisting the public's help with what may be the world's...

Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets
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Kepler Discovers its Smallest Habitable Zone Planets

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a...

Ahead of the Curve: But Bendable Screens Still Seek Breakthrough
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Ahead of the Curve: But Bendable Screens Still Seek Breakthrough

The touted arrival this year of wearable gadgets such as computer displays strapped to wrists and in wrap-around glasses is just a step towards a bigger revolution...

We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now
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We Need More Cameras, and We Need Them Now

On Thursday afternoon, the FBI released photos and video of two persons of interest in the Boston Marathon bombing.

Drone Medal Dumped; High-Tech Troops to Be Honored with Device
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Drone Medal Dumped; High-Tech Troops to Be Honored with Device

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has decided to scrap the controversial Distinguished Warfare Medal that was intended to honor drone pilots and other high-tech troops...

How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements
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How Wireless Carriers Are Monetizing Your Movements

Wireless operators have access to an unprecedented volume of information about users' real-world activities, but for years these massive data troves were put to...
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