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Scientists Creates 'smart Cane' For Blind to 'see'

Applied scientists at the University of Arkansas as Little Rock are developing a "smart" cane to give the blind a better tool to navigate their environments.

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Five Federal Agencies Want Big Robot Technology Advances

Five U.S. agencies recently announced plans to fund innovative research and development of robotic technologies with the goal of enriching human lives. DARPA seeks...

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Iran Thwarts Viral Attack on Nuclear Plant System: Atomic Chief

Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali-Akbar Salehi said Wednesday that the enemy's efforts to infect Iranian nuclear systems with a computer virus have...

Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale
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Mapping the Brain on a Massive Scale

Scanning 1,200 brains could help researchers chart the organ's fine structure and better understand neurological disorders.

Should Code Be Released?
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Should Code Be Released?

Software code can provide important insights into the results of research, but it's up to individual scientists whether their code is released---and many opt not...

Personal Fabrication
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Personal Fabrication

Open source 3D printers could herald the start of a new industrial revolution.

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Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Web Portal Launched

Virginia Tech is releasing its full version of the Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse web portal today (Sept. 30). The portal is the platform for direct sharing...

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In a Computer Worm, a Possible Biblical Clue

 Deep inside the computer worm that some specialists suspect is aimed at slowing Iran’s race for a nuclear weapon lies what could be a fleeting reference to the...

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­.s. Trying to Wage Cyber Warfare Against Iran: Minister

The United States seeks to launch a cyber war against Iran in retaliation to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s remarks at the UN, says Communications and Information Technology...

Technology to Improve Safety in the 'danger Zone'
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Technology to Improve Safety in the 'danger Zone'

University of Southampton professor Nick Jennings says the ALADDIN project is developing "autonomous agents which will make decisions on their own without direct...

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Nsf ­rges Lawmakers to Back ­se of Better Science Data

The U.S. House's Research and Scientific Education Subcommittee recently held a hearing on the National Science Foundation's approach to scientific policy. The...

Census: Women Closing in on Male-Dominated Fields
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Census: Women Closing in on Male-Dominated Fields

Younger generations of women are closing the gender gap in science and business and now account for nearly half of those college majors traditionally dominated...

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Saying High-Tech Is a Meritocracy Doesn't Make It So

It is hard to support the assertion that Silicon Valley is a meritocracy that rewards good ideas regardless of gender, according to Caroline Simard, leader of the...

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Internet Pioneers Protest Senate Anti-Piracy Bill

Some of the rock stars of Internet engineering (yes, they exist) on Tuesday protested a Senate bill aimed at fighting online piracy, saying the legislation could...

Does Science Education Need a Dose of Danger?
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Does Science Education Need a Dose of Danger?

Under the shadow of the Cold War-era Titan II and Atlas rockets set up outside the New York Hall of Science, this weekend's World Maker Faire extravaganza was...

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India Launches Project to Id 1.2 Billion People

India's vaunted tech savvy is being put to the test this week as the country embarks on a daunting mission: assigning a unique 12-digit number to each of its...

Physicians See Mobile Phones as Tools to Aid Non-Compliant Patients
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Physicians See Mobile Phones as Tools to Aid Non-Compliant Patients

Researchers are using smartphones and other technologies to remind patients to take medication, exercise, and to positively influence their compliance with treatment...

­ga Researchers Apply Artificial Intelligence to the Study of Gothic Cathedrals
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­ga Researchers Apply Artificial Intelligence to the Study of Gothic Cathedrals

University of Georgia professors are using artificial intelligence to study gothic cathedrals with the aim of developing an ontology that will make it possible...

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Cars as Traffic Sensors

Researchers working on MIT's CarTel project are studying how cars could be used as ubiquitous mobile sensors. The researchers developed an algorithm that optimizes...

­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt
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­npublished Iraq War Logs Trigger Internal Wikileaks Revolt

A domino chain of resignations at the secret-spilling site WikiLeaks followed a unilateral decision by autocratic founder Julian Assange to schedule an October...
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