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Less Is More in the Fight Against Terrorism

Suffolk University's Philip Vos Fellman used tools for analyzing complex systems to study terrorist networks. Vos Fellman says his computer models offer clues...

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Code That Tracks ­sers' Browsing Prompts Lawsuits

Sandra Person Burns used to love browsing and shopping online. Until she realized she was being tracked by software on her computer that she thought she had erased...

Parting the Waters: Computer Modeling Applies Physics to Red Sea Escape Route
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Parting the Waters: Computer Modeling Applies Physics to Red Sea Escape Route

New research shows the extent to which such sustained winds can dramatically lower water levels. The research suggests that such a "wind setdown" event could have...

Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech
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Pentagon Bomb Squad Backs Super Snipers, Mini-Bots, Secret Spy Tech

"Devil Pup" robots. Super sniper scopes. Secret signals intelligence sensors. Flying spies to find buried threats. Campaigns to influence the media behind the...

Island Dreams to Become Virtual Reality
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Island Dreams to Become Virtual Reality

A European research project will update three-dimensional versions of Mediterranean islands automatically with current information from a range of public and private...

British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand
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British Chip Designer Prepares For Wider Demand

Near the southeastern edge of Cambridge, where this idyllic university town gives way to fields of green, sits the headquarters of ARM Holdings. Neither the modest...

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Sensor Networks Top Social Networks For Big Data

The Internet of Things—with sensors that monitor, for example, road use or airline flights—is poised to dwarf social media sites in its ability to generate data...

IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things
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IBM Ceo: Smart Grid Is Internet of Things

In a rare public speaking occasion, IBM CEO Sam Palmisano said that today's energy infrastructure needs to be further digitized and focused on the end consumer...

For Deaf, Wireless Devices a New Portal to World
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For Deaf, Wireless Devices a New Portal to World

Quietly over the last decade, phones that make text messaging easy have changed life profoundly for millions of deaf people.

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Lead By Women in Graduate Degrees Doesn't Extend to It

Women received 60 percent of the master's degrees and 50.4 percent of the doctorates in the 2008-09 academic year, but degrees in computer and information sciences...

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UTD Team Evaluating Facial Recognition Techniques

University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) researchers are working with the U.S. Department of Defense to find the most accurate and cost-effective way to recognize individuals...

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Student Creates Anti-Counterfeit Software

HCM City National University student Nguyen Kim Hoang Nhu has developed 1.1trieu.com, a program that can help people avoid accidentally purchasing counterfeit products...

Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds
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Device Helps ­.s. Troops in Afghanistan Disable Ieds

A device developed by Sandia National Laboratories researchers that shoots a blade of water capable of penetrating steel is headed to U.S. troops in Afghanistan...

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Conflict Over Nasa Spaceflight Program Complicates Funding

NASA's human space program, long the agency's biggest public and congressional asset, has become instead its biggest headache.

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ORNL Strengthens DOE-Funded Clean Vehicles Team

As a member of the recently announced clean vehicles consortium, part of the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers...

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Cloud Computing Hits Snag in Europe

Cloud-based breakthroughs face a formidable obstacle in Europe: strict privacy laws that place rigid limits on the movement of information beyond the borders...

New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates
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New Biosensing Technology Could Replace Microplates

A new electronic biosensing technology developed by a team of engineers and biomedical scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology could make the multi-welled...

The Face of Facebook
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The Face of Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his college dorm room six years ago. Five hundred million people have joined since, and eight hundred and seventy-nine of...

Self-Organizing Traffic Lights
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Self-Organizing Traffic Lights

Researchers at TU Dresden's Institute of Transport & Economics and ETH Zurich are working to ease traffic congestion by enabling traffic lights to organize their...

Tiny Mavs May Someday Explore and Detect Environmental Hazards
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Tiny Mavs May Someday Explore and Detect Environmental Hazards

The next phase of high-performance micro air vehicles (MAVs) for the Air Force could involve insect-sized robots for monitoring and exploring hazardous environments...
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