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Cellphones Reveal Emerging Disease Outbreaks
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Cellphones Reveal Emerging Disease Outbreaks

Your cellphone could be a key tool in the fight against disease by relaying a telltale signature of illness to doctors and agencies monitoring new outbreaks.

'scrapers' Dig Deep For Data on Web
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'scrapers' Dig Deep For Data on Web

At 1 a.m. on May 7, the website PatientsLikeMe.com noticed suspicious activity on its "Mood" discussion board. There, people exchange highly personal stories...

Babies Treat 'social Robots' as Sentient Beings
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Babies Treat 'social Robots' as Sentient Beings

University of Washington researchers report that babies who watched a robot interact socially with people were more willing to learn from the robot than babies...

Construction ­nderway on Binghamton ­niversity's Center of Excellence Facility
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Construction ­nderway on Binghamton ­niversity's Center of Excellence Facility

SUNY Binghamton has launched construction of its New York State Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging building. The facility will...

Call to Define Rules of Cyber War
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Call to Define Rules of Cyber War

Nations need to define the rules of engagement for acts of cyber terror.

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China's Fastest Supercomputer ­nveiled

It will not be long before China's "Tianhe-1" supercomputer is to be equipped with Chinese-made central processing unit chips, replacing the only part of the computer...

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Improving Phones Through Surveillance

Apps that track how people use their phones could help make the devices more efficient.

Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules
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Robot Arm Punches Human to Obey Asimov's Rules

Isaac Asimov would probably have been horrified at the experiments under way in a robotics lab in Slovenia. There, a powerful robot has been hitting people over...

Eerie Female Robot Learns to 'sing' By Copying Human Singer
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Eerie Female Robot Learns to 'sing' By Copying Human Singer

The life-sized humanoid robot known as HRP-4 has been taught to sing using synthesized voice technology. The robot is also able to mimic the expressions of a human...

How Energy-Efficient Is Cloud Computing?
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How Energy-Efficient Is Cloud Computing?

University of Melbourne researchers have found that cloud computing is not always the most energy-efficient option.T he team found that transporting data between...

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China's Leap in Supercomputer Rankings

When a list of the world's 500 fastest supercomputers is released on Nov. 15, some industry experts believe that China will be ranked first. "There's a great belief...

New Advances in ICT Research for Autonomy and Social Inclusion
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New Advances in ICT Research for Autonomy and Social Inclusion

The Barcelona Digital Technology Center has developed a human computer interface made with brain-computer interface sensors designed to help improve the quality...

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$12.5 Million Grant to Increase Computer Science Instruction in ­rban Schools

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $12.5 million grant to the University of California, Los Angeles to fund MOBILIZE, a new project designed to...

Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You
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Hey Robots, Census Wants to Know All About You

The Carnegie Mellon Robot Census 2010 has so far tallied 547 robots on the CMU campus.

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Google to Map Inflation Using Web Data

Google is using its vast database of web shopping data to construct the "Google Price Index"—a daily measure of inflation that could one day provide an alternative...

Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?
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Cars and Wind: What's Next For Google as It Pushes Beyond the Web?

Google, a vanguard of the Internet, has placed its bets on the high-tech transformation of non-tech industries—cars and wind energy.

The Green City That Has a Brain
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The Green City That Has a Brain

The planned city of PlanIT Valley in northern Portugal is aiming to be an environmentally sustainable city. And, like an organism, it will have a brain: a central...

Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw
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Microsoft Fixes Record 49 Holes, Including Stuxnet Flaw

In a record Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released updates today for Windows, Internet Explorer, and the .NET framework that feature fixes for 49 holes, including...

Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile
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Robots Guarding U.S. Nuclear Stockpile

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to patrol the vast desert surrounding...

Planar Battery Could Help Integrate Solar, Wind Power Into the Grid
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Planar Battery Could Help Integrate Solar, Wind Power Into the Grid

A flat sodium-nickel chloride battery could deliver 30 percent more power at lower temperatures than its cylindrical counterpart, making it a viable alternative...
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