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It Is Finally Proven: Apple Users Are More Intelligent Than Pc Users

More than 2 millions PC users and Apple users took an Intelligence Test on the Intelligent Elite website. The results were quiet astonishing: Test takers using...

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Army Avatars Join the Battle For Hearts and Minds

Researchers at the University of Southern California are developing realistic, immersive virtual-reality programs for the U.S. military in which the soldiers are...

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R&d Gap Between Advanced, Emerging Economies Narrows: ­nesco

The science/technology gap between emerging and developed economies is closing due to increased R&D investment, according to UNESCO's 2010 Science Report. 

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Hold the Phone: Prolonged Cell Phone Use Can Trigger Allergic Reaction

Allergists are seeing increasing numbers of patients allergic to their cell phones. The culprit is nickel, a common contact allergen, which affects up to 17 percent...

Cameras to Catch Terrorists Triple in New York With Bomb Plots
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Cameras to Catch Terrorists Triple in New York With Bomb Plots

New York City is almost halfway to its goal of installing 3,000 cameras as part of a network to monitor signs of terrorism, about triple the number it had in...

The Ethical Robot
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The Ethical Robot

University of Connecticut professor Susan Anderson and University of Hartford computer scientist Michael Anderson have programmed a robot to behave ethically....

European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show
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European Cyber Defenses 'Must Improve,' Tests Show

European Union (EU) member states need to do more to prepare for cyberattacks, concludes a report of Cyber Europe 2010, a simulation of how EU countries would react...

Algorithm Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize
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Algorithm Pioneer Wins Kyoto Prize

Eotvos Lorand University professor Laszlo Lovasz, who has solved several information technology (IT) problems using graph theory, has been awarded the Kyoto Prize...

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Nsa: Our Development Methods Are in the Open Now

Despite its reputation for secrecy and technical expertise, the National Security Agency doesn't have a set of secret coding practices or testing methods that...

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Improving Emergency Evacuation Planning With Decision-Making Simulation

Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed a disaster-response planning tool that uses real-time human decision-making to determine effective law-enforcement...

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Wising ­p on STEM Completion

Arizona State University researchers recently unveiled CareerWISE, a website designed to increase the retention of women pursuing degrees and careers in science...

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A Review of Nitrd

One recommendation of the U.S. President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology's draft report review of the Networking and Information Technology Research...

Google Battles to Keep Talent
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Google Battles to Keep Talent

Google Inc. is fighting off Facebook Inc. and other fast-growing Internet firms that are poaching its staff, a reversal for a company that has long been one of...

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'Desktop Medicine' Will Transform the Practice of Medicine

A new approach to medicine is emerging in which physicians rely on electronic information and statistical models to identify risk-factors for medical conditions...

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Search Engine Optimization 'poisoning' Way Up This Year: Report

Websense says 22.4% of Google searches lead to bad URLs vs. 13.7% at end of 2009.

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Why There Are So Few Women in Tech

Women with engineering or computer science degrees face a tricky career path at technology companies and often leave their jobs just as they near their career peaks...

Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything
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Kinect's Future: A Game Controller in Everything

Kinect isn't just for gaming. Microsoft has plans to use the motion-based technology in phones, computers and more.

Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?
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Why Is a Universal Translator So Elusive?

With a global economy and flights that can take you all over the world in hours, why is it that we still struggle with a language barrier that technology is finding...

Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors
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Robot Troops Will Follow Orders, Beat You at Rock, Paper, Scissors

The military has a ton of ground robots scurrying around Afghanistan. Too bad they’re dumb as puppets, unable to make the slightest move without a human pulling...

Whoi Receives Foundation Grant For Oceanography Imaging Informatics
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Whoi Receives Foundation Grant For Oceanography Imaging Informatics

In a significant step toward a new era in the collection and understanding of ocean science data, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has received a...
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