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The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery
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The Brain: Probing Its Deep Mystery

We know more about the cosmos than we do about the human brain, but work by European researchers is allowing scientists to probe further into the mysteries of...

Video Games and Virtual Reality Proven Helpful as Pain Relievers
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Video Games and Virtual Reality Proven Helpful as Pain Relievers

Children and adults with acute and chronic pain receive some analgesic benefit when they become immersed in video game action, and virtual reality is proving to...

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FCC Proposes New Rules on Internet Access

The FCC proposed an approach to regulating broadband Internet service on Thursday (May 6) that would reclassify the transmission component as a basic utility...

'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live
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'historic' Day as First Non-Latin Web Addresses Go Live

Arab nations are leading a "historic" charge to make the world wide web live up to its name. Net regulator Icann has switched on a system that allows full web addresses...

Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet
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Tracking H1n1 Through the Internet

Next flu season, mining Internet sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google news may provide a faster way to track the spread of H1N1 than reports from official...

Project Puts 1M Books Online for Blind, Dyslexic
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Project Puts 1M Books Online for Blind, Dyslexic

The nonprofit Internet Archive announced a new effort to more than double the number of books in its digital database that can be used by the visually impaired. ...

Rensselaer, Army Research Targets Terror Nets
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Rensselaer, Army Research Targets Terror Nets

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center is enlisting engineers and scientists to uncover the signatures of global...

Georgia Tech Students Sweep Health It Coding Challenge
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Georgia Tech Students Sweep Health It Coding Challenge

In a competition to make health data for doctors who are on call more effective, a team of Georgia Tech College of Computing graduate students finished first, second...

FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected
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FCC Push to Regulate Broadband Is Expected

The chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, will try to regulate broadband Internet service despite a recent court ruling...

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N.y. Bomb Plot Highlights Limitations of Data Mining

The recent failed bombing attempt in New York City shows the limitations of data-mining technology. Using data mining to search for potential terrorists is similar...

Taking Research to the Next Level
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Taking Research to the Next Level

Canadian scientists are developing Canadian Bioinformatics Resources as Semantic Services, a suite of information technology tools designed to aid researchers in...

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Computerized Agents For Smart Electricity

University of Southampton computer scientists have developed a system of computerized agents that can manage energy use and storage in the home. 

How Isps Could Combat Botnets
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How Isps Could Combat Botnets

Convincing Internet service providers to pinpoint infected computers on their networks could eliminate the lion's share of zombie computers responsible for churning...

Computer Science Shows How 'twitter-Bombs' Wield Influence
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Computer Science Shows How 'twitter-Bombs' Wield Influence

Wellesley College computer science professor P. Takis Metaxas says "Twitter bombs"—sending many Tweets from a large number of Twitter accounts within a short...

Rensselaer Launches $16.75 Million Center To Research Social Cognitive Networks
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Rensselaer Launches $16.75 Million Center To Research Social Cognitive Networks

Funded by the Army Research Lab, the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is dedicated to the emerging discipline...

New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage
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New Technology Generates Database on Spill Damage

A technology with data from social media is now being used to log the effects of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico's north coast. Witnesses' texts, tweets and...

FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated
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FCC Chairman Genachowski Expected to Leave Broadband Services Deregulated

U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman Julius Genachowski wants to keep broadband services deregulated, despite a federal court decision indicating...

Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App For That
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Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer: There's an App For That

IPhone, iPad and Motorola Droid users can now, with the touch of a button, instantly access the Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer office with a new, free app...

Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency
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Algorithms Provide a Model of Railway Efficiency

The European Union-funded ARRIVAL project, a collaboration of researchers from seven European countries, has developed algorithms that can optimize planning and...

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Innovations in STEM Education: A Conversation With Pcast's Jim Gates

An upcoming President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) report will address the issue of improving pre-college math and science education...
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