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Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare
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Dark Flash Camera Takes Photos Without the Glare

New York University researchers have developed a camera that uses ultraviolet (UV) and infrared (IR) light to take photos in the dark without the use of a traditional...

U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan
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U.S. Unveils Cybersecurity Plan

'Intent and timing' may help the federal cyberspace initiative work better than previous blueprints.

Learning Through Games
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Learning Through Games

Electronic games can inspire players to explore new ideas and concepts. By gaining a better understanding of the dynamic between player and game, researchers hope...

IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa
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IT Drives Policy - and Vice Versa

Technologists discuss government policies affecting broadband, patent reform, privacy — and President Obama's effect on it all.

Face Recognition Breakthrough
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Face Recognition Breakthrough

By using sparse representation and compressed sensing, researchers have been able to demonstrate significant improvements in accuracy over traditional face-recognition...

Just For You
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Just For You

Recommender systems that provide consumers with customized options have redefined e-commerce, and are spreading to other fields.

Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership
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Korean Government and Georgia Tech Form Platform Partnership

A team of faculty from the Georgia Institute of Technology has formed a historic partnership with the Korean government, industry, and universities to develop a...

Touch Typists Could Help Stop Spammers in Their Tracks
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Touch Typists Could Help Stop Spammers in Their Tracks

Newcastle University computer scientists have developed Magic Bullet, a computer game that turns a tedious manual labeling task into entertainment, giving companies...

Data Overload on Dating Sites
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Data Overload on Dating Sites

New research on online dating sites shows that users can experience "cognitive overload" when faced with too many choices, causing them to make poorer decisions...

Computer Games Stretch and Hone Older Brains
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Computer Games Stretch and Hone Older Brains

Seniors are sharpening their recall and other mental processes at The Brain Emporium, a community center program in Cleveland opened and run by Case Western Reserve...

Capturing Images in Non-Traditional Way May Benefit Af
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Capturing Images in Non-Traditional Way May Benefit Af

Research funded by the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research could lead to advancements in data encryption and wide-area, high-resolution photography. The...

Algorithms Map Centaurus A Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole
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Algorithms Map Centaurus A Galaxy and Supermassive Black Hole

The Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescope team has developed an algorithm that enabled researchers at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific...

Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News
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Computer Scientists Track the Life and Death of News

By observing global flow of news online, Cornell computer scientists have managed to track and analyze the "news cycle" — the way stories rise and fall in popularity...

New Bluetooth Application Will Let Sports Fans Share Experiences in Real Time
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New Bluetooth Application Will Let Sports Fans Share Experiences in Real Time

Researchers at the University of Glasgow are using ad hoc networking to make direct phone-to-phone communication possible in real-world settings without sending...

Digital Eyes Will Chart Baseball's ­nseen Skills
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Digital Eyes Will Chart Baseball's ­nseen Skills

The game of baseball could be significantly affected by a new camera and software system capable of recording the precise speed and location of the ball and every...

Robot Learns to Smile and Frown
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Robot Learns to Smile and Frown

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have developed an Einstein robot "empowered" to learn to smile and frown realistically via machine...

Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends
From ACM TechNews

Siggraph Announces Stereoscopic 3d Cinema and Home Theater Trends

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will take a comprehensive look at how stereoscopic 3D will impact the movie industry as well as the home theater in the years to...

Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes
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Darpa's Smart, Flat Camera Is Packed With Beady Eyes

Southern Methodist University professor Marc Christensen, backed by funding from the U.S. Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, has developed...

How Computing Is Changing Journalism
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How Computing Is Changing Journalism

Computing has influenced many fields in a big way, and journalism is one of them. There’s an ongoing trend away from print media and toward digital, and this is...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...
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