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Computer Recognizes Archaeological Material and Fake Van Goghs
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Computer Recognizes Archaeological Material and Fake Van Goghs

Dutch researcher Laurens van der Maaten has developed an analytical technique that enables computers to better interpret and recognize the content of photos, images...

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Physics Brings Realism to Virtual Reality

The latest multi-core processors and smart software are enabling physicists and engineers to simulate the real world with unprecedented accuracy to create more...

Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize
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Award-Winning Paper Reveals Key to Netflix Prize

When the organizers of the Netflix Prize contest announced late last week that one team had met the requirement for the $1 million Grand Prize, Yehuda Koren, a15th...

Digital Boost For Works of Art
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Digital Boost For Works of Art

Imagine the research possibilities of being able to view three-dimensional scans of museum objects, write dance moves electronically or study ancient documents...

Master of Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Master of Connections

Jon Kleinberg is honored for his pioneering research on the Web and social networking.

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?
From Communications of the ACM

Are We Losing Our Ability to Think Critically?

Computer technology has enhanced lives in countless ways, but some experts believe it might be affecting people's ability to think deeply.

Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize
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Winning Teams Join to Qualify For $1 Million Netflix Prize

The Netflix Prize, a computing challenge that's been compared to scaling Mount Everest and flummoxed programmers for more than three years, has been summited. Two...

New 'emotional' Robot ­nveiled in Japan
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New 'emotional' Robot ­nveiled in Japan

Scientists at Tokyo's Waseda University recently demonstrated KOBIAN, a robot that is able to express emotion with its entire face and body. KOBIAN can use its...

­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs
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­sing Video Game Processors For Defense Needs

Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI) and the Georgia Tech School of Electrical and Computer Engineering are developing programming tools to...

Interactive Robot Guided By Sensors, Not Remote Controls
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Interactive Robot Guided By Sensors, Not Remote Controls

Brown University professor Chad Jenkins and his team have developed a robot capable of holding a conversation, gesturing, and following a human's movement without...

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
From ICT Results

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

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­csd Scientists Receive Innovation Research Awards From Hp Labs

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) computer scientists Amin Vahdat and Geoffrey Voelker are two of the 60 professors that will receive awards as part of...

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience
From ICT Results

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience

Social problems like bullying and stereotyping involve thoughts, feelings and reactions that resist change. New research shows that when students play active roles...

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Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D
From ICT Results

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D

Most people's experience with 3D involves wearing tinted glasses in a cinema. But a new technology, which does not require glasses and may enable 3DTV, is being...

Network Creates Virtual Super-Telescope
From ICT Results

Network Creates Virtual Super-Telescope

Vast quantities of data are transferred in real time from telescopes around the world to a supercomputer in The Netherlands, where European researchers combine...

Moon Magic: Tool To Visualize Past, Future Lunar Eclipses
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Moon Magic: Tool To Visualize Past, Future Lunar Eclipses

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method for using computer graphics to simulate and render an accurate visualization of a lunar...

Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music
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Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music

University of Granada (UGR) researchers have developed Inmamusys, software that is capable of creating original music in response to emotions felt by the listener...
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