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MIT Student Develops Wearable Interface That Relies on Hand Gestures
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MIT Student Develops Wearable Interface That Relies on Hand Gestures

Dr. Pattie Maes, Director of the Fluid Interfaces Group at the MIT Media Lab and Pranav Mistry (pictured), a graduate student within the same group, have developed...

Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer
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Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a mobile application known as Sun Dial, which alerts Muslim users when it's time to perform the...

Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery
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Self-Directed Robot Scientist Makes Discovery

A robot developed by researchers at the United Kingdom's Aberystwyth University has discovered 12 new functions for genes entirely on its own. "Our goal is to...

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Georgia Tech Program Pairs Computing With Public Service

The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) has spun off a course on using technology to solve real-world problems into a new program called Computing for...

Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene
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Tool Builds 3-D Map of Disaster Scene

Texas A&M University lab's Robin Murphy (pictured) and colleagues have developed RubbleViewer, a tool for modeling a disaster scene that they say is more efficient...

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Move Over, Newton: Scientifically Ignorant Computer Derives Natural Laws From Raw Data

Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm that can identify regularities in the natural world that represent natural laws. The researchers tested...

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Vibrating Touch Screen Puts Braille at the Fingertips

Jussi Rantala of Finland's University of Tampere is working on a project that would allow the visually impaired to use touch-screen devices such as iPhones. Rantala's...

Connections Do Count
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Connections Do Count

University of Pennsylvania computer scientist Michael Kearns is exploring the connections between social networks and human behavior. Such research could revolutionize...

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Recent Research Tackles the Complexity of Self-Awareness

Researchers at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid's School of Computing are using modular neural networks to model cognitive functions related to awareness and...

Honda Develops Brain Interface for Robot Control
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Honda Develops Brain Interface for Robot Control

Honda Motor's Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu have co-developed a brain-machine interface system that enables people...

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The Future of Computer-Human Interaction: Conference to Explore the New World of Digital Life

ACM's annual conference on Computer-Human Interaction, CHI 2009, gets underway at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 4. Sponsored by ACM's Special...

WattBot Residential Monitoring System Generates Energy Savings
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WattBot Residential Monitoring System Generates Energy Savings

Graduate students at the Indiana University School of Informatics have developed WattBot, a residential electricity monitoring and feedback system that will be...

Cloud Computing Meets STAR Production Demands
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Cloud Computing Meets STAR Production Demands

The advantages of cloud computing were dramatically illustrated last week by researchers working on the STAR nuclear physics experiment at Brookhaven National Laboratory's...

University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon
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University Creates Robot to Build Red Cabin on the Moon

Students at Sweden's Malardalen University will build a smart robot to construct a little red cabin on the moon. The team has been charged with taking the House...

From ICT Results

Handsets Avert Radio Spectrum Saturation, Opportunistically

Mobile users want better video calls, streaming television and faster downloads, placing more demands on the limited radio spectrum available to operators. Could...

HP, IBM Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies
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HP, IBM Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies

Both IBM's Almaden Research Center and Hewlett-Packard Labs are focused on promoting their companies' core businesses and investigating emerging technologies....

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Researchers Seek to Assist the Elderly

Washington State University professors Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe and Diane Cook have created a smart home laboratory to assess how technology can help senior...

NASA and Microsoft to Make Universe of Data Available to the Public
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NASA and Microsoft to Make Universe of Data Available to the Public

NASA and Microsoft recently announced plans to make planetary images and data accessible over the Internet as part of the Space Act Agreement. NASA and Microsoft...

Architects Compose Symphony of Computing Services
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Architects Compose Symphony of Computing Services

Web services are finding homes in a growing number of applications, from e-learning to manufacturing. But the IT industry's rush to meet demand for services has...

Computer Science Field Needs a Few (More) Good Women
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Computer Science Field Needs a Few (More) Good Women

When ACM (the Association for Computing Machinery) awarded Barbara Liskov the prestigious A.M. Turing Award earlier this month, its decision and timing were perfect...
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