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Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot
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Opening Doors on the Way to a Personal Robot

The ability to open doors is a significant step forward for robotics and an important milestone toward a personal robot industry. Such a milestone has been reached...

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Data Mining Knowledge and Expertise on Show at KDD-09

Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2009 (KDD-09), organized by ACM's Special Interest Group on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining, will offer more than 120 presentations...

Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds
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Supercomputing From Clusters to Clouds

The Intrepid supercomputer is the largest installation of IBM's Blue Gene architecture to date. Part of the Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, the $77 million...

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Visual System Detects Movement, Colors and Textures

A University of Granada research team has evaluated the accuracy of several models that estimate movement, and combined the responses of four movement detection...

Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages
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Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages

University of Washington researchers have developed an automated information extraction software engine that mines meaning out of more than 500 million Web pages...

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Cloud Computing Goes Global

Three far-flung research organizations have joined the cloud computing test bed run by Hewlett-Packard, Intel, and Yahoo. The locations of these new converts —...

University Deploys 'World's Largest' 802.11 Wireless Network
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University Deploys 'World's Largest' 802.11 Wireless Network

The University of Queensland (UQ) says it is implementing the biggest 802.11n wireless network in the world to serve as a platform for research, access, and collaboration...

Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio
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Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have developed a fast, ultra-broadband, low-power radio chip for use in wireless devices. MIT professor Rahul...

Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors
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Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors

University of Central Florida professor Mubarak Shah is using the techniques used to detect suspicious activity in airports, stadiums, and other public places to...

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Research Has All the Right Moves

Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a motion-capture device that makes it easier to identify the different aspects of movement or sequences. Users...

NIST Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing
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NIST Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing

The National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST's) interest in cloud computing goes beyond developing a definition for the concept. NIST views the...

'Smart Grid' - Power Lines Move into the Digital Age
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'Smart Grid' - Power Lines Move into the Digital Age

Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet. More than a century after Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation's electricity distribution system, an aging spider...

The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward
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The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward

Look closely at recent supermarket coupons, and you may see some new markings on them near the traditional bar code: sets of neat black bars stacked in two rows...

Network Creates Virtual Super-Telescope
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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...

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China Dominates NSA-Backed Coding Contest

Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing components. Whether the outcome...

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China Defends Web-Filtering Software Requirement

China on Tuesday (June 9) defended a new requirement that personal computers sold in the country carry a software that filters online content, saying the program...

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...

Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers
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Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers

Passenger screenings at the nation's airports can be conducted more efficiently without compromising aviation security, according to research at Virginia Commonwealth...

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Obama Administration Begins Work on Cybersecurity R&D

A major aspect of U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to improve the country's cyberdefenses involves maximizing government investment in cybersecurity research...

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Study: Web Trackers Systematically Compromise Users' Privacy

A University of California, Berkeley study found that Web users may be tracked by dozens of sources on a visit to a single site. Within a single month, the researchers...
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