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Reading the Brain without Poking It
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Reading the Brain without Poking It

Experimental devices that read brain signals have helped paralyzed people use computers and may let amputees control bionic limbs. But existing devices use tiny...

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Toyota Develops Technology for Brain Waves to Steer Wheelchair

Toyota Motor Corp. says it has developed a way of steering a wheelchair by just detecting brain waves, without the person having to move a muscle or shout a command...

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...

Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: A Soft Biometric for Identifying Suspects and Victims
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Scars, Marks, and Tattoos: A Soft Biometric for Identifying Suspects and Victims

 Tattoo patterns are regularly cataloged by law enforcement agencies when booking suspects. Unfortunately, matching tattoos is a time-consuming, subjective process...

Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap
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Researchers Mull STEM Gender Gap

Studies indicate that although U.S. women have achieved parity or near-parity with men on science and math achievement tests, the top levels of many such fields...

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IBM Claims Privacy Breakthrough for Cloud, Data

A lattice approach could be used to develop fully homomorphic encryption solutions, says IBM researcher Craig Gentry, a Stanford University Ph.D. candidate. Gentry's...

Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology
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Iranian Protesters Avoid Censorship With Navy Technology

Some Iranian protestors dissatisfied with their government's response to the disputed election are using The Onion Router (TOR), an Internet encryption program...

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Intel's Mukherjee Wins ACM Computer Architecture Award

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture (SIGARCH) presented its 2009 Maurice Wilkes Award to Shubu Mukherjee of Intel Corp. for his contributions...

Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers
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Community Colleges Mobilize to Train Cybersecurity Workers

Some experts project that the Obama administration's cybersecurity push will expand two-year colleges' role in supplying cybersecurity workers to government agencies...

Universities Collaborate on Improved Life Sciences Data Transfer
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Universities Collaborate on Improved Life Sciences Data Transfer

Information technology leaders from Indiana University (IU) and Germany's Technische Universitat Dresden (TUD) recently announced a collaborative effort to improve...

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Nanotechnology Conference is Full of Big Ideas

From solar panels to electric circuitry, the next big thing may be really tiny. Global leaders in nanotechnology — the science of the very, very small — spent two...

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UK Looks to Young Geeks to Secure Cyberspace

Britain is hiring former computer hackers to join a new security unit aimed at protecting cyberspace from foreign spies, thieves and terrorists, the country's terrorism...

Safety-Critical Software Put Under Scrutiny
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Safety-Critical Software Put Under Scrutiny

The Centre for Safety-Critical Software Certification, a new global research center based at McMaster University, will be dedicated to eliminating the possibility...

One-Stop Shop for Grid Computing
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One-Stop Shop for Grid Computing

From searching for cures for disease to monitoring the Earth's atmosphere, grid computing has become essential to data-intensive research. But accessing limited...

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'Secret' Questions Leave Accounts Vulnerable

The secret questions some Web sites ask new users to answer for verification purposes in case a password is forgotten are actually far less secure and far easier...

New 'Emotional' Robot Unveiled in Japan
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New 'Emotional' Robot Unveiled 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...

Web Sites That Use the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate
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Web Sites That Use the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate

A variety of advancements have been made in Internet technology in the past few years, but the Internet continues to reinforce a fundamental division between those...

Bringing Girls and Boys to Computer Science With 'Alice'
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Bringing Girls and Boys to Computer Science With 'Alice'

An animation program called Alice, developed by the late Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, is being used by computer scientists around the country to...

Using Video Game Processors for Defense Needs
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Using 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...

Computer Scientists Model Cell Division
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Computer Scientists Model Cell Division

Harvard University computer scientists have developed a model for studying the arrangement of tissue networks that are created by cell division. "We developed a...
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