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July 2014


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UNSW Robots Win World Football RoboCup

UNSW Robots Win World Football RoboCup

The University of New South Wales team won the grand final of the 2014 RoboCup Standard Platform League robot soccer tournament, held in Brazil. 


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Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks

Art By Algorithm: Computer Evolves New Artworks

New software  creates digital artworks using algorithms that mimic natural selection. 


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The Need For Speed

The Need For Speed

Researchers are using high-performance computers to achieve new breakthroughs in science and engineering. 


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The Birth of Topological Spintronics

The Birth of Topological Spintronics

Researchers have discovered a new material combination they say could lead to a more efficient approach to computer memory and logic. 


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Digging Through Big Data to Find Alien Life

Digging Through Big Data to Find Alien Life

Back in the 1970s, scientists at Ohio State University began searching for signs of intelligent alien life using a radio telescope the size of three football fields.


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Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google's New Moonshot Project: The Human Body

Google Inc. has embarked on what may be its most ambitious and difficult science project ever: a quest inside the human body.


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U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

U.s. Government Chatbot Gets You to Tell All

Want access to the U.S. government's secrets? Talk to the robot.


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For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs

For Half, STEM Degrees Lead to Other Jobs

A recent U.S. Census Bureau report says only about 26 percent of those who graduate with a four-year degree in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) subject end up working in a STEM field.


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Built For Speed: Designing Exascale Computers

Built For Speed: Designing Exascale Computers

Researchers at Harvard University are focused on developing the hardware and software for exascale computers, while others are planning to apply exascale computing resources to diverse scientific fields once they become available…


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­rban Jungle a Tough Challenge For Google's Autonomous Cars

­rban Jungle a Tough Challenge For Google's Autonomous Cars

Google's Chris Urmson, who heads the company's self-driving car program, said the project is entering its most difficult phase so far: building vehicles with the intelligence to navigate the chaos of city streets.


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Cloud Provides Chip Design Education to Developing Countries

Cloud Provides Chip Design Education to Developing Countries

Semiconductor Research Corp. and Silicon Cloud International are deploying EDA hardware and software in a private cloud with the goal of educating and training new system-on-chip design engineers in developing countries.


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Turing's Oracle: The Computer That Goes Beyond Logic

Turing's Oracle: The Computer That Goes Beyond Logic

An "oracle" computer proposed by celebrated mathematician Alan Turing in 1938 that goes beyond conventional human logic is the focus of a Missouri State University project exploring the possibilities of a super-Turing computer…


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No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup

No Guts, All Glory at Robot Soccer World Cup

Spectacular falls, miraculous goals, and footwork that would put the Premier League to shameRoboCup 2014 has seen it all.


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Surface Impressions of Rosetta's Comet

Surface Impressions of Rosetta's Comet

Surface structures are becoming visible in new images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko taken by the scientific imaging system OSIRIS onboard the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft.


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How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

How Hackers Hid a Money-Mining Botnet in Amazon's Cloud

Hackers have long used malware to enslave armies of unwitting PCs, but security researchers Rob Ragan and Oscar Salazar had a different thought: Why steal computing resources from innocent victims when there's so much free processing…


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No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted By Algorithms

No Man's Sky: A Vast Game Crafted By Algorithms

Sean Murray, one of the creators of the computer game No Man's Sky, can't guarantee that the virtual universe he is building is infinite, but he's certain that, if it isn't, nobody will ever find out.


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Multi-Bit Spin For Mram Storage May Rival Flash Memory

Multi-Bit Spin For Mram Storage May Rival Flash Memory

A group of researchers say they have developed a new multi-bit magnetic random access memory storage paradigm with the potential to rival flash memory. 


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Computer Science Adds New Dimension to Study of Chemistry

Computer Science Adds New Dimension to Study of Chemistry

Computer science is benefiting the study of chemistry by adding a layer to analyze chemical processes. 


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Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'housekeeper' Robots

Astronauts to Test Free-Flying 'housekeeper' Robots

Astronauts on the International Space Station will use two prototype Project Tango smartphones to collect visual data to generate a 3D model of their environment.


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Scientists Enlist Big Data to Guide Conservation Efforts

Scientists Enlist Big Data to Guide Conservation Efforts

Researchers have developed a model that uses big data to help  biologists understand the evolutionary history of life on Earth. 


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More Eyes on the Skies

More Eyes on the Skies

The future, it is often said, belongs to those who plan for it.


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Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Harold Edgerton: The Man Who Froze Time

Every time you use the flash on your smartphone or camera, you should give silent praise to Harold Eugene Edgerton.


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Mars Slow to Yield Its Secrets

Mars Slow to Yield Its Secrets

Thunderous applause greeted planetary carto­grapher Ken Tanaka of the US Geological Survey on 14 July as he unveiled a new geological map of Mars.


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Researchers Develop High-Precision Software For Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

Researchers Develop High-Precision Software For Diagnosing Eye Sensitivity

Researchers report a successful test of prototype software for diagnosing eye sensitivity. 


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NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

NASA Upgrades Humanoid Robot in Space

Robonaut 2, a humanoid robot that has been working on the International Space Station since 2011, is getting a series of upgrades.


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Epsrc Calls For Partners to Develop Alan Turing Institute

Epsrc Calls For Partners to Develop Alan Turing Institute

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council wants to partner with U.K. universities to establish the Alan Turing Institute. 


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Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results

Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results

A trio of Indonesians working for international tech companies have used crowdsourcing to calculate a result for Indonesia's contested presidential election. 


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Birdsongs Automatically Decoded by Computer Scientists

Birdsongs Automatically Decoded by Computer Scientists

Researchers have developed a successful way of identifying bird sounds from large audio collections. 


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Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon

Transistor Successor Set to Bring on "the Machine" Age Soon

A replacement for the ordinary transistor may make it to market by the end of this decade, an event that will herald a radical redesign of traditional computer architectures.


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Share Button May Share Your Browsing History, Too

Share Button May Share Your Browsing History, Too

A recent  study provides the first large-scale investigation of a previously undetected cookie-like tracking mechanism embedded in the "share" buttons of websites.