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April 2014


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A Face to Remember

A Face to Remember

Researchers have developed a way to change profile photos to highlight a person's most memorable facial features. 


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Brain-Derived Computing Beyond Von Neumann

Brain-Derived Computing Beyond Von Neumann

In an interview, Heidelberg University professor Karlheinz Meier discusses the emerging field of neuromorphic computing.


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Wikipedia Searches and Sick Tweets Predict Flu Cases

Wikipedia Searches and Sick Tweets Predict Flu Cases

A new algorithm mines data from Wikipedia to track flu cases across the United States. 


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Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in ­kraine's East

Russia Displays a New Military Prowess in ­kraine's East

Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Russia of behaving in a "19th-century fashion" because of its annexation of Crimea.


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U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

U.s. Aims to Defuse Tension Over Control of Internet

The U.S. has agreed to give up supervision of the Internet policy-making body that controls domain names, hoping to satisfy countries that want more international control over the Internet.


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Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

Is There Anything Beyond Quantum Computing?

A quantum computer is a device that could exploit the weirdness of the quantum world to solve certain specific problems much faster than we know how to solve them using a conventional computer.


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Gambling with Computers

Gambling with Computers

Researchers are turning to computers, big data, and sophisticated algorithms to improve the odds of picking a winner.


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Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Jupiter's Radio Emissions Could Reveal the Oceans on Its Icy Moons, Say Planetary Geologists

Among the most exciting destinations in the Solar System are Jupiter's icy moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.


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Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

Excitons Observed in Action for the First Time

A quasiparticle called an exciton—responsible for the transfer of energy within devices such as solar cells, LEDs, and semiconductor circuits—has been understood theoretically for decades. But exciton movement within materials…


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Fit to Be Tried

Fit to Be Tried

A team of electrical and computer engineering students has created a virtual dressing room for a design project. 


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Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

Computer-Assisted Accelerator Design

Brookhaven National Laboratory scientist Stephen Brooks is testing proposed designs for an electron accelerator for the lab's Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider.


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Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

Google Algorithm Busts Captcha With 99.8 Percent Accuracy

The algorithm used by Google's Street View team to improve Google Maps also can beat CAPTCHAs with 99.8-percent accuracy. 


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How to Build a Neanderthal

How to Build a Neanderthal

The DNA sequences of Neanderthals and other extinct human relatives have exposed lost migrations, sexual escapades and even new species.


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What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

What Makes an Alien Intelligent?

On Thursday, astronomers announced that they'd reached a new milestone in the search for Earth's "twin," or a planet much like ours that orbits in what's known as the Goldilocks Zone—not too close to its star, nor too far away…


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The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search For Mh370

The Fuzzy Math Behind the Search For Mh370

Five weeks into the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, more than $30 million has been spent scouring great swatches of the southern Indian Ocean.


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The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

The Telescope Big Enough to Spot Signs of Alien Life on Other Planets

Cerro Armazones is a crumbling dome of rock that dominates the parched peaks of the Chilean Coast Range north of Santiago.


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Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads

Aereo Analysis: Cloud Computing at a Crossroads

The question of whether online broadcast television is to remain in the hands of a stodgy industry that once declared the VCR the enemy is being put directly before the Supreme Court. 


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Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata

Criminal Gang Connections Mapped via Phone Metadata

Software has been used to tap metadata from phones to map links between a criminal network in Sicily. 


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Design Flaw in 'secure' Cloud Storage Puts Privacy at Risk, Jhu Researchers Say

Design Flaw in 'secure' Cloud Storage Puts Privacy at Risk, Jhu Researchers Say

Researchers have found a flaw in the way secure cloud storage companies protect their customers' data, which could jeopardize the privacy protections they offer. 


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U.s. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying

U.s. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying

A group of academics and computer enthusiasts have used the Tunisian town of Sayada as a test site for a local network that is physically independent from the Internet. 


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Ant Colonies Help Evacuees in Disaster Zones

Ant Colonies Help Evacuees in Disaster Zones

Researchers in Japan have developed a system that can map escape routes for disasters based on the behavior of ant colonies. 


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Google ­ses Algorithms to Create Slr-Like Photos

Google ­ses Algorithms to Create Slr-Like Photos

Google has developed an algorithm that can generate photographic images with a depth of field similar to pictures taken by a single lens reflex camera. 


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Sheffield Team Shows Simplicity Is Key to Cooperative Robots

Sheffield Team Shows Simplicity Is Key to Cooperative Robots

Engineers have found a way to get a large number of robots to cluster together and execute tasks without using any memory or processing power. 


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A Small Connection With Big Implications: Wiring Up Carbon-Based Electronics

A Small Connection With Big Implications: Wiring Up Carbon-Based Electronics

Researchers say they have advanced comprehension of electric contacts in carbon-based nanoelectronics with a breakthrough development. 


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Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

Trouble with Russia, Trouble with the Law: Inside Europe's Digital Crime Unit

Four black brick towers search upwards to an empty grey sky.


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Biometric Surveillance Means Someone Is Always Watching

Biometric Surveillance Means Someone Is Always Watching

Incrimination by selfie can happen.


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Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot

Watch the Astounding Dexterity of Honda's Dancing Humanoid Robot

Even in today's rapidly evolving world of technology, there are few things that make your jaw drop when you see them in real life.


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Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Combs of Light Accelerate Communication

Miniaturized optical frequency comb sources can enable the transmission of data streams of several terabits per second over hundreds of kilometers. 


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Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling

Hopkins Code Cracks Baseball Scheduling

A new system fulfills all of a baseball league's scheduling rules, and as many of the teams' requests and preferences as possible, using thousands of lines of code. 


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Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry

Soft Wear: Computer Simulated Design Is Tailoring the Future Fashion Industry

Researchers have developed software that can simulate the making of complex clothing.