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May 2013


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Good, Better, Best Practices in Terminology

Good, Better, Best Practices in Terminology

The Legal Language Interoperability Services project is focused on improving terminological databases, with an emphasis on legal and administrative terminology. 


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Age and Gender? Dutch Develop Analyzer for Twitter

Age and Gender? Dutch Develop Analyzer for Twitter

A new online program  can determine the age and gender of Twitter users, based on the content they post. 


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Improving Communication During Disasters

Improving Communication During Disasters

The BRIDGE project aims to improve emergency response collaboration during disasters, and is examining how technology can help to enhance response strategies. 


From ACM Opinion

Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work By 2045

Moshe Vardi: Robots Could Put Humans Out of Work By 2045

Robots began replacing human brawn long ago—now they're poised to replace human brains.


From ACM News

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

Google Introduces New Search Tools to Try to Read Our Minds

The company revealed some new search tools on Wednesday at I/O, its annual developers conference.


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A New 'smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses

A New 'smart Rifle' Decides When To Shoot And Rarely Misses

A new rifle goes on sale on Wednesday, and it's not like any other. It uses lasers and computers to make shooters very accurate.


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Photonic Quantum Computers: a Brighter Future Than Ever

Photonic Quantum Computers: a Brighter Future Than Ever

Researchers say a prototype boson-sampling photonic computer they developed is a new and highly efficient model of a quantum computer. 


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Wayne State University Researcher's Technique Helps Robotic Vehicles Find Their Way, Help Humans

Wayne State University Researcher's Technique Helps Robotic Vehicles Find Their Way, Help Humans

Researchers have developed a technique which they say provides robots with accurate, real-time, 3D positions in both indoor and outdoor environments. 


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Google Go Programming Language Moves to Version 1.1

Google Go Programming Language Moves to Version 1.1

Google's Go open source programming language recently was updated to version 1.1, providing developers with new capabilities and performance improvements.


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Data Storage: Synchronized at the 'Write Time'

Data Storage: Synchronized at the 'Write Time'

Researchers say they have established several important design principles to consider when developing a potential high-density magnetic recording system. 


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Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close

Kepler Telescope's Planet-Hunting Days Crunch to a Close

"Kepler was my North, my South, my East and West, my working week, no weekend rest, my noon, my midnight, my talks, my song; I thought Kepler would last forever: I was wrong."


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Computer-Automated Traffic Control

Computer-Automated Traffic Control

Smarter cars and smarter roads are paving the way to smoother, safer traffic


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Google Overhauling Flagship Search with 'answer, Converse, Anticipate'

Google Overhauling Flagship Search with 'answer, Converse, Anticipate'

During its Keynote today, Google announced new features coming to its flagship search function—you know, that thing we all started using Google for. VP Amit Singhal spent some time discussing what Google's search functionality…


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Laptop ­

Laptop ­

Gregory Nagy, a professor of classical Greek literature at Harvard, is a gentle academic of the sort who, asked about the future, will begin speaking of Homer and the battles of the distant past.


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Stuxnet Worm 'increased' Iran's Nuclear Potential

Stuxnet Worm 'increased' Iran's Nuclear Potential

The report, published in the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) journal, claims the Stuxnet worm exposed vulnerabilities in Iranian enrichment facilities that would otherwise have gone unnoticed, and that production actually…


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Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center

Why Even Google Will Embrace Cellphone Chips in the Data Center

Jason Mars is a rarity. He's an outsider with regular access to Google's data centers.


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iPlant: It's Not Just for Plants Anymore!

iPlant: It's Not Just for Plants Anymore!

The iPlant Collaborative, which helps biologists leverage data sets and computational techniques, now serves the animal agricultural community with iAnimal. 


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How to Mine Cellphone Data Without Invading Your Privacy

How to Mine Cellphone Data Without Invading Your Privacy

Researchers have found a way to eliminate personally identifiable information in cellphone data, which could improve data mining  by removing privacy concerns. 


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Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day

Google Search Scratches Its Brain 500 Million Times a Day

Google processes about 100 billion search requests a month, and about 15 percent of them take longer to process because the request is totally new to it.


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'winners-Take-Some' Markets For Electronic Products Are Increasingly Common

'winners-Take-Some' Markets For Electronic Products Are Increasingly Common

Digital converters are reducing the risk of choosing formats that become obsolete.


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Microsoft, It Industry Push Software Security Standard

Microsoft, It Industry Push Software Security Standard

Two new initiatives aim to make the process of developing secure software more attainable to smaller software makers. 


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When Cars Talk, This Is What They'll Tell Each Other

When Cars Talk, This Is What They'll Tell Each Other

Researchers are giving Internet Protocol addresses to all vehicles, allowing them to be instantly identifiable to nearby cars on the same network. 


From ACM Opinion

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

The Coming Political Battle Over Bitcoin

Given that Bitcoin first broke into mainstream attention when Gawker explained how to use it to buy drugs, perhaps the surprise is that it took federal regulators this long to take action against it.


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Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say

Dawn of the Bot? New Era Nears, Experts Say

Science fiction is quickly taking a back seat to science fact. Just look at a new report by the country's leading roboticists.


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MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You

MIT Robots Can Assemble Your Ikea Furniture For You

Oh, IKEA. Your modern and affordable Scandinavian-inspired furniture is full of such promise.


From ACM Opinion

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

New Android Boss Finally Reveals Plans For World's Most Popular Mobile Os

For the past few years, Sundar Pichai has been part of a tag-team routine staged at Google's annual I/O developer conference.


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Iowa State Professor Weighs Benefit vs. Risk of Facial Recognition Technology

Iowa State Professor Weighs Benefit vs. Risk of Facial Recognition Technology

An Iowa State University professor questions whether society is ready for advanced facial-recognition technology. 


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Spintronics Discovery

Spintronics Discovery

Researchers have confirmed the presence of a magnetic field generated by electrons, a finding they say expands the potential to harness the "spin" of electrons. 


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Scientists Develop Device For Portable, Ultra-Precise Clocks and Quantum Sensors

Scientists Develop Device For Portable, Ultra-Precise Clocks and Quantum Sensors

A new portable device can produce ultra-cold atoms for quantum technology and quantum information processing. 


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Touching the Future: Artificial Skin Isn't Sci-Fi

Touching the Future: Artificial Skin Isn't Sci-Fi

A whisper-thin new pressure sensor could be a step toward creating artificial skin that is able to actually feel.