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June 2014


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Deeper Than Ancestry.com, 'evocor' Identifies Gene Relationships

Deeper Than Ancestry.com, 'evocor' Identifies Gene Relationships

EvoCor is a new search engine that identifies genes that are functionally linked. 


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2d Transistors Promise a Faster Electronics Future

2d Transistors Promise a Faster Electronics Future

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researchers say they have developed the world's first fully two-dimensional field-effect transistor. 


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Simple Sewing Machine Has High-Tech Role in Future 'soft' Machines

Simple Sewing Machine Has High-Tech Role in Future 'soft' Machines

Purdue University researchers have altered a standard sewing machine so it can create ultra-stretchable interconnects out of conventional wire.


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360-Degree Camera Shoots Vr Movies For Oculus Rift

360-Degree Camera Shoots Vr Movies For Oculus Rift

Step into the silver screen with movies shot using the Panopticam.


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Tweets and Machine Learning Reveal Surprising Patterns of Happiness

Tweets and Machine Learning Reveal Surprising Patterns of Happiness

Determining life satisfaction by geography, based on tweets.


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Wearable Submarine to Hunt for 2000-Year-Old Computer

Wearable Submarine to Hunt for 2000-Year-Old Computer

The world's most advanced robotic diving suit is getting ready to help search for one of the world's oldest computers.


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New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

New Chip to Bring Holograms to Smartphones

In the future, virtual reality won't require strapping a bulky contraption to your head.


From ACM Careers

Computer Model Predicts Academic Success

Computer Model Predicts Academic Success

The mantra "publish or perish" is drilled into every early-career scientist—and for good reason, a computer model suggests.


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E­ launches world’s largest civilian robotics program – 240,000 new jobs expected

E­ launches world’s largest civilian robotics program – 240,000 new jobs expected

The European Commission and 180 companies and research organizations have launched the world’s largest civilian research and innovation program in robotics.


From ACM Careers

50 College Diplomas with the Highest Pay

50 College Diplomas with the Highest Pay

Students who recently graduated from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science are making a handsome average salary of $89,800.


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Automating Cybersecurity

Automating Cybersecurity

A system enabling computers to detect intruders and the flaws they exploit, and to automatically repair those flaws, could garner its programmers $2 million. 


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Apple's New Programming Language, Swift, Will Lure More Developers

Apple's New Programming Language, Swift, Will Lure More Developers

Apple has unveiled a new programming language it says offers a faster, easier way to build software for Apple products than its predecessor, Objective-C. 


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Navy Puzzle Challenge Blends Social Media, Cryptology

Navy Puzzle Challenge Blends Social Media, Cryptology

The U.S. Navy has announced the winners of its Project Architeuthis cryptology puzzle game challenge, designed for Navy cryptology technicians. 


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Bake Your Own Robot

Bake Your Own Robot

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers recently introduced the concept of "bakable robots." 


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'beam Me Up, Data'

'beam Me Up, Data'

Researchers say they have succeeded in teleporting information between qubits in different computer chips. 


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American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute

American Businesses in China Feel Heat of a Cyberdispute

A top Chinese general was in a combative mood as he presided recently over an international security forum at a historic hotel near the Forbidden City. Among the attendees were a retired American admiral and a former American…


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Bake Your Own Robot

Bake Your Own Robot

Printable robots—those that can be assembled from parts produced by 3-D printers—have long been a topic of research in the lab of Daniela Rus, the Andrew and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science…


From ACM Careers

A Rare Look Inside the Air Force's Drone Training Classroom

A Rare Look Inside the Air Force's Drone Training Classroom

Learning how to drop bombs and fire Hellfire missiles is more like sitting in a regular college classroom than you might expect.


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How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

How Darpa's Augmented Reality Software Works

Four experts at Applied Research Associates discuss the augmented reality system they created for the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


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Automating Cybersecurity

Automating Cybersecurity

If only computers themselves were smart enough to fight off malevolent hackers.


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­.s. Schools Missing Opportunities For More CS Majors

­.s. Schools Missing Opportunities For More CS Majors

Nearly half of U.S. college students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines change their majors.


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A Stellar Discovery on the Milky Way's Far Side

A Stellar Discovery on the Milky Way's Far Side

A single Hubble Space Telescope image can capture scores of distant galaxies, but the one galaxy we'll never see from the outside is our own.


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High-Performance Computing at Los Alamos Announces Milestone For Key/value Middleware

High-Performance Computing at Los Alamos Announces Milestone For Key/value Middleware

A project has achieved 1,782,105,749 key/value inserts per second into a globally-ordered key space on Los Alamos National Laboratory's Moonlight supercomputer. 


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Php Keepers Plot Radical Revision of the Language

Php Keepers Plot Radical Revision of the Language

PHP core developer Dmitry Stogov recently started a new branch of the language called PHP Next Generation.


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Is It a Crow or a Raven? New Birdsnap App Will Tell You!

Is It a Crow or a Raven? New Birdsnap App Will Tell You!

Birdsnap is a new smartphone app that uses computer vision and machine-learning techniques to produce an electronic field guide to North American birds. 


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Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery By Simulating Cells

Skip the Humans: Drug Discovery By Simulating Cells

The future of medicine, we're often told, will be personalized.


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Repairing the Brain

Repairing the Brain

Will the problem of memory loss one day be forgotten?


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Flashes of Light Show How Memories Are Made

Flashes of Light Show How Memories Are Made

Neuroscientists can breathe a collective sigh of relief.


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The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat Ptsd

The Military Is Building Brain Chips to Treat Ptsd

How well can you predict your next mood swing?


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Team Develops a Software Able to Identify and Track an Specific Individual Within a Group

Team Develops a Software Able to Identify and Track an Specific Individual Within a Group

Researchers say they have taken a new approach to monitoring animals that move in groups, with hopes of learning their rules of interaction.