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January 2012


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Movement in Space

Microsoft's drive to integrate Kinect technology into a wide array of products is not slowing.


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Hacking Cars to Keep Them Safe

Tiffany Rad got interested in hacking cars because she wanted to drive her Land Rover off-road on rugged terrain without worrying about setting off the air bags.


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Russia Blames Mars Probe Failure on Space Radiation

Russia blamed radiation on Tuesday for a computer glitch that doomed its Mars moon mission, but space industry experts cast doubt on the findings of an investigation into the crash of what was to be Moscow's first deep space…


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New Breed of Electron Interactions in Quantum Systems

New Breed of Electron Interactions in Quantum Systems

University of New South Wales scientists have published research suggesting that quantum electronics could be driven by the orbital nature of electrons, and not just the spin or charge as was previously believed.


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Apple Introduces Us to the Wild World of Coded Magnets

Once in a while we're treated to a new Apple invention that virtually contains a new self-contained world of possibilities and vocabulary to enrich it.


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Pinch-Screen Puts All Your Fingers in Control

Pinch-Screen Puts All Your Fingers in Control

Tablet computers and smartphones are designed to be used by a person's thumbs, but a new device developed by the Technical University of Berlin's Katrin Wolf enables people to use their other eight digits.


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What The FBI Wants In A Social Media Monitoring App

The FBI has raised eyebrows in the tech world with a public document that asks for advice on how to harvest information from social networking sites.


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Build Up Your Phone's Defenses Against Hackers

Chuck Bokath would be terrifying if he were not such a nice guy. A jovial senior engineer at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, Mr. Bokath can hack into your cellphone just by dialing the number.


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Intel Sees Exabucks in Supercomputing's Future

Last Monday, Intel shelled out $125 million to buy Infiniband from Qlogic, a little-known maker of data-center networking switches and cards. At first blush, it seems like an odd move.

 


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Researchers Corral Chip Power-Performance Requirements

Researchers Corral Chip Power-Performance Requirements

Researchers are exploring ways to improve the energy efficiency of microprocessor hardware and software as next-generation chips and languages grow even more power-hungry.


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Car Control Software Chaos Revealed in Major Safety Study

Car Control Software Chaos Revealed in Major Safety Study

While automated software control systems are increasingly being used in vehicles, safety authorities do not have enough expertise to measure or regulate them, according to a recent U.S. National Research Council report.


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Using Real-Time Road Traffic Data to Evaluate Congestion

Using Real-Time Road Traffic Data to Evaluate Congestion

Cambridge University researchers are working on the Transport Information Monitoring Environment (TIME) project, which aims to provide data that enables businesses, government, and the public to make better use of roads.


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Oxford, Harvard Scientists Lead Data-Sharing Effort

Oxford, Harvard Scientists Lead Data-Sharing Effort

More than 50 collaborators at over 30 scientific organizations worldwide have developed a common standard that will enable scientists to share data from different databases.


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Researchers Devise New Means for Creating Elastic Conductors

Researchers Devise New Means for Creating Elastic Conductors

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a method for creating elastic conductors made of carbon nanotubes, which they say could lead to the large-scale production of a new generation of elastic electronic devices…


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FBI Seeks Data-Mining App for Social Media

FBI Seeks Data-Mining App for Social Media

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to develop a data-mining application that will enable the agency to monitor social media network activity for intelligence purposes, according to a request for information posted…


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Sensor Networks Could End Parking Rage

Sensor Networks Could End Parking Rage

The anger many drivers feel from having to search and wait for parking spaces to open up might be quelled by arrays of networked sensors embedded in city streets, a solution that also could help reduce traffic accidents, pollution…


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Technology That Translates Content to the Internet Protocol of the Future

Technology That Translates Content to the Internet Protocol of the Future

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers working on the Trilogy project have developed technology that enables Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) users to access Internet content that is currently only available to IPv4 users…


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Pursuing iPhone Thief, Officer Knew Right Buttons to Push

As crime-solving tools go, it may not have the same pedigree as, say, the oversize magnifying glass.


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Humans Lose, Robots Win in New Defense Budget

The big loser in the Pentagon’s new budget? Ordinary human beings.


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FBI Plans Social Network Map Alert Mash-Up Application

The FBI is seeking to develop an early-warning system based on material "scraped" from social networks.


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What If a Virus Infected a Virus? 'Frankenware' Spotted by Security Firm

It does happen, says security firm BitDefender, and the result is more mutant than mutt.


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Companies Worry about SEC's Advice to Disclose Cyberthreats

Deluged by cyberattacks they've mostly hidden from the public, companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere are being prodded by federal regulators to finally fess up to this fast-growing threat to their businesses and their customers…


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Computer Simulation of Tuberculosis Bacteria Could Lead to Discovery of New Ways to Fight Disease

Computer Simulation of Tuberculosis Bacteria Could Lead to Discovery of New Ways to Fight Disease

Rutgers University researchers recently received a Lockheed Martin grant to continue their work using the Genetic Regulatory Analysis of Networks Investigational Tool Environment (GRANITE), a software platform designed to simulate…


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Art-ificial: The Virtual Virtuosos Redefining Creativity

Art-ificial: The Virtual Virtuosos Redefining Creativity

Imperial College London computer scientist Simon Colton has created Painting Fool, software that can seek artistic inspiration and has basic creativity.  


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Cracking Teenagers' Online Codes

Cracking Teenagers' Online Codes

Microsoft senior researcher Danah Boyd, a professor at New York University, is focusing on children and teenagers' use of social media.  


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Smallest-Ever Nanotube Transistors Outperform Silicon

Smallest-Ever Nanotube Transistors Outperform Silicon

IBM researchers have developed a nine-nanometer carbon-nanotube transistor that performs better than any other transistor at its size.  


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No More R

Union Square Ventures recently posted an opening for an investment analyst.


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Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA's enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially became a new mission five months ago.


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Serious Flaw Emerges In Quantum Cryptography

The perfect secrecy offered by quantum mechanics appears to have been scuppered by a previously unknown practical problem, say physicists.


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The Mathematics of Taste

The design of aromas—the flavors of packaged food and drink and the scents of cleaning products, toiletries and other household items—is a multibillion-dollar business.

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