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Helping Robots Get a Grip
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Helping Robots Get a Grip

Columbia University robotics researchers Peter Allan and Matei Ciocarlie have developed a new way to control a dexterous robotic hand. The researchers realized...

Data Overload on Dating Sites
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Data Overload on Dating Sites

New research on online dating sites shows that users can experience "cognitive overload" when faced with too many choices, causing them to make poorer decisions...

Catching Spammers in the Act
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Catching Spammers in the Act

Indiana University researchers have exposed some of the methods spammers use to collect email addresses and send junk mail through multiple computers. In a paper...

Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers
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Flaw Opens Atms to Hackers

Juniper security researcher Barnaby Jack canceled plans for a live demonstration of the insecurity of automatic teller machines (ATMs) at the upcoming Black Hat...

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Sensors For Tracking Home Water ­se

When a cell phone or credit-card bill arrives, each call or purchase is itemized, making it possible to track trends in calling or spending. Within the next few...

Traveling the Web Together
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Traveling the Web Together

Researchers from the College of William & Mary have developed real-time collaborative browsing (RCB) software that makes it easier for users to interact with each...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
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Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages
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Extracting Meaning From Millions of Pages

University of Washington researchers have developed an automated information extraction software engine that mines meaning out of more than 500 million Web pages...

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The Display That Watches You

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems researchers have developed a new screen technology that uses interlacing photodetector cells and display pixels to...

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Google Explores 'eyes-Free' Phones

The screens on many mobile phones can leave a user feeling distinctly vision impaired, especially if her attention is divided between tapping virtual buttons and...

Faster Internet on the Road
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Faster Internet on the Road

Researchers at Rutgers University's Winlab and NEC Laboratories have developed R2D2, a system designed to improve Wi-Fi wireless Internet access when traveling....

How IBM Plans to Win Jeopardy!
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How IBM Plans to Win Jeopardy!

IBM researchers are developing Watson, a natural-language processing system that will compete against human players in a game of Jeopardy! Demonstrations of the...

How to Find Bugs in Giant Software Programs
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How to Find Bugs in Giant Software Programs

University of Calgiari researcher Michele Marchesi and colleagues have developed a way that software developers can allocate resources to error correction. Marchesi...

Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?
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Are Your 'secret Questions' Too Easily Answered?

The "secret questions" that protect online accounts and passwords may be far less secure than commonly believed, largely because their answers are often far too...

A Blueprint to Stop Browser Attacks
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A Blueprint to Stop Browser Attacks

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) researchers will present a new way of defending against cross-site scripting attacks at the upcoming IEEE Symposium on Security...

Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan
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Cutting-Edge Robots Show Off in Japan

Researchers from around the world are meeting at a conference in Kobe, Japan, to discuss recent advancements in robotics. Among those on display will be RiSE, a...

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Sensors See More Productivity in Workers ­sing Face-to-Face Interactions

Office workers who make time to chat face to face with colleagues may be far more productive than those who rely on e-mail, the phone, or Facebook, suggests a study...

Flexible Displays May Be Stretched Over Curved Surfaces
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Flexible Displays May Be Stretched Over Curved Surfaces

A team of University of Tokyo researchers led by professor Takao Someya has engineered a stretchable display by linking organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and...

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Color E-Paper That Rivals the Real Thing

A new approach electronic-paper developed by Philips offers fresh hope for color e-paper displays that are so bright and clear that even traditional liquid crystal...

How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People
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How to Make (robot) Friends and Influence People

A team from the Interactive Robots and Media Lab at the United Arab Emirates University has created a robot with its own Facebook page in an effort to enable the...
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