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Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life
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Assembling, Visualizing and Analyzing a Tree of All Life

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Assembling, Visualizing, and Analyzing the Tree of Life program aims to build a comprehensive tree of life that brings together...

Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table
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Virtual Patient Under the Knife on Hi-Tech Operating Table

At St Mary's Hospital in London, surgeon Aimee Di Marco is about to cut up a body.

Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets
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Social Network Data Reveals Non-Members' Secrets

People who avoid social networking sites to maintain their privacy may not be as secure as they think, German computer scientists say. 

Why Google Will Soon Answer Your Questions Directly
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Why Google Will Soon Answer Your Questions Directly

Google recently launched its "knowledge graph," which displays facts and services in response to search queries.  

Microsoft's Fds Data-Sorter Crushes Hadoop
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Microsoft's Fds Data-Sorter Crushes Hadoop

Microsoft researchers have developed the Flat Datacenter Storage approach, which features new sorting algorithms for the Bing search engine that beat a Hadoop cluster...

Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks
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Researchers Improve Fast-Moving Mobile Networks

A new method developed by researchers from North Carolina State University promises to improve the quality and efficiency of data transmission in mobile ad hoc...

Data Mining Meets City Hall
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Data Mining Meets City Hall

Local and national governments are turning to open data to cut their costs, increase transparency and efficiency, and respond to the needs of citizens.

Analyzing Medical Data
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Analyzing Medical Data

Electronic patient records contain a treasure trove of data, and researchers are using natural language processing technology to mine the structured data and free...

Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture
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Snow Snaps Give You a Better Weather Picture

Photos taken of snowfall and posted online could help fill holes in satellite weather data caused by cloud cover, says Indiana University Ph.D. student Haipeng...

DARPA Seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-Based Data Security System
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DARPA Seeks Holy Grail: Quantum-Based Data Security System

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently launched the Quiness program, which aims to demonstrate that quantum communications can generate secure...

Project Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials
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Project Aims to Build Online Hub for Archival Materials

The Social Networks and Archival Context Project, developed by Daniel V. Pitti at the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities...

Cloud Services Satisfy a Higher Calling
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Cloud Services Satisfy a Higher Calling

The Internet2 NET+ project recently announced the addition of 16 cloud services to its NET+ program, which is aimed at reducing the barriers to research.  

Font for Digits Lets Numbers Punch Their Weight
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Font for Digits Lets Numbers Punch Their Weight

Researchers at the St. Andrews and Calgary universities have developed FatFonts, a font that offers a way to write numbers so that their areas equal their numerical...

US Sets $1.4m to Get Unique Metaphor-Recognizing Software System Humming
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US Sets $1.4m to Get Unique Metaphor-Recognizing Software System Humming

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has awarded a $1.4 million contract to a team that plans to develop software that can automatically recognize metaphorical speech...

Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information
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Picking the Brains of Strangers Improves Efforts to Make Sense of Online Information

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft Research recently presented their findings on distributed sensemaking at CHI 2012.  

How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism
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How and Why You Should Do Data Journalism

One of the big areas of focus for technology companies over the past year has been "big data"—in other words, the idea that there can be a lot of value in finding...

Automating Scientific Discovery
From Communications of the ACM

Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.

Robots Like Us
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Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

A Workshop Revival
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A Workshop Revival

The success of Germany's Dagstuhl Seminars has inspired a proliferation of Dagstuhl-like venues, especially in India.
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