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Like Europa, Titan May Have a Giant Subsurface Ocean
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Like Europa, Titan May Have a Giant Subsurface Ocean

In the seven years Cassini has spent orbiting Saturn, the spacecraft has sent back mountains of data that has changed our view of the ringed planet and its moons...

Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings
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Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms and a real-time occupancy sensor network to create a smart heating, ventilation...

Aberdeen Researchers to Collaborate With India on Development of Trusted Mobile Technologies For Rural Healthcare
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Aberdeen Researchers to Collaborate With India on Development of Trusted Mobile Technologies For Rural Healthcare

University of Aberdeen researchers, in collaboration with Indian institutions, are launching the TRUMP project, a three-year study to explore how mobile technologies...

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Robots on the Farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are...

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New Kde Project Aims at Tablets, Mixed ­is

KDE is developing two open source projects designed to provide a consistent user interface across a variety of touchscreen interfaces and to advance data integration...

Can Supercomputers Help Japan Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Supercomputers Help Japan Predict Earthquakes?

Dell Computer and several U.S. universities have provided Japanese researchers with supercomputing capacity following the March 11 earthquake, as rolling blackouts...

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Evolutionary Babel Was in Southern Africa

Where did humanity utter its first words? A new linguistic analysis attempts to rewrite the story of Babel by borrowing from the methods of genetic analysis—and...

Physicists Discover New Way to Visualize Warped Space and Time
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Physicists Discover New Way to Visualize Warped Space and Time

When black holes slam into each other, the surrounding space and time surge and undulate like a heaving sea during a storm. This warping of space and time is...

Mathematical Model Simulating Rat Whiskers Provides Insight Into Sense of Touch
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Mathematical Model Simulating Rat Whiskers Provides Insight Into Sense of Touch

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a mathematical model that will allow them to simulate how rats use their whiskers to sense objects around...

Neighborhood Wireless Grid Project Gains Support
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Neighborhood Wireless Grid Project Gains Support

Rochester Institute of Technology, Syracuse University, and Virginia Tech researchers have collaborated to create wireless grid technologies as part of the Wireless...

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At Particle Lab, a Tantalizing Glimpse Has Physicists Holding Their Breaths

Physicists at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory are planning to announce Wednesday that they have found a suspicious bump in their data that could be...

­sing Adjacent Phone Antennas Could Improve Data Transfer
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­sing Adjacent Phone Antennas Could Improve Data Transfer

University of Bristol researchers are studying multiple-input multiple-output technology, which uses several antennas to transmit and receive data, in order to...

How Natural Disasters and Political ­nrest Affect the Internet
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How Natural Disasters and Political ­nrest Affect the Internet

Northwestern University researchers have developed software that analyzes how natural disasters and political upheaval affect the Internet.

Software Builds 3-D Models From Search Results
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Software Builds 3-D Models From Search Results

University of North Carolina researchers have developed software that can create 3D models of landmarks and geographical locations using 2D photos from online photo...

University Scientists Reach Beyond the Clouds With a Mobile Phone App to Explore the Outer Atmosphere
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University Scientists Reach Beyond the Clouds With a Mobile Phone App to Explore the Outer Atmosphere

A mobile phone served as the on-board data logger, payload tracker, and communications relay during a test flight of the Atmospheric Science Through Robotic Aircraft...

Store Data in Your Body Without Cyborg Modification
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Store Data in Your Body Without Cyborg Modification

MIT's Pranav Mistry has developed Sparsh, a system that enables users to transfer files from one device to another by simply touching their screens.

New Tool Makes Programs More Efficient Without Sacrificing Safety Functions
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New Tool Makes Programs More Efficient Without Sacrificing Safety Functions

North Carolina State University researchers have developed software that helps programs run more efficiently on multicore chips without sacrificing safety features...

Targeted Results
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Targeted Results

MIT and Tel Aviv University researchers recently presented a mathematical framework for finding localized solutions to complex calculations, such as classic CS problems...

Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time
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Deciphering Old Texts, One Woozy, Curvy Word at a Time

Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAS) are being used to transform old texts riddled with smudges, crooked type,...

The Secret to Some of Lucasfilm's Magic: Nvidia's Gpu Chips
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The Secret to Some of Lucasfilm's Magic: Nvidia's Gpu Chips

Like the visual effects you've been seeing in movies these days? Of course, you already know that in most cases they're computer-generated. And as you've seen...
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