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Project Euclid's Mathjax Displays 'beautiful Math' Online
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Project Euclid's Mathjax Displays 'beautiful Math' Online

Project Euclid, an online information community for mathematicians, has implemented MathJax, new technology that presents math attractively and reliably on the...

Will You Tweet This?
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Will You Tweet This?

New analysis could help predict how stories will be shared.

How High-Frequency Trading Is Changing Wall Street
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How High-Frequency Trading Is Changing Wall Street

On May 6, 2010, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped hundreds of points in a matter of minutes—and then recovered moments later.

Groundbreaking Edsac Computer to Be Recreated at Bletchley Park
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Groundbreaking Edsac Computer to Be Recreated at Bletchley Park

The Computer Conservation Society has commissioned a working replica of the Electronic Delay Storage Automatic Calculator (EDSAC),  the U.K.'s first fully operational...

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Wikipedia Is Turning 10, and Founder Jimmy Wales Has Big Plans

For a very long while, knowledge was privileged and so were books, and only privileged people had access to either. Then came printing presses and libraries,...

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Madrid Opts For Robotics For Its Citizens Services

The Autonomous Community of Madrid is sponsoring Robocity2030, a consortium aimed at developing new applications for service robots to help improve humans' quality...

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DARPA Wants a New Language to Explain Everything

Darpa has a well-earned rep for some of the most ambitious, over-the-top research programs of all time. But this might be the most over-the-toppest of all. The...

Virtual Students Are Used to Train Teachers
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Virtual Students Are Used to Train Teachers

University researchers have developed teaching simulation programs aimed at helping student teachers be better prepared when they first enter a classroom. 

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Nsa's Home Base May Have Crappiest Web Site Ever

Through the gates of Fort George Meade pass the most powerful technical minds that the government employs. But Fort Meade's website contains pixelized, faux-shaded...

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U.s. Revamps Science, Technology Standard-Setting Efforts

As part of the America Competes Reauthorization Act of 2010, the U.S. National Institutes of Standards and Technology has been instructed to expand cooperation...

What to Expect at CES 2012
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What to Expect at CES 2012

A preview of consumer electronics in the years to come.

U.s. Patent Awards Up 31 Percent in 2010
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U.s. Patent Awards Up 31 Percent in 2010

The number of U.S. patent awards rose 31 percent in 2010, with the U.S. Patent Office issuing a record 219,614 patents. "The number of grants continues to grow...

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White House Calls For Internet Identity Ecosystem to Protect Online Users

The Obama administration has announced a plan to establish an Internet identity ecosystem that will lower the incidence of fraud and identity theft while making...

Shigeru Miyamoto: Master of Play
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Shigeru Miyamoto: Master of Play

The many worlds of a video-game artist.

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NFL Fighting Head Injuries with Technology

The NFL is turning to technology to both measure and mitigate pro football's effect on players' brains, pushing into unexplored territory as officials try to...

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Biometrics For Care Environments

U.K. researchers are exploring user-friendly ways to enable telecare systems and applications to recognize individuals from their facial and vocal characteristics...

Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street
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Algorithms Take Control of Wall Street

Last spring, Dow Jones launched a new service called Lexicon, which sends real-time financial news to professional investors. This in itself is not surprising...

Local Coders Help Improve Government Functions
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Local Coders Help Improve Government Functions

Local software programmers are helping to enhance U.S. government functions through efforts such as Code for America, a fellowship program that matches cities with...

How New COMPETES Science Law Broadens NSF Education Programs
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How New COMPETES Science Law Broadens NSF Education Programs

The reauthorization of the America COMPETES Act outlines program changes designed to guarantee that all the elements of the U.S. National Science Foundation are...

2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?
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2011: The Year of the Personal Robot?

Willow Garage's PR2 personal robot platform, released last year, could lead to new advances in robotic technology. Georgia Tech professor Charles Kemp. Kemp and...
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