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How Computing is Changing Journalism
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How Computing is Changing Journalism

Computing has influenced many fields in a big way, and journalism is one of them. There’s an ongoing trend away from print media and toward digital, and this is...

Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers
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Physicists Find Way to Control Individual Bits in Quantum Computers

Physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have overcome a hurdle in quantum computer development, having devised a viable way to manipulate...

Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care
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Robot Mowers Take the Sweat Out of Lawn Care

In the summer, the grass just grows and grows and grows. And that means people must mow and mow and mow. But maybe not for long. Grass-cutting robots already exist...

Computer Recognizes Archaeological Material and Fake Van Goghs
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Computer Recognizes Archaeological Material and Fake Van Goghs

Dutch researcher Laurens van der Maaten has developed an analytical technique that enables computers to better interpret and recognize the content of photos, images...

Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds
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Students' Smartphone App Promotes Good Deeds

University of Michigan computer science students have developed DoGood, an application for the iPhone and iPod Touch that encourages users to perform acts of kindness...

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Researchers to Develop Reliable Low-Power Computing Systems

The U.K. government has awarded researchers from the University of Southampton's School of Electronics and Computer Science (ECS) a grant to develop better methods...

CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers
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CMU Researchers Accurately Predict Social Security Numbers

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have shown that public information readily gleaned from governmental sources, commercial databases, or online social networks...

Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble
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Big Brother Untangles Baby Babble

Deb Roy, an artificial intelligence researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is exploring children's development of communication skills...

Translate This: 'Cognition-Strength Interfaces'
From ICT Results

Translate This: 'Cognition-Strength Interfaces'

A highly ambitious European project used basic cognitive function, eye-tracking and keystroke logging as the starting point for the study of human-computer interaction...

Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat
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Researchers Unveil Whiskered Robot Rat

Researchers from the Bristol Robotics Lab — a partnership between the University of the West of England and the University of Bristol — and the University of Sheffield...

Breaking Down the Gender Barrier
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Breaking Down the Gender Barrier

A recent ACM survey of more than 1,400 college-bound high school students found that 45 percent of boys see a computer science major as a "very good" choice, but...

U.S. Takes Aim at Cyberwarfare
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U.S. Takes Aim at Cyberwarfare

The U.S. Pentagon's decision last week to open a cybercommand for both offensive and defensive cyberwarfare activities raises a host of questions. U.S. Defense...

Magnet and Glue Turn Tongue Into Joystick
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Magnet and Glue Turn Tongue Into Joystick

New ScientistGeorgia Tech University professors Maysam Ghovanloo and Xueliang Huo have developed a headset that enables a person to precisely control a wheelchair...

Second Life Data Offers Window Into How Trends Spread
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Second Life Data Offers Window Into How Trends Spread

University of Michigan researchers are using information available through the Second Life virtual world to study how "gestures," or pieces of code that users must...

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DARPA Investigates Extreme Supercomputing

Future network-tethered sensor systems will be capable of unleashing an enormous amount of data, so a new breed of supercomputers will be needed to make sense of...

Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success
From ICT Results

Semantic Solution, A Patent Commercial Success

Information services company Matrixware has teamed up with a consortium of European researchers to enhance access to its database of patents. The commercial deal...

From ACM News

EMC Aims to Tap the Best Brains in Computer Science

Even though EMC Corp. makes some of the world's most advanced data-storage gear, the Hopkinton, Mass. company is going back to school. Late last month, EMC unveiled...

Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World
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Sound Imaging: Clever Acoustics Help Blind People See the World

The European Union-funded CASBLiP project has developed a portable system to help visually-impaired users navigate outdoors. The system analyzes video from portable...

'Mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to do Intimate Exams
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'Mixed Reality' Human Helps Medical Students Learn to do Intimate Exams

The University of Florida is using a life-sized computer avatar on a flat screen and a mannequin with prosthetic body parts to teach medical students how to perform...

Researchers Receive $1.2 Million MURI Grant
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Researchers Receive $1.2 Million MURI Grant

The Army Research Office has awarded Pennsylvania State University (PSU) researchers pursuing work on hard/soft data fusion with a $1.2 million Multidisciplinary...
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