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Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio
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Drawing Inspiration From Nature to Build a Better Radio

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineers have developed a fast, ultra-broadband, low-power radio chip for use in wireless devices. MIT professor Rahul...

Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors
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Computer Program Will Detect, Measure Brain Tumors

University of Central Florida professor Mubarak Shah is using the techniques used to detect suspicious activity in airports, stadiums, and other public places to...

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Research Has All the Right Moves

Researchers at Newcastle University have developed a motion-capture device that makes it easier to identify the different aspects of movement or sequences. Users...

NIST Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing
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NIST Team Deeply Studying Cloud Computing

The National Institute for Standards and Technology's (NIST's) interest in cloud computing goes beyond developing a definition for the concept. NIST views the...

'Smart Grid' - Power Lines Move into the Digital Age
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'Smart Grid' - Power Lines Move into the Digital Age

Thomas Alva Edison, meet the Internet. More than a century after Edison invented a reliable light bulb, the nation's electricity distribution system, an aging spider...

The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward
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The Bar Code Is Taking a Leap Forward

Look closely at recent supermarket coupons, and you may see some new markings on them near the traditional bar code: sets of neat black bars stacked in two rows...

Network Creates Virtual Super-Telescope
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Network Creates Virtual Super-Telescope

Vast quantities of data are transferred in real time from telescopes around the world to a supercomputer in The Netherlands, where European researchers combine...

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China Dominates NSA-Backed Coding Contest

Programmers from China and Russia have dominated an international competition on everything from writing algorithms to designing components. Whether the outcome...

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China Defends Web-Filtering Software Requirement

China on Tuesday (June 9) defended a new requirement that personal computers sold in the country carry a software that filters online content, saying the program...

Moon Magic: Tool To Visualize Past, Future Lunar Eclipses
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Moon Magic: Tool To Visualize Past, Future Lunar Eclipses

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed a new method for using computer graphics to simulate and render an accurate visualization of a lunar...

Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers
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Mathematical Model Effectively Screens Airline Passengers

Passenger screenings at the nation's airports can be conducted more efficiently without compromising aviation security, according to research at Virginia Commonwealth...

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Obama Administration Begins Work on Cybersecurity R&D

A major aspect of U.S. President Barack Obama's plan to improve the country's cyberdefenses involves maximizing government investment in cybersecurity research...

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Study: Web Trackers Systematically Compromise Users' Privacy

A University of California, Berkeley study found that Web users may be tracked by dozens of sources on a visit to a single site. Within a single month, the researchers...

Looking to Nature for Smarter Software Systems
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Looking to Nature for Smarter Software Systems

Mike Hinchey, the director of the NASA Software Engineering Laboratory and co-director of the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, says that software engineering...

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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...

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
From ICT Results

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to...

Simulated Black Holes Collide
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Simulated Black Holes Collide

Louisiana State University students and researchers have created an award-winning computer simulation of two black holes colliding and the gravitational waves the...

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The Wars of Words on Wikipedia's Outskirts

It is an interesting twist about Wikipedia that the most controversial, most heavily trafficked articles — on abortion, politics, virgin birth — are often the most...

China Demands New PCs Have Web Site-Blocking Software
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China Demands New PCs Have Web Site-Blocking Software

China will require that Web filtering software be included with all computers sold in the country, another step up in its efforts to control pornography and other...

Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music
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Endless Original, Copyright-Free Music

University of Granada (UGR) researchers have developed Inmamusys, software that is capable of creating original music in response to emotions felt by the listener...
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