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Sciserver: Big Data Infrastructure For Science
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Sciserver: Big Data Infrastructure For Science

Researchers are adapting tools developed for massive astronomy data sets into online big data storage and analytics tools that can be used across scientific disciplines...

Firmer Footing For Robots With Smart Walking Sticks
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Firmer Footing For Robots With Smart Walking Sticks

The SupraPed robotic platform uses "smart staffs" inspired by walking sticks to better balance and move over uneven terrain. 

Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security
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Experts Identify Easy Way to Improve Smartphone Security

Purdue University researchers recently led a U.S. National Science Foundation-funded project investigating computer security.

Geospatial Data Project Puts Major Issues on the Map
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Geospatial Data Project Puts Major Issues on the Map

A project funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation aims to create a Web-based system for hosting, processing, analyzing, and sharing geospatial data. 

Advances in Computer Mobility, Connectivity, and Networks
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Advances in Computer Mobility, Connectivity, and Networks

Researchers are developing programs and platforms that will ensure systems work despite power outages and other issues associated with mobility and connectivity...

Expanding the Breadth and Impact of Cybersecurity and Privacy Research
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Expanding the Breadth and Impact of Cybersecurity and Privacy Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced two awards that will support projects addressing grand challenges in cybersecurity and computer science. 

Tele-Robotics Puts Robot Power at Your Fingertips
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Tele-Robotics Puts Robot Power at Your Fingertips

Cyber-dogs could help address one of the more pressing challenges of our time, according to scientists at the recent Smart America Expo.

Demonstrating a Driverless Future
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Demonstrating a Driverless Future

Researchers say they have developed one of the most advanced autonomous vehicles ever designed. 

A High-Performance First Year for Stampede
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A High-Performance First Year for Stampede

Approximately 3,400 researchers from 350 institutions used the Stampede supercomputer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center in its first year.

Revolutionizing How We Keep Track of Time in Cyber-Physical Systems
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Revolutionizing How We Keep Track of Time in Cyber-Physical Systems

A U.S. National Science Foundation to five universities will support development of new clocking technologies, synchronization protocols, and control and sensing...

Artificial Brains Learn to Adapt
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Artificial Brains Learn to Adapt

Researchers are studying a new type of spiking neural network that more closely mimics the behavioral learning processes of mammalian brains. 

Scientist Developing 3D Chips to Expand Capacity of Microprocessors
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Scientist Developing 3D Chips to Expand Capacity of Microprocessors

Researchers are working to develop three-dimensional integration, an emerging technology that would vertically stack multiple wafers. 

Innovative Technology Addresses Wireless Interference
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Innovative Technology Addresses Wireless Interference

Dina Katabi is leading a team working to create tools and programs to improve the speed, efficiency, and security of wireless data transmissions. 

NSF Advances National Efforts Enabling Data-Driven Discovery
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NSF Advances National Efforts Enabling Data-Driven Discovery

The U.S. National Science Foundation recently announced several partnerships aimed at big data discovery, innovation, and education.

Researchers Reveal Next-Generation Emergency Response Technology
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Researchers Reveal Next-Generation Emergency Response Technology

New smartphone apps can virtually place 9-1-1 operators at the scene of an emergency. The software enables operators to remotely control smartphone cameras so they...

Engineers ­se Brain Cells to Power Smart Grid
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Engineers ­se Brain Cells to Power Smart Grid

A team of engineers and neuroscientists is using neurons cultured in a dish to control simulated power grids.

Nsf-Supported Stampede Opens the Gates of Advanced Computation to Thousands of Research Teams
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Nsf-Supported Stampede Opens the Gates of Advanced Computation to Thousands of Research Teams

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Stampede supercomputer is the most powerful within the NSF Extreme Digital environment. 

Nsf-Funded Superhero Supercomputer Helps Battle Autism
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Nsf-Funded Superhero Supercomputer Helps Battle Autism

Researchers are using the Gordon supercomputer to develop techniques that can be used to guide the development of treatments for mental disorders. 

Advances in Computational Research Transform Scientific Process and Discovery
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Advances in Computational Research Transform Scientific Process and Discovery

Supercomputers are enabling unprecedented scientific discoveries by providing high-speed computational capabilities, extreme storage capacities, and the ability...

Printable Robots Designed to Be Consumer-Friendly, Inexpensive
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Printable Robots Designed to Be Consumer-Friendly, Inexpensive

A new project to automate the design and manufacturing of consumer robots uses two-dimensional desktop technology fabrication methods. 
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