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Nasa's Space Apps Competition Takes on Big Ideas
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Nasa's Space Apps Competition Takes on Big Ideas

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration recently held its first International Space Apps Challenge, attracting participants from 24 countries for...

An Algorithm For Preserving Art
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An Algorithm For Preserving Art

Technology ReviewThe Metropolitan Museum of Art's Paolo Dionisi and IBM researchers have deployed 120 low-power temperature and humidity sensors in an attempt to...

Automating Scientific Discovery
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Automating Scientific Discovery

Computer scientists are teaching machines to run experiments, make inferences from the data, and use the results to conduct new experiments.

Robots Like Us
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Robots Like Us

Thanks to new research initiatives, autonomous humanoid robots are inching closer to reality.

Digitally Possessed
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Digitally Possessed

Virtual possessions play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. How we think about them and deal with them is changing the way we think and interact...

Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits
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Network Science Reveals the Cities That Lead the World's Music Listening Habits

Clique Research Cluster scientists recently analyzed data from Last.fm, a social Web site for music, to determine which cities set the world's listening trends.

Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools
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Programming Project Comes to Primary Schools

A volunteer project in the United Kingdom is writing session plans for teaching the basics of computer programming to children between the ages of 10 and 11.  

Nancy Lynch Named 2012 Athena Lecturer
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Nancy Lynch Named 2012 Athena Lecturer

MIT's Nancy Lynch was named the 2012 Athena Lecturer for her advances in distributed systems that enable dependable Internet and wireless network applications.

Mu Researchers Find Identical Dna Codes in Plant Species Providing Insights Into Plant and Animal Evolution
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Mu Researchers Find Identical Dna Codes in Plant Species Providing Insights Into Plant and Animal Evolution

University of Missouri researchers recently solved a biological mystery by using a computer algorithm to find identical DNA sequences in different plant and animal...

From Beaker to Bits: Unique Collaboration Between Biologists and Computer Scientists Creates Computational Model of Human Tissue
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From Beaker to Bits: Unique Collaboration Between Biologists and Computer Scientists Creates Computational Model of Human Tissue

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a computational model called cell graphs that links the structure of human tissue to its corresponding...

Nasa Views Our Perpetually Moving Ocean
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Nasa Views Our Perpetually Moving Ocean

The swirling flows of Earth's perpetually changing ocean come to life in a new NASA scientific visualization that captures the movement of tens of thousands of...

Mobile Apps Reach Internet Tipping Point
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Mobile Apps Reach Internet Tipping Point

June 2011 appears to be the first time people in the U.S. spent more time online with apps than with the Web. 

A Billion Stars Revealed
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A Billion Stars Revealed

Astronomers have released a picture containing more than one billion stars in our Milky Way galaxy.

Virtual Wall For Manipulating Objects in 3D
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Virtual Wall For Manipulating Objects in 3D

A team at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia has developed a high-performance wall for visualizing and interacting with objects in 3D.  

Uspto Partners With Nasa's Center For Collaborative Innovation and Topcoder
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Uspto Partners With Nasa's Center For Collaborative Innovation and Topcoder

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, working with the Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation and TopCoder, recently launched PatentLabeling2, the second...

How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life
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How the Cost of Computation Restricts the Processes of Life

Biologists and computer scientists have begun to examine what restrictions the theoretical limits of computation place on the way living things operate, which could...

Google Launches Go Programming Language 1.0
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Google Launches Go Programming Language 1.0

Google has released version 1.0 of its Go programming language, which was initially introduced as an experimental language in 2009.  

New Search Tool to ­nlock Wikipedia
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New Search Tool to ­nlock Wikipedia

Researchers at the University of Cagliari and the University of California, Los Angeles have developed Swipe, a prototype plug-in that can help Wikipedia users...

A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet
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A Surge in Learning the Language of the Internet

The market for online classes in programming, Web construction, and application development is booming.  

Fixing the Brain With Computers
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Fixing the Brain With Computers

Disabilities such as epilepsy, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and Parkinson’s disease are being treated with neuroimplants, says St. Louis University...
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