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Feds Fight Homelessness With Mobile App Challenge
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Feds Fight Homelessness With Mobile App Challenge

The U.S. departments of Veterans Affairs, Housing and Urban Development, and Health and Human Services and Bon Jovi's JBJ Soul Foundation recently launched the...

Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps
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Survey: Android Programmers Shifting Toward Web Apps

Android is gradually slipping down mobile programmers' priority list, with Web apps stepping in as an answer to development difficulties, according to a recent...

Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure
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Controversy Surrounds Russia's Claim that Cosmic Rays Caused Mars Mission Failure

A heartbreaking, out-of-the-gate failure of Russia's sample return mission early this year created a wide circle of disappointment.

Researcher Aims to Use Social Multimedia For Enhanced Mapping
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Researcher Aims to Use Social Multimedia For Enhanced Mapping

University of California, Merced professor Shawn Newsam is researching the viability of using multimedia collections as volunteered geographic information for mapping...

Carnegie Mellon Mobile App Secures Communications
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Carnegie Mellon Mobile App Secures Communications

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed SafeSlinger, a mobile application that helps users establish trusted relationships with others for spur-of...

Preserving Digital Data
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Preserving Digital Data

Scientific data is expanding at an unprecedented rate. While new tools are helping preserve this data, funding must be increased and policy coordination needs improvement...

Open For Business
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Open For Business

Should academic articles be available for free on the Web?

Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads
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Free Apps Eat Up Your Phone Battery Just Sending Ads

Free versions of Android apps use up to 75 percent of their energy serving ads or tracking and uploading user data, says Purdue University's Abhinav Pathak. Free...

Snowflake Growth Successfully Modeled from Physical Laws
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Snowflake Growth Successfully Modeled from Physical Laws

Windswept from cloud to cloud until they flutter to Earth, snowflakes assume a seemingly endless variety of shapes.

Surprise! Astronomers Spot Life on Earth
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Surprise! Astronomers Spot Life on Earth

No one knows when we'll spot life on another world, but everyone knows how it will happen.

Poll Consensus on Million-Dollar Logic Problem
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Poll Consensus on Million-Dollar Logic Problem

University of Maryland, College Park computer scientist William Gasarch has re-run his poll on the biggest problem in computer science.

Microsoft Meets Star Trek With Universal Translator
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Microsoft Meets Star Trek With Universal Translator

A new system from Microsoft can automatically translate documents in one language to any other language. Translator Hub makes use of a translation engine that...

Scientists Tap the Genius of Babies and Youngsters to Make Computers Smarter
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Scientists Tap the Genius of Babies and Youngsters to Make Computers Smarter

University of California, Berkeley researchers are studying how babies, toddlers, and preschoolers learn in order to program computers to think more like humans...

Simulations and Mathematics Suggest That There Always Be a Facebook
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Simulations and Mathematics Suggest That There Always Be a Facebook

National Center for Nuclear Research scientists are conducting research that could lead to the development of a field of mathematics focused on the theory of minority...

Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line
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Sometimes the Quickest Path Is Not a Sraight Line

Sometimes the fastest pathway from point A to point B is not a straight line: for example, if you're underwater and contending with strong and shifting currents...

Indiana Jones Goes Geek: Laser-Mapping LiDAR Revolutionizes Archaeology
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Indiana Jones Goes Geek: Laser-Mapping LiDAR Revolutionizes Archaeology

"This is it—the paradigm shift," archaeologist Chris Fisher told Ars. "Just like the advent of radiocarbon dating, LiDAR will have the same impact."

Hail to the Geeks
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Hail to the Geeks

Basketball dominates the American sports landscape in March. So perhaps it’s fitting that the sixth annual MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, held last week...

Darpa's $40k 'quest' Tests Social Media's Ability to Help in Emergency
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Darpa's $40k 'quest' Tests Social Media's Ability to Help in Emergency

DARPA has launched a contest to gain a better understanding of how social media can spread the word during a crisis.  

City With Superfast Internet Invites Innovators to Play
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City With Superfast Internet Invites Innovators to Play

Chattanooga residents have access to a 1 Gbps Internet, which is about 100 times faster than the U.S. national average, and now the city is holding a contest with...

Engineers ­se Computer Models to Help Resource-Poor Nations Improve Allocation of Limited Health Care Resources
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Engineers ­se Computer Models to Help Resource-Poor Nations Improve Allocation of Limited Health Care Resources

Georgia Tech researchers are using computer models to help resource-poor nations improve supply chain decisions.  
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