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Researchers ­se Social Bots To Expand Twitter Networks and Influence People
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Researchers ­se Social Bots To Expand Twitter Networks and Influence People

That next tweet you receive on Twitter may not be from a person but from a social bot, a tiny program designed to mimic real users and influence their behavior. ...

Fbi Seeks Data-Mining App For Social Media
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Fbi Seeks Data-Mining App For Social Media

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation wants to develop a data-mining application that will enable the agency to monitor social media network activity for intelligence...

Sensor Networks Could End Parking Rage
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Sensor Networks Could End Parking Rage

The anger many drivers feel from having to search and wait for parking spaces to open up might be quelled by arrays of networked sensors embedded in city streets...

Computer Simulation of Tuberculosis Bacteria Could Lead to Discovery of New Ways to Fight Disease
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Computer Simulation of Tuberculosis Bacteria Could Lead to Discovery of New Ways to Fight Disease

Rutgers University researchers recently received a Lockheed Martin grant to continue their work using the Genetic Regulatory Analysis of Networks Investigational...

Art-Ificial: The Virtual Virtuosos Redefining Creativity
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Art-Ificial: The Virtual Virtuosos Redefining Creativity

Imperial College London computer scientist Simon Colton has created Painting Fool, software that can seek artistic inspiration and has basic creativity.  

Nasa's Sean Herron and William Eshagh on Code.nasa.gov
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Nasa's Sean Herron and William Eshagh on Code.nasa.gov

In an interview, the U.S. NASA's William Eshagh and Sean Herron discuss the open.nasa initiative, a response to President Obama's Open Government Directive, which...

Pentagon-Funded Games Would Crowdsource Weapons Testing
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Pentagon-Funded Games Would Crowdsource Weapons Testing

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is developing Crowdsourced Formal Verification, a set of computer games designed to refine the way weapons...

The Social Life of Robots
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The Social Life of Robots

Researchers are trying to build robots capable of working together with minimal human supervision. But will they ever learn to get along?

The Science of Better Science
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The Science of Better Science

Researchers are exploring networked computational analysis, formal classification, and topic modeling to better identify relevant scientists, ideas, and trends.

The Quantifier
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The Quantifier

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Polina Golland is a principal investigator at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, where...

Google's 'babel Fish' Heralds Future of Translation
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Google's 'babel Fish' Heralds Future of Translation

The Google Translate project seeks the enablement of real-time language translation by building "statistical models that are automatically training themselves and...

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Kaist's Smart E-Book System More Convenient Than Paper-Based Books

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology have developed the Smart E-book System, technology designed to make reading easier on smartphones...

Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate
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Galaxy Hosts 100 Billion Planets, in New Estimate

Astronomers said Wednesday that each of the 100 billion stars in the Milky Way probably has at least one companion planet, adding credence to the notion that...

NASA: Prize Money a Bargain for Better Software
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NASA: Prize Money a Bargain for Better Software

Researchers at the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Harvard Business School in 2010 launched the NASA Tournament Lab, an online platform...

Winter Driving Trouble? There's an App for That
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Winter Driving Trouble? There's an App for That

North Dakota State University researchers have developed Winter Survival Kit, a free iPhone and Android application that helps motorists prepare for winter driving...

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In M.t.a. App Contest, Many Buttons Worth Pushing

How do you create public-service software? Run a contest.

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Eyeball-Movement-Based Navigation Shifting From Helping the Disabled to Mainstream ­se?

That Kindle Fire you got for Christmas may be pretty cool, but what if it could flip the book pages without requiring you to lift a finger?

Computer Cop Humble About His Success
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Computer Cop Humble About His Success

The Saint John Police Force's computer scientist James Stewart has developed software that ranks every criminal violation based on severity, taking into account...

Better Medicine Through Machine Learning
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Better Medicine Through Machine Learning

Computers that tease out patterns from clinical data could improve patient diagnosis and care.

Network Analysis Predicts Drug Side Effects
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Network Analysis Predicts Drug Side Effects

Researchers at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital Boston have developed a mathematical network to predict drug side effects that normally are not discovered...
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