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IBM Simulates 4.5% of the Human Brain, and All of the Cat Brain

Supercomputers can store more information than the human brain and can calculate a single equation faster, but even the biggest, fastest supercomputers in the world...

New Technology Pinpoints Anomalies in Complex Financial Data
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New Technology Pinpoints Anomalies in Complex Financial Data

Battelle researchers at the U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have developed Anomalator, analytical software designed to recognize anomalous information...

Wholesome Data: ­sing It to Promote Healthy Behaviors
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Wholesome Data: ­sing It to Promote Healthy Behaviors

Edmund Seto, a researcher at the University of California, Davis,  develops censor and cell phone technologies to connect people to relevant, real-time data about...

Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad
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Apple Patent ­ses 3d Gestures to Control an Ipad

Forget relying solely on touch to control your Apple device. On future iPads, you may be able to control your tablet from across the room using 3D gestures, such...

Nasa in Final Preparations For Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby
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Nasa in Final Preparations For Nov. 8 Asteroid Flyby

NASA scientists will be tracking asteroid 2005 YU55 with antennas of the agency's Deep Space Network at Goldstone, Calif., as the space rock safely flies past...

Modeling Chaotic Storms
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Modeling Chaotic Storms

Scientists say improvements to extreme-weather prediction are possible with new weather models and a reinvention of the modeling technologies used to process them...

Tiny Stamps for Tiny Sensors
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Tiny Stamps for Tiny Sensors

Advances in microchip technology may someday enable clinicians to perform tests for hundreds of diseases—sifting out specific molecules, such as early stage cancer...

Zot! Uc Irvine Team Proves Stellar at Mapping Dark Matter
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Zot! Uc Irvine Team Proves Stellar at Mapping Dark Matter

When David Kirkby and Daniel Margala entered a contest to find out who could most accurately map dark matter in the universe, the first algorithm they submitted...

Knowledge Mining Resource Accelerates Science, Technology Education, Research
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Knowledge Mining Resource Accelerates Science, Technology Education, Research

Virginia Tech researchers have created the Virginia Tech Knowledge Networks, a repository of more than 5,000 publications by the College of Engineering faculty,...

Experimental Mathematics: Computing Power Leads to Insights
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Experimental Mathematics: Computing Power Leads to Insights

In a forthcoming article, "Exploratory Experimentation and Computation," American Mathematical Society researchers will describe how modern computer technology...

Robot Biologist Solves Complex Problem From Scratch
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Robot Biologist Solves Complex Problem From Scratch

Researchers at Vanderbilt and Cornell universities have demonstrated that a computer can analyze raw experimental data from a biological system and derive the basic...

"ghostwriting" the Torah?
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"ghostwriting" the Torah?

Tel Aviv University researchers have developed a computer algorithm that could help identify the different sources that contributed to the individual books of the...

People as 'sensors': Twitter Messages Reveal Nfl's Big Plays and Fans' Excitement
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People as 'sensors': Twitter Messages Reveal Nfl's Big Plays and Fans' Excitement

Researchers at Rice University and Motorola Mobility have developed SportSense, software that monitors Twitter posts of National Football League fans to determine...

Paralyzed Man Uses Brain-Powered Robot Arm to Touch
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Paralyzed Man Uses Brain-Powered Robot Arm to Touch

Giving a high-five. Rubbing his girlfriend's hand. Such ordinary acts—but a milestone for a paralyzed man. True, a robotic arm parked next to his wheelchair did...

Take Control of Your Phone's Sensors
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Take Control of Your Phone's Sensors

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab have developed Funf, a phone-based data collection system for self-tracking applications. 

Uvm Scientist Wins Highest National Award
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Uvm Scientist Wins Highest National Award

U.S. President Barack Obama has recognized University of Vermont researcher Joshua Bongard with the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers...

Caltech Engineers Build Smart Petri Dish
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Caltech Engineers Build Smart Petri Dish

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed ePetri, a device that can streamline and improve cell culture experiments by reducing human labor...

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10 Ways Steve Jobs Changed the World

Fortune looks back at how Steve Jobs changed the way we think about and use technology forever, putting his own stamp on everything from the personal computer...

From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development
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From Doom to Rage: 20 Years of Id Development

Both Tim Willits and Matt Hooper got their start in game design as fans, creating maps for id Software games like Doom and Quake. Now, as the studio celebrates...

Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom
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Low-Cost Electronic Tablet Proves Worth in Indian Classroom

Researchers at Rice and Nanyang Technological universities, working at the Institute for Sustainable and Applied Infodynamics, are preparing for full-scale production...
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