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NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid
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NASA's Dawn Captures First Image of Nearing Asteroid

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has obtained its first image of the giant asteroid Vesta, which will help fine-tune navigation during its approach. Dawn is expected to...

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Chinese Entrepreneurs See Apple's App Store as Entryway to Global Market

Lu Miao speaks very little English. He's never traveled outside of Asia. He's not a software engineer. But in a few short months, he became the founder of a successful...

The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes
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The Class That Built Apps, and Fortunes

All right, class, here’s your homework assignment: Devise an app. Get people to use it. Repeat.

Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30
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Wall Street's Cult Calculator Turns 30

Matthew Rothman bought an HP 12c financial calculator for his first job out of college in 1989. Years later, he still has the same calculator. And he still uses...

Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets to Gain a Trading Edge
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Wall Street Traders Mine Tweets to Gain a Trading Edge

Wall Street traders are using social networking sites and computer algorithms to decipher the mood of the public to predict market fluctuations.

The Science of Science
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The Science of Science

Researchers at Princeton and Carnegie Mellon universities are working to harness the explosion of Web data by developing a model that enables computers to group...

Computer Algorithm May Speed Drug Discovery
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Computer Algorithm May Speed Drug Discovery

University of California, San Diego  researchers have developed a computer algorithm that has the potential to accelerate drug discovery.

App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon
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App-Specific Processors to Fight Dark Silicon

University of California, San Diego researchers working on the GreenDroid project have developed software that scans the Android operating system and its most popular...

Origami: Not Just For Paper Anymore
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Origami: Not Just For Paper Anymore

While the primary job of DNA in cells is to carry genetic information from one generation to the next, some scientists also see the highly stable and programmable...

Tools For Better Web Design
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Tools For Better Web Design

Stanford University's Human Computer Interaction group creates tools to help Web designers take advantage of open source programs to improve and adapt designs more...

Designs With a Deeper Purpose
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Designs With a Deeper Purpose

Microsoft software design specialist Bill Buxton wants developers to focus on innovations that can improve humans' quality of life.

See Ancient Earth from Space
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See Ancient Earth from Space

Over the past 750 million years, our blue marble has gone through remarkable changes; continents have shifted, ice ages have come and gone, sea levels have risen...

Web Science Meets Network Science
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Web Science Meets Network Science

A pair of divergent scientific communities discusses their similarities and differences, and search for common ground.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
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Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

I, Domestic Robot
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I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.

Csail Researcher Creates Customizable Buttons
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Csail Researcher Creates Customizable Buttons

New technology developed by a systems robotics engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can...

Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks
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Online Cash Bitcoin Could Challenge Governments, Banks

Bitcoin is an open source distributed and anonymous digital currency created by Satoshi Nakamoto to enable people to exchange money without being traced.

Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies
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Nasa's Hubble Celebrates 21st Anniversary with 'rose' of Galaxies

To celebrate the 21st anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope's deployment into space, astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md...

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Open Source Programming Tools on the Rise

Several open source programming tools are gaining in popularity as developers seek new ways to revise, fix and extend their codes.
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