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Making a Microscope Without a Lens

Recent work from the University of Twente doesn't use a lens yet achieves a resolution that is about twice what you would expect under optimum conditions. How...

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Is Government Ready for the Semantic Web?

Semantic technology is capable of supplying answers to questions that might be of interest to U.S. government agencies that have long struggled with problems identifying...

Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online
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Attack Code for SCADA Vulnerabilities Released Online

The security of critical infrastructure is in the spotlight again this week after a researcher released attack code that can exploit several vulnerabilities found...

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A New System Has Been Developed For an Id in a Mobile Phone

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers are developing a way to integrate electronic identification data into an SIM mobile phone card to use the device as...

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New Software Calculates Heating Costs in Greenhouse Operations

Jonathan Frantz, a U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher, and colleagues have developed Virtual Grower, software for calculating heating costs in greenhouse...

Dueling Algorithms
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Dueling Algorithms

There's an old joke about two hikers on a trail, one wearing hiking boots and the other running shoes. "Why the running shoes?" the first hiker asks. "In case...

Software to Predict 'march Madness' Basketball Winner
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Software to Predict 'march Madness' Basketball Winner

The goal of the March Madness Predictive Analysis Challenge, now in its second year, is to build software that can select winning basketball teams with greater...

British Computer Scientists Reboot
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British Computer Scientists Reboot

After a year of turmoil, computer scientists at King's College London have retained their jobs, but substantial challenges lie ahead.

Social Games, Virtual Goods
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Social Games, Virtual Goods

The popularity of virtual goods and currencies in online gaming is changing how people think and act about money.

Engineering Sensation in Artificial Limbs
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Engineering Sensation in Artificial Limbs

Advancements in mobile electronics have led to several prosthetics innovations in recent years, but providing reliable touch sensations to users remains an elusive...

The Quest For Randomness
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The Quest For Randomness

It's not easy to generate a string of numbers that lack any pattern or rule, or even to define exactly what randomness means.

Computer Simulations Illustrate Scope of Japanese Disaster
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Computer Simulations Illustrate Scope of Japanese Disaster

Computer simulation technology has aided in the tracking and analysis of the devastation wrought by the March 11 earthquake off Japan's east coast.

New Linux Kernel Gets a Speed Boost
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New Linux Kernel Gets a Speed Boost

Linux has announced an update to the Linux OS kernel, which includes deep changes that will enhance performance, especially for running databases and other programs...

Dissecting the Physics of Basketball Bank Shots
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Dissecting the Physics of Basketball Bank Shots

Here’s the scenario: You’re a college basketball player and your team is down by one. You’ve got a trip to the NCAA men’s basketball tournament on the line, but...

Spotting Insider Threats on the Front Lines
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Spotting Insider Threats on the Front Lines

U.S. Military Academy at West Point cadets are researching ways of using network monitoring tools to automate frontline security.

Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!
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Japan Has Shifted 13 Feet!

What does Japan's earthquake mean for GPS? Friday's 9.0-magnitude earthquake was so powerful that it actually widened Japan. While parts of the country barely...

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U.s. Supercomputer Experts Assess Radiation Risks Amid Crisis at Japanese Nuclear Facility

The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration has enlisted a team of supercomputer experts to measure the radiation risks caused by the Japanese nuclear crisis...

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Quake Moved Japan Closer to U.S. and Altered Earth's Spin

The magnitude-8.9 earthquake that struck northern Japan on Friday not only violently shook the ground and generated a devastating tsunami, it also moved the coastline...

Crickets Inspire Stealthy Robots to Fire Rings of Air
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Crickets Inspire Stealthy Robots to Fire Rings of Air

Monash University's Andy Russell used the African cave cricket, Phaeophilacris spectrum, as inspiration for creating stealth communication between robots.

A Search Engine for the Human Body
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A Search Engine for the Human Body

Microsoft researcher Antonio Criminisi has led the development of a search tool that indexes medical images of the human body and automatically finds organs and...
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