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Scientists ­se Brain Imaging to Reveal the Movies in Our Mind

Imagine tapping into the mind of a coma patient, or watching one’s own dream on YouTube. With a cutting-edge blend of brain imaging and computer simulation, scientists...

Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?
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Will We All Be Tweaking Our Own Genetic Code?

You have to wonder what's going on in the DNA of Harvard genetics professor George Church. What extra bit of code does he have that the rest of us don't? If genes...

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Mining Data For Better Medicine

The antidepressant Paxil was approved for sale in 1992, the cholesterol-lowering drug Pravachol in 1996. Company studies proved that each drug, on its own, works...

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Fraunhofer SCAI Successfully Completes Pilot Project on Information Extraction from Chinese Scientific Literature

The Fraunhofer Institute for Algorithms and Scientific Computing recently completed a pilot Chinese text mining project. 

App Lets ­niversity Students Send Video Instantly to Police
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App Lets ­niversity Students Send Video Instantly to Police

The University of Maryland at College Park has launched a phased rollout of a smartphone app that can provide students, faculty, and staff with a direct and instantaneous...

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Information Technologies Can Foster Freedom or Reinforce Repression

New communication tools such as text messaging and social networks my not be as uniformly beneficial or as robust as suggested by the media, which portrays them...

Living in a Digital World
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Living in a Digital World

Technology has created new opportunities to connect and interact. Yet, researchers are increasingly concerned that heavy technology usage is changing people's behavior...

Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces
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Improving Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers are demonstrating advances in restorative BCI systems that are giving paralyzed individuals more effective ways to communicate, move, and interact with...

Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Fail
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Gamers Succeed Where Scientists Fail

Gamers have produced an accurate model of the structure of a retrovirus enzyme within three weeks, according to University of Washington researchers. 

­nbridled Ingenuity at Maker Faire
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­nbridled Ingenuity at Maker Faire

Around noon this past Sunday, I found myself asking a young girl why, even though the music-producing device she and her family had made was called "Slugophone...

Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling For Pollution with Robotic Fish
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Synchronized Swimming: Patrolling For Pollution with Robotic Fish

Michigan State University researchers want to develop robotic fish that can navigate underwater and patrol for pollution in oceans, lakes, and rivers. 

Researchers Sequence Dark Matter of Life
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Researchers Sequence Dark Matter of Life

University of California, San Diego researchers have developed a method to sequence the genomes of thousands of bacteria species, including microorganisms that...

Blood Vessels from Your Printer
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Blood Vessels from Your Printer

Researchers have been working at growing tissue and organs in the laboratory for a long time. These days, tissue engineering enables us to build up artificial...

Kinect Assists At-Risk Older Adults
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Kinect Assists At-Risk Older Adults

Kinect and other computer technology, like Doppler radar, are being used to detect the early onset of illness and the risk of falling in older adults.

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In Case You Wondered, a Real Human Wrote This Column

"WISCONSIN appears to be in the driver's seat en route to a win, as it leads 51–10 after the third quarter. Wisconsin added to its lead when Russell Wilson found...

Nasa Mars Research Helps Find Buried Water on Earth
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Nasa Mars Research Helps Find Buried Water on Earth

A NASA-led team has used radar sounding technology developed to explore the subsurface of Mars to create high-resolution maps of freshwater aquifers buried deep...

Family Pioneers in Exploration of the Genome
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Family Pioneers in Exploration of the Genome

A group of researchers said that by examining the whole genome of a family of four, they were able to make unusually specific findings, including the daughter's...

Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military
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Post-9/11 Technology Brings Exoskeletons, Laser Cannons to 21st-Century U.S. Military

The U.S. military has evolved so fast in the post-September 11th era that much of its technology would be nearly unrecognizable to commanders, soldiers, airmen...

Safeped Helps Cities Fix Dangerous Intersections
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Safeped Helps Cities Fix Dangerous Intersections

TAU  researchers have developed SAFEPED, a computer simulation that integrates robotics and statistics on driver and pedestrian behavior to determine the environmental...

In Plane View
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In Plane View

An airplane’s digital flight-data recorder, or "black box," holds massive amounts of data, documenting the performance of engines, cockpit controls, hydraulic...
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