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How Canadian 'science Fiction' Drives Subway Trains Abroad
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How Canadian 'science Fiction' Drives Subway Trains Abroad

Inside a north Toronto office building, rows of bulky computers operate virtual subway systems half a world away in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Dubai, managing...

An Implantable Antenna
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An Implantable Antenna

A prototype silk biosensor could someday alert doctors to signs of disease.

Software Predicts Criminal Behavior
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Software Predicts Criminal Behavior

Algorithm could influence sentencing recommendations and bail amounts.

Nfl Considers Ball-Tracking Chips For Accuracy
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Nfl Considers Ball-Tracking Chips For Accuracy

From end zone to end zone, an NFL field is exactly 3,600 inches, and it’s easy enough for referees to spot a ball precisely when action stays within the bounds...

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Researchers Develop Motion Tracking Technology to Reduce Injuries For Older Adults

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed technology to help older adults recover from an injury, illness, or surgery by tracking their motions as...

'god Couldn't Do Faster': Rubik's Cube Mystery Solved
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'god Couldn't Do Faster': Rubik's Cube Mystery Solved

It has taken 15 years to get to this point, but it is now clear that every possible scrambled arrangement of the Rubik's cube can be solved in a maximum of 20...

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...

Driverless Cars Just Around the Corner
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Driverless Cars Just Around the Corner

Researchers worldwide are developing technologies that enable cars to drive themselves. "You can buy a car today that I'd like to say is 90 percent driverless,"...

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In a Video Game, Tackling the Complexities of Protein Folding

In a match that pitted video game players against the best known computer program designed for the task, the gamers outperformed the software in figuring out...

Why Sex?
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Why Sex?

Computer science proposes a new solution to one of evolutionary theory's oldest problems.

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New Focus For Digital Photography

Software that gives users more control of a camera could revolutionize photography.

To Pack a Stadium, Provide Video Better Than Tv
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To Pack a Stadium, Provide Video Better Than Tv

How do you keep football fans as regular visitors to stadiums when the television coverage of every play is so good?

A Smoother Street View
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A Smoother Street View

Microsoft's new toy allows for a more seamless walk down an online avenue.

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So Many Bugs, So Little Time

Tools that find serious bugs automatically could lead to safer, more stable software.

Perfecting Synthetic Sounds For Animated Worlds
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Perfecting Synthetic Sounds For Animated Worlds

If computers can generate the imagery in animated movies like Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me, why can't they also generate the sound effects to go with them?

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Bringing Data Mining into the Mainstream

Plumbing the world’s ever-growing pools of digitized information—on the Web, in corporate databases, generated by scientific research—for wisdom and profit is a...

Saving Lives at Rail Crossings
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Saving Lives at Rail Crossings

La Trobe University researchers have developed a wireless system that enables cars and trains to communicate with each other and avoid collisions at rail crossings...

New Languages, and Why We Need Them
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New Languages, and Why We Need Them

Creators of two dozen new programming languages—some designed to enable powerful new Web applications and mobile devices—presented their work last week in Portland...

Celebrating the Legacy of Plato
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Celebrating the Legacy of Plato

The PLATO@50 Conference marked the semicentennial of the computer system that was the forerunner of today's social media and interactive education.

Making Sense of Real-Time Behavior
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Making Sense of Real-Time Behavior

Data captured by sensors worn on the human body and analyzed in near real-time could transform our understanding of human behavior, health, and society.
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