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All the News That's Fit For You
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All the News That's Fit For You

Personalized news promises to make daily journalism profitable again, but technical and cultural obstacles have slowed the industry's adoption of automated personalization...

Blind Children of India Helping Scientists See Into the Brain
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Blind Children of India Helping Scientists See Into the Brain

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are working with 300,000 blind children living in the Indian subcontinent to treat their blindness and learn more...

Biology-Inspired Networking
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Biology-Inspired Networking

Researchers have developed a new networking algorithm, modeled after the neurological development of the fruit fly, to help distributed networks self-organize more...

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Augmented Reality Has Potential to Reshape Our Lives

TV football fans are used to seeing augmented reality in action. That virtual yellow first-down line superimposed on an actual football field is one of the more...

Can Tornado Prediction Be Improved?
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Can Tornado Prediction Be Improved?

Advances in computer modeling and other technologies still cannot overcome the fundamental complexity of thunderstorm and subsequent tornado formation.

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Why Would-Be Engineers End Up As English Majors

Amenah Ibrahim vividly remembers her first introduction to thermodynamics.

Researchers Show Android Devices Susceptible to Eavesdropping
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Researchers Show Android Devices Susceptible to Eavesdropping

Researchers have found that they can use commercially available software to eavesdrop on Android systems that use authTokens which enable legitimate users to stay...

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Arm: Intel Has Tough Road Into Mobile Market

Intel may have made a big splash this week announcing it's going to focus on the mobile market, but its rival in the space says the chip maker has an uphill climb...

Iphone App Uses Crowd Sourcing to Help the Blind
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Iphone App Uses Crowd Sourcing to Help the Blind

Researchers from several universities have collaborated on a crowdsourcing project to develop VizWiz, a system that enables a blind user to take photos of an object...

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Spy Planes Played Indispensable Role in Mission

The raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan represents probably the biggest success so far of a revolution in military technology: the ability to relay...

Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars
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Free-Floating Planets May Be More Common Than Stars

Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light...

Software Reveals Critical Crop Growth Stages
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Software Reveals Critical Crop Growth Stages

The U.S. Department of Agriculture researcher Greg McMaster has developed the Phenology Modular Modeling System, software that can predict the growth stages of...

How Computers Got US Into Space
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How Computers Got US Into Space

When you look back at the past 50 years of human spaceflight, don't forget the computer scientists who helped make it possible.

Mars Landing Sites Narrowed Down to Final 4
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Mars Landing Sites Narrowed Down to Final 4

After years of poring through images from space and debating where on Mars the next NASA rover should land, it comes down to four choices.

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New Ways to Exploit Raw Data May Bring Surge of Innovation, a Study Says

Math majors, rejoice. Businesses are going to need tens of thousands of you in the coming years as companies grapple with a growing mountain of data.

Galileo Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon
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Galileo Data Reveal Magma Ocean Under Jupiter Moon

New data analysis from NASA's Galileo spacecraft reveals a subsurface ocean of molten or partially molten magma beneath the surface of Jupiter's volcanic moon...

Workplace Robots Need a Better View
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Workplace Robots Need a Better View

Robotics pioneer Rodney Brooks says a new generation of industrial robots could be enabled by better machine vision.

Engineers Gather, Asking What Makes the City Tick
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Engineers Gather, Asking What Makes the City Tick

It was the last Tuesday of the month, and, like clockwork, the geeks arrived in droves.

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3-D Printers May Someday Allow Labs to Create Replacement Human Organs

The machine looks like the offspring of an Erector Set and an inkjet printer. The "ink" feels like applesauce and looks like icing. As nozzles expel the pearly...

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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