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Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2
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Light at the End of the Racetrack: How Pixar Explored the Physics of Light for Cars 2

Although the stories told by Pixar Animation Studios take place in richly realized fantasy realms, the science and technology required to create those worlds...

Cracking the Code of Machine Translation
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Cracking the Code of Machine Translation

University of Southern California scientists have developed a machine-translation technique that treats translation as a cryptographic challenge rather than a matter...

Inspired By Insect Intelligence
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Inspired By Insect Intelligence

Monash University researchers are developing wireless sensor networks based on insects' neural systems that could revolutionize how environmental systems, building...

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Genius of Einstein, Fourier Key to New Humanlike Computer Vision

Purdue University researchers have developed two new techniques for computer-vision technology that mimic how humans perceive three-dimensional shapes by instantly...

Brave, New Social World
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Brave, New Social World

How three different individuals in three different countries — Brazil, Egypt, and Japan — use Facebook, Twitter, and other social-media tools.

Weighing Watson's Impact
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Weighing Watson's Impact

Does IBM's Watson represent a distinct breakthrough in machine learning and natural language processing or is the 2,880-core wunderkind merely a solid feat of engineering...

New Software Improves the Maintenance and Management of Forests
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New Software Improves the Maintenance and Management of Forests

Forests could receive better maintenance and management using new software developed by a team at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The software is designed...

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Protein Folding Made Easy

A McGill University researcher and Massachusetts Institute of Technology collaborators have achieved impressive results with an algorithm for predicting protein...

Ornl Package Tracking System Takes Social Media to New Heights
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Ornl Package Tracking System Takes Social Media to New Heights

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers have developed Tracking 2.0, supply chain software that provides a start-to-finish view as an item moves to its destination...

Researchers Improve Method For Finding Genetic Mistakes That Fuel Cancer
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Researchers Improve Method For Finding Genetic Mistakes That Fuel Cancer

Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have developed the Clipping Reveals Structure algorithm, which helps identify the chromosomal rearrangements...

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Fire-Breathing Dragon Roars to Life

The first practical technique for recreating the sound of fire, based on its behavior, for virtual worlds has been devised by Jeff Chadwick and colleagues at Cornell...

We've Bin Watching You!
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We've Bin Watching You!

With Bincam, Newcastle University computer scientists have used a camera phone and Facebook to introduce an element of competition to recycling and minimizing waste...

Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta
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Dawn Captures Video on Approach to Asteroid Vesta

Scientists working with NASA's Dawn spacecraft have created a new video showing the giant asteroid Vesta as the spacecraft approaches this unexplored world in...

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Future of Virtual Reality: What Pregnancy Feels Like

Men can gain a better understanding of what women experience during pregnancy by wearing a new device developed at the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology...

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Johns Hopkins Expert Finds Randomness Rules in Turbulent Flows

Johns Hopkins University professor Gregory Eyink has determined through computer experiments that turbulent fluid flows are dominated by randomness, and has confirmed...

Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge
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Nasa Probes Suggest Magnetic Bubbles Reside At Solar System Edge

Observations from NASA's Voyager spacecraft, humanity's farthest deep space sentinels, suggest the edge of our solar system may not be smooth, but filled with...

Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique For Measuring Them
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Penn Researchers Develop Biological Circuit Components, New Microscope Technique For Measuring Them

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed a method for integrating biological molecules directly with electronic circuits so they can operate in open...

Leia in Your Living Room: Projecting a Star-Wars-Style Hologram With a Microsoft Kinect
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Leia in Your Living Room: Projecting a Star-Wars-Style Hologram With a Microsoft Kinect

Michael Bove, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Object-Based Media Group, recently purchased a Kinect for his graduate students to experiment...

Building a Better Dam Map
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Building a Better Dam Map

A geographically explicit, high-resolution global database of large dams and reservoirs has been developed by a team of scientists at McGill University.

Apple's Path to the App Store Wasn't a Straight Road
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Apple's Path to the App Store Wasn't a Straight Road

The unveiling of the iPhone almost four years ago stands as a pivotal moment in computing history. The elegant design not only ushered in the mobile computing...
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