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Planck Takes It All In
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Planck Takes It All In

A new image from the Planck mission shows what it's been up to for the past year--surveying the entire sky for clues to our universal origins.

IBM Research Grant Awarded For Database Enhancement Application Development
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IBM Research Grant Awarded For Database Enhancement Application Development

The University of Haifa's Ami and Teddy Sagy Center for the Study of the Internet has been awarded IBM's $40,000 Open Collaborative Research grant for their proposal...

Quantifying Human Behavior With Motion-Capture Technology
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Quantifying Human Behavior With Motion-Capture Technology

The University of Southern California is using improvisation and motion-capture technology to study expressive human behavior "to be able to build technologies...

Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language
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Computer Automatically Deciphers Ancient Language

A new system that took a couple hours to decipher much of the ancient language Ugaritic could help improve online translation software.

How Microsoft Crowdsourced the Making of Office 2010
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How Microsoft Crowdsourced the Making of Office 2010

For several years, Denise Carlevato has studied millions of mouse clicks and keystrokes made by anonymous computer users from all over the world. Her objective:...

A Marriage of Origami and Robotics
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A Marriage of Origami and Robotics

Researchers at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are learning to reshape the landscape of programmable matter by devising self-folding sheets...

3-D Virtual Learning Platforms
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3-D Virtual Learning Platforms

Carlos III University of Madrid researchers working on the eMadrid project are studying how to use three-dimensional virtual worlds for teaching. 

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The Challenge of Molecular Communication

Bacteria communicate with molecules, and now computer scientists want to copy them. Their first task: to derive a mathematical theory of molecular communication...

Smart Computer Learns From Video
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Smart Computer Learns From Video

ETH Zurich researchers have developed a learning program that can analyze street scenes from video, map the patterns that characterize the various road users, and...

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Algorithms Aid Prosthetics Development

Advanced algorithms could help make the speed and accuracy of clinically viable prosthetic devices more comparable to a healthy human arm. 

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U.K. Researchers Building 'Fat-Free' Cloud Programming Framework

Researchers at Citrix and the universities of Cambridge and Nottingham have developed Mirage, a programming framework aimed at supporting applications that run...

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Nsa Gets Geeky After Dark, New Docs Show

It's an agency staffed by some of the government's top hackers, brainiest cryptographers, and most sophisticated network defenders. But when employees at the NSA...

Visions of the Future
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Visions of the Future

ACM joined forces with the British Computer Society to deliver its first academic research conference in Europe.

Mainstreaming Augmented Reality
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Mainstreaming Augmented Reality

Advancements in computer vision, object recognition, and related technologies are leading to new levels of sophistication in augmented-reality applications and...

Sharing Computational Perspectives
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Sharing Computational Perspectives

Computer scientists are now making intellectual contributions to a wide range of other disciplines, including evolutionary theory, physics, and economics.

New Mental-Health Apps For Iphones Like a 'therapist in Your Pocket'
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New Mental-Health Apps For Iphones Like a 'therapist in Your Pocket'

Researchers are developing iPhone apps designed to alleviate the symptoms of mental illness. The apps provide advice on how to change negative affective states...

Oil Spill on Track to Reach Atlantic No Later Than October
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Oil Spill on Track to Reach Atlantic No Later Than October

 Oil gushing from the Deepwater Horizon site in the Gulf of Mexico will reach the Atlantic Ocean within six months, says oceanographer Synte Peacock. Exactly when...

Algorithm Ranks World's Top Soccer Talent
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Algorithm Ranks World's Top Soccer Talent

These days, in pretty much every sport, there is no hiding from statistics. Coaches, team owners, fantasy leaguers, and fans are tracking and analyzing a player's...

Parking on Campus a Snap With Carleton Professor's App
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Parking on Campus a Snap With Carleton Professor's App

Carleton University computer science professor Dwight Deugo has developed iParked.ca, a system that enables users to pay for parking at campus lots with a text...

The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'toy Story 3'
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The Ground-Breaking Tech of 'toy Story 3'

At Pixar Animation Studios, which will release "Toy Story 3," its 11th feature film, on Friday, each new movie is an opportunity both to notch huge box office numbers...
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