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Perfecting Animation, via Science
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Perfecting Animation, via Science

Eitan Grinspun, the director of Columbia University’s Computer Graphics Group, doesn't quite qualify as hairdresser to the stars.

Can Washington Get America's Economy Moving Again with Cash Rewards?
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Can Washington Get America's Economy Moving Again with Cash Rewards?

In the flurry of activity at the end of the 111th Congress, the reauthorization of the "America COMPETES Act" went mostly unnoticed. But it is a little bill that...

Banknotes Go Electric to Outwit Counterfeiters
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Banknotes Go Electric to Outwit Counterfeiters

Researchers has created an electronic banknote that contains about 100 thin-film transistors. They have yet to determine how to program the electronic circuits...

What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You
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What's Around the Bend? Soon, a Camera May Show You

Anyone who has witnessed the megapixel one-upmanship in camera ads might think that computer chips run the show in digital photography.

Road to a Safer Future
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Road to a Safer Future

EUREKA is sponsoring a collaborative research effort called E! 4160 VICATS, which is developing a traffic surveillance system that needs minimal human intervention...

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I.b.m. Supercomputer 'watson' to Challenge 'jeopardy' Stars

An I.B.M. supercomputer system named after the company’s founder, Thomas J. Watson Sr., is almost ready for a televised test: a bout of questioning on the quiz...

Sartre Car Platoon Road Tests to Begin
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Sartre Car Platoon Road Tests to Begin

The Safe Road Trains for the Environment (SARTRE) project in Europe has begun to integrate software and hardware into two vehicles that will be used in its first...

Doe Awards Nist Millions of Supercomputing Hours, Aims For 'concrete Results'
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Doe Awards Nist Millions of Supercomputing Hours, Aims For 'concrete Results'

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded a NIST team of researchers millions of hours of supercomputing time to analyze concrete flow, with the aim of improving...

Iphone Games: Kids ­nknowingly Spend Real Money in 'smurf's Village'
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Iphone Games: Kids ­nknowingly Spend Real Money in 'smurf's Village'

"The Smurfs' Village," a game for the iPhone and other Apple gadgets, was released a month ago and quickly became the highest-grossing application in the iTunes...

Supercomputing Research Opens Doors for Drug Discovery
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Supercomputing Research Opens Doors for Drug Discovery

A quicker and cheaper technique to scan molecular databases developed at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could put scientists on...

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Light Speed Now a Bottleneck in Fastest Networks

High-frequency trading firms should consider where they locate their data centers, according to researchers studying light propagation delays in fiber-optic based...

Developing Robots For the Hospital Emergency Room
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Developing Robots For the Hospital Emergency Room

Vanderbilt University researchers formed an interdisciplinary team to study the use of robots in hospital emergency rooms. The researchers are developing a robotic...

Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers
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Supercomputer Hunts Child Abusers

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers are using the Jaguar supercomputer to analyze Internet traffic, looking for clues that will lead law enforcement officers...

'smart' Hospital Beds Could Enhance Patient Care
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'smart' Hospital Beds Could Enhance Patient Care

New research into hospital bed technology could soon represent a leap forward in patient care. A University of New Hampshire professor is negotiating with manufacturers...

Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft
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Service Members Face New Threat: Identity Theft

The government warns Americans to closely guard their Social Security numbers. But it has done a poor job of protecting those same numbers for millions of people...

Robots Imitate Honey Bees For Aircraft Aerobatics
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Robots Imitate Honey Bees For Aircraft Aerobatics

University of Queensland scientists have developed an autopilot system that is able to guide planes through extreme maneuvers, such as loops and barrel rolls, by...

NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical
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NASA-Funded Research Discovers Life Built With Toxic Chemical

NASA-funded astrobiology research has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.

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Your Next Wallet Is Calling

"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.

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Nasa Sets News Conference on Astrobiology Discovery

NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial...

Intelligent Detector Provides Real-Time Information on Available Parking Spaces
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Intelligent Detector Provides Real-Time Information on Available Parking Spaces

A Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya research team has developed a way to locate available parking spaces using optical and magnetic sensors. The researchers...
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