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Quantum Theory May Explain Wishful Thinking

Humans don't always make the most rational decisions. Even when logic and reasoning point in one direction, sometimes we chose the opposite route, motivated by...

Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time
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Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time

Up to 90 percent of smartphone users say they want computer-like functions, and close to 40 percent of aggregate face time is based on mobile Internet, games, multimedia...

Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces
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Natural 'barcodes' Help US Recognize Faces

Humans recognize faces by organizing facial features such as eyebrows, eyes, and lips into horizontal lines of information, say Dr. Steven Dakin of the University...

The Stranger Side of Chi 2009
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The Stranger Side of Chi 2009

ACM's CHI 2009, the 27th Computer-Human Interaction Conference, spotlighted many new inventions and concepts, some of which were decidedly unusual. These included...

Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves
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Tech Mainstays Promote Machines That Fix Themselves

Technology companies are embracing self-healing technology, a computing strategy that could have a major impact on the data center and the desktop. IBM uses self...

Argonne Works to Reduce Supercomputer's Electricity Requirement
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Argonne Works to Reduce Supercomputer's Electricity Requirement

Cooling a supercomputer consumes more electricity than is required to run the machine, even machines as powerful as the IBM Blue Gene/P — called Intrepid — at the...

Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls
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Wearable Sensors Monitor Gait, May Help Prevent Falls

When an older person is injured in a fall, the cost is significant, both in quality of life and medical expense.  being developed by Researchers at the University...

A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool
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A Twitter-Based Graphing Tool

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Human-Computer Interaction Institute Ph.D. student Ian Li (pictured) has developed Grafitter, a Twitter-based program that lets...

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Could Quantum Mathematics Shake Up Google?

Pedro Carpena, a physicist at the University of Malaga in Spain, has used a mathematical technique for studying disorder in quantum systems to extract keywords...

Ishii Develops 'hands-On' ­ser Interfaces
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Ishii Develops 'hands-On' ­ser Interfaces

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab researcher Hiroshi Ishii is developing tactile user interfaces that are designed to integrate computer use...

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W3C Investigates Possible e-Gov Standards

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has initiated the process for developing standards that governments could employ to tap Web 2.0 and social networking technologies...

Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication
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Researchers Add Emotional Context to Electronic Communication

Information and communications technology (ICT) is all about communication but it has never provided the semantic richness offered by the non-verbal cues that typically...

Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches
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Technology Merges Images, Data and Knowledge to Produce Smarter Searches

University of Texas at DallasUniversity of Texas at Dallas researchers are working to improve the results of searches that request multiple pieces of information...

Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming
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Supercomputer Project Moves Forward in Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal has signed a bill to contribute approximately $40 million to the National Center for Atmospheric Research's new supercomputer project...

Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award
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Nominations Open For Marie R. Pistilli Eda Achievement Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Marie R. Pistilli Women in Electronic Design Automation Achievement Award, which is named after the former...

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Cyber Spying a Threat, and Everyone Is In On It

The computers of Tibetan exiles and the U.S. electrical grid were recently breached by hackers, highlighting the growing threat of cyber espionage. The White House...

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Artificial Intelligence to Tackle Rogue Traders

The University of Sunderland's Computerized Analysis of Stocks and Shares for Novelty Detection of Radical Activities (CASSANDRA) project is developing a software...

Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants
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Robotic Gardeners: MIT Droids Tend Plants

A class of undergraduates at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has created a set of robots that can water, harvest and pollinate cherry tomato plants. The...

Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman
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Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman

A cybernetic bodysuit developed by Cyberdyne Corp. and Daiwa House of Japan augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold. The HAL (Hybrid...

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Computers Analyze Fruit-Flies to Find Genes For Aggressive Behavior

California Institute of Technology (Caltech) scientists have trained computers to automatically analyze aggression and courtship in fruit flies, allowing researchers...
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