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Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived
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Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived

Brookings Institution fellow P.W. Singer says in an interview that the military's funding of robotics will have ramifications in areas that people are as yet unaware...

Software Tracks Tigers in 3D
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Software Tracks Tigers in 3D

New software developed with help from the Wildlife Conservation Society will allow tiger researchers to rapidly identify individual animals by creating a three-dimensional...

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Women Opt Out of Math/science Careers Because of Family Demands

Women tend to choose non-math-intensive fields for their careers — not because they lack mathematical ability, but because they want flexibility to raise children...

Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords
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Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords

Computer programs that play the game of Go have advanced to the point where they can beat professional human players, as demonstrated by recent victories at the...

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Web 2.0 for the Real World

European researchers working on some of the most fundamental issues facing the future Internet paradigm have developed – in their spare time, no less – a mobile...

Brain on a Chip?
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Brain on a Chip?

How does the human brain run itself without any software? Find that out, say European researchers, and a whole new field of neural computing will open up. A prototype...

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It Built Into Your Jewelery

Henry Tirri, Nokia's head of research, says the economic downturn will lead to more investments in collaboration tools, broadband, video, and mobile technology...

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Web Founder Issues 'snooping' Warning

Web pioneer and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says more protection is needed to prevent Internet snooping and ensure that...

Ultra-Thin Chip Scaled For Wearable Electronics
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Ultra-Thin Chip Scaled For Wearable Electronics

Flexible wireless monitoring systems could become more wearable by using a new three-dimensional integration process developed by IMEC. The technology uses ultra...

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'I'm Here to Make You Feel Better'

Researchers are developing socially assistive robots that can provide therapy and support to people with cognitive and physical handicaps. One example is CosmoBot...

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How Ibm's Sprucing ­p Its 'social' Side

IBM researchers are exploring ways of using social computing to encourage greater collaboration among enterprise users in an effort to make it easier for businesses...

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Tech to Cure Crop Failure and Look Inside Einstein's Mind?

Technology will help solve some of the most pressing issues the world is facing, says ACM president and University of Southampton professor Dame Wendy Hall. Hall...

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Information Architect Alex Wright Talks About the Lessons of It History

New York Times information architect Alex Wright says in an interview that there is a tendency to concentrate on information technology's future at the expenseView...

The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh
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The A-Z of Programming Languages: Bourne Shell, or Sh

Steve Bourne, creator of the Bourne shell or sh programming language, says in an interview that the language aimed to remedy the problem of designing the shellView...

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IBM Looks to Secure Internet Banking With Usb Stick

A USB memory stick that can guarantee secure banking transactions even if a PC is tainted by malware has been developed by IBM's Zurich research laboratory.

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Scratch Lowers Resistance to Programming

Scratch, created by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, is a programming environment for creating interactive...

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Bathrooms Become Smarter With Touch Screens

Researchers at Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems have developed a touch screen mirror that can remind people when to takeView...

Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music
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Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music

Sonic Visualiser, developed at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, is a free program that produces a visual representation of music...

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Supercomputing Seeks Energy Savings

New energy-saving technology from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has established a standard for resource-responsible high-performance computing (HPC) research...

The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat
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The Grill: Jeannette M. Wing on the Hot Seat

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jeannette M. Wing is an expert on computational thinking, the discipline of applying computer science's problem-solving methods...
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