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Talking in Color: Voice Imaging Helps Social Skills

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign computer scientist Karrie Karahalios has developed a technique to digitize conversations and represent them as images...

Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer
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Sun Dial Mobile App Alerts Muslims to Prayer

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a mobile application known as Sun Dial, which alerts Muslim users when it's time to perform the...

Hp, Ibm Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies
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Hp, Ibm Labs Straddle Present and Future Technologies

Both IBM's Almaden Research Center and Hewlett-Packard Labs are focused on promoting their companies' core businesses and investigating emerging technologies....

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Researchers Seek to Assist the Elderly

Washington State University professors Maureen Schmitter-Edgecombe and Diane Cook have created a smart home laboratory to assess how technology can help senior...

Nasa and Microsoft to Make ­niverse of Data Available to the Public
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Nasa and Microsoft to Make ­niverse of Data Available to the Public

NASA and Microsoft recently announced plans to make planetary images and data accessible over the Internet as part of the Space Act Agreement. NASA and Microsoft...

Architects Compose Symphony of Computing Services
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Architects Compose Symphony of Computing Services

Web services are finding homes in a growing number of applications, from e-learning to manufacturing. But the IT industry's rush to meet demand for services has...

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Experts See Early Activity From the Conficker Worm

An informal group of computer security experts said they have observed early attempts by the Conficker virus to communicate with a control server, but they are...

Researchers Open a Window on Tomorrow's Grid
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Researchers Open a Window on Tomorrow's Grid

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's (PNNL's) Electrical Infrastructure Operations Center features a prototype control room that provides a glimpse into...

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Ieee Highlights Technologies That Will Change the World

The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) recently assembled a panel of technology experts to discuss various emerging research technologies,...

Catering to Car Buyers' Desires
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Catering to Car Buyers' Desires

Buying a new car is one of the biggest purchases most people make. But how can you be sure that the car you order will live up to your expectations? The EU-funded...

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Computer Learning, Electrical Stimulation Offer Hope for Paralyzed

University of Florida professor Warren Dixon says electrical stimulation can be combined with computer learning technologies to help people regain precise, life...

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Powerful Computer Cluster Helps Fight Disease

A university in Sweden is gearing up to provide researchers with a powerful system for large scale computing and data storage. Grants are helping Uppsala University's...

Mathematical System Helps to Cut Bus Journey Times
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Mathematical System Helps to Cut Bus Journey Times

Researchers from the University of Burgos (UBU) have used heuristic algorithms and the "taboo search" method to improve bus service in Burgos, Spain. The approach...

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Machines That Can See

Computer vision or object recognition has progressed by leaps and bounds to the degree that machines can in some instances surpass humans. Applications being developed...

Ec Calls For Energy Efficiency Through Ict
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Ec Calls For Energy Efficiency Through Ict

The European Commission (EC) believes information and communication technologies (ICT) can be used to reduce energy use, which also would help in the effort toView...

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Studying the Female Form: Math Could Lead to Sexier Lingerie, Safer Labcoats

Researchers at Japan's Kyoto Institute of Technology and Osaka University have developed a computerized model for identifying body shape components that can be...

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...

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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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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