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Google Launches Big Improvements To Patent Search

Google announced today that it has added European patents to go along with its U.S. patents in its patent search tool. In addition to adding millions of patents, Google has added a feature called the Prior Art Finder. “Typically, patents are granted only if an invention is new and not obvious,” explains engineering manager Jon Orwant. “To explain why an …

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Science Finally Proves That Justin Bieber Sucks (really, pop music in general)

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke famously said that “the reason that people pirate, is they want access to good music. And they don’t get it because the radio is so shit.” Well, the blame may not rest entirely on the radio stations – they may, in reality, truly have no choice in the quality of music they play. That’s because new research …

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Here Are The U.S. Airports With The Most Influence In A Pandemic

Ok, this is cool. And also rather frightening, as I just caught Contagion on HBO the other night. Researchers at MIT’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering took a good look at the first few days of a contagious disease outbreak and determined which U.S. airports would be the biggest influencers in its spread. They looked at the top 40 …

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Harvard Does Tony Stark One Better With Their New Super Suit

Ever since characters like Iron Man began to enter the public consciousness thanks to films and renewed interest in comics, more attention has been spent on ways to make super suits a reality. While Iron Man may never happen, the guys at Harvard are hard at work on the next best thing. The Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences …

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They Can Run, But Cancer Cells Can No Longer Hide

I’ve had friends and family taken by cancer, and the cause was always the same – it was caught too late. Granted, a lot of that has to do with people not getting annual screenings, but cancer is also just really hard to find in its early stages. Couple that with the fact that some cancers can only be treated …

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Google Shares its “Hybrid” Approach to Research

Research has been a part of Google since its beginnings, and many of its products could even have been considered experimental when they were launched. Today Alfred Spector, vice president of research and special initiatives at Google, took to the Official Google Blog to preview a research paper that will be published in the July issue of Communications of the …

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Bing Researchers Set Phasers for “Amaze” at IEEE Conference

After a week of conferences and presentations, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’s annual Computer Society Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition is wrapping up today. If that’s a little too advanced for your awareness, it’s the yearly conference where some of the brightest minds in the field of search and machine learning gather to present their research …

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Bigfoot Hair Samples to Undergo New DNA Analysis

Bigfoot hair samples are being gathered, collected, and processed as part of a new study that will help determine if such a creature actually exists. So if you or anyone you know has random Yeti hairs just lying around the house, be sure to let the folks over at Oxford University and the Lausanne Museum of Zoology know about your …

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Google Analyzes How People Use Smartphones In Different Countries

Earlier, we looked a new report from Adobe, indicating that the share of website visits from tablets grew ten times faster than the rate of smartphones in a two-year period. Now, Google has released some research about smartphone adoption around the world. “Today, Australia, U.K., Sweden, Norway, Saudi Arabia and UAE each have more than 50 percent of their population …

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Google Analyzes SPDY Speeds On Mobile Networks

If you’ve been following Internet trends lately, then you should be aware of Google’s SPDY protocol. It’s a replacement for HTTP that can speed up the load times for Web pages. It’s been used extensively in browsers with Chrome first adopting it and Firefox turning it on by default with the release of Firefox 13. If you have used SPDY, …

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MIT Researchers Create Glare-Free Glass

MIT researchers have created a type of glass that is nearly invisible. MIT News reports that the glass and the process of creating it were described in a paper published by the journal ACS Nano. The paper is titled (get ready) “Nanotextured Silica Surfaces with Robust Super-Hydrophobicity and Omnidirectional Broadband Super-Transmissivity.” The abstract to the paper describes the structure of …

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Scientists Use Neuroprosthesis to Move Paralyzed Hand

Scientists at Northwestern University have created brain-machine technology that will deliver brain signals directly to muscles, bypassing the spinal chord. This technology may one day help paralysis victims regain muscle control. The research was done on monkeys by measuring brain signals as they used their hand to perform simple tasks like grasping and dropping a ball. They used the information …

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