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Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo teams on mobile context research with Carnegie Mellon

Yahoo has inked a deal with Carnegie Mellon University to test machine-learning research, new mobile interfaces, and natural-language recognition on search and other real-time data. Dubbed Project InMind, the five year partnership is worth $10m and will see Yahoo Labs set up a new fellowship program at the university, while CMU students can dig into Yahoo's data to see how online systems can better predict and cater for user needs and intentions.

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High tech smart glasses that help doctors see cancer cells developed by researchers

High tech smart glasses that help doctors see cancer cells developed by researchers

Cancer is one of the most common diseases in the world and affects tens of thousands of people. One of the issues that surgeons and patients alike face is that when they go into surgery to remove cancerous tissues, it can be very difficult for the surgeon to get all of the cancerous tissues. Missing some of the cancer means another surgery for the patient.

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Microsoft boosts Internet of Things team with wearable tease

Microsoft boosts Internet of Things team with wearable tease

Microsoft is tooling up for a big push into the Internet of Things (IoT), a run on new hires to the team suggests, with hints that consumer tech like wearables and automotive could be on the agenda. The company has been relatively quiet on its plans for computing as it spreads beyond PCs, tablets, phones, and consoles, though the IoT technology could work alongside Microsoft's previous research into HomeOS, a home automation system.

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Behind “The Mask”: Huge, sophisticated “Careto” malware discovered

Behind “The Mask”: Huge, sophisticated “Careto” malware discovered

What could be one of the most advanced cyber-espionage and malware systems has been identified, with Kaspersky Lab discovering a wide-reaching hacking scheme that has affected more than 380 different victims across 31 different countries. Dubbed "The Mask" from the Spanish slang "Careto" - meaning "ugly face" or "mask" - found in the malware code, the hackers have put together what Kaspersky describes as an "extremely sophisticated" set of tools including versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, and potentially Android and iOS. In addition to the broad range of potential victims, the amount of data that can be extracted from an infected machine is vast.

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Nanomotors navigate live human cells in “Fantastic Voyage” style

Nanomotors navigate live human cells in “Fantastic Voyage” style

Tiny motorized probes have navigated through live human cells steered by magnetic fields and propelled by ultrasonic waves for the first time, opening the door to fighting cancer or performing intracellular surgery from the inside. The nanomotor research, handiwork of a team led by Tom Mallouk, Evan Pugh Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics at Penn State, sees tiny, missile-shaped probes ingested by cells and then activated with ultrasonic waves, at which point they begin to move around inside the cell and impact with its internal structure.

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DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

DARPA handing out money for development of disappearing electronics

The US military has been rolling out portable electronic devices in droves for soldiers in the field. These gadgets run the gamut from tablets and smartphones to more dedicated devices for specific uses on the battlefield. Having more intelligence in the palm of their hand is a great thing for soldiers, but it also opens the door for those electronic devices to be captured by the enemy potentially revealing data that could be catastrophic in a battle.

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Renault NEXT TWO self-driving car could be on roads by 2020

Renault NEXT TWO self-driving car could be on roads by 2020

Renault has revealed its own autonomous car prototype, the NEXT TWO, a self-driving vehicle that the French company says could launch by 2020. Unlike most such concepts we've seen, such as Nissan's autonomous Leaf EV or Google's long-running project, Renault has taken a more tempered approach, aiming to take over tedious city driving and parking duties while leaving higher-speed travel to the human behind the wheel.

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Prosthetic hand gives amputee a sense of touch

Prosthetic hand gives amputee a sense of touch

Researchers around the world are working to create more lifelike prosthetic hands and other limbs for amputees. Prosthetic hands have been around for years in multiple forms, typically nothing more than a plastic hand or hook that gives the user rudimentary functionality if any at all.

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