Ponder This: A Q&A with puzzle master Oded Margalit

Every month since May 1998, thousands of people match wits with the best minds in IBM Research by trying to solve Ponder This puzzles. The Ponder This puzzles began as a way for IBM researchers to increase productivity. Some employees found that when they got stuck on a problem, that immersing themselves in solving a […]

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Inventors’ Corner: U.S. Patent #7,877,706 – Controlling a document based on user behavioral signals detected from a 3D captured image stream

This patent describes a technique that enables an individual to use gestures and movements to search the Web or automatically create or update a document, spreadsheet, e-mail, etc. Similar to the technology used in gaming systems to capture a player’s actions or movement, this invention is capable of seeing or detecting certain gestures or movements […]

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IBM100: Remembering 1987 Nobel Prize for physics

Editor’s note: Guest author Paul Grant was manager, Cooperative Phenomena Group and Coordinator of High-Tc Research at IBM Research — Almaden. On an October afternoon in 1987, a team of IBM researchers at the Almaden Research Center, received impromptu attention on national television — for their work in physics. The Nobel Prize in Physics had […]

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IBM100: Memories of Benoit Mandelbrot, by Michael Frame

An early cosmology placed the earth on the backs of four elephants, 
all standing on a turtle. The question, “On what did the turtle
 stand?” always was answered, “It’s turtles all the way down.” Calculus 
and all of 19th century analysis worked because the functions studied
 are more closely approximated by their tangent lines the […]

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Inventors’ Corner: U.S. Patent #7,516,142 — System, Method and Program Product for Optimizing a Research and Grant Portfolio

This invention describes a method, system, and program that assists academic researchers with tracking available grants, identifying potential collaborators and their skills, and locating available equipment and other materials. The system also matches up the people, projects and resources in an ordered and disciplined process. In addition, the patented technique can help university researchers properly […]

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Nanotechnology and the future of computing

IBM Research – Zurich and ETH Zurich, a premier European science and technology university, announced today the opening of a new Nanotechnology Center. Joint research projects promise to combine the skills of industry and academic research in ways that neither party could achieve on their own. The announcement of the new center being made at […]

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Webby recognizes IBM site for simplifying Congress’ many bills

Editor’s note: Bradley Schmidt, IBM Government Proposal program manager also contributed to this article. How many bills did your member of Congress draft last year? On what topics? And what about provisions within the bills not directly related to the topic? Do you even know who your congressperson is? Of the nearly 10,000 entries submitted […]

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Why SmartCamp: spotlight on CareCloud

In 2010, IBM started SmartCamp, a global initiative for entrepreneurs and start ups that build solutions to make the planet smarter. Participants work with advisors, investors and business mentors from IBM to gain access to venture capital. “Our mission is to revolutionize healthcare through better technology, so having the chance to engage with an industry […]

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IBM Honors the 25th Anniversary of High Temperature Superconductivity

Twenty-five years ago IBM scientists, J. Georg Bednorz and K. Alex Muller altered the landscape of physics when they observed superconductivity in an oxide material at a temperature 50 percent higher, (-238 deg C, -397 deg F) than what was previously known. This discovery opened an entirely new chapter in the field of physics and […]

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Traffic: Global data problem?

Even with advances in GPS navigation, real-time traffic alerts and mapping, daily commute times are often unreliable, and relevant updates on how to avoid congestion often reach commuters when they are already stuck in traffic and it is too late to change course. In recent years, IBM researchers have begun to think of traffic as […]

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Video: Discovering excimer laser surgery

SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics interviews IBM Researcher James Wynne about “the discovery of surgical applications of the excimer laser.”

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Open architecture helps Watson understand natural language

Editor’s note: This is a guest post by IBM Senior Technical Staff Member and Apache UIMA Project Management Committee Chairman Marshall Schor. Meet Mr. Schor and Watson at the 2011 Impact Conference, April 10-14. Natural language is messy. Slang, puns and the context of when and where something is spoken influences meaning. Watson tackled the […]

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