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Submission + - U.S. Army tests nine-language translation device to support African operations (

An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Army is developing a hand-held translation device designed to support military communications in Africa, where several French accents and dialects are spoken. The SQ.410 Translation System, is a two-way translator developed by DARPA contractor VoxTec. The software is programmed with nine languages and does not require an internet connection or mobile network.

Submission + - How Many Scientists Does It Take to Write a Paper?

An anonymous reader writes: The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the current spike in number of contributors noted in scientific journals. The problem is highlighted by a recent physics paper which credits 5,154 researchers. The journal reports: "In fact, there has been a notable spike since 2009 in the number of technical reports whose author counts exceeded 1,000 people, according to the Thomson Reuters Web of Science, which analyzed citation data. In the ever-expanding universe of credit where credit is apparently due, the practice has become so widespread that some scientists now joke that they measure their collaborators in bulk—by the 'kilo-author.'"

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