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Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech
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Transistor Stretchier Than Skin for Ultra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor that can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity, making it well-suited for...

Ultrasound Tracking Could Be Used to Deanonymize Tor Users
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Ultrasound Tracking Could Be Used to Deanonymize Tor Users

Ultrasounds emitted by ads or JavaScript code hidden on a page accessed through the Tor Browser can deanonymize Tor users by making nearby phones or computers send...

Attackers Can Make It Impossible to Dial 911
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Attackers Can Make It Impossible to Dial 911

A new cyberattack strategy can block access to 911 emergency services by exploiting vulnerabilities in the system.

Caring Cyborgs
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Caring Cyborgs

Social robots designed to interact with people could act as caregivers for the elderly and children, but current models struggle to understand and mimic the subtleties...

Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle AIs Road Sense
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Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle AIs Road Sense

Researchers have developed a simulator employing convolutional neural networks and deep learning to enhance how vehicle artificial intelligence systems manage environmental...

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better
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Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt...

PCAST Releases Report on Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors
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PCAST Releases Report on Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

The Computing Research Association has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades.

New Camera Can See Around Corners
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New Camera Can See Around Corners

In the last few years, single-pixel cameras have begun to revolutionize the field of imaging.

Complexity Theory Problem Strikes Back
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Complexity Theory Problem Strikes Back

The legendary graph isomorphism problem may be harder than a 2015 result seemed to suggest.

Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars
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Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the...

Move over Bitcoin--MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger ALGORAND…the Future of Blockchain?
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Move over Bitcoin--MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger ALGORAND…the Future of Blockchain?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Silvio Micali recently published a paper describing a decentralized, secure way to manage a shared ledger that provides...

UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'
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UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'

University of California, Los Angeles researchers applied their knowledge of math, physics, and computer science to help animate "Moana," a three-dimensional computer...

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter
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States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter

To prepare for the day when self-driving cars will travel on technology-aided roads, U.S. state transit planners aim to outfit those roadways with fiber optics,...

Tech Trends in 2017: Energy Harvesting
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Tech Trends in 2017: Energy Harvesting

Some experts see energy harvesting technology as essential to successfully realizing the Internet of Things, and research into micro-scale energy harvesting has...

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup
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Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Four top professional poker players will challenge an artificial intelligence system in a 20-day Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament billed as an "epic...

Cyberwar for Sale
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Cyberwar for Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

The U.S. Goes All-In on Tech Inclusion
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The U.S. Goes All-In on Tech Inclusion

A wave of U.S. federal funding aims to make the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields more inclusive.

NASA Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return
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NASA Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return

For the planetary science community, the day when NASA makes the final call on new Solar System exploration missions always feels bittersweet.

The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made
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The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made

On the summit of Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the island of Maui in Hawaii, a telescope began clicking pictures of the night sky in 2010.

Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged
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Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine...
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