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December 2016


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NASA Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

NASA Juno Mission Prepares for December 11 Jupiter Flyby

On Sunday, December 11, at 9:04 a.m. PST (12:04 p.m. EST, 17:04 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its third science flyby of Jupiter.


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In Memoriam: Andrew Birrell 1951-2016

In Memoriam:  Andrew Birrell 1951-2016

He specialized in "in the general area of operating systems and distributed systems, with occasional excursions into security."


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Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks Up Human Pulse

Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks Up Human Pulse

A dash of graphene can transform the stretchy goo known as Silly Putty into a pressure sensor able to monitor a human pulse or even track the dainty steps of a small spider.


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Taking Back Control of an Autonomous Car Affects Human Steering Behavior, Stanford Research Shows

Taking Back Control of an Autonomous Car Affects Human Steering Behavior, Stanford Research Shows

A research team testing the handover of driving from autonomous cars to human drivers found such a shift can be difficult for people if conditions have changed since the last time they were at the wheel.


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No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game Using Only Direct Brain Stimulation

No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game Using Only Direct Brain Stimulation

A recent experiment demonstrated how humans can interact with virtual realities via direct brain stimulation.


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Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Researchers have added to the field of baseball statistics with the first analysis of hitters' performance when their team is either almost guaranteed to win, or is so far behind the game is out of reach.


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Microsoft, Code.Org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Microsoft, Code.Org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Microsoft and Code.org have released a new tutorial for Hour of Code, an annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week to encourage more students to develop an interest in coding.


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Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Harvard University researchers have created the first self-contained soft robot.


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Inside the Big Dish that Brought Us TV from the Moon 

Inside the Big Dish that Brought Us TV from the Moon 

The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most elegant scientific instruments ever built.


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A Drug Laboratory on Wheels

A Drug Laboratory on Wheels

Decentralizing the way medicines are made.


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Earth's Day Lengthens by Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

Earth's Day Lengthens by Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

There may never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but at least the forces of nature are conspiring to help out.


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Design Your Own Custom Drone

Design Your Own Custom Drone

Researchers have developed a way for consumers to design and develop drones to meet their unique specifications.


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Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Lazy Coders Are Training Artificial Intelligences to Be Sexist

Artificial intelligence systems can form flawed and stereotypical word associations by learning from biased data samples.


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MIT's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

MIT's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Researchers have developed an improved version of last year's LineFORM multifunctional snake robot that introduces modularity to the system.


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UCLA Professors Stride Forward in Robotic Technology Research

UCLA Professors Stride Forward in Robotic Technology Research

University of California, Los Angeles computer scientists say recent artificial intelligence innovations are pushing robotic technology forward.


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A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-FBI, Where Are We on Encryption?

A Year After San Bernardino and Apple-FBI, Where Are We on Encryption?

The debate over encryption and government access to secured communications dates decades back.


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Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

Spinoff 2017: NASA Tech Makes a Difference on Earth

NASA has released its Spinoff 2017 publication, which takes a close look at 50 different companies that are using NASA technology—innovations developed by NASA, including JPL; with NASA funding; or under a contract with the agency—in…


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CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court

CRISPR Heavyweights Battle in US Patent Court

It was a tough day in US patent court for the University of California, Berkeley.


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A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth

A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (Digital) Teeth

Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications.


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Safer, Less Vulnerable Software Is the Goal of New NIST Computer Publication

Safer, Less Vulnerable Software Is the Goal of New NIST Computer Publication

The strategies compiled in a new U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) publication can lead to software with 100 times fewer vulnerabilities, according to computer scientists at the agency. 


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When an Interface Becomes the Face

When an Interface Becomes the Face

Social roboticist Glenda Hannibal at the University of Vienna in Austria considers how a future society supported by robots will transform human-digital interaction. 


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U.S. Lead in Quantum Computing 'Under Siege,' Says White House Cyber Adviser

U.S. Lead in Quantum Computing 'Under Siege,' Says White House Cyber Adviser

The United States needs to invest more in quantum computing, according to Tim Polk, assistant director of cybersecurity within the U.S. Office of Science and Technology Policy.


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The Origin of Silicon Valley's Gender Problem

The Origin of Silicon Valley's Gender Problem

About 25 percent of boys and 24 percent of girls expect to be working in a science-related occupation in their 30s, according to the OECD Program for International Student Assessment test. However, more boys expect to be engineers…


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White House Boosts CSforAll Commitments for Computer Science Education Week

White House Boosts CSforAll Commitments for Computer Science Education Week

The White House has announced new commitments involving implementing computer science and computational thinking in K-12 education that build on President Barack Obama's Computer Science for All initiative. 


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Pizzagate: From Rumor, to Hashtag, to Gunfire in D.C.

Pizzagate: From Rumor, to Hashtag, to Gunfire in D.C.

What was finally real was Edgar Welch, driving from North Carolina to Washington to rescue sexually abused children he believed were hidden in mysterious tunnels beneath a neighborhood pizza joint.


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Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Google, Democracy and the Truth About Internet Search

Here's what you don’t want to do late on a Sunday night. You do not want to type seven letters into Google. That's all I did.


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Coding Comics

Coding Comics

Macarthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels introduce kids to computer programming.


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Making Airport PreCheck Free Could Save TSA Millions: Report

Making Airport PreCheck Free Could Save TSA Millions: Report

A University of Illinois study found if the U.S. Transportation Security Administration paid for the expedited airport screening program PreCheck for frequent fliers, it would save the agency $34 million a year, enhance airport…


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Geo Faces Algorithm Seeks to Determine Where You're From

Geo Faces Algorithm Seeks to Determine Where You're From

Southern Connecticut State University professor Mohammad Tarik Islam has developed Geo Faces, an algorithm and dataset that can determine where people are from based on photographs of them.


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Researchers Tackle Communicating With Test Flights Using Weaker Frequencies

Researchers Tackle Communicating With Test Flights Using Weaker Frequencies

University of Kansas researchers have received a $2.5-million contract to develop new communication technologies for airborne vehicles on U.S. test ranges. The research will help remake test-flight communications following an…

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