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January 2017


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Research Led by Clemson University Could Help Revolutionize Transportation

Research Led by Clemson University Could Help Revolutionize Transportation

Researchers at Clemson University's new Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility aim to improve the mobility of people and goods and explore how the emerging Internet of Things will apply to travel.


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Wearables Could Soon Know You're Sick Before You Do

Wearables Could Soon Know You're Sick Before You Do

Consumer wearables, which track simple metrics such as step counts and heart rates, have the potential to provide actionable health data, according to Stanford University researchers.


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Cheery Robots May Make Creepy Companions, but Could Be Intelligent Assistants

Cheery Robots May Make Creepy Companions, but Could Be Intelligent Assistants

An international team of researchers has found cheery robots may make users uneasy, while serious robots can reduce anxiety depending on how users perceive the robot's role in their lives.


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Prisoner Programmers

Prisoner Programmers

One organization hopes teaching inmates to code can help keep them out of prison.


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Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.


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NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves

NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves

NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. 


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Report: Five Actions States Can Take to Bridge the Computer Science Ed Gap

Report: Five Actions States Can Take to Bridge the Computer Science Ed Gap

A new report details five actions U.S. states can take to bridge the computer science education gap and prepare young people for a future engaged in computers and information technology.


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4G Network Infrastructure Could Mean Fewer Accidents by Drivers

4G Network Infrastructure Could Mean Fewer Accidents by Drivers

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have found a preexisting 4G network infrastructure could help drivers make safe decisions in or near accidents.


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New Fingerprinting Techniques Identify Users Across Different Browsers on the Same PC

New Fingerprinting Techniques Identify Users Across Different Browsers on the Same PC

A U.S.-based multi-university research effort has yielded distinct fingerprinting methods to track users when they use different browsers installed on the same device.


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Will Blockchain-Based Election Systems Make E-Voting Possible?

Will Blockchain-Based Election Systems Make E-Voting Possible?

Determining whether blockchain technology can accurately count votes and ensure the integrity of an electronic voting system was the purpose of a competition among university teams held by Kaspersky Lab.


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Seeing the Quantum Future...Literally

Seeing the Quantum Future...Literally

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia have utilized big data methods to predict how quantum systems will change and then preventively suppress decoherence.


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Scientists Propose a Novel Regional Path Tracking Scheme for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Scientists Propose a Novel Regional Path Tracking Scheme for Autonomous Ground Vehicles

Researchers at Jilin University in China have proposed a model predictive control algorithm that could track a complex road by monitoring the desired lateral position of the road centerline of autonomous ground vehicles.


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Using Mathematics to Hunt for Computer Errors

Using Mathematics to Hunt for Computer Errors

The Austrian Science Fund FWF is funding the development of methods to apply mathematical analysis to enhancing software and hardware security.


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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying mud.


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Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

Hans Berliner, Master Chess Player and Programmer, Dies at 87

A former world champion of correspondence chess who later helped develop game-playing computers, Hans Berliner died on Friday in Riviera Beach, FL, at the age of 87.


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Darpa's Off-Roaders Ditch Windows for a Digital World View

Darpa's Off-Roaders Ditch Windows for a Digital World View

Autonomous warriors may dominate the battlefield of tomorrow, but even those that still require human flesh will take on a robotic sheen. That shift could start with the end of windows.


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Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course

Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course


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Computer Models Help Fight Climate Change

Computer Models Help Fight Climate Change

Salt marsh modeling holds the potential to protect coastal locations from rising sea levels.


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Hinton to Receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Hinton to Receive BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award

Artificial intelligence researcher Geoffrey Hinton is being honored “for his pioneering and highly influential work” to endow machines with the ability to learn.


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Teaching Computers to Recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome

Teaching Computers to Recognize Sick Guts: Machine-Learning and the Microbiome

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have harnessed machine-learning techniques to classify proteins found in healthy and unhealthy gut microbiomes.


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New Technology Enables 5-Dimensional Imaging in Live Animals and Humans

New Technology Enables 5-Dimensional Imaging in Live Animals and Humans

University of Southern California researchers have developed an image-analysis technique that makes finding important biological molecules and learning how they interact in living organisms faster and less expensive.


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11 Predictions for the Future of Programming

11 Predictions for the Future of Programming

Among the expected trends for computer programming in 2017 and beyond is the cloud overtaking Moore's Law, which will require coders to find algorithms that can more flexibly allocate computing power to tasks.


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Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues

Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of "electronic personhood" to ensure rights and responsibilities for…


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Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine

Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine


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A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us

A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological change.


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5 State Policies to Sustain Computer Science Education

5 State Policies to Sustain Computer Science Education

The Southern Regional Education Board recently convened a group of U.S. state legislators and secondary and postsecondary education leaders to develop policies and actions that positively support computer science education.


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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.


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How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment by 2021

How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment by 2021

Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science, aims to reach an equal male/female balance in computer science enrollment by 2021.


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Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

University of Texas at Austin researchers are developing graphene-based health sensors that stick to a person's skin like a temporary tattoo and take measurements with the same precision as conventional medical equipment.


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Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify vehicles.

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