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March 2017


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Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

The father of the internet says social pressure -- people collectively saying, "This is wrong" -- is crucial to battling misinformation and harassment.


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Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media

Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media

Social media can be used to warn people about floods, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events before they transpire by focusing on photos and keywords posted online.


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Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Although girls currently comprise about 50% of the enrollment in U.S. high school science and math classes, they still lag their male counterparts in college and the workplace in terms of participation in science, technology,…


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Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees

Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees

St. Mary's College researchers trained a quantum computer to recognize trees, a breakthrough they say could help scientists use other quantum systems for complicated machine-learning problems such as pattern recognition and computer…


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Researchers Create 'Time Crystals' Envisioned by Princeton Scientists

Researchers Create 'Time Crystals' Envisioned by Princeton Scientists

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Maryland have generated time crystals based on the theoretical work of Princeton University scientists.


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Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.


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The Quest to Crystallize Time

The Quest to Crystallize Time

Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at atoms with light.


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Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).


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Sharing the Fares

Sharing the Fares

The potential for urban ride-sharing is similar for a variety of cities all over the world.


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CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.


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Artificial Intelligence and Robots to Make Offshore Wind Farms Safer and Cheaper

Artificial Intelligence and Robots to Make Offshore Wind Farms Safer and Cheaper

A consortium in the U.K. is investigating artificial intelligence and other technologies to enhance offshore wind farms.


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Brainlike Computers Are a Black Box. Scientists Are Finally Peering Inside

Brainlike Computers Are a Black Box. Scientists Are Finally Peering Inside

Researchers say they have developed a method for examining neural networks as they operate and visualizing how they reach conclusions.


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Counting Microbes on a Smartphone

Counting Microbes on a Smartphone

Researchers have developed a smartphone app which they say provides a cost-effective and accurate alternative to the traditionally labor-intensive task of counting bacterial colonies on a culture.


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Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding "always-on" electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed to release recordings from the murder defendant's Amazon Echo as …


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New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.


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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With DNA

Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With DNA

Researchers have developed a tiny robotic system that is programmed and controlled by DNA and moves like a living cell.


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New Deep Learning Techniques Analyze Athletes' Decision-Making

New Deep Learning Techniques Analyze Athletes' Decision-Making

A new automated method based on deep-learning techniques will provide coaches and teams with a tool to help assess defensive athletic performance in all game situations.


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Researchers Can Predict Terrorist Behaviors With More Than 90 Percent Accuracy

Researchers Can Predict Terrorist Behaviors With More Than 90 Percent Accuracy

The Networked Pattern Recognition Framework works to predict future terrorist behaviors by defining past attack patterns.


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Researchers Store Computer Operating System and Short Movie on DNA

Researchers Store Computer Operating System and Short Movie on DNA

Researchers have found an algorithm designed for streaming video on a cellphone can unlock DNA's storage potential by squeezing more data into its four base nucleotides.


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Predicting Lawsuits

Predicting Lawsuits

Deep learning yields the ability to forecast the potential for litigation.


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Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic

Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic

Chop a magnet in two, and it becomes two smaller magnets.


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How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

When Wikileaks yesterday released a trove of documents purporting to show how the CIA hacks everything from smartphones to PCs to smart televisions, the agency's already shadowy reputation gained a new dimension.


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Robots Could Look, Feel 'Human' on the Outside

Robots Could Look, Feel 'Human' on the Outside

Researchers say technology is available to enable robots to "wear" human tendons, muscle, and skin.


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The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks

The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks

Researchers have found the darknet is especially good at protecting users' privacy and anonymity because it can counter large cyberattacks on its own by spontaneously adding more network capacity.


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Top Obstacles for Women in Technology

Top Obstacles for Women in Technology

Women face major barriers when working in technology fields, including wage inequality compared to male colleagues, workplace gender bias, a shortage of female role models, and unequal growth opportunities.


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Steering a Turtle With Your Thoughts

Steering a Turtle With Your Thoughts

Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface that can control a turtle using human thought.


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Aging Faces Could Increase Security Risks

Aging Faces Could Increase Security Risks

Researchers are studying how facial aging affects the performance of automatic facial-recognition systems and what implications this could have on identifying criminals or determining when identification documents need to be …


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Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future

Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future

Researchers have developed algorithms that enable a wheeled robot to learn the meanings of words from sentences that describe example paths taken by the robot, to use the words to generate a sentence to describe the path of movement…


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Quantum Microscope Offers MRI for Molecules

Quantum Microscope Offers MRI for Molecules

A quantum microscope that uses a sensor built from diamonds could allow researchers to study such nanoscale mysteries as how DNA folds in a cell, why drugs work or how bacteria metabolize metals.


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Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

The latest revelations about U.S. government's powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide, showing how a remarkable variety of every day devices can…

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