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March 2017


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Mathematician Breaks Down How to Defend Against Quantum Computing Attacks

Mathematician Breaks Down How to Defend Against Quantum Computing Attacks

A mathematician has created and released software that could protect encrypted code from hackers armed with next-generation quantum computers.


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Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches

Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches

North Carolina State University's cyborg cockroaches can be remotely controlled to carry technology that could scan disaster areas and identify survivors in the wake of catastrophes.


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Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer

Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer

Google has developed a new breast cancer detection technique that utilizes machine learning, predictive analytics, and pattern recognition to train a computer to search for cell patterns in tissue slides.


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How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 

How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 

Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder. 


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Modeling Gun Violence as a Contagion

Modeling Gun Violence as a Contagion

Using data to try to keep people from getting shot.


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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind

Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind

Baxter is but a child, with bright eyes and a subtle grin.


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To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have dropped all charges against a man accused of accessing Playpen, a notorious…


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Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs

Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs

Researchers found teens rarely talked to their parents about potentially risky online experiences.


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Using Game Theory to Predict Cyberattacks on Elections and Voting Machines

Using Game Theory to Predict Cyberattacks on Elections and Voting Machines

An algorithm based on game theory can be used to protect against efforts to tamper with election results.


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Social Media Algorithm Says Trump 'Tweets Like a Bachelor'

Social Media Algorithm Says Trump 'Tweets Like a Bachelor'

Researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts a user's marital status with 86% accuracy using data from Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram.


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Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind

Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind

Legally blind SAS software engineer Ed Summers in February guided the company's release of a free browser plug-in that scans Web pages for graphs or charts and translates them into piano notes.


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Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy

Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy

The Synthetic Data Vault is a new machine-learning system that automatically creates synthetic data, which can be used in data science efforts that otherwise would be thwarted due to limited access to authentic data.


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Singing Posters and Talking Shirts: UW Engineers Turn Everyday Objects Into FM Radio Stations

Singing Posters and Talking Shirts: UW Engineers Turn Everyday Objects Into FM Radio Stations

Researchers are enabling everyday objects to communicate directly with smartphones and car radios and transmit information to them.


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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em.


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2017 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

2017 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

The Computing Research Association board of directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2017 CRA Awards.


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How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed by separate research teams. 


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NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.


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Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots

Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots

The assumption that physically interfacing the human brain with machines will give humanity a competitive edge over increasingly advanced robots is dubious, because of various factors.


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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.


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Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'Grows as It Computes'

Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'Grows as It Computes'

Researchers have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that "grows as it computes."


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Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It

Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can create code to solve simple math problems.


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Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?

Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?

Researchers at TU Wien in Austria have developed a computational method that can determine the shape a metal object must be in order to generate a specific sound.


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First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even quantum computers.


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Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally solve the riddle of the heavens as a result.


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Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Hacked medical devices make for scary headlines.


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Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones

Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones

Researchers have devised a way to program a team of off-the-shelf, low-powered drones to map an oil spill in a matter of minutes.


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New Gene Sequencing Software Could Aid in Early Detection, Treatment of Cancer

New Gene Sequencing Software Could Aid in Early Detection, Treatment of Cancer

New computational software can detect the presence of an epigenetic add-on associated with cancer and other health conditions.


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Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It Underwater

Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It Underwater

Microsoft engineers have proposed underwater server farms to help cloud providers deal with data center expansion in an environmentally friendly manner.


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University Professor First in Line to Test Transformative Robot 'Cassie'

University Professor First in Line to Test Transformative Robot 'Cassie'

University of Michigan researchers are programming and testing a bipedal robot with the mobility of a large bird.


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Building the Quantum Internet

Building the Quantum Internet

Taking the first steps toward building a long-range network that can connect super-fast quantum computers, or provide absolutely secure, tamper-free communication.

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