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January 2017


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For the Next Election, Don't Recount the Vote. Encrypt It

For the Next Election, Don't Recount the Vote. Encrypt It

Let's be honest: The 2016 election wasn’t a sterling display of American democracy.


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Study Reveals Substantial Evidence of Holographic Universe

Study Reveals Substantial Evidence of Holographic Universe

A UK, Canadian and Italian study has provided what researchers believe is the first observational evidence that our universe could be a vast and complex hologram.


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CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences

CSU Professor Starts Club to Combat Stereotypes Against Women in Computer Sciences

The computer science program at Colorado State University is making a concentrated effort to attract female students and create a more diverse and welcoming environment within the department.


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$4.3 Million in Research Takes Aim at Devastating Citrus Disease

$4.3 Million in Research Takes Aim at Devastating Citrus Disease

Clemson University researchers are working on a $4.3-million study aimed at protecting citrus crops from a bacterial disease that has affected at least 10 states.


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Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions

Berkeley Launches RISELab, Enabling Computers to Make Intelligent Real-Time Decisions

The University of California, Berkeley recently launched the RISELab, which  aims to improve how machines make intelligent decisions based on real-time input.


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Supercomputers to Replace Particle Accelerators?

Supercomputers to Replace Particle Accelerators?

Moving beyond the need for physical experiments.


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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.


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Google's Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn

Google's Go-Playing Machine Opens the Door to Robots that Learn

Two robotic arms face two closed doors. Both reach forward and miss the door handles entirely.


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Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented DetailĀ 

Close Views Show Saturn's Rings in Unprecedented DetailĀ 

Newly released images showcase the incredible closeness with which NASA's Cassini spacecraft, now in its "Ring-Grazing" orbits phase, is observing Saturn's dazzling rings of icy debris.


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Smart City Transport Systems

Smart City Transport Systems

Researchers have developed a machine-learning program to accurately recreate and predict public transport use based on the distribution of land use and amenities in Singapore.


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Finding Credibility Clues on Twitter

Finding Credibility Clues on Twitter

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have built a language model that identifies words and phrases that lead to strong or weak perceived levels of credibility on Twitter.


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Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer

Vanishing Point: The Rise of the Invisible Computer

Experts agree the steady advances of computer chip transistor shrinkage--faster chip speeds, greater efficiency, and less-expensive manufacturing--will soon reach their physical limits.


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Unhappy Developers Lead to Bad Code and Bad Processes

Unhappy Developers Lead to Bad Code and Bad Processes

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have found unhappy developers adversely affect the development process and software products.


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I Can See Clearly Now

I Can See Clearly Now

University of Utah researchers have created "smart glasses" with liquid-based lenses that can automatically adjust focus on what a person is seeing, whether it is far away or nearby.


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U.S. Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language

U.S. Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator for Text Search in Any Language

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity's Machine Translation for English Retrieval of Information in Any Language program aims to give researchers and analysts a tool to help them search for documents in their…


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Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order

Tech Scrambles After Trump Issues Immigration Order

President Donald Trump's broad executive order to restrict visas and refugees particularly from Muslim countries left tech giants like Apple, Facebook, Google and Microsoft scrambling on Saturday to safeguard their employees …


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Quantum Computers Versus Hackers, Round One. Fight!

Quantum Computers Versus Hackers, Round One. Fight!

This week D-Wave, a leader in the nascent field of quantum computing, unveiled its latest machine, D-Wave 2000Q, as well as its first customer: a cybersecurity firm called Total Digital Security.


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Top TechNews Stories of 2016

Top TechNews Stories of 2016

Readers voted with their clicks.


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A New Test for Life on Other Planets

A New Test for Life on Other Planets

A simple chemistry method could vastly enhance how scientists search for signs of life on other planets.


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China Can Help Drive Global Progress in Quantum Computing

China Can Help Drive Global Progress in Quantum Computing

2000 ACM A.M. Turing Award recipient Andrew Chi-Chih Yao says China could potentially take a global lead in quantum computing innovation.


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New Project to Boost Sat Nav Positioning Accuracy Anywhere in the World

New Project to Boost Sat Nav Positioning Accuracy Anywhere in the World

The University of Nottingham in the U.K. will participate in a four-year project using Global Navigation Satellite Systems to establish an architecture for the world's most accurate real-time positioning service.


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Supercool Electrons

Supercool Electrons

The Quantum Dynamics Unit at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University in Japan is researching a potential system for quantum computing, using electrons floating on liquid helium.


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Artificial Intelligence Uncovers New Insight Into Biophysics of Cancer

Artificial Intelligence Uncovers New Insight Into Biophysics of Cancer

Researchers have used a machine-learning artificial intelligence platform to predict three reagents that produced a previously unseen cancer-like phenotype in tadpoles.


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A Computer Program That Learns How to Save Fuel

A Computer Program That Learns How to Save Fuel

Artificial intelligence may one day be able to help cars use energy more efficiently.


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Monero, the Drug Dealer's Cryptocurrency of Choice, Is on Fire

Monero, the Drug Dealer's Cryptocurrency of Choice, Is on Fire

For the cryptocurrency community, 2016 was a very good year.


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Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data

Neuroscience: Big Brain, Big Data

As big brain-mapping initiatives go, Taiwan's might seem small.


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The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat

The AI that Learns Our Habits and Knows When People Cheat

For people who play the video game Counter Strike online, it's hard enough watching your back at the best of times. In the fast-paced first-person shooter, there are always players with quicker reflexes or a sharper eye.


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How AI is Changing Software Development

How AI is Changing Software Development

Artificial intelligence technologies like advanced machine learning, deep learning, and natural language processing will help build better software faster.


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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

The University of Central Florida has been developing artificial intelligence solutions to relieve crowd scientists from the task of manually counting heads.


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Medical, Scientific Image Analysis Vastly Improved by New Software

Medical, Scientific Image Analysis Vastly Improved by New Software

University of Missouri researchers have developed that very quickly and accurately analyzes any series of images.

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