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December 2016


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How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar

Aleksandr B. Vyarya thought his job was to defend people from cyberattacks until, he says, his government approached him with a request to do the opposite.


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Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 

Everything You Need to Know About Gene Therapy's Most Promising Year 

For a few lucky patients, 2016 was the year when gene therapy turned from promises to cures.


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Election System Susceptible to Rigging Despite Red Flags

Election System Susceptible to Rigging Despite Red Flags

The U.S. election system is fraught with vulnerabilities, including antiquated electronic voting machines that can be hacked without leaving a paper trail.


From ACM TechNews

New Simulation Software Improves Helicopter Pilot Training

New Simulation Software Improves Helicopter Pilot Training

Researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have developed simulation software to improve training for helicopter pilots via real-time computational analysis of both fluid mechanics and flight dynamics.


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The Gender Gap in Computer Science Is Hurting U.S. Businesses

The Gender Gap in Computer Science Is Hurting U.S. Businesses

Women's share of the computer science workforce continues to fall despite efforts to expand computing education for children and young adults, according to research from Accenture and Girls Who Code.


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Brain Activity Is Too Complicated for Humans to Decipher. Machines Can Decode It for Us

Brain Activity Is Too Complicated for Humans to Decipher. Machines Can Decode It for Us

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to analyze neuroscientific data, to gain insight into how the human brain functions.


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Why Connecting All the World's Robots Will Drive 2017's Top Technology Trends

Why Connecting All the World's Robots Will Drive 2017's Top Technology Trends

Technological developments in 2016 offer guidance as to how 2017 will unfold.


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Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning

Expect Deeper and Cheaper Machine Learning

Machine-learning technologies are undergoing a transformation, appearing in products and systems that experts predict will be less expensive and more focused on deep-learning calculations. 


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How Scientists Use Slack

How Scientists Use Slack

When geneticist Daniel MacArthur checks into his lab, the first thing he does is fire up Slack, a workplace messaging app.


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U.S. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources

U.S. Set to Announce Response to Russian Election Hacking: Sources

The Obama administration plans to announce on Thursday a series of retaliatory measures against Russia for hacking into U.S. political institutions and individuals and leaking information in an effort to help President-elect …


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A Wolverine Inspired Material

A Wolverine Inspired Material

University of California, Riverside researchers say they have developed an ionic conductor that is transparent, mechanically stretchable, and self-healing.


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Multi-Core Processors for Mobility and Industry 4.0

Multi-Core Processors for Mobility and Industry 4.0

Researchers have successfully demonstrated that multi-core technologies in principle could provide digital computation capacity for safety-critical applications.


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Enhanced Energy: ONR Global Seeks More Powerful Electronic Devices

Enhanced Energy: ONR Global Seeks More Powerful Electronic Devices

The U.S. Office of Naval Research Global is sponsoring research by the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology in the United Arab Emirates on a new nanomaterial for solar cells and photodetectors.


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UB Awarded $1.2 Million for Self-Driving Car Research

UB Awarded $1.2 Million for Self-Driving Car Research

University at Buffalo researchers have received a $1.2-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to create a research center for self-driving and connected vehicles.


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Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.

Can Alexa Help Solve a Murder? Police Think So—But Amazon Won't Give Up Her Data.

When police responded to a home in Bentonville, Ark., one Sunday morning last November, they discovered Victor Collins's dead body in the backyard.


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Exploring Post-Quantum Cryptography

Exploring Post-Quantum Cryptography

The New Hope post-quantum algorithm to protect encryptions against quantum computers won its developers Facebook’s 2016 Internet Defense Prize (and $100,000); Google is experimenting with its use for part of its data traffic. …


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Rewriting the Code of Life

Rewriting the Code of Life

Early on an unusually blustery day in June, Kevin Esvelt climbed aboard a ferry at Woods Hole, bound for Nantucket Island.


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Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines for Signs of Trouble

Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines for Signs of Trouble

Driving your car until it breaks down on the road is never anyone's favorite way to learn the need for routine maintenance.


From ACM TechNews

How Much Are You Worth to Facebook? A Free Tool Now Provides the Answer

How Much Are You Worth to Facebook? A Free Tool Now Provides the Answer

Researchers at Spain's University of Madrid have developed a tool that can identify a Facebook user's economic value on the advertising market in real time.


From ACM TechNews

NIST Asks Public to Help Future-Proof Electronic Information

NIST Asks Public to Help Future-Proof Electronic Information

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology is asking the world's cryptographers to help stave off the potential decryption of digital information by quantum computers.


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Astronauts to Get Help From Snake Robots

Astronauts to Get Help From Snake Robots

Snake robots that can assist astronauts are being investigated by researchers at Norwegian independent research organization SINTEF as part of a project with the European Space Agency.


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A Matter of Life or Death

A Matter of Life or Death

More than 2.5 million people from more than 160 countries have shared their opinions about which algorithmic decisions are most ethical for a self-driving vehicle to make.


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Walking the Line: WPI Students Develop App as Sobriety Test

Walking the Line: WPI Students Develop App as Sobriety Test

A smartphone application in development at Massachusetts' Worcester Polytechnic Institute tells users when they have had too much alcohol by monitoring changes in the way they walk.


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Use It or Lose It: The Search for Enlightenment in Dark Data

Use It or Lose It: The Search for Enlightenment in Dark Data

The growth of structured and unstructured data is proceeding exponentially, yet a recent IBM study estimated more than 80% of all data is "dark," or unmanaged and unstructured.


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New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security bugs in equipment, including pacemakers, insulin pumps and imaging…


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2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.


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Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.


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Computer Models Find Ancient Solutions to Modern Problems

Computer Models Find Ancient Solutions to Modern Problems

At Washington State University, archaeologists have developed computer simulations of the interactions between ancestral peoples in the American Southwest and their environment.


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New Technology Coordinates Drones in Team Missions

New Technology Coordinates Drones in Team Missions

West Virginia University researchers have developed a genetic algorithm to mobilize unmanned aerial vehicles in team missions.


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Honey, I Shrunk the Circuit

Honey, I Shrunk the Circuit

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have demonstrated the highest-bandgap transistor ever, a High Electron Mobility Transistor.

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