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February 2017


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Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated single-browser techniques.


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National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State

National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State

The Pennsylvania State University Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will support interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs.


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NASA Preps for Space-Based Laser Communications

NASA Preps for Space-Based Laser Communications

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is preparing to demonstrate the feasibility of using high-capacity laser communications in space.


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NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.


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Smart Cities Begin To Face Security Concerns

Smart Cities Begin To Face Security Concerns

"The attack surface is growing faster than the protections."


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AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.


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Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak

Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak

One of the worst epidemics in human history, a sixteenth-century pestilence that devastated Mexico's native population, may have been caused by a deadly form of salmonella from Europe, a pair of studies suggest.


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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated 10 highly ranked players.


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New Resource for Optical Chips

New Resource for Optical Chips

Researchers have demonstrated that silicon optical devices can reproduce physical phenomena used by high-end telecommunications optoelectronic components.


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Tricky Landing

Tricky Landing

University of Cincinnati researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to test how fuzzy logic helps autonomous aerial drones overcome the difficulties of landing on a moving platform.


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Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine

Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine

Researchers say smartphone add-ons and applications are turning the smartphones into revolutionary medical tools.


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Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years

Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years

Software robots designed to fix errors on Wikipedia often engage in online fights lasting years, with bots repeatedly undoing each other's edits.


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HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale

HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale

Baidu's Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab has released a modified implementation of the ring all-reduce OpenMPI algorithm for the deep-learning community.


From ACM Careers

Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.

Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.

Poisonous political divisions have spawned an encryption arms race across the Trump administration, as both the president’s advisers and career civil servants scramble to cover their digital tracks in a capital nervous about …


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Knight, Dr. John C.

Knight, Dr. John C.

John Charles Knight, 69, of Charlottesville, VA, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, after a courageous battle with hypersensitivity pneumonitis.


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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.


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Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.


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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.


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Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Researchers are exploring unpredictable issues with autonomous car technology that might be solved with embedded software to avoid accidents.


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Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

Instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate programs must change with education research, according to a new report.


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Rethinking HPC Platforms for 'Second Gen' Applications

Rethinking HPC Platforms for 'Second Gen' Applications

Researchers in the U.K. are suggesting a new approach to high-performance computing infrastructure involving containerization is required by second-generation applications.


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Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones

Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones

Researchers in the U.K. are working to develop advanced machine-to-machine communication systems that capture and transmit images from highly efficient vision sensors mimicking the human retina.


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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.


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Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.


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Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?

Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?

Michigan State University researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made using an inkjet printer.


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UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks

UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks

The University of California, Berkeley is collaborating with several major technology companies in forming the 5G Innovators Initiative, which is focused on bringing technology and academia together to advance fifth-generation…


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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.


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Researchers Devise Efficient Power Converter for Internet of Things

Researchers Devise Efficient Power Converter for Internet of Things

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories recently unveiled a power converter that stays efficient at currents between 500 picoamps and 1 milliamp.


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Li-Fi Promises Two-way Internet via Light Waves

Li-Fi Promises Two-way Internet via Light Waves

But first, costs must tumble.


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Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

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