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

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

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

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

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
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Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms,...

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
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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.

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
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The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
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NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the...

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds
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Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has announced funding to support large-scale collaboration methods that will improve intelligence analysts'...

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface
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Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

The new glassy-carbon electrodes developed by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have the potential to restore movement in people with spinal cord injuries...

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System
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Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning
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Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Examining each transistor in a microprocessor using techniques for analyzing how the human brain works did not yield anticipated understanding.

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames
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GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Researchers have created a playable visualization of 16,000 video games grouped according to shared commonalities such as gameplay, cultural reactions, and game...

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest
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Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest

Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform that combines environmental sensors with hardware and software for edge computing within a portable node or device...

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster
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IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

A New Spin on Electronics
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A New Spin on Electronics

Researchers have successfully demonstrated the production, transport, and detection of electronic spin information at room temperature, using the boundary layer...

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
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NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism
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What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped...
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