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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...

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.

Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different
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Vint Cerf's Dream Do-Over: 2 Ways He'd Make the Internet Different

Google chief Internet evangelist and former ACM president Vint Cerf said he would change a few things about the Internet's creation if he could do it over again...

­.s. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research
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­.s. Pumps $400 Million Into Next-Generation Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will invest more than $400 million over the next seven years to fund next-generation wireless research.

Hpe Shows Off a Computer Intended to Emulate the Human Brain
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Hpe Shows Off a Computer Intended to Emulate the Human Brain

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is showing off a prototype computer designed to imitate the parallelism of the human brain using circuit boards and memory chips.  

How Toy Street Lamps Are Shedding New Light on Quantum Computing
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How Toy Street Lamps Are Shedding New Light on Quantum Computing

The bulbs from toy street lamps, among other things, are helping to reveal new insights into quantum computing. 

Not Lost in Translation: Researchers 'teach' Computers to Translate Accurately
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Not Lost in Translation: Researchers 'teach' Computers to Translate Accurately

Scientists are seeking to improve the capabilities of online translation programs by embedding new artificial intelligence methods to build complete sentences. 

What Will it Take to Make A.I. Sound More Human?
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What Will it Take to Make A.I. Sound More Human?

Conversation fillers such as "hmm" and "uh-huh" are critical to improving communication between humans and artificial intelligence.

Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code
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Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code

A Tor Project developer reports the project is enhancing its software to rapidly detect tampering to its network for the purpose of surveillance. 

Algorithm Reads Tweets to Figure Out Which Restaurants Make You Sick
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Algorithm Reads Tweets to Figure Out Which Restaurants Make You Sick

A new app identifies food poisoning-related tweets and connects them to restaurants using geotagging, in order to identify likely hotspots of food poisoning.. 

A New Algorithm From MIT Could Protect Ships From 'rogue Waves' at Sea
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A New Algorithm From MIT Could Protect Ships From 'rogue Waves' at Sea

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a predictive tool that could give ships a two- to three-minute advance warning of approaching rogue...

Even Encrypted Medical Record Databases Leak Information
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Even Encrypted Medical Record Databases Leak Information

Many types of databases used for electronic medical records are vulnerable to leaking information, according to a new study from Microsoft researchers.  

Why the World's Top Computing Experts Are Worrying About Your Data
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Why the World's Top Computing Experts Are Worrying About Your Data

Many of the world's top computer science experts met last week to determine how the widespread collection of data about consumers can be prevented from causing...

Vint Cerf: 'sometimes I'm Terrified' By the Iot
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Vint Cerf: 'sometimes I'm Terrified' By the Iot

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says he finds certain aspects of the Internet of Things particularly worrisome. 

Internet Voting Not Ready Yet, but Can Be Made More Secure
From ACM TechNews

Internet Voting Not Ready Yet, but Can Be Made More Secure

Online voting systems lack sufficient security to ensure accurate vote counts, but election officials could take steps to improve their security and transparency...

Alabama Researcher Devises a Way to Harness ­nused Iot Power
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Alabama Researcher Devises a Way to Harness ­nused Iot Power

Researchers have developed a computer architecture that can harness the unused computer cycles generated by smart home devices. 

Researchers Hack Sony Headset to Simulate Autism
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Researchers Hack Sony Headset to Simulate Autism

Japanese researchers have used an experimental headset to simulate the vision and hearing of people with autism spectrum disorder. 

Goodbye Gps? DARPA Prepares New Tracking Technology
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Goodbye Gps? DARPA Prepares New Tracking Technology

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is developing more advanced position- and navigation-tracking technology. 

Mass Surveillance 'endangers Fundamental Human Rights,' Says Study
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Mass Surveillance 'endangers Fundamental Human Rights,' Says Study

A leading European human rights body warns mass Internet surveillance is a threat to basic human privacy rights and has not apparently prevented terrorist attacks...

Computers May Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse
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Computers May Soon Know You Better Than Your Spouse

Researchers say a new program analyzes a user's likes on Facebook to characterize their personality with an accuracy rivaling that of a close family member. 
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