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Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages
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Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages

New lip-reading software can learn from its users continuously.

Computing Clean Water
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Computing Clean Water

Researchers have computationally modeled affinity between solutes and membrane surfaces, to characterize their effects on water purification.

Computer Love
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Computer Love

A computer simulation developed by Dan Conroy-Beam at the University of California, Santa Barbara offers a framework for evaluating theories of human mate choice...

San Diego Supercomputer Center Helps Advance Computational Chemistry
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San Diego Supercomputer Center Helps Advance Computational Chemistry

Researchers from MIT developed an artificial intelligence approach to detect electron correlation, which could help further computational chemistry.

This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics
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This Robot Doesn't Need Any Electronics

Engineers at the University of California San Diego have created a four-legged soft robot that doesn't need any electronics to work. The robot only needs a constant...

Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm
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Computer Model Predicts How Drugs Affect Heart Rhythm

A new computer model can screen drugs for unintended cardiac side effects, such as arrhythmia.

Record Set for Cryptographic Challenge
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Record Set for Cryptographic Challenge

A team of computer scientists in France and the U.S. has set a record for integer factorization, a major challenge in the security of most public key cryptography...

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!
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Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!

A new open source computer program can advise users to prevent the mixture of incompatible chemicals.

App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster
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App Allows Inspectors to Find Gas Pump Skimmers Faster

A new app can detect devices installed in gas pumps to steal consumer credit and debit card data.

This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes
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This Deep Neural Network Fights Deepfakes

A new deep neural network architecture can identify manipulated images at the pixel level with high precision.

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy
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New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

University of California, Riverside scientists have determined how hackers can exploit graphics processing units to expose private data.

AI Helps Track Down Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts
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AI Helps Track Down Mysterious Cosmic Radio Bursts

Researchers used machine learning to discover 72 fast radio bursts from a mysterious source about 3 billion light years from Earth.

Mobile Device Can Accurately and Inexpensively Monitor Air Quality Using Machine Learning
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Mobile Device Can Accurately and Inexpensively Monitor Air Quality Using Machine Learning

c-Air is a new, cost-effective mobile device designed to measure air quality.

Now You Can See the Invisible
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Now You Can See the Invisible

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers are using Wi-Fi signals to look through solid walls and see what is on the other side.

Advancing Resistive Memory to Improve Portable Electronics
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Advancing Resistive Memory to Improve Portable Electronics

A new technology could lead to the next generation of memory storage devices for portable electronics such as smartphones, laptops, tablets, and digital cameras...

Researcher Aims to Use Social Multimedia For Enhanced Mapping
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Researcher Aims to Use Social Multimedia For Enhanced Mapping

University of California, Merced professor Shawn Newsam is researching the viability of using multimedia collections as volunteered geographic information for mapping...

Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings
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Using Computers and Sensors to Curb Electricity Use in Buildings

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed algorithms and a real-time occupancy sensor network to create a smart heating, ventilation...

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How Much Information?

In 2008, the world's servers processed 9.57 zettabytes of information, almost 10 to the 22nd power, or ten million million gigabytes. This was 12 gigabytes of...

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Nsf Funds Expedition Into Software For Efficient Computing of Nanoscale Devices

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded a $10 million, five-year grant to researchers who will explore software-assisted monitoring of system components...
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