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Logging On to Public Wi-Fi Networks Is About to Get More Secure
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Logging On to Public Wi-Fi Networks Is About to Get More Secure

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a major change to Wi-Fi security.

‘it Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown
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‘it Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

Researchers uncover security holes too big to believe.

The Real Future of Work
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The Real Future of Work

In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time
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Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

Four groups of researchers independently found the vulnerabilities behind the devastating Meltdown and Spectre attacks within months of each other.

Vision Teacher
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Vision Teacher

Researchers in Germany are teaching intelligent algorithms to detect cars, pedestrians, and potentially dangerous objects in x-ray images from transportation security...

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace has discovered the largest-ever prime number.

Engineers Make Wearable Sensors For Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water Use in Crops
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Engineers Make Wearable Sensors For Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water Use in Crops

New graphene-based sensors-on-tape can be attached to plants to collect data for scientists and farmers.

Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars
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Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars

The Mcity Threat Identification Model is a new tool to help scientists analyze the likelihood of cybersecurity threats that must be overcome for autonomous and...

Thinking Machines Going Mainstream
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Thinking Machines Going Mainstream

Experts predict cognitive computing will eventually become normalized as a routine behavioral component in newer systems.

Computer Science Pioneer Bjarne Stroustrup to Receive the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize For Engineering
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Computer Science Pioneer Bjarne Stroustrup to Receive the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize For Engineering

The annual Draper Prize was established in 1988 to honor the memory of the "father of inertial navigation," and to increase public understanding of the contributions...

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits
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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Maths fans can't get enough of numbers that are millions of digits long and can only be divided by themselves and one. Now, through a collaborative effort, utilising...

Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?
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Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?

Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded it in 1999. In his new book, The Longevity Economy, he contends that old age—much like...

A Dead-Simple Algorithm Reveals the True Toll of Voter Id Laws
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A Dead-Simple Algorithm Reveals the True Toll of Voter Id Laws

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to match individuals across government databases with nearly 100% accuracy by using a few basic identifiers.

DARPA Launches Subterranean Challenge to Improve Underground Ops
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DARPA Launches Subterranean Challenge to Improve Underground Ops

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Subterranean Challenge asks participants to develop systems that could help humans map, traverse, and search...

Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech
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Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech

Researchers say they have created psychedelic stickers that can fool image-recognition software into seeing objects that do not exist.

Your Phone Will Know You Better Than Your Friends Do, U of T Researcher Predicts
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Your Phone Will Know You Better Than Your Friends Do, U of T Researcher Predicts

Richard Zemel at the University of Toronto in Canada discusses artificial intelligence developments he anticipates for the year ahead.

Physicists Take First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots
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Physicists Take First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots

Researchers say they have developed a microscale robot exoskeleton that can quickly change its shape upon sensing chemical or thermal changes in the surrounding...

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw
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How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies
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Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Russian and Venezuelan officials are hoping virtual currencies can help their countries make an end run around American sanctions.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare
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The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure...
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