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In Memoriam: Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker:  1943-2017
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In Memoriam: Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker: 1943-2017

Thacker was awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award in recognition of his pioneering design and realization of the first modern personal computer, and for his contributions...

Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works
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Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works

Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that are "a world we...

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS
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U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare ...

New System Allows Optical 'Deep Learning'
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New System Allows Optical 'Deep Learning'

Researchers have developed a new approach to deep-learning computer systems that uses light instead of electricity.

Smiling During Victory Could Hurt Your Future Chances of Cooperation
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Smiling During Victory Could Hurt Your Future Chances of Cooperation

People who smile when they are victorious in contests raise the odds of opponents being non-cooperative in subsequent competitions, according to a new study.

UTSA Professor Wins $450,000 NSF Grant to Develop Artificial Intelligence That Can Detect Computer System Faults
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UTSA Professor Wins $450,000 NSF Grant to Develop Artificial Intelligence That Can Detect Computer System Faults

A University of Texas at San Antonio professor has received a $450,000 grant to develop a hardware-based AI system for detecting software bugs and security attacks...

Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future
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Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future

The clanking, hulking factory in a rural patch of northwest Germany that produces 22-ton combine harvesters has lately been turning out machines with a technical...

Israel's Quantum Leap
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Israel's Quantum Leap

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Quantum Information Science Center has received a $2.1-million government contract to construct a national quantum communications...

How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters
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How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters

The opening chords of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" rocked a hotel ballroom in New York City as a nattily dressed British man strode onstage...

Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe's First Light
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Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe's First Light

Not long after the Big Bang, all went dark.

Researchers Land $3 Million to Build Cyberattack Defenses
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Researchers Land $3 Million to Build Cyberattack Defenses

Researchers at Clemson University are part of a team of computer experts from five universities to develop new defenses to protect data from computer hacking.

How the Brain Recognizes What the Eye Sees
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How the Brain Recognizes What the Eye Sees

Salk Institute researchers have analyzed how neurons in the V2 section of the brain respond to natural scenes.

3 Principles for Creating Safer AI
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3 Principles for Creating Safer AI

How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover?

Researchers Image Quasiparticles That Could Lead to Faster Circuits, Higher Bandwidths
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Researchers Image Quasiparticles That Could Lead to Faster Circuits, Higher Bandwidths

Researchers used spectroscopic studies to record exciton-polaritons as resonance peaks or dips in optical spectra at room temperature.

DeepMind Shows AI Has Trouble Seeing Homer Simpson's Actions
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DeepMind Shows AI Has Trouble Seeing Homer Simpson's Actions

DeepMind has created a YouTube dataset of 300,000 video clips and 400 human action classes to train its deep-learning algorithms to better identify human activities...

Self-Learning Robot Hands
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Self-Learning Robot Hands

Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany have developed robot hands that can learn to grasp objects without knowing their characteristics.

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias
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Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers...

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.

Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook
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Everything We Know About Russia's Election-Hacking Playbook

Just when the cybersecurity world thinks it's found the limits of how far Russian hackers will go to meddle in foreign elections, a new clue emerges that suggests...

NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples
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NASA Finds Evidence of Diverse Environments in Curiosity Samples

NASA scientists have found a wide diversity of minerals in the initial samples of rocks collected by the Curiosity rover in the lowermost layers of Mount Sharp...
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