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January 2018


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Smartphones Come in Handy For Rare Cosmic Particles Search

Smartphones Come in Handy For Rare Cosmic Particles Search

Researchers say they have improved a method for analyzing ultra-high-energy cosmic rays with mobile phones.


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Quantum Race Accelerates Development of Silicon Quantum Chip

Quantum Race Accelerates Development of Silicon Quantum Chip

Researchers have demonstrated that the quantum information of an electron spin can be transported to a photon in a silicon quantum chip.


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When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program

When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program

The Chinese government wants to cultivate programming skills in children, but parents are reluctant to encourage it.


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Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used By U.s. Government

Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used By U.s. Government

Major global technology providers SAP (SAPG.DE), Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded across the U.S. government, a Reuters investigation has found…


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DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna

DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna

Most people use Google's search-by-image feature to either look for copyright infringement, or for shopping.


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Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Daniel Smalley has long dreamed of building the kind of 3D holograms that pepper science-fiction films.


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Combating Data Breach Fatigue

Combating Data Breach Fatigue

Cyberattacks are so frequent that consumers can experience data breach fatigue, marked by an unwillingness to change passwords or sign up for identity theft protection.


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Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?

Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?

Scientists are exploring multi-robot systems technology.


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New Algorithm Identifies 10 Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics Than All Previous Studies

New Algorithm Identifies 10 Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics Than All Previous Studies

VarQuest is a new computational approach for peptidic natural products identification that could identify about 10 times more of such products than all previous studies.


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Yale Students Design Chrome Extension to Combat Fake News

Yale Students Design Chrome Extension to Combat Fake News

Open Mind is a new Google Chrome extension designed to combat fake new.


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Technologies Support Dementia Patients

Technologies Support Dementia Patients

A small but growing category of assistive technologies is aimed at people with cognitive disabilities.


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Trump Administration Wants to End Nasa Funding For Iss By 2025

Trump Administration Wants to End Nasa Funding For Iss By 2025

The Trump administration is preparing to end support for the International Space Station program by 2025.


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The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur.


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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors to support bitcoin payments.


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Trust Me, I'm a Robot

Trust Me, I'm a Robot

In an interview, Ayanna Howard discusses her work directing the Georgia Institute of Technology's Human-Automation Systems Lab.


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Drones Learn to Navigate Autonomously By Imitating Cars and Bicycles

Drones Learn to Navigate Autonomously By Imitating Cars and Bicycles

The DroNet algorithm enables drones to fly by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments.


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Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages

Coders Are Shifting to Silicon Valley-Backed Programming Languages

Developers are planning to focus on languages created and popularized by Silicon Valley technology companies, according to HackerRank's 2018 Developer Skills Report.


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New Autonomous Car Can Handle Snow and Ice

New Autonomous Car Can Handle Snow and Ice

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Center in Finland have developed a self-driving vehicle designed to maneuver in rough and icy conditions.


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Students Use Sandbox to Demonstrate Gravity

Students Use Sandbox to Demonstrate Gravity

Gravbox is a new augmented reality sandbox developed to help explain how gravity affects objects when they travel through a certain environment.


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Mosaic's Birthday: 25 Years of the Modern Web

Mosaic's Birthday: 25 Years of the Modern Web

Twenty-five years ago, the first release of Mosaic Web browser appeared and the Web, as you know it, began.


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AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines

AI Can Read! Tech Firms Race to Smarten Up Thinking Machines

Seven years ago, a computer beat two human quizmasters on a "Jeopardy" challenge. Ever since, the tech industry has been training its machines even harder to make them better at amassing knowledge and answering questions.


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Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

Engineers Design Artificial Synapse For 'brain-on-a-Chip' Hardware

When it comes to processing power, the human brain just can't be beat.


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Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

Bitcoin and Ethereum Have a Hidden Power Structure, and It's Just Been Revealed

In cryptocurrency circles, calling something "centralized" is an insult.


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Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems

Intel Halts Some Chip Patches as the Fixes Cause Problems

The chipmaker's updates were meant to fix the Meltdown and Spectre design flaws, but have been causing computers to unexpectedly reboot.


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New Nasa Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise

New Nasa Cassini Image of Saturn Moon Has a Surprise

Usually, the postcards stop after a journey ends, but not so for robotic adventurer Cassini, whose epic journey exploring Saturn and its neighbors finished in September.


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Guarding Against the Possible Spectre in Every Machine

Guarding Against the Possible Spectre in Every Machine

The recent disclosure of the Spectre and Meltdown chip vulnerabilities is symptomatic of most technology firms following poor supply-chain precautions, says one professor.


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New Defenses Sought Against Gps Spoofing Attacks

New Defenses Sought Against Gps Spoofing Attacks

Researchers have received $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation to fortify computers and devices against cyberattacks associated with timekeeping.


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Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Meet Antifa's Secret Weapon Against Far-Right Extremists

Computer science professor Megan Squire  has created an array of programs that monitor approximately 400,000 accounts of white nationalists on Facebook and elsewhere.


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Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy

Facebook Says Social Media Isn't always Healthy For Democracy


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Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?

Cartoon Clinicians: Precursors of Virtual Therapy?

Soldiers in one study were more open with a virtual character about post-traumatic stress symptoms than with human doctors.