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December 2017


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Researchers Compute Their Way to the Center of the Earth

Researchers Compute Their Way to the Center of the Earth

Researchers are using Germany's Julich Supercomputing Center to better understand how materials behave in the extreme conditions beneath the Earth's surface.


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AI Insights Could Help Reduce Injuries in Construction Industry

AI Insights Could Help Reduce Injuries in Construction Industry

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to gain new insights into ways to help reduce wear-and-tear injuries and boost the productivity of construction workers.


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How Do You Spot a Russian Bot? Answer Goes Beyond Kremlin Watching

How Do You Spot a Russian Bot? Answer Goes Beyond Kremlin Watching

Researchers have isolated the characteristics of bots on Twitter by studying bot activity related to Russian political discussions.


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Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Crispr in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they've been saying that the possibilities for using it to treat disease are virtually endless.


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'oumuamua Probably Isn't a Spaceship, But It Could Have Passengers

'oumuamua Probably Isn't a Spaceship, But It Could Have Passengers

Last Wednesday, at 3:45 pm, scientists from the Breakthrough Listen project trained the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia on 'Oumuamua—the mysterious, oblong space-rock which last month became the first known object to enter…


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The Rise of Spintronics

The Rise of Spintronics

A technology that could supplant standard silicon transistors as Moore's Law approaches its physical limits is based on devices that work by manipulating the spin of electrons.


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Evolutionary Programming Converts Darwinism Into Algorithms

Evolutionary Programming Converts Darwinism Into Algorithms

Evolutionary computation strategies include a multitude of biologically inspired algorithms for optimizing problems, often those with too many variables to compare all possible scenarios.


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Single-Photon Detector Can Count to Four

Single-Photon Detector Can Count to Four

Researchers have demonstrated that a widely used method of detecting single photons can also count the presence of at least four photons at a time.


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Your Smartphone's Next Trick? Fighting Cybercrime

Your Smartphone's Next Trick? Fighting Cybercrime

Researchers have identified smartphones by examining a single photo taken by the device, opening up the possibility of using smartphones to deter cybercrime.


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Wpi and Uconn Researchers Create an App to Predict and Intervene in Users' Overeating

Wpi and Uconn Researchers Create an App to Predict and Intervene in Users' Overeating

SlipBuddy is a smartphone application designed to help users manage their overeating by tracking eating patterns, providing interventions, and helping change behavior.


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Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?

Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?

The much-hyped technology behind Bitcoin, known as blockchain, has intoxicated investors around the world and is now making tentative inroads into science, spurred by broad promises that it can transform key elements of the research…


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AI Tutoring: Genius on My Shoulder

AI Tutoring: Genius on My Shoulder

Students are being given access to an incredibly smart digital friend with unlimited patience, programmed to sense the best way to impart knowledge.


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Artificial Intelligence, Nasa Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Artificial Intelligence, Nasa Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from…


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Error-Free Into the Quantum Computer Age

Error-Free Into the Quantum Computer Age

Researchers at Swansea University in Wales, U.K., led an international team in demonstrating that conventional ion-trap technologies are suitable for building large-scale quantum computers.


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Aus Students Develop Device to Reduce Car Mishaps

Aus Students Develop Device to Reduce Car Mishaps

Researchers have designed and developed a smart system to lower the rate of car accidents.


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The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem

The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem

A recent report calculated that the global electricity consumption of bitcoin mining would exceed that of the U.S. by July 2019, and of the entire world by November 2020.


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Researchers Use Wwii Code-Breaking Techniques to Interpret Brain Data

Researchers Use Wwii Code-Breaking Techniques to Interpret Brain Data

Researchers have applied cryptanalysis methods dating from the second World War to decode motor neuron activity and interpret brain data in monkeys.


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Engineers Program Tiny Robots to Move, Think Like Insects

Engineers Program Tiny Robots to Move, Think Like Insects

Researchers are studying a new type of programming that mimics an insect's brain functions.


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Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue

Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue

On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada.


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The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy

The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy

To participate in today's global economy, ordinary people must accept an asymmetrical bargain: their lives are transparent to states, banks and corporations, whereas the behavior and inner workings of the powerful actors are …


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Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought

Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought

Loss of water from the rocks of California's Sierra Nevada caused the mountain range to rise nearly an inch (24 millimeters) in height during the drought years from October 2011 to October 2015, a new NASA study finds.


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How to Find the Truth on Twitter

How to Find the Truth on Twitter

Researchers have developed a framework to evaluate whether an event reported on Twitter is a likely witness account.


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Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

As deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies advance, the "Uncanny Valley"--the unease people feel toward realistic computer-generated humans--is beginning to abate.


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Social Media Trends Can Predict Tipping Points in Vaccine Scares

Social Media Trends Can Predict Tipping Points in Vaccine Scares

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada found analyzing trends on Twitter and Google helped predict vaccine scares.


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People Don't Trust Driverless Cars. Researchers Are Trying to Change That

People Don't Trust Driverless Cars. Researchers Are Trying to Change That

Industrial and academic researchers are attempting to overcome consumers' distrust of autonomous vehicles.


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Is Peer Review Fair When It Is Not Blinded?

Is Peer Review Fair When It Is Not Blinded?

Researchers found that when reviewers know who did the work on a paper and where, it shaped their judgment.


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How the Loss of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet

How the Loss of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet

The repeal of net neutrality ushers in a new chapter of the internet that could eventually transform the way Americans communicate, shop and consume information online.


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Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East

Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East

Since Stuxnet first targeted and destroyed uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran last decade, the cybersecurity world has waited for the next step in that digital arms race: Another piece of malicious software designed specifically…


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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions.


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New Nist Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

New Nist Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a set of software tools designed to ensure digital evidence holds up in court.