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March 2016


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Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Software Flags 'Suicidal' Students, Presenting Privacy Dilemma

Ken Yeh is the director of technology at Ontario Christian Schools, a private K-12 school near Los Angeles with about 100 children per grade.


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Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Phone-Based Laser Rangefinder Works Outdoors

Researchers have developed an infrared depth-sensing system, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works indoors and outdoors. 


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Breakthrough Technology to Improve Cybersecurity

Breakthrough Technology to Improve Cybersecurity

A collaborative project has yielded a major breakthrough in generating single photons as carriers of quantum information in security systems. 


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New Open Source Software for High Resolution Microscopy

New Open Source Software for High Resolution Microscopy

Bielefeld University researchers have developed a new open source software solution that can process raw data quickly and efficiently. 


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The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The Race Is On to Control Artificial Intelligence, and Tech's Future

The resounding win by a Google artificial intelligence program over a champion in the complex board game Go this month was a statement—not so much to professional game players as to Google's competitors.


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Male Computer Programmers Shown to Be Right ­p There With Chefs, Dentists on Gender Pay Gap Scale

Male Computer Programmers Shown to Be Right ­p There With Chefs, Dentists on Gender Pay Gap Scale

Male computer programmers' salaries are far higher than those of their female peers, according to a new Glassdoor report. 


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It's Your Fault Microsoft's Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk

It's Your Fault Microsoft's Teen AI Turned Into Such a Jerk

Microsoft unveiled a new online chatbot on Twitter but took it offline the same day because Twitter users coaxed it into regurgitating offensive language.


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Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope

Meet the Largest Science Project in ­S Government History—the James Webb Telescope

Since Galileo first discovered the moons of Jupiter and the phases of Venus, telescopes have gotten larger, more accurate, and more powerful.


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Intel Accepts That Moore’s Law Is Finally Dead, Drops Its ‘tick-Tock’ Model Of Chip Making

Intel Accepts That Moore’s Law Is Finally Dead, Drops Its ‘tick-Tock’ Model Of Chip Making

Many experts have called 2016 the year when Moore’s Law dies.


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Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?

Security Missed Brussels Bombs–But Could Sensors Spot Them?

After terrorists attacked Paris last November, nearby Brussels, home of many of the attackers, posted heavily armed soldiers in public places.


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Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm For That

Crowd Control? Baidu Has an Algorithm For That

Baidu's Big Data Lab has devised an algorithm that can predict crowd formation. 


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A Japanese AI Almost Won a Literary Prize

A Japanese AI Almost Won a Literary Prize

A short-form novel co-authored by an artificial intelligence has successfully passed the initial screening of a Japanese literary competition. 


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Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught

Survey Finds Most Coders Are Self-Taught

Most programmers are self-educated and have received little formal training, according to a new survey of 50,000 coders. 


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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

Pennsylvania State University paleobotanist Peter Wilf and colleagues have developed new software for identifying families of leaves. 


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Poly­ Develops Integrated iWheelchair System

Poly­ Develops Integrated iWheelchair System

A team from Hong Kong Polytechnic University has developed an intelligent system called the iWheelchair that promises to make life easier for users and caregivers. 


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Computational Thinking, 10 Years Later

Computational Thinking, 10 Years Later

"Not in my lifetime." That's what I said when I was asked whether we would ever see computer science taught in K-12.


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'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life

'minimal' Cell Raises Stakes in Race to Harness Synthetic Life

Genomics entrepreneur Craig Venter has created a synthetic cell that contains the smallest genome of any known, independent organism.


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Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance

Tech Could Help Secure Public Spaces, If Europe Wants More Surveillance

Facial recognition software, scanners that detect weapons and cameras that spot nervous people are some of the technologies that could be used more widely to secure public places, but some would require greater acceptance of…


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Locking Out the Hackers

Locking Out the Hackers

New hardware and services are aimed at identifying malware before it has the chance to execute.


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Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres

Bright Spots and Color Differences Revealed on Ceres

Scientists from NASA's Dawn mission unveiled new images from the spacecraft's lowest orbit at Ceres, including highly anticipated views of Occator Crater, at the 47th annual Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands…


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Fbi Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent

Fbi Director Says Fight with Apple About Terrorism, Not Setting Precedent

James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is defending the agency's legal battle with Apple, saying it is about fighting terrorism and not about setting legal precedent.


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Why You Should Be Skeptical That Any Video Is Real

Why You Should Be Skeptical That Any Video Is Real

Be careful about believing what your eyes are telling you.


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How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

How New Yorker Cartoons Could Teach Computers to Be Funny

The New Yorker magazine is using crowdsourcing algorithms to mine a massive volume of cartoon caption submissions to identify the funniest captions. 


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Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code

Tor Project Says It Can Quickly Catch Spying Code

A Tor Project developer reports the project is enhancing its software to rapidly detect tampering to its network for the purpose of surveillance. 


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Analyzing Twitter: Advanced Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Online Protests

Analyzing Twitter: Advanced Algorithm Predicts Likelihood of Online Protests

Arizona State University researchers have developed and studied an algorithm to help anticipate online protests via Twitter. 


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Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow

Supercomputer Simulates Whole-Body Blood Flow

A new supercomputer simulation of the circulation of blood throughout the entire human body correlates very closely with real-world flow measurements.


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A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

A Computer With a Great Eye Is About to Transform Botany

My dad is a wildlife biologist, and during road trips we took when I was growing up he spent a lot of time talking about the grasses and trees along the highway.


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The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics

The Black-Hole Collision That Reshaped Physics

The event was catastrophic on a cosmic scale—a merger of black holes that violently shook the surrounding fabric of space and time, and sent a blast of space-time vibrations known as gravitational waves rippling across the Universe…


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How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

How the Hell Could the FBI Hack Into That iPhone?

You know that part about the FBI needing Apple's help to unlock a terrorist's iPhone 5C?


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What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?

What's the Year, Make, and Model of Your Vehicular Cloud?

Old Dominion University  engineers want to use Internet-connected cars as a cloud computing resource.