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June 2016


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Data Centers Are No Longer The Energy Hogs They Once Were

Data Centers Are No Longer The Energy Hogs They Once Were

Efforts by some of the world's largest Internet companies like Google, Facebook and Amazon to reduce the amount of energy their data centers consume is now bearing fruit.


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Mapping Online Hate Speech

Mapping Online Hate Speech

Researchers from the University of Oxford and Addis Ababa University analyzed more than 13,000 comments made on 1,055 Facebook pages around the time of Ethiopia's general election in an effort to map out hate speech on social…


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This Algorithm Can Steal Any Celebrity's Haircut

This Algorithm Can Steal Any Celebrity's Haircut

Postdoctoral student Menglei Chai and collaborators at Zhejiang University can create three-dimensional models of any hairstyle, solely from a photo.


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Computing as a Force For Social Good

Computing as a Force For Social Good

The Computing Community Consortium recently organized a two-day symposium focused on whether research-based innovations in computing could become a catalyst for addressing societal problems. 


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This Sculpture Was Designed and 3-D Printed By an AI Artist

This Sculpture Was Designed and 3-D Printed By an AI Artist

Information Technology University of Copenhagen professor Joel Lehman and colleagues have created an artificial intelligence that can design and generate physical three-dimensional objects.


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Supercomputer Powered By Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel

Supercomputer Powered By Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel


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First Crispr Clinical Trial Gets Green Light from ­S Panel

First Crispr Clinical Trial Gets Green Light from ­S Panel

CRISPR, the genome-editing technology that has taken biomedical science by storm, is finally nearing human trials.


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Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq

Bletchley Park in 360: See Inside Britain's Enigma-Breaking Hq

In a special video production, CNET takes you inside the hallowed halls of Bletchley Park, the stately home in Buckinghamshire, England where the Enigma code was broken in World War II.


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How Google Deepmind's Ant Soccer Skills Can Help Improve Your Search Results

How Google Deepmind's Ant Soccer Skills Can Help Improve Your Search Results

Google's DeepMind artificial intelligence is learning to navigate thee-dimensional environments and games, including a soccer game played as a virtual ant.


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How Well Do Facial Recognition Algorithms Cope With a Million Strangers?

How Well Do Facial Recognition Algorithms Cope With a Million Strangers?

The MegaFace Challenge aims to assess the performance of face-recognition algorithms at the million-person scale.


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Augmented Eternity: Scientists Aim to Let ­S Speak From Beyond the Grave

Augmented Eternity: Scientists Aim to Let ­S Speak From Beyond the Grave

Augmented eternity, the posthumous preservation of a person's knowledge, beliefs, and personality, could be feasible within 15 to 25 years.


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No Place For the Old? Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?

No Place For the Old? Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest software developers tend to be under 30.


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Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life?

Should Your Driverless Car Hit a Pedestrian to Save Your Life?

Most people believe self-driving vehicles should ultimately put their passengers' lives first, according to a new study.


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The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu

The Things People Googled After Britain Voted to Leave the Eu

Google has said there was a dramatic spike in searches for Irish passport applications as news of the UK''s decision to leave the EU broke.


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Quantum Computer Makes First High-Energy Physics Simulation

Quantum Computer Makes First High-Energy Physics Simulation

Physicists have performed the first full simulation of a high-energy physics experiment—the creation of pairs of particles and their antiparticles—on a quantum computer1. If the team can scale it up, the technique promises access…


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Nasa Scientists Discover ­nexpected Mineral on Mars

Nasa Scientists Discover ­nexpected Mineral on Mars

Scientists have discovered an unexpected mineral in a rock sample at Gale Crater on Mars, a finding that may alter our understanding of how the planet evolved.


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Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

Goodbye, Password. Banks Opt to Scan Fingers and Faces Instead.

The banking password may be about to expire—forever.


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Drivers, These Robots Have Your Back

Drivers, These Robots Have Your Back

Automated safety systems can prevent an accident before the driver is even aware of the possibility.


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MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands

MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence that can accurately predict human interactions.


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Vulnerabilities in Internet Encryption Protocol

Vulnerabilities in Internet Encryption Protocol

Successful test attacks against the Transport Layer Security Internet encryption protocol generated data that will be incorporated into the latest TLS iteration.


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Professor's Work Focuses on Revving ­p Our Highest-Speed Networks

Professor's Work Focuses on Revving ­p Our Highest-Speed Networks

The research of University of Virginia professor Malathi Veeraraghavan could help the latest supercomputers and large-scale observatories each their full potential.


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Report: California Colleges Produce Low Number of STEM Graduates

Report: California Colleges Produce Low Number of STEM Graduates

California has far fewer students graduating with science, technology, engineering, and math degrees from public colleges and universities than the state's businesses need.


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The Future of Work Is ... Bleak

The Future of Work Is ... Bleak

Moshe Y. Vardi says we can expect the next 35 years to be as harsh on working-class people as the last 35 years have been.


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Do We Really Need Humans to Explore Mars?

Do We Really Need Humans to Explore Mars?

The dazzling sunlight that flooded the lake-front restaurant where I sat down with Chris Kraft in 2014 was nothing compared to the brightness in his eyes.


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China's New Supercomputer Puts the ­S Even Further Behind

China's New Supercomputer Puts the ­S Even Further Behind

This week, China's Sunway TaihuLight officially became the fastest supercomputer in the world. The previous champ? Also from China.


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'ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of ­niversities

'ransomware' Cyberattack Highlights Vulnerability of ­niversities

The first Patrick Feng knew about a cyberattack on his university was when one of his colleagues told him that her computer had been infected by hackers and rendered unusable.


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The Future of the Internet Is at Risk Say Global Web Experts

The Future of the Internet Is at Risk Say Global Web Experts

The Internet has reached a turning point, and action must be taken quickly to ensure its continued openness, security, transparency, and inclusivity via improved governance.


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Ethnic, Gender Imbalances Plague Computer Science Education

Ethnic, Gender Imbalances Plague Computer Science Education

The U.S. Education Department's Melissa Moritz suggests conscious or unconscious bias discourages female and minority students from pursuing computer science careers.


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World's First 1,000-Processor Chip

World's First 1,000-Processor Chip

Researchers at the University of California, Davis have designed a microchip that contains 1,000 independently programmable processors.


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Scientific Gains May Make Electronic Nose the Next Everyday Device

Scientific Gains May Make Electronic Nose the Next Everyday Device

Researchers are creating an electronic nose to collect and analyze chemicals present in human breath.