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July 2015


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Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider

Physicists Restart Souped-­p Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about the universe, such as dark matter and the possible presence of…


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Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications

Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications

University of Pennsylvania researchers say they have discovered a property of silicon that combines aspects of photonic and spintronic computing.


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Scientists Stretch Electrically Conducting Fibers to New Lengths

Scientists Stretch Electrically Conducting Fibers to New Lengths

University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed electrically conducting fibers that can be reversibly stretched to more than 14 times their initial length. 


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Crystal Clear

Crystal Clear

University of California, Santa Barbara professor Stephen D. Wilson is working to find the 21st century's equivalent of silicon. 


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Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

Researchers Hack Air-Gapped Computer With Simple Cell Phone

The most sensitive work environments, like nuclear power plants, demand the strictest security.


From ACM Opinion

Kepler-452b: What It Would Be Like to Live On Earth's 'cousin'

Kepler-452b: What It Would Be Like to Live On Earth's 'cousin'

Kepler-452b may be Earth's close cousin, but living on the newfound world would still be an alien experience.


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What We're Really Looking At When We Look at Pluto

What We're Really Looking At When We Look at Pluto

The images of Pluto that the New Horizons probe beamed across 3 billion miles of hard vacuum are, in a word, breathtaking.


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Nasa's New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto

Nasa's New Horizons Team Finds Haze, Flowing Ice on Pluto

Flowing ice and a surprising extended haze are among the newest discoveries from NASA's New Horizons mission, which reveal distant Pluto to be an icy world of wonders.


From ACM TechNews

How Much Information Can Earth Hold?

How Much Information Can Earth Hold?

Exploring how much information the Earth can store offers insights into the manifestation of order in the universe.


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­lster ­niversity Scientists Develop App With ­.s. Colleagues that Could Prevent Onset of Alzheimer's

­lster ­niversity Scientists Develop App With ­.s. Colleagues that Could Prevent Onset of Alzheimer's

A new app unveiled last week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Washington, D.C., could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer's disease. 


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Cyborg Cockroach and Drone Teams Can Locate Disaster Survivors

Cyborg Cockroach and Drone Teams Can Locate Disaster Survivors

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed cyborg cockroaches to serve as search-and-rescue scouts during disasters. 


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Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Deep Neural Nets Can Now Recognize Your Face in Thermal Images

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany have developed a method of matching infrared images and visible light images of the same face. 


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Connecting Artificial Intelligence With the Internet of Things

Connecting Artificial Intelligence With the Internet of Things

Oblong Industries CEO John Underkoffler does not believe a connection between the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence will become a threat to mankind.


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­ts Data Arena: How Raw Data Transforms Into 3d, 360-Degree Visualization

­ts Data Arena: How Raw Data Transforms Into 3d, 360-Degree Visualization

Software developers at the University of Technology, Sydney have developed a three-dimensional, 360-degree data visualization room called the Data Arena.


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Researchers Enlist Machine Learning in Malware Detection

Researchers Enlist Machine Learning in Malware Detection

Cylance researchers are using machine learning to improve malware detection. 


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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.


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AI Researchers Call For Ban on Autonomous Weapons

AI Researchers Call For Ban on Autonomous Weapons

Technologists ask the UN to outlaw weapons that operate outside of human control.


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New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

New Letters Added to the Genetic Alphabet

DNA stores our genetic code in an elegant double helix. But some argue that this elegance is overrated.


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After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix

After Jeep Hack, Chrysler Recalls 1.4m Vehicles For Bug Fix

Welcome to the age of hackable automobiles, when two security researchers can cause a 1.4 million product recall.


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This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference For Accessible Technology

This Small Change Could Make a Big Difference For Accessible Technology

Yahoo, Facebook, and several other technology companies said they will inform job applicants that accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job with them.


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Msu Gets $22.5m to Continue Evolution Research

Msu Gets $22.5m to Continue Evolution Research

Michigan State University researchers are studying modern evolution in humans, nature, and computers at the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action.


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The 2015 Top 10 Programming Languages

The 2015 Top 10 Programming Languages

Java remains at the top of IEEE Spectrum's second annual ranking of programming languages. 


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Computer Security Tools for Journalists Lacking in a Post-Snowden World

Computer Security Tools for Journalists Lacking in a Post-Snowden World

Researchers studying the computer security habits of journalists across two continents found security weaknesses in their technological tools and ad-hoc workarounds. 


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The Next Frontier For Artificial Intelligence? Learning Human's Common Sense

The Next Frontier For Artificial Intelligence? Learning Human's Common Sense

Ramon Lopez de Mantaras is dubious human-like artificial intelligence is only a decade or two away. 


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NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects ­nusual Bedrock

NASA's Curiosity Rover Inspects ­nusual Bedrock

Approaching the third anniversary of its landing on Mars, NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has found a target unlike anything it has studied before—bedrock with surprisingly high levels of silica.


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Object Recognition For Robots

Object Recognition For Robots

John Leonard's group in the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering specializes in SLAM, or simultaneous localization and mapping, the technique whereby mobile autonomous robots map their environments and determine their locations…


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A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall

A Light Bulb Goes On, Over the Mall

Among the many promises of the Internet of Things—a network of Wi-Fi-connected devices and equipment managed with smartphones—is the automation of everyday life, whether finding a parking space or discovering a discounted blouse…


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The New Laws of Explosive Networks

The New Laws of Explosive Networks

Last week, United Airlines grounded nearly 5,000 flights when its computer system crashed.


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A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed ­p Wearables

A Wi-Fi Reflector Chip To Speed ­p Wearables

Whether you're tracking your steps, monitoring your health or sending photos from a smart watch, you want the battery life of your wearable device to last as long as possible.


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Silicon Brains Compete at Games

Silicon Brains Compete at Games

The 18th Computer Olympiad had programs vying against each other in strategic game-playing.