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July 2018


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UO Internet Architect Honored With International Award

UO Internet Architect Honored With International Award

The Internet Society presented Steven Huter with the Jonathan B. Postel Service Award in recognition of his years of work helping to bring the Internet to more than 120 countries.


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Toolkit for Building a Smart City Plan

Toolkit for Building a Smart City Plan

The Smart Cities Council has rolled out a Web-based portal to help cities gather and organize the data they require for smart city project planning.


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The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech to Troops

The Pentagon Wants to Bring Mind-Controlled Tech to Troops

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency  is selecting research teams to develop a neural interface to allow soldiers to link their brains to military systems.


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Toward a Secure Electrical Grid

Toward a Secure Electrical Grid

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have proposed a new method for protecting the electrical grid from a cyberattack.


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Using Machine Learning for Music Knowledge Discovery

Using Machine Learning for Music Knowledge Discovery

Researchers collaborated on the use of machine learning algorithms to gain new insights about the history of music.


From ACM Opinion

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin

President Donald Trump's insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually get an intimate look at such a sit-down, but American spies still…


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Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience

Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience

And its inventor has just stepped down.


From ACM Careers

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively pedestrian: robot dogs, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers.


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Not Quite Quantum Computing

 Not Quite Quantum Computing

Fujitsu says its "Quantum-Inspired" Digital Annealing is capable of tackling combinatorial optimization problems.


From ACM Opinion

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

"For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it," Tim Berners-Lee told me one morning in downtown Washington, D.C., about a half-mile from the…


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Eagle-Eyed Machine Learning Algorithm Outdoes Human Experts

Eagle-Eyed Machine Learning Algorithm Outdoes Human Experts

Researchers have taught computers to spot microscopic radiation damage to materials to be used in nuclear reactors.


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Faster Photons Could Enable Total Data Security

Faster Photons Could Enable Total Data Security

Scientists have generated rapid single-photon light pulses, each of which representing a bit of binary code.


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Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings

Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings

Researchers analyzed thousands of documented UFO sightings to determine the degree to which factors such as movie releases and weather events shaped sighting patterns.


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This Bomb-Simulating US Supercomputer Broke a World Record

This Bomb-Simulating US Supercomputer Broke a World Record

Brad Settlemyer had a supercomputing solution in search of a problem.


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Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.


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Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport

Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport

Australia is a bloody long way from the rest of the world.


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First Machine Learning Method Capable of Accurate Extrapolation

First Machine Learning Method Capable of Accurate Extrapolation

Researchers have developed a machine learning method that uses observations to accurately extrapolate all possible conditions shaped by the same physical dynamics.


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Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.

Researchers have developed a rotary actuated dodecahedron sampler, a device for studying soft sea creatures such as jellyfish or squid in their natural habitats.


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IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With U.S. to Help Vets With Cancer

IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With U.S. to Help Vets With Cancer

IBM Watson Health has extended its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help treat veterans with cancer using artificial intelligence.


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Autonomous and Cooperating: The Dawn of the Drone Swarm

Autonomous and Cooperating: The Dawn of the Drone Swarm

The Hungarian Academy of Science has demonstrated a method of inducing real-world self-organizing flocking behavior in robot drones.


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Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.


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Decade of Research Shows Little Improvement in Password Guidance

Decade of Research Shows Little Improvement in Password Guidance

Most of the top 10 English-speaking websites online offer little or no advice on creating passwords that are less likely to be hacked.


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A Record-Breaking Microscope

A Record-Breaking Microscope

In a paper Nature, Jiang et al.1 report the highest-magnification image ever obtained using a transmission electron microscope.


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How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence

How a Flock of Drones Developed Collective Intelligence

The drones rise all at once, 30 strong, the domes of light on their undercarriages glowing 30 different hues—like luminescent candy sprinkles against the gray, dusky sky.


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'Storm Chasers' on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets

'Storm Chasers' on Mars Searching for Dusty Secrets

Storm chasing takes luck and patience on Earth—and even more so on Mars.


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Girl Scouts Look Toward the Future With 30 New Science, Tech, and Environment Badges

Girl Scouts Look Toward the Future With 30 New Science, Tech, and Environment Badges

The Girl Scouts announced 30 new badges that will help equip girls with the leadership skills needed to deal with "key 21st century issues."


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Liquid Animations So Realistic You Can Almost Taste Them

Liquid Animations So Realistic You Can Almost Taste Them

Researchers at the University of Waterloo Cheriton School of Computer Science in Canada have developed a method of precisely animating high-viscosity liquid.


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U of T Researchers Tackle Voter Distribution and Gerrymandering in the U.S.

U of T Researchers Tackle Voter Distribution and Gerrymandering in the U.S.

As Democrats increasingly live in U.S. cities while Republicans live in more rural areas, researchers analyzed the impact of this phenomenon on the ability to gerrymander.


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Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise

Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise

A recent study found that rising sea levels could submerge buried fiber-optic cable essential for Internet operations in coastal U.S. regions within 15 years.


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Can Graphical Passwords Keep Us Secure Online?

Can Graphical Passwords Keep Us Secure Online?

Researchers from the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China have developed an authentication method that uses semantically linked images.