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August 2017


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Breakthrough Could Make Quantum Data Transmission a Reality

Breakthrough Could Make Quantum Data Transmission a Reality

Researchers have relayed a quantum-secured message containing multiple bits of information for each photon through the air above a city.


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Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room

Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room

Researchers have developed the Media Device Orchestration concept, which helps create a three-dimensional audio experience using common home devices.


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Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too

Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too

Researchers have developed a way for high school students and first-year engineering students to learn robot intelligence technologies.


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Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack Ai's Decisions

Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack Ai's Decisions

Researchers demonstrated a cyberattack against artificial intelligence that controls driverless cars and image-recognition systems by installing an invisible backdoor in the software.


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Cryptographers and Geneticists ­nite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See

Cryptographers and Geneticists ­nite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See

Stanford University cryptographer Dan Boneh and geneticist Gill Bejerano have developed a secure multiparty computation algorithm to discover disease-linked genetic mutations.


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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.


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Collection of Letters By Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet

Collection of Letters By Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet

The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.


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For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse

For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse

Late last week, as some staff astronomers embarked on trips to see Monday's solar eclipse, two of NASA's space-based observatories—Hubble and Chandra X-ray—and at least two land-based telescopes scrambled to capture a far more…


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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.


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World's First Exascale Supercomputer Will Help Boost China's Growing Sea Power

World's First Exascale Supercomputer Will Help Boost China's Growing Sea Power

China is planning to boost its computing power tenfold within a couple of years by building the world's first exascale computer with a dedicated mission of helping China's maritime expansion.


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Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng's current area of concentration is teaching next-generation artificial intelligence specialists to train computers.


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Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level

Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level

Researchers at the University of Manchester proved that data storage is possible in individual molecules at -213 degrees Celsius, which is extremely close to the temperature of liquid nitrogen. 


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Nsf Announces $17.7m in Awards For Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects

Nsf Announces $17.7m in Awards For Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects

The U.S. National Science Foundation will allocate $17.7 million to fund 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science projects that support research and training activities that go beyond disciplinary boundaries…


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Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security

Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel warn smartphone security can be compromised by repair shops that install replacement parts containing secret, malicious hardware. 


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With the Uss mccain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

With the Uss mccain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.


From ACM Opinion

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including JiboKuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them look somewhat similar.


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Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants

Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants

Metal antennas that send and receive TV signals and radio waves could soon be replaced by tiny films up to one hundred times smaller, scientists say.


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Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate

Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group says it has achieved a 5.1%  error rate for its speech-recognition technology.


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A Good Read: AI Evaluates Quality of Short Stories

A Good Read: AI Evaluates Quality of Short Stories

Researchers say they have developed neural networks that assess short narratives to predict which stories will appeal to large audiences.


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Study Finds 'modest Correlation' Between Journalists' Social Networks and Ideology of Their News Content

Study Finds 'modest Correlation' Between Journalists' Social Networks and Ideology of Their News Content

Researchers at Northeastern University say they have found a "modest correlation" between journalists' Twitter networks and the ideological aspects of their news content.


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­ta Researchers Developing Airborne Network Computing Platform For ­avs

­ta Researchers Developing Airborne Network Computing Platform For ­avs

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have received a grant to develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial vehicles.


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Robot the Musical

Robot the Musical

Artificial intelligence promises to change aspects of music ranging from rock concerts to advertising jingles.


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Inside Waymo's Secret World For Training Self-Driving Cars

Inside Waymo's Secret World For Training Self-Driving Cars

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars.


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Intelligence and the Dna Revolution

Intelligence and the Dna Revolution

More than 60 years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid—better known as DNA. Today, for the cost of a Netflix subscription, you can have your DNA sequenced to learn…


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Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria


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New York ­niversity Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'unhackable' Computer Chip

New York ­niversity Abu Dhabi Researchers Develop 'unhackable' Computer Chip

Researchers say they have created an "unhackable" computer chip to boost the defenses of computer hardware.


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Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

Time's Running Out to Prevent a Massive Cyberattack on Critical Infrastructure

The U.S. National Infrastructure Advisory Council warns there is a shrinking window of opportunity to fortify critical U.S. infrastructure against a massive "9/11-level cyberattack."


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Teaching Kids Coding, By the Book

Teaching Kids Coding, By the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.


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Animation Made Easy

Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.


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Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games

Meet Mappy, a Software System That Automatically Maps Old-School Nintendo Games

Mappy is a new software system that can autonomously generate maps of a video game's levels.