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August 2018


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The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics

The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics

They call it Herb2. It's a dapper robot, wearing a bowtie even while it sits at home in its lab at the University of Washington.


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Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes

Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can determine the location of dangerous lead pipes in Flint, MI.


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Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Reality

Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Reality

A next-generation virtual reality headset enables wearers to manipulate both real and virtual objects with tactile sensation.


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A Great Find

A Great Find

A new algorithm locates objects by leveraging collections of sensors that receive and transmit signals.


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Chicago-Area Schools Look to Shrink the Gender Gap in STEM Classes

Chicago-Area Schools Look to Shrink the Gender Gap in STEM Classes

Chicago-area educators are striving to close the gender gap among students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes.


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Picture This: A Camera With No Lens

Picture This: A Camera With No Lens

A new camera substitutes a regular pane of glass for the lens, in conjunction with a computer running an algorithm to interpret the images.


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Enhanced 'Listening Skill' Makes Robot Better at Talking

Enhanced 'Listening Skill' Makes Robot Better at Talking

Researchers have improved the ability of a conversational human-like robot to have a natural dialogue with people by enhancing its listening skills.


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The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.


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Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission

Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission

After inspecting asteroid Ryugu for two months, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed the sites where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will touchdown to collect a sample to bring back to Earth—and also where it will…


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A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics

A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics

Researchers have developed an approach for securing the wireless communications of wearable and implantable medical devices.


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Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

An algorithm-based system that identifies linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregators and social media sites with a new weapon against misinformation.


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Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow

Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow

Researchers have rooted out the cause of error in an industry-standard calibration method that could add up to massive losses for microchip manufacturers.


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Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners

Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a robot to serve as a reading partner for middle school students.


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Quantum Bugs, Meet Your New Swatter

Quantum Bugs, Meet Your New Swatter

Rice University researchers have developed a diagnostic tool for quantum computers.


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A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

A Monitor's ­ltrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.


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A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California in 2011.


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A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

A new "in-body global-positioning system" can locate ingestible implants within the body using low-power wireless signals.


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Researchers Reveal New Online ­ser Tracking Techniques

Researchers Reveal New Online ­ser Tracking Techniques

Researchers have identified online user tracking techniques that cannot be blocked by browsers' built-in anti-tracking defenses or existing anti-tracking and ad-blocking extensions.


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Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure

Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure

Smart glasses developed by Microsoft Research's Glabella Project can measure blood pressure noninvasively.


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Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification

Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence camera system that classifies images faster and more efficiently.


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Bounties Mount for Bugs

Bounties Mount for Bugs

Maturing bug bounty programs spot data abuse, secure the Internet of Things.


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Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier

Wireless Communication Breaks Through Water-Air Barrier

MIT researchers have taken a step toward solving a longstanding challenge with wireless communication: direct data transmission between underwater and airborne devices.


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15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

15 Years in Space for NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope

Initially scheduled for a minimum 2.5-year primary mission, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has gone far beyond its expected lifetime—and is still going strong after 15 years.


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Colorado Prepares to Install 'Smart Road' Product by Integrated Roadways

Colorado Prepares to Install 'Smart Road' Product by Integrated Roadways

A startup plans to install four slabs of concrete with embedded sensors at an intersection in Denver, CO.


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How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

How Paper Batteries Charged by Bacteria Could Power Internet of Things

A paper-based single-use battery harnesses bacteria to generate an electric current, and then to consume the battery after its use.


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­ of T Experts ­se Deep Learning AI for Predictive Animation

­ of T Experts ­se Deep Learning AI for Predictive Animation

Researchers used deep learning algorithms to improve software for the animation and gaming industry.


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Botnet of Smart Air Conditioners and Water Heaters Could Bring Down the Power Grid

Botnet of Smart Air Conditioners and Water Heaters Could Bring Down the Power Grid

A new class of cyberattack can hijack smart appliances online and enlist them in a botnet to orchestrate power outages.


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Knuth Prize Awarded for Contributions to Computational Complexity

Knuth Prize Awarded for Contributions to Computational Complexity

Swedish researcher Johan Torkel Hastad has been named recipient of the 2018 Donald E. Knuth Prize for his contributions to computational complexity theory.


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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.


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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.