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January 2019


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The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

The Elite Intel Team Still Fighting Meltdown and Spectre

Throughout 2018, researchers found exploitable weaknesses related to "speculative execution" vulnerabilities.


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Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own

Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own

Researchers in the U.K.  have completed testing on an artificial intelligence-enabled rover that will make its own decisions about where it explores on Mars.


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Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%

The Ethereum Foundation, and the broader open source movement devoted to advancing the cryptocurrency bitcoin, plan to field-test an overhaul of Ethereum's code.


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Customizing Computer-Aided Design

Customizing Computer-Aided Design

A new technique developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology "reverse-engineers" complex three-dimensional (3-D) computer-aided design models.


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Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Despite expectations by the mining industry that artificial intelligence would transform operations, some experts consider that promise overhyped and unrealistic.


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The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

The US and China Are in a Quantum Arms Race that Will Transform Warfare

In the 1970s, at the height of the Cold War, American military planners began to worry about the threat to US warplanes posed by new, radar-guided missile defenses in the USSR and other nations.


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Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge

Curbs on A.I. Exports? Silicon Valley Fears Losing Its Edge

A common belief among tech industry insiders is that Silicon Valley has dominated the internet because much of the worldwide network was designed and built by Americans.


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Wireless 'Pacemaker for the Brain' Could Be New Standard Treatment for Neurological Disorders

Wireless 'Pacemaker for the Brain' Could Be New Standard Treatment for Neurological Disorders

A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at UC Berkeley can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and …


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New Augmented Reality Technology Could Help Firefighters Save Lives

New Augmented Reality Technology Could Help Firefighters Save Lives

A Silicon Valley entrepreneur's augmented reality solution could make firefighters more effective in low-visibility situations.


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Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound

Deep Learning Turns Mono Recordings Into Immersive Sound

Researchers have taught an artificial intelligence system to convert ordinary monaural sounds into nearly three-dimensional sounds.


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University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain

University in North Carolina Issues Degrees Using Blockchain

East Coast Polytechnic Institute University graduates can now receive and digitally store degrees with blockchain technology, which delivers secure, immediate verification.


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Beyond CMOS Lies Hope

 Beyond CMOS Lies Hope

Seeking a successor to complementary metal oxide semiconductor technology.


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China Becomes First Nation to Land on the Moon's Far Side

China Becomes First Nation to Land on the Moon's Far Side

A Chinese probe has made a historic touch-down on the far side of the Moon, according to the country's state-run media. It is the first time a probe has visited the region, 60 years after an orbiter gave humans their first look…


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Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

A pioneer of computer science for work combining statistics and linguistics, and an advocate for women in the field.


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NASA’s New Horizons Mission Releases Snowman-like Picture of Ultima Thule

NASA’s New Horizons Mission Releases Snowman-like Picture of Ultima Thule

Ultima Thule, an icy world 4 billion miles from the sun, looks like a big snowman.


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EU to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects

EU to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects

The European Union will cover the costs of bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects.


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Ohio Eyes New Connected Vehicle Test

Ohio Eyes New Connected Vehicle Test

The Ohio Department of Transportation, in collaboration with Honda, is planning a connected vehicle project in the city of Marysville.


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Hybrid Qubits Solve Key Hurdle to Quantum Computing

Hybrid Qubits Solve Key Hurdle to Quantum Computing

An international team of researchers has built a hybrid device from two different types of quantum bits to facilitate rapid initialization and readout.


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Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' Uniforms

Schools in China Track Students With GPS-Enabled 'Smart' Uniforms

Students at 11 schools in the Chinese province of Guizhou are wearing "smart uniforms" incorporating computer chips to ensure they attend classes and behave properly.


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'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

Researchers have constructed a three-dimensional virtual reality model of tumor samples, with each individual cell mapped.


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Researchers Putting Fish Into AR Tanks

Researchers Putting Fish Into AR Tanks

New Jersey Institute of Technology researchers have created an augmented reality system to run experiments on the glass knifefish.


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Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81

Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81

Lawrence Roberts insisted that engineers look for practical uses for the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet.


From Communications of the ACM

Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?

Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?

Three-dimensional scanning can be used to protect or rebuild historic structures, but who owns that digital data?


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Quantum Leap

Quantum Leap

A new proof supports a 25-year-old claim of the unique power of quantum computing.


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Hidden Messages Fool AI

Hidden Messages Fool AI

Forced errors focus attention on neural network quirks.

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