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November 2017


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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.


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Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

Texas Gunman's iPhone Could Reignite FBI-Apple Feud Over Encryption

The FBI and Apple are bracing for another potential fight over encryption, this time because of the iPhone of the dead gunman in Sunday's Texas church shooting, according to people familiar with the matter.


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Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers Develop Flexible, Stretchable Photonic Devices

Researchers have made flexible and stretchable photonic devices using a specialized type of glass formed into a spring-like coil.


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Chip-Based Sensors With Incredible Sensitivity

Chip-Based Sensors With Incredible Sensitivity

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University have created an optical whispering gallery mode resonator.


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Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google

Salesforce AI Researchers Came Up With a Faster Way to Translate Text--and It's Based on Tech From Google

Salesforce artificial intelligence researchers have disclosed details of their project to translate text without human input, using Google's Transformer system.


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Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Brown/Hasbro Team to Design Smart Robotic Companions to Assist Seniors

Researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to enhance Hasbro's Joy for All Companion Pets into smart robots that can help older adults with everyday tasks.


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Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption

Law Enforcement’s Ongoing Problem with Mobile Encryption

Organizations like the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation have a hard time cracking suspects' smartphones, thanks to end-to-end encryption.


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The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

The Computer Scientist Who Prefers Paper

For years, Barbara Simons was the loneliest of Cassandras—a technologist who feared what technology had wrought. Her cause was voting: Specifically, she believed that the electronic systems that had gained favor in the United…


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FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

FBI Again Finds Itself Unable to Unlock a Gunman's Cellphone

The Texas church massacre is providing a familiar frustration for law enforcement: FBI agents are unable to unlock the gunman's encrypted cellphone to learn what evidence it might hold.


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NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

NAS Report Investigates the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments

The National Academy of Sciences recently released a report titled "Assessing and Responding to the Growth of Computer Science Undergraduate Enrollments."


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Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations

Nanoscale 'Abacus' Uses Pulses of Light Instead of Wooden Beads to Perform Calculations

Researchers have developed a nanoscale optical "abacus" that uses light signals to perform arithmetic computation.


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Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

Researchers Develop Data Bus for Quantum Computer

Researchers at the University of Innsbruck in Austria have developed a technique to transfer quantum information between systems that are encoded in different ways.


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Computer Scientists Aid in Major Astronomical Discovery

Computer Scientists Aid in Major Astronomical Discovery

Computer science researchers recently helped to make a major advance in astronomy, as scientists announced last month they observed two neutron stars colliding.


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Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Killer Robots: Australia's AI Leaders Urge PM to Support a Ban on Lethal Autonomous Weapons

A letter from 122 members of the Australian artificial intelligence research community urges Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to support for a ban on lethal autonomous weapons.


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Touch-Sensitive Avatar-Robotic Arm Based on Real-Time Haptics

Touch-Sensitive Avatar-Robotic Arm Based on Real-Time Haptics

Researchers say they have developed a "real-time-avatar-robotic arm" that transmits sound, vision, and tactile sensations to remotely located users.


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Choreography With Computers

Choreography With Computers

Singapore Management University professor Akshat Kumar is developing computational methods for choreographing the movements of autonomous cars and ships.


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The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

The Subatomic Discovery That Physicists Considered Keeping Secret

A pair of physicists announced the discovery of a subatomic event so powerful that the researchers wondered if it was too dangerous to make public.


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Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Powering Saturn's Active Ocean Moon

Heat from friction could power hydrothermal activity on Saturn's moon Enceladus for billions of years if the moon has a highly porous core, according to a new modeling study by European and U.S. researchers working on NASA's …


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China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

China's Technology Ambitions Could Upset the Global Trade Order

When President Trump arrives in Beijing on Wednesday, he will most likely complain about traditional areas of dispute like steel and cars.


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System Uses 'Deep Learning' to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors

System Uses 'Deep Learning' to Detect Cracks in Nuclear Reactors

Purdue University researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system to detect cracks captured in videos of a nuclear reactor.


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A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack

A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack

Researchers completing the first large-scale analysis of victims of Internet denial-of-service attacks worldwide found about a third of the IPv4 address space was targeted by such attacks.


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Johns Hopkins-Led Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems Into Digital Detectives

Johns Hopkins-Led Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems Into Digital Detectives

An international team of researchers is using an $11-million U.S. Department of Defense grant to streamline investigations by developing algorithms for extracting relevant details from data.


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Broadening the CS Cohort

Broadening the CS Cohort

Innovative programs are drawing women and minority students to computer science, and giving them the support they need to succeed.


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The Disappearing American Grad Student

The Disappearing American Grad Student

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.


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UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

The University of Maryland recently hosted its third all-women hackathon.


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Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial" at any angle.


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Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

University of Southern California Viterbi professor Fei Sha plans to focus her efforts on applying the findings of statistical machine learning to medical science.


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Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to a mosquito-monitoring platform.


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Bringing History to Life

Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.


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How to Ensure AI Is Good for Girls: A Robot for Every Child

How to Ensure AI Is Good for Girls: A Robot for Every Child

Rapid progress is being made in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics, as milestones are being passed in a wide range of areas.