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November 2015


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Technology For Technology-Induced Disease

Technology For Technology-Induced Disease

New software analyzes social media posts to identify and reduce cyberbullying. 


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Beyond Search

Beyond Search

The latest academic research tools do not just find papers; they analyze them.


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Georgia Tech Trains Watson AI to "chat," Spark More Creativity in Humans

Georgia Tech Trains Watson AI to "chat," Spark More Creativity in Humans

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers are using IBM's Watson to advance how computers could help humans creatively solve problems. 


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Web Tool Helps People Visualize, Make Sense of Large Complex Datasets

Web Tool Helps People Visualize, Make Sense of Large Complex Datasets

A new Web-based tool being developed at Carnegie Mellon University allows analysts to explore raw data through dynamic visualizations with minimal time delay. 


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Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots

Disney Software Makes It Easy to Design and Print Custom Walking Robots

A joint research project has yielded an interactive design system that enables hobbyists to create custom walking robots that can be printed in three dimensions. 


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35 Innovators Under 35 2015

35 Innovators Under 35 2015

The selection process for this package begins with hundreds of nominations from the public, MIT Technology Review editors, and our international partners.


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Crash Test Simulations Expose Real Risks

Crash Test Simulations Expose Real Risks

Researchers are developing computer models of vehicle crashes to provide more sophisticated information on how to improve restraints and other safety systems. 


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Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

Track Your Heart With Your Phone, Even If Your Phone's in Your Bag

The BioPhone project will derive a person's heart and breathing rates from a smartphone's accelerometer. 


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Artificial Neuronal Network Learns to Use Human Language

Artificial Neuronal Network Learns to Use Human Language

Researchers have developed a cognitive model which is able to learn to communicate using human language. 


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The Dream Life of Driverless Cars

The Dream Life of Driverless Cars

On a brisk afternoon in October, an oddly ­equipped Honda CR-V inched through London traffic.


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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the creation of vast databases to help train them.


From ACM Opinion

Edward Snowden Explains How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Edward Snowden Explains How to Reclaim Your Privacy

Last month, I met Edward Snowden in a hotel in central Moscow, just blocks away from Red Square.


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Bringing Iphone-Style Medical Research to the Android World

Bringing Iphone-Style Medical Research to the Android World

Weill Cornell Medical College professor Deborah Estrin says the ResearchStack project seeks to introduce an open source software framework similar to ResearchKit. 


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Needed: More Women in Data Science

Needed: More Women in Data Science

Stanford University brought together about 400 women to discuss data science and promote greater gender diversity in the field. 


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U.s. Government Lab Dabbles in New Computer Designs

U.s. Government Lab Dabbles in New Computer Designs

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking to replace conventional computer systems by developing and obtaining new computer designs.


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Robot Toddler Learns to Stand By "imagining" How to Do It

Robot Toddler Learns to Stand By "imagining" How to Do It

The ability of robots to carry out tasks and move about their environment is increasingly impressive, but they still face major challenges. 


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Star Wars Characters Will Now Teach Your Kids to Code

Star Wars Characters Will Now Teach Your Kids to Code

In an effort to bring coding to an ever-larger group of kids and students, Code.org partnered with Lucasfilm as part of its annual Hour of Code event.


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Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

Court Says Tracking Web Histories Can Violate Wiretap Act

Federal courts have long given the government leeway to surveil and collect so-called "non-content" data—records of the senders and recipients of calls and emails, for instance, rather than contents of those communications.


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In Memoriam: Gene Amdahl 1922-2015

In Memoriam: Gene Amdahl 1922-2015

Gene Amdahl, who formulated Amdahl's Law and worked with IBM and others on developments related to mainframe computing, died Tuesday at the age of 92.


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The Gene Hackers

The Gene Hackers

At thirty-four, Feng Zhang is the youngest member of the core faculty at the Broad Institute of Harvard and M.I.T.


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The 116 Photos Nasa Picked to Explain Our World to Aliens

The 116 Photos Nasa Picked to Explain Our World to Aliens

When Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 launched into space in 1977, their mission was to explore the outer solar system, and over the following decade, they did so admirably.


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A New Slant on Semiconductor Characterization

A New Slant on Semiconductor Characterization

Northwestern University researchers say they have developed a mathematical method that makes semiconductor characterization more efficient and simpler. 


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The Dream Life of Driverless Cars

The Dream Life of Driverless Cars

Using three-dimensional laser-scanning techniques, two architectural designers are mapping London with an autonomous car to demonstrate its artistic potential. 


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Researchers Find Way to Create Wide Variety of New Holograms

Researchers Find Way to Create Wide Variety of New Holograms

North Carolina State University researchers have developed techniques that can be used to create ideal geometric phase holograms for any kind of optical pattern.


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Self-Folding Minirobots Possible With Origami-Inspired Graphene

Self-Folding Minirobots Possible With Origami-Inspired Graphene

Researchers at Donghua University in China have created a type of graphene paper that can fold itself into a variety of shapes, including a miniature walking robot. 


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To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

To Infinity: How Pixar Brought Computers to the Movies

Ed Catmull's office could be a window into the brain of Pixar.


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Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

Baidu, the 'chinese Google,' Is Teaching AI to Spot Malware

Andrew Ng picks up his iPhone and opens an app called FaceYou.


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Upgrade Helps Nasa Study Mineral Veins on Mars

Upgrade Helps Nasa Study Mineral Veins on Mars

Scientists now have a better understanding about a site with the most chemically diverse mineral veins NASA's Curiosity rover has examined on Mars, thanks in part to a valuable new resource scientists used in analyzing data from…


From ACM Careers

Large Companies Game H-1b Visa Program, and Jobs Leave the U.s.

Large Companies Game H-1b Visa Program, and Jobs Leave the U.s.

Théo Négri, a young software engineer from France, had come up with so many novel ideas at his job at an Internet start-up in San Francisco that the American entrepreneur who hired him wanted to keep him on.


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South Korean Researchers Develop User-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech

South Korean Researchers Develop User-Friendly, 3D Printing Tech

South Korea Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute researchers say they have developed a handheld three-dimensional scanner.