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November 2018


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Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

Exploding Stars Make Key Ingredient in Sand, Glass

We are all, quite literally, made of star dust. Many of the chemicals that compose our planet and our bodies were formed directly by stars.


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Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

Disaster Relief Is Dangerously Broken. Can AI Fix It?

The use of artificial intelligence in disaster relief is gaining favor as weather-related catastrophes grow in frequency and severity.


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Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Inside Nike's Store of the Future

Nike new flagship store in New York City is focused on personalized, experiential shopping, allowing shoppers with the Nike app to check out items via phone, request deliveries to dressing rooms, and schedule appointments with…


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Christiana Care Honored for Innovative ­se of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

Christiana Care Honored for Innovative ­se of Virtual Reality During Chemotherapy

The Christiana Care Health System was awarded the 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center for its use of virtual reality technology to improve patients' experience during chemotherapy.


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Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab Security and Privacy Institute aims to expand the boundaries of technology and protect people when that technology or its users pose a threat.


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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.


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Playing Catch-­p, Germany Throws Money at AI

Playing Catch-­p, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture about it, as it seeks to close a digital technology gap with …


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NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

NASA Learns More About Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua'

In November 2017, scientists pointed NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope toward the object known as 'Oumuamua,' the first known interstellar object to visit our solar system.


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World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

World’s First Automated Volcano Forecast Predicts Mount Etna's Eruptions

Smoke filled the cabin as the Boeing 747 plunged towards snow-covered mountains in southern Alaska. All four engines had shut down, and it took the pilots eight long minutes to regain control of the aircraft.


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What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.


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F­Necole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

F­Necole: Social-Emotional Learning Meets Computer Science and Digital Literacy

A European company has combined social-emotional learning with computer science into an elementary education digital curriculum that may soon be offered to U.S. schools.


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The Big Spenders in Research and Development

The Big Spenders in Research and Development

Global technological research and development spending will top $2 trillion this year, according to R&D Magazine's 2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast.


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New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

New Deep Knowledge AI System Could Resolve Bottlenecks in Drug Research

A new system can predict the binding of biosequences in seconds and potentially reduce bottlenecks in drug research.


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Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

D-Wave offers access to a cloud-based quantum application environment.


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Spectre, Meltdown Researchers ­nveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers ­nveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.


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FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical ­se

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical ­se

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body.


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Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.


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Where Will Science Take ­s? To the Stars

Where Will Science Take ­s? To the Stars

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.


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AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.


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­pgraded ­.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

­pgraded ­.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

U.S. supercomputers are now ranked in first and second place on the latest Top500 list, due to upgrades.


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To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology

To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology

Clothing brands collaborated with a Canadian nonprofit to build a website that can identify forests that should be kept pristine, to make supply chains less ecologically destructive.


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Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Dartmouth College researchers have developed battery-free eye-tracking glasses that could enhance augmented reality technologies.


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Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by ­p to 60%

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by ­p to 60%

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to improve the battery life of mobile devices, by minimizing the power consumption of mobile apps by up to 60%.


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New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing

New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing

A new manufacturing technique can keep electronics cooler by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing faster, more efficient computation.


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'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.


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NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest in the state's history. NASA satellites are observing these fires—and…


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Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

An international research team analyzed 425 studies conducted since 2000 and concluded computers that support student collaboration beneficially affect learning.


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Pitt Researcher ­ses Video Games to ­nlock New Levels of AI

Pitt Researcher ­ses Video Games to ­nlock New Levels of AI

The University of Pittsburgh's Daniel Jiang has developed algorithms that learn decision strategies in complex and uncertain environments, and tests them on video games.


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New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

University of California, Riverside scientists have determined how hackers can exploit graphics processing units to expose private data.


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Researchers Rev ­p Review of Peer Review

Researchers Rev ­p Review of Peer Review

Although the global scientific community is becoming more diverse, developing ways to make certain peer reviewers are true "peers" is lagging behind.