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December 2016


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­nderwater Radio, Anyone?

­nderwater Radio, Anyone?

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants to build wireless radio transmitters in environments that have previously thwarted communication.


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Computers Can Take Social Media Data and Make Marketing Personas

Computers Can Take Social Media Data and Make Marketing Personas

Pennsylvania State University researchers have used computers to study information from social media accounts and automatically build marketing personas.


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Database of Software 'fingerprints' Expands to Include Mobile Apps

Database of Software 'fingerprints' Expands to Include Mobile Apps

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have spent 15 years maintaining an archive of the world's software.


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Welcome to the Machines

Welcome to the Machines

The home robotics market poised for growth, technological advancement.


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Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New Nasa Dawn Findings

Where Is the Ice on Ceres? New Nasa Dawn Findings

At first glance, Ceres, the largest body in the main asteroid belt, may not look icy.


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The Man Behind the Internet

The Man Behind the Internet

A chat with worldwide pioneer Vinton Cerf.


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Ephemeral Antimatter Atoms Pinned Down in Milestone Laser Test

Ephemeral Antimatter Atoms Pinned Down in Milestone Laser Test

In a technical tour-de-force, physicists have made the first measurements of how antimatter atoms absorb light.


From ACM Careers

Scientists Are Frantically Copying U.S. Climate Data, Fearing It Might Vanish Under Trump

Scientists Are Frantically Copying U.S. Climate Data, Fearing It Might Vanish Under Trump

Alarmed that decades of crucial climate measurements could vanish under a hostile Trump administration, scientists have begun a feverish attempt to copy reams of government data onto independent servers in hopes of safeguarding it…


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Autonomous Swarmboats: New Missions, Safe Harbors

Autonomous Swarmboats: New Missions, Safe Harbors

Researchers used a combination of software, radar, and other sensors to develop a swarm of autonomous rigid hull inflatable boats and other small boats that can collectively perform patrol missions autonomously.


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Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men

Posture Could Explain Why Women Get More Vr Sickness Than Men

New studies explore why women experience more motion sickness than men while using virtual reality.


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How Do We Keep Gps Safe From Sabotage?

How Do We Keep Gps Safe From Sabotage?

Stanford University professor Per Enge is working to combat potential threats to autonomous navigation systems.


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These ­niversities Are Training the World's Top Coders

These ­niversities Are Training the World's Top Coders

The three best coders in the world come from the Russian ITMO University, China's Sun Yat-sen Memorial Middle School, and the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science in Vietnam.


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Artificial Intelligence to Predict Odors

Artificial Intelligence to Predict Odors

Researchers are working on the Computer Linguistics for Olfaction project to develop an application that can predict which molecule structures will produce or suppress specific odors.


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Data Diversity

Data Diversity

Selecting diverse subsets from a much larger dataset promises to be much more practical using a new algorithm designed by researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence…


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­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'

­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'

Leaders at the United Nations in Geneva just agreed to officially discuss guidelines for the design, development, and engineering of autonomous weapons. Here's why it matters.


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Elevator Makers Think Outside the Box, and Even Sideways

Elevator Makers Think Outside the Box, and Even Sideways

ThyssenKrupp's new $43 million elevator test tower soars 246 meters (808 ft) above the German town of Rottweil, but the company's lifts chief is not only thinking vertically.


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Nasa Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide

Nasa Releases New Eye-Popping View of Carbon Dioxide

A new NASA supercomputer project builds on the agency's satellite measurements of carbon dioxide and combines them with a sophisticated Earth system model to provide one of the most realistic views yet of how this critical greenhouse…


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Meet The Municipal Chief Digital Officer

Meet The Municipal Chief Digital Officer

Finally, someone to make cities’ technology relevant.


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California to Regulate Energy ­se of Desktop Computers and Monitors

California to Regulate Energy ­se of Desktop Computers and Monitors

The California Energy Commission on Wednesday agreed to pass new regulations for energy efficiency in desktop computers and monitors.


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Making Big Data Manageable

Making Big Data Manageable

Researchers presented a new coreset-generation technique for handling big data at the Neural Information Processing Systems conference in Barcelona, Spain.


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This Flying Robot Is the Newest Expert Inspecting Your City's Bridges

This Flying Robot Is the Newest Expert Inspecting Your City's Bridges

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Northeastern University have developed a drone that can create a high-resolution three-dimensional model of a bridge.


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Quake-Detection App Captured Nearly 400 Temblors Worldwide

Quake-Detection App Captured Nearly 400 Temblors Worldwide

The MyShake app has recorded nearly 400 earthquakes since it was made available for download in February.


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­.s. Moves Exascale Goalpost, Targets 2021 Delivery

­.s. Moves Exascale Goalpost, Targets 2021 Delivery

The U.S. timeline for achieving exascale supercomputer performance will be accelerated by one year.


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Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs

Tech Giants Open Virtual Worlds to Bevy of AI Programs

The Minecraft video game was familiar to José Hernández-Orallo long before he started using it for his own research.


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'i'm Here to Help,' Trump Tells Tech Executives at Meeting

'i'm Here to Help,' Trump Tells Tech Executives at Meeting

The meeting between President-elect Donald J. Trump and the nation’s tech elite was hyped as something out of “The Apprentice”: The new boss tells his minions to shape up.


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Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in Vr

Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in Vr

Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or rather, the cloud.


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Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: Nasa

Earth's Magnetic Fields Could Track Ocean Heat: Nasa

As Earth warms, much of the extra heat is stored in the planet's ocean—but monitoring the magnitude of that heat content is a difficult task.


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Flexible Device Captures Energy From Human Motion

Flexible Device Captures Energy From Human Motion

Michigan State University researchers say they have developed a new method for harvesting energy from human motion.


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ACM Ceo Questions Ethical Computing Future

ACM Ceo Questions Ethical Computing Future

ACM CEO Bobby Schnabel last week considered the ethical ramifications of computer science's evolution as it pertains to society at a colloquium of students and professors.


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Tsu Scientists Discovered How to Avoid Congestion of Mobile Network

Tsu Scientists Discovered How to Avoid Congestion of Mobile Network

Researchers at Tomsk State University in Russia have developed a universal mathematical approach to queuing theory that can be used to eliminate lines in shops and banks, and to eliminate mobile communication congestion.