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December 2017


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New Nist Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

New Nist Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a set of software tools designed to ensure digital evidence holds up in court.


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How Implants Powered By Ultrasound Can Help Monitor Health

How Implants Powered By Ultrasound Can Help Monitor Health

Researchers have unveiled small implants designed for disease diagnosis and treatment by using ultrasound to safely beam both energy and instructions.


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Artificial Intelligence and Supercomputers to Help Alleviate Urban Traffic Problems

Artificial Intelligence and Supercomputers to Help Alleviate Urban Traffic Problems

Researchers are working to develop tools enabling searchable traffic analyses using deep learning and data mining.


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Estonia, the Digital Republic

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water's edge.


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Higher Education Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Higher Education Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

The nature of today's Internet may mean trouble for the very community that birthed it, if network neutrality rules change.


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Nasa's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Nasa's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds.


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AI Researchers Are Trying to Combat How AI Can Be Used to Lie and Deceive

AI Researchers Are Trying to Combat How AI Can Be Used to Lie and Deceive

Artificial intelligence researchers gathered last week to discuss measures against the technology's use for deceit and disinformation.


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Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

A new technique exploits a wall's symmetry to see through it using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of the material making up the wall.


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This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into Ascii Art

This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into Ascii Art

Osamu Akiyama at Osaka University in Japan says he has developed a machine-learning neural network that can render any kind of line drawing in ASCII.


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Diagnosing Performance Problems in Supercomputers

Diagnosing Performance Problems in Supercomputers

The Lightweight Distributed Metric Service is a framework to automatically monitor and diagnose performance issues in supercomputers.


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Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood

Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have found that tweets reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over a 24-hour day.


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Revolutionizing Electronics Using Kirigami

Revolutionizing Electronics Using Kirigami

Researchers in Japan have developed an ultrastretchable bioprobe using Kirigami designs, which enables the device to follow the contours of deformable biological samples.


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It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the Fcc's Net Neutrality Comments

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with botsmemes, and input from people who don't actually exist.


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Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality VoteĀ 

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality VoteĀ 

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing…


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Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires a much more laborious process.


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Esnet's Petascale Dtn Project Speeds Up Data Transfers Between Leading Hpc Centers

Esnet's Petascale Dtn Project Speeds Up Data Transfers Between Leading Hpc Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy runs the Energy Sciences Network that connects three of the world's leading supercomputers. The effort aims to achieve regular disk-to-disk, end-to-end transfer rates of one petabyte a week between…


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Criminology, Computer Science Researchers Developing Next-Gen Electronic Monitoring

Criminology, Computer Science Researchers Developing Next-Gen Electronic Monitoring

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are developing  an electronic monitoring system that uses smartphones, sensor technology, and GPS tracking to promote and reward constructive behaviors that can keep people…


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Virtual Reality Makes Journalism Immersive, Realism Makes It Credible

Virtual Reality Makes Journalism Immersive, Realism Makes It Credible

Researchers at Pennsylania State University have found virtual reality can help journalists pull readers into their stories, but flashier design elements of VR can damage credibility.  


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Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? Seti Tunes In to 'oumuamua

Alien Probe or Galactic Driftwood? Seti Tunes In to 'oumuamua

Ever since its discovery in mid-October as it passed by Earth already outbound from our solar system, the mysterious object dubbed 'Oumuamua (Hawaiian for "first messenger") has left scientists utterly perplexed.


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Scientists 'inject' Information Into Monkeys' Brains

Scientists 'inject' Information Into Monkeys' Brains

When you drive toward an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will (or should) make you step on the brake. This action happens thanks to a chain of events inside your head.


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Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook

Researchers have used a machine learning algorithm similar to Facebook's friend recommender program to track dolphins.


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Reading a Neural Network's Mind

Reading a Neural Network's Mind

Researchers at MIT CSAIL and the Qatar Computing Research Institute have used an interpretive method to analyze neural networks trained for machine translation and speech recognition. They've found empirical support for some …


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Scientists Create Stretchable Battery Made Entirely Out of Fabric

Scientists Create Stretchable Battery Made Entirely Out of Fabric

Researchers have created an entirely textile-based biobattery that can generate maximum power similar to that produced by previous paper-based microbial fuel cells.


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Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site

Researchers Launch Moon Mission Audio Site

Researchers are using a 2012 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to develop Explore Apollo, a public website featuring audio from the Apollo moon missions.


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New Algorithm Repairs Corrupted Digital Images in One Step

New Algorithm Repairs Corrupted Digital Images in One Step

A new algorithm incorporates artificial neural networks to simultaneously apply a wide range of fixes to corrupted digital images.


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Computerized Biology, or How to Control a Population of Cells With a Computer

Computerized Biology, or How to Control a Population of Cells With a Computer

Two studies from European researchers detail their use of hybrid experimental platforms to enable the production of new and reprogrammable behaviors of cell populations.


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'malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, Crowdstrike Finds

'malware-Free' Attacks Mount in Big Breaches, Crowdstrike Finds

Despite the rise of massive crypto-ransomware attacks, an even more troubling trend emerged in data gathered by the security firm CrowdStrike this past year and published in the company's 2017 "Intrusion Services Casebook."


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Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts.


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'grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas By Driving Up Toy Prices

'grinch Bots' Attempt to Steal Christmas By Driving Up Toy Prices

Online fraudsters are frustrating Christmas shoppers by using software bots to buy up the most popular toys to resell at inflated prices at third-party websites.


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Google's 'superhuman' Deepmind AI Claims Chess Crown

Google's 'superhuman' Deepmind AI Claims Chess Crown

Google says its DeepMind unit's AlphaGo Zero algorithm defeated world-leading specialist software Stockfish 8 in a chess match within hours of teaching itself the game.