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February 2017


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Now You Can 'build Your Own' Bio-Bot

Now You Can 'build Your Own' Bio-Bot

A team of researchers has released a protocol for designing and building "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with light and electrical signals.


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Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over Crispr Patents

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over Crispr Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.


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The Need For a Digital Geneva Convention

The Need For a Digital Geneva Convention

Responding to the rise in nation-state cybersecurity attacks.


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Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded

Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded

The skies are full of transient events.


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Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

Apple vs. Fbi One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.


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Novel Technique Tracks More Web ­sers Across Browsers

Novel Technique Tracks More Web ­sers Across Browsers

Researchers say they have developed the first cross-browser fingerprinting technique using machine-level features to identify users.


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Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Researchers have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers.


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A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections For Millions of Devices

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections For Millions of Devices

The VUSec team at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has demonstrated an exploit that undercuts a basic safeguard used in all modern operating systems.


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Success By Deception

Success By Deception

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland say they have refined machine learning by deliberately misleading intelligent machines.


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New Software Will Standardize Data Collection For Great White Sharks

New Software Will Standardize Data Collection For Great White Sharks

Researchers collaborated on software that helps researchers collect and manage data on great white sharks spotted along the coast.


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Pushing Boundaries

Pushing Boundaries

The recent Women in Data Science Conference provided a forum for female data scientists to discuss a range of topics in the field.


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Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'broadband' Moment

Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'broadband' Moment

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.


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­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

­S Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia or cystic fibrosis—once gene-editing techniques advance sufficiently…


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Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.


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Intel Researches Tech to Prepare For a Future Beyond Today's Pcs

Intel Researches Tech to Prepare For a Future Beyond Today's Pcs

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says his company is investigating and investing in technologies that promise to transcend the computing capabilities of current PCs and servers.


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Wave of the Future: Terahertz Chips a New Way of Seeing Through Matter

Wave of the Future: Terahertz Chips a New Way of Seeing Through Matter

Researchers at Princeton University say they have created microchips capable of transmitting and receiving terahertz waves.


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Fixing the Fake News Problem

Fixing the Fake News Problem

Unsubstantiated information can spread like wildfire through social media; new tools aim to make it easy to track down sources of misinformation, no matter where they are encountered.


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Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time

Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time

Researchers at IBM have created an elusive molecule by knocking around atoms using a needle-like microscope tip.


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Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.


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Nae's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists

Nae's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists

Seventeen computer scientists were among the 84 new members and 22 new foreign members recently announced by The National Academy of Engineering. 


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The Internet and Your Brain Are More Alike Than You Think

The Internet and Your Brain Are More Alike Than You Think

Researchers say they have found parallels between an Internet algorithm and human brain activity that improve the understanding of engineered and neural networks.


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Sensors Embedded in Sports Equipment Could Provide Real-Time Analytics to Your Smartphone

Sensors Embedded in Sports Equipment Could Provide Real-Time Analytics to Your Smartphone

Researchers are experimenting with Internet of Things devices that can be embedded into sports equipment, as well as in wearable devices, to make data analytics more accessible to the sports industry.


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Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab

Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab

Engineers at Corning's research lab in New York are developing new materials in their quest to expand the capabilities of glass.


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New System Makes It Harder to Track Bitcoin Transactions

New System Makes It Harder to Track Bitcoin Transactions

Researchers have developed a program that could make it more difficult for observers to track any single bitcoin transaction.


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Automated Rescue

Automated Rescue

The Texas A&M University Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue builds robots that can work with first responders in search-and-rescue operations.


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­ts to Launch Programming Environment For the Quantum Era

­ts to Launch Programming Environment For the Quantum Era

Researchers at the University of Technology Sydney in Australia say they will soon unveil a quantum-era programming environment at the UTS Center for Quantum Software and Information.


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Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites For Mars 2020

Scientists Shortlist Three Landing Sites For Mars 2020

Participants in a landing site workshop for NASA's upcoming Mars 2020 mission have recommended three locations on the Red Planet for further evaluation.


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AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

AI Learns to Solve Quantum State of Many Particles at Once

The same type of artificial intelligence that mastered the ancient game of Go could help wrestle with the amazing complexity of quantum systems containing billions of particles.


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Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper

Yale Will Rename Calhoun College to Honor 'trailblazing' Alum Grace Murray Hopper

Hopper was an early computer scientist who foresaw the importance technology would have in daily life.


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Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, …