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April 2016


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Droning On

Droning On

University of Delaware professor Guoquan Huang has received a two-year grant to design resource-aware, attack-resilient, consistent micro aerial vehicle navigation. 


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New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin

New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a thin-film electronic display that can be laminated onto a person's body without the wearer knowing it is there. 


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Zoo of Theories Showcased in Publications on Lhc Anomaly

Zoo of Theories Showcased in Publications on Lhc Anomaly

Hints of a new subatomic particle at the world’s most powerful atom smasher have inspired theoretical physicists to write more than 300 papers in the past four months.


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Search Engine's Author Profiles Now Driven By Influence Metrics

Search Engine's Author Profiles Now Driven By Influence Metrics

"It’s important to be selective," says CEO Etzioni.


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Triple Threat: ­ of T Computer Scientist Combines Machine Learning, Robotics, and Computer Vision

Triple Threat: ­ of T Computer Scientist Combines Machine Learning, Robotics, and Computer Vision

Raquel Urtasun is specializing in creating algorithms to help computers make decisions previously reserved for humans.


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Robotic Consensus

Robotic Consensus

Planning algorithms for teams of robots fall into two categories: centralized algorithms, in which a single computer makes decisions for the whole team, and decentralized algorithms, in which each robot makes its own decisions…


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Who's the Michael Jordan of Computer Science? New Tool Ranks Researchers' Influence

Who's the Michael Jordan of Computer Science? New Tool Ranks Researchers' Influence

Last fall, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence in Seattle, Washington, launched a challenge to Google Scholar, PubMed, and other online search engines by unveiling a service called Semantic Scholar.


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Mit's Teaching AI How to Help Stop Cyberattacks

Mit's Teaching AI How to Help Stop Cyberattacks

Finding evidence that someone compromised your cyber defenses is a grind.


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Research in a Virtual World

Research in a Virtual World

A growing number of projects from disciplines across the University of Alabama are using virtual reality technology. 


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Wireless Signal Sent Through Meat Fast Enough to Watch Netflix

Wireless Signal Sent Through Meat Fast Enough to Watch Netflix

Andrew Singer from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and colleagues have successfully sent a wireless signal through slabs of pork and beef.


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Cybersecurity Is Harder Than Building Bridges

Cybersecurity Is Harder Than Building Bridges

Cybersecurity is a complex and messy challenge, but there are indications it can be improved.


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The Minecraft Generation

The Minecraft Generation

The extremely popular Minecraft computer game is turning children into a generation of computing tinkerers and engineers.


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A Single-Atom Magnet Breaks New Ground For Future Data Storage

A Single-Atom Magnet Breaks New Ground For Future Data Storage

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and ETH Zurich say they have built the world's most stable single-atom magnet.


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New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters

New Ceres Images Show Bright Craters

Craters with bright material on dwarf planet Ceres shine in new images from NASA's Dawn mission.


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A 'big Science' Approach For Australian Cybersecurity Research?

A 'big Science' Approach For Australian Cybersecurity Research?

The director of the Defense Science and Technology Group's Cyber and Electronic Warfare Division recommends a big-science approach to cybersecurity in Australia. 


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You Want to Build an Empire Like Google's? This Is Your Os

You Want to Build an Empire Like Google's? This Is Your Os

Google called it Borg, and for many years, it was among the company's best-kept secrets.


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Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.

Europe Tried to Rein In Google. It Backfired.

Google is a top target for European regulators and privacy watchdogs, who openly fear and distrust its dominance.


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'Brainprints' Offer Better Security Than Fingerprints

'Brainprints' Offer Better Security Than Fingerprints

Research into dyslexia has led to an unexpected breakthrough in security and identity verification with biometric "brainprints" that could one day replace fingerprints and passwords.


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Hello, Coding

Hello, Coding

Preparing children for a world in which everything can be a computer.


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Coding and Computers Help Spot Methane, Explosives

Coding and Computers Help Spot Methane, Explosives

Duke University researchers are using software to improve the performance of chemical-sniffing mass spectrometers.


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Computers in Your Clothes? A Milestone For Wearable Electronics

Computers in Your Clothes? A Milestone For Wearable Electronics

Ohio State University researchers have developed functional textiles that gather, store, and transmit digital information. 


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Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened ­rls to Spy on People

Researchers Crack Microsoft and Google's Shortened ­rls to Spy on People

Cornell Tech researchers have shown brute-force attacks against shortened uniform resource locators can enable hackers to spread malware on victims' computers.


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Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case

Fair ­se Prevails as Supreme Court Rejects Google Books Copyright Case

The Supreme Court on Monday declined (PDF) to hear a challenge from the Authors Guild and other writers claiming Google's scanning of their books amounts to wanton copyright infringement and not fair use.


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Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away

Attention Students: Put Your Laptops Away

As laptops become smaller and more ubiquitous, and with the advent of tablets, the idea of taking notes by hand just seems old-fashioned to many students today.


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Location Data on Two Apps Enough to Identify Someone, Says Study

Location Data on Two Apps Enough to Identify Someone, Says Study

Individuals can be identified by matching their movements across two datasets, according to researchers at Columbia University and Google. 


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Robots Can Help Young Patients Engage in Rehab

Robots Can Help Young Patients Engage in Rehab

Researchers from the Swinburne University of Technology are exploring the use of social robots as therapeutic aids in pediatric rehabilitation. 


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Two-Factor Authentication Bypassed in Simple Attacks

Two-Factor Authentication Bypassed in Simple Attacks

VU University Amsterdam researchers have demonstrated practical attacks against both Android and iOS devices. 


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Half of Mooc ­sers in Developing Countries Get Certificates

Half of Mooc ­sers in Developing Countries Get Certificates

A survey found the use of massive open online courses is very different in emerging countries than in the U.S. 


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Microsoft Research Chief: AI Is Still Too Stupid to Wipe ­S Out (and Will Be For Decades)

Microsoft Research Chief: AI Is Still Too Stupid to Wipe ­S Out (and Will Be For Decades)

Microsoft Research Cambridge laboratory director Chris Bishop dismisses the fear artificial intelligence is on the cusp of overtaking human intelligence.


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Gene-Edited Crispr Mushroom Escapes ­S Regulation

Gene-Edited Crispr Mushroom Escapes ­S Regulation

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) will not regulate a mushroom genetically modified with the gene-editing tool CRISPR–Cas9.