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September 2016


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Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores

Send Secret Messages Hidden in the Dna of Bacterial Spores

Humble bacterial spores are taking us closer to an age of DNA information storage, thanks to new ways of protecting archived data from corruption as well as from hackers.


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Nokia's Terabit Fiber Internet Breakthrough Points to Even Faster Internet Speeds

Nokia's Terabit Fiber Internet Breakthrough Points to Even Faster Internet Speeds

Researchers have developed a data-tranmission technique that will have the capacity to provide speeds 1,000 times faster than Google Fiber.


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73% of Coding Bootcamp Graduates Employed Full-Time, Earn Salary Lift

73% of Coding Bootcamp Graduates Employed Full-Time, Earn Salary Lift

Coding bootcamps have surged in popularity because they are accelerated programs that attract technology-minded students looking to learn a range of skills.


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How Quantum Computing Could ­npick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets

How Quantum Computing Could ­npick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets

The advent of a universal quantum computer could herald the end of effective data encryption.


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Researchers Find Common Traits That Account For Strong STEM Outcomes in Schools

Researchers Find Common Traits That Account For Strong STEM Outcomes in Schools

Researchers have identified 14 components common to exceptional high schools with science, technology, engineering, and math programs.


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Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable

Cheap Lidar: The Key to Makingself-Driving Cars Affordable

Chances are you've never seen a fully autonomous self-driving car out on the street.


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In Memoriam: Boris Trakhtenbrot, 1921-2016

In Memoriam: Boris Trakhtenbrot, 1921-2016

The mathematician discovered and proved the Gap Theorem, as well as what is now called Trakhtenbrot's Theorem.


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In Backing Autonomous Cars, ­.s. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out

In Backing Autonomous Cars, ­.s. Tells Automakers to Figure It Out

The Obama administration's approach to hands-free driving is remarkably hands-off.


From ACM TechNews

A Tight Squeeze For Electrons--Quantum Effects Observed in 'one-Dimensional' Wires

A Tight Squeeze For Electrons--Quantum Effects Observed in 'one-Dimensional' Wires

Researchers observed quantum effects in electrons by squeezing them into one-dimensional "quantum wires" and monitoring the interactions.  


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Federal Officials Plan Aggressive Approach to Driverless Cars

Federal Officials Plan Aggressive Approach to Driverless Cars

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Monday announced plans to aggressively influence the launch of driverless car technology.  


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An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam

An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.


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The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed For the First Time

The Cryptographic Key That Secures the Web Is Being Changed For the First Time

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers next month will make the first-ever revision of the Root Zone Signing Key.  


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Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Inside Google's Internet Justice League and Its AI-Powered War on Trolls

Online forums and social media platforms are havens for trolls and bullies who launch campaigns of harassment can lead to the self-censorship of the people they target.


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Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool For Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools

Researchers Eye Gaming as Tool For Boosting Computer Science Skills, Diversity in Middle Schools

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Florida plan to use a custom-designed videogame to improve educational outcomes in middle schools.  


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Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities

Geneticists Attempt to Heal Rifts with Aboriginal Communities

In 1938, anthropologists Norman Tindale and Joseph Birdsell set off on an 18-month, 29,000-kilometre expedition to survey Australia's indigenous groups.


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Quantum Teleportation Was Just Achieved Over More Than 7 Km of City Fibre

Quantum Teleportation Was Just Achieved Over More Than 7 Km of City Fibre

Quantum teleportation just moved out of the lab and into the real world, with two independent teams of scientists successfully sending quantum information across several kilometres of optical fibre networks in Calgary, Canada…


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How Random Is Your Randomness, and Why Does It Matter?

How Random Is Your Randomness, and Why Does It Matter?

Randomness is vital for computer security, making possible secure encryption that allows people to communicate secretly even if an adversary sees all coded messages.


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Confused About Those Emergency Cellphone Alerts? Here's How They Work.

Confused About Those Emergency Cellphone Alerts? Here's How They Work.

Many New York-area commuters on Monday were interrupted by this alert on their cellphones: "WANTED: Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28-yr-old male. See media for pic. Call 9-1-1 if seen."


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Google's Go Language Ventures Into Machine Learning

Google's Go Language Ventures Into Machine Learning

There is a growing interest in having Go toolkits that take advantage of the language's conveniences.


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Loyola Faculty Win $280k Grant From National Science Foundation to Supercharge Research Computing Power Available on Campus

Loyola Faculty Win $280k Grant From National Science Foundation to Supercharge Research Computing Power Available on Campus

Four Loyola University Maryland faculty members have received more than $280,000 to build the university's first high-performance computing cluster.


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Ornl Helps Develop Hybrid Computational Strategy For Efficient Sequencing of Massive Genome Datasets

Ornl Helps Develop Hybrid Computational Strategy For Efficient Sequencing of Massive Genome Datasets

Oak Ridge National Laboratory researchers say they have developed a novel hybrid computational strategy to efficiently discover genetic variants.


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Remote Repairs, Healthy Crops, Police Surveillance: The Future of Drones, Ar, and Vr

Remote Repairs, Healthy Crops, Police Surveillance: The Future of Drones, Ar, and Vr

The future, according to the world's largest vendor of networking gear, is all part of the Internet of Things.


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Hubble Telescope Snaps Best-Ever Views of a Comet's Disintegration

Hubble Telescope Snaps Best-Ever Views of a Comet's Disintegration

Building-size chunks of rock were photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in January as they broke free from a disintegrating comet zooming around the sun.


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Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

Artificial Intelligence Software Is Booming. But Why Now?

This is the year artificial intelligence came into its own for mainstream businesses, at least as a marketing feature.


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Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation

Obama's Science Advisors: Much Forensic Work Has No Scientific Foundation

Last year, the US Department of Justice released a report that involved some painful self-examination.


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Saving Lives By Letting Cars Talk to Each Other

Saving Lives By Letting Cars Talk to Each Other

Wireless connectivity offers to improve safety as semi-autonomous and fully autonomous cars mature and proliferate.


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Complex Materials Can Self-Organize Into Circuits, May Form Basis For Multifunction Chips

Complex Materials Can Self-Organize Into Circuits, May Form Basis For Multifunction Chips

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory say they have discovered unique behaviors of nanoscale materials that could advance microprocessor technology.  


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Lightweight, Wearable Tech Efficiently Converts Body Heat to Electricity

Lightweight, Wearable Tech Efficiently Converts Body Heat to Electricity

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics.


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A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can't Do It All Yet

A Lesson of Tesla Crashes? Computer Vision Can't Do It All Yet

Jitendra Malik, a researcher in computer vision for three decades, doesn't own a Tesla, but he has advice for people who do.


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Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird's-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street, all carefully labeled.