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April 2017


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It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says

It's Time to Dump Moore's Law to Advance Computing, Researcher Says

R. Stanley Williams, a senior fellow at Hewlett Packard Labs, proposes no longer following Moore's Law in chipmaking, saying in a recent research paper that the end of Moore's Law "could be the best thing that has happened to…


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Crowdsourcing a Practical Indoor GPS

Crowdsourcing a Practical Indoor GPS

Researchers are using crowdsourced Wi-Fi fingerprints from smartphones to build a highly accurate indoor global-positioning system.


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Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.


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Dutch Smallest Computer

Dutch Smallest Computer

Researchers have constructed a small supercomputer from four servers with four professionalized graphics cards.


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Why Are UCSD Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?

Why Are UCSD Scientists Disguising Themselves as Empty Car Seats?

Researchers are observing driver and pedestrian responses to "driverless" research vehicles on campus by wearing costumes resembling empty car seats.


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Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made.


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Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying

Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying

Virginia Polytechnic and State University professor Bert Huang is working to develop an automatic system for detecting cyberbullying.


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Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain

Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain

Experts say the growing pervasiveness and maturity of machine learning makes it an increasingly attractive candidate for cybersecurity applications.


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New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature

New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature

Researchers have partly developed a new approach for identifying subtle patterns to map out how ancient Latin and Greek texts relate to each other.


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Into the Breach

Into the Breach

Cyber ratings firms help companies evaluate the risks of doing business.


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Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by the Canadian government and universities—were laying the groundwork…


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Quantum Computing Is Going Commercial with the Potential to Disrupt Everything

Quantum Computing Is Going Commercial with the Potential to Disrupt Everything

Consider three hair-pulling problems: 1 percent of the world's energy is used every year just to produce fertilizer; solar panels aren't powerful enough to provide all the power for most homes; investing in stocks often feels…


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New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

The progress made in training algorithms to recognize images via the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has prompted its 2018 replacement with the more formidable task of teaching robots to perceive the world in…


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Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players

Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence to compete against six professional Chinese poker players in a 36,000-hand exhibition match in China.


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In the Future, We Will Control Our Mobiles Using Gestures

In the Future, We Will Control Our Mobiles Using Gestures

Researchers are developing a next-generation interface that will enable people to interact with mobile devices using gestures.


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Algorithm and Rhyme

Algorithm and Rhyme

San Jose State University professor Margareta Ackerman has developed an artificial intelligence-based system designed to assist musicians in songwriting.


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Few Keep Track of Their Personal Data on the Net

Few Keep Track of Their Personal Data on the Net

A study found that few users understand how their personal data are compiled and stored on the Internet.


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AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion

AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion

DeepMind's Go-playing artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in May will play against top Chinese Go player Ke Jie in a three-game match in China.


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Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird

Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird

Octopuses are aliens living on Earth.


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23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person's risk of developing certain diseases.


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Information Storage With a Nanoscale Twist

Information Storage With a Nanoscale Twist

Researchers have discovered a rotational force inside magnetic vortices, which they say could make it easier to design ultrahigh-capacity disk drives.


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Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'Disgusting'

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'Disgusting'

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decision to dismantle net neutrality and let Internet service providers sell customers' browsing data to advertisers.


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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without being tethered.


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Learning to Think Like a Computer

Learning to Think Like a Computer

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.


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Electronic Synapses That Can Learn: Towards an Artificial Brain?

Electronic Synapses That Can Learn: Towards an Artificial Brain?

European researchers from several institutions have developed an artificial synapse on a chip that can learn autonomously.


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How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel drugs, materials, chemicals and even perfumes.


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Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones.


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Tiny Black Holes Enable a New Type of Photodetector for High-Speed Data

Tiny Black Holes Enable a New Type of Photodetector for High-Speed Data

Researchers have developed tiny "black holes" on a silicon wafer that serve as a new type of photodetector.


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Google's Video AI Was Tricked Into Thinking a Video About Apes Was About Spaghetti

Google's Video AI Was Tricked Into Thinking a Video About Apes Was About Spaghetti

Researchers have successfully tricked Google's Cloud Video Intelligence application programming interface into identifying a video about gorillas as one dealing with an unrelated topic.


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Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices

Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices

Researchers have developed flexible, inkjet-printable memory cells they say could lead to mass-produced printable electronics. T

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