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January 2017


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Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine

Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine


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A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide ­S

A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide ­S

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological change.


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5 State Policies to Sustain Computer Science Education

5 State Policies to Sustain Computer Science Education

The Southern Regional Education Board recently convened a group of U.S. state legislators and secondary and postsecondary education leaders to develop policies and actions that positively support computer science education.


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Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Army of 350,000 Star Wars Bots Found Lurking on Twitter

Researchers at University College London in the U.K. discovered a Twitter botnet that could be comprised of more than 350,000 accounts.


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How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment By 2021

How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment By 2021

Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science, aims to reach an equal male/female balance in computer science enrollment by 2021.


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Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

University of Texas at Austin researchers are developing graphene-based health sensors that stick to a person's skin like a temporary tattoo and take measurements with the same precision as conventional medical equipment.


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Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify vehicles.


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Nram Set to Spark a 'holy War' Among Memory Technologies

Nram Set to Spark a 'holy War' Among Memory Technologies

A non-volatile memory technology based on carbon nanotubes could be more disruptive to enterprise storage, servers, and consumer electronics than flash memory when it is commercialized next year.


From ACM News

N.s.a. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

N.s.a. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the government's 16 other intelligence agencies before applying privacy…


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Poker Play Begins in 'brains vs. Ai: Upping the Ante'

Poker Play Begins in 'brains vs. Ai: Upping the Ante'

Play began Jan. 11 for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University artificial intelligence called Libratus against four of the world's…


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Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

Robots Will Take Jobs, but Not as Fast as Some Fear, New Report Says

The march of automation will displace jobs more gradually than some alarming forecasts suggest.


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Huygens: 'ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

Huygens: 'ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures hundreds of degrees below freezing.


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Stepping Stones in an Ocean of Data

Stepping Stones in an Ocean of Data

An interview with science writer, entrepreneur, and National Public Radio’s “Math Guy,” Keith Devlin.


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Dod Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones

Dod Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones

The Department of Defense has released video of a test of swarming drones conducted in the skies over the US Navy's test range at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California.


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New Framework Could Help Online Addicts Reduce Their ­sage

New Framework Could Help Online Addicts Reduce Their ­sage

Binghamton University researchers have developed a new computer model that could help Internet addicts realize their usage is a problem and reduce it.


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Watch These Mini-Robots Self-Assemble Into Different Shapes

Watch These Mini-Robots Self-Assemble Into Different Shapes

Harvard University's Self-Organizing Systems Research group has developed a "large-scale robot collective" that can self-assemble into different shapes.


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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge project.


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Semiconductor Eyed For Next-Generation 'power Electronics'

Semiconductor Eyed For Next-Generation 'power Electronics'

Purdue University researchers have demonstrated the high-performance potential of an experimental transistor made of beta gallium oxide.


From ACM Opinion

He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

He Helped Create the 'google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences with near human-like accuracy.


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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready For It

Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready For It

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations across the country.


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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits high-energy X-rays that NASA's NuSTAR (Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope…


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Innovators Wanted: Machine Learning, Iot Jobs on the Rise

Innovators Wanted: Machine Learning, Iot Jobs on the Rise

The job market for machine learning and artificial intelligence-related positions is heating up.


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Jill Watson, Round Three

Jill Watson, Round Three

The Georgia Institute of Technology is beginning its third semester using a virtual teaching assistant system in an online course about artificial intelligence.


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Searching Deep and Dark: Building a Google For the Less Visible Parts of the Web

Searching Deep and Dark: Building a Google For the Less Visible Parts of the Web

Apache Tika could help with the effort to teach computers to recognize, index, and search all the different types of material that is available online.


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Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming

Taking Graphics Cards Beyond Gaming

A new mathematical solver enables the graphics cards found in gaming computers to solve computationally intensive mathematical problems.


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New Camera Can See Around Corners

New Camera Can See Around Corners

Researchers at Xi'an Jiaotong University in China have built a single-pixel camera that can capture images of objects even when they are not in direct view.


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Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

Air Force Tests Ibm's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

Satellites, aircraft, and growing numbers of drones—the U.S. Air Force has a lot of electronic eyes in the sky.

 


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The Many-Moons Theory

The Many-Moons Theory

Unbeknownst to most earthlings, the moon is experiencing a crisis.


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Utsa Study Shows How Phishing Scams Thrive on Overconfidence

Utsa Study Shows How Phishing Scams Thrive on Overconfidence

University of Texas at San Antonio researchers have examined overconfidence in detecting phishing emails, based on the theory that most people believe they are smarter than the criminals behind these schemes.


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Additive Manufacturing: A New Twist For Stretchable Electronics?

Additive Manufacturing: A New Twist For Stretchable Electronics?

Missouri University of Science & Technology researchers are studying electronic components that can be elongated or twisted, which could soon be used to power a range of electronic devices.