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December 2016


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Paving the Way For Light-Based Circuits

Paving the Way For Light-Based Circuits

Researchers from the Institute for Basic Science in Korea have developed three key components for building circuits that work with light instead of electrons.


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A Blueprint For Getting More Women Into Information Technology

A Blueprint For Getting More Women Into Information Technology

The rise in qualified U.S. information technology graduates is far from fast enough to keep up with industry demands for IT skills.


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Who Decides the Future of Work?

Who Decides the Future of Work?

The beginning of “a broad conversation” on whether technology should drive society, or should people make decisions about how technology supplements (or supplants) employment?


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­.s. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

­.s. Proposes Requiring Vehicles to 'talk' to Each Other to Avoid Crashes

The U.S. Transportation Department on Tuesday proposed requiring all new cars and trucks to be able to "talk" to one another using short-range wireless technology to potentially avoid tens of thousands of crashes annually.


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Big Data Projects Ramp ­p

Big Data Projects Ramp ­p

Harvested data could hold the key to solving some of society’s greatest problems.


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7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin Built a Hedge Fund's Brain

7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin Built a Hedge Fund's Brain

Richard Craib is a 29-year-old South African who runs a hedge fund in San Francisco. Or rather, he doesn't run it.


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Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine

Algorithms Compete to Predict Recipe For Cancer Vaccine

Could predictive algorithms be the key to creating a successful cancer vaccine?


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Computer-Based Biology Uncovers Secrets to Rice Growth

Computer-Based Biology Uncovers Secrets to Rice Growth

University of Indiana researchers are using a mix of experimental and computational work to study rice genetics, with the goal of addressing global issues in hunger and malnutrition.


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Researchers Show Viability of 5g Communication With Record-Setting Data Rates

Researchers Show Viability of 5g Communication With Record-Setting Data Rates

The world's longest bidirectional phased-array link in the 60 GHz band was announced by Keysight Technologies and the University of California, San Diego.


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Sweating Big Human-Body Data Challenge

Sweating Big Human-Body Data Challenge

University of California, Berkeley professor Ali Javey heads a project involving wearable electronics to help address an inability to "monitor health conditions of an individual at the molecular level."


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Did the Russians 'hack' the Election? A Look at the Established Facts

Did the Russians 'hack' the Election? A Look at the Established Facts

President-elect Donald Trump continues to discount or attempt to discredit reports that the intelligence community has linked the hacking of the DNC, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and related information operations…


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Designing a Safer Battery For Smartphones (that Won't Catch Fire)

Designing a Safer Battery For Smartphones (that Won't Catch Fire)

Mike Zimmerman likes to shock his guests by using a hammer to drive a nail through a solid polymer lithium metal battery.


From ACM Careers

Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival

Controversial Impact Factor Gets a Heavyweight Rival

One of science's most contentious metrics has a flashy new rival. On 8 December, publishing giant Elsevier launched the CiteScore index to assess the quality of academic journals.


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AI Can Turn a Photo of Your Face Into an ­ncanny 3D Model

AI Can Turn a Photo of Your Face Into an ­ncanny 3D Model

Researchers have developed a learning algorithm capable of building a precise three-dimensional model of a person's head based on a single low-resolution photo of their face.


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Printable Electronics

Printable Electronics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed an ultra-thin, high-resolution printing process that makes use of nanoporous stamps.


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Google-Funded Flint Water App Helps Residents Find Lead Risk, Resources

Google-Funded Flint Water App Helps Residents Find Lead Risk, Resources

Computer science researchers at the University of Michigan have released a mobile application and website to help Flint, MI, manage its ongoing water crisis.


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Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers For Easier Engineering

Quantum Computers Ditch All the Lasers For Easier Engineering

Researchers from the University of Sussex in the U.K. have replaced the millions of lasers in traditional quantum computing systems with several static magnets and a few electromagnetic fields.


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AI Begins to Understand the 3D World

AI Begins to Understand the 3D World

Artificial intelligence researchers are constructing systems that can visualize the three-dimensional world and take action.


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Super-Flexible Liquid Crystal Device For Bendable and Rollable Displays

Super-Flexible Liquid Crystal Device For Bendable and Rollable Displays

Researchers from Japan's Tohoku University say they have developed a super-flexible liquid crystal device, in which two ultra-thin plastic substrates are firmly bonded by polymer wall spacers.


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Nasa Juno Mission Prepares For December 11 Jupiter Flyby

Nasa Juno Mission Prepares For December 11 Jupiter Flyby

On Sunday, December 11, at 9:04 a.m. PST (12:04 p.m. EST, 17:04 UTC) NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its third science flyby of Jupiter.


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In Memoriam: Andrew Birrell 1951-2016

In Memoriam: Andrew Birrell 1951-2016

He specialized in "in the general area of operating systems and distributed systems, with occasional excursions into security."


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Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse

Graphene-Spiked Silly Putty Picks ­p Human Pulse

A dash of graphene can transform the stretchy goo known as Silly Putty into a pressure sensor able to monitor a human pulse or even track the dainty steps of a small spider.


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Taking Back Control of an Autonomous Car Affects Human Steering Behavior, Stanford Research Shows

Taking Back Control of an Autonomous Car Affects Human Steering Behavior, Stanford Research Shows

A research team testing the handover of driving from autonomous cars to human drivers found such a shift can be difficult for people if conditions have changed since the last time they were at the wheel.


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No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game ­sing Only Direct Brain Stimulation

No Peeking: Humans Play Computer Game ­sing Only Direct Brain Stimulation

A recent experiment demonstrated how humans can interact with virtual realities via direct brain stimulation.


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Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Is Your Favorite Ballplayer Hitting When It Matters, or Just Padding His Stats?

Researchers have added to the field of baseball statistics with the first analysis of hitters' performance when their team is either almost guaranteed to win, or is so far behind the game is out of reach.


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Microsoft, Code.org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Microsoft, Code.org Target Beginner Coders With Minecraft Program

Microsoft and Code.org have released a new tutorial for Hour of Code, an annual campaign held during Computer Science Education Week to encourage more students to develop an interest in coding.


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Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Meet the World's First Completely Soft Robot

Harvard University researchers have created the first self-contained soft robot.


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Inside the Big Dish that Brought US Tv from the Moon

Inside the Big Dish that Brought US Tv from the Moon

The Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales, Australia, is one of the most elegant scientific instruments ever built.


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A Drug Laboratory on Wheels

A Drug Laboratory on Wheels

Decentralizing the way medicines are made.


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Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

Earth's Day Lengthens By Two Milliseconds a Century, Astronomers Find

There may never be enough hours in the day to get everything done, but at least the forces of nature are conspiring to help out.