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July 2018


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Blue Brain Project Installs HPE Supercomputer

Blue Brain Project Installs HPE Supercomputer

Researchers have implemented a fifth-generation supercomputer to help reach the goal of digitally simulating a complete mammalian brain by 2020.


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Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

San Francisco has proposed a $1.9-billion project to build its own high-speed network, to provide Internet access to more than 100,000 residents who lack home connectivity.


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Hacker-Powered Security Is Reaching Critical Mass

Hacker-Powered Security Is Reaching Critical Mass

Hackers are finding more severe vulnerabilities than ever before, as the total number of high or critical severity vulnerabilities identified increased 22% last year.


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Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

Inside Facebook, Twitter and Google's AI Battle Over Your Social Lives

When you sign up for Facebook on your phone, the app isn't just giving you the latest updates and photos from your friends and family.


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Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important and potentially dangerous for tech giants to police themselves.


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New Insider Attack Steals Passwords by Reading Thermal Energy From Keyboards

New Insider Attack Steals Passwords by Reading Thermal Energy From Keyboards

A new insider attack strategy involving the measurement of thermal energy from keyboards has demonstrated the ability to expose passwords.


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White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research

White House Earmarks Over $1B for Quantum Technology Research

The White House has established an Office of Science and Technology Policy subcommittee to oversee federal backing and investment for quantum technology research.


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Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices

Crystals Could Cool Down Your Future Electronic Devices

A team of researchers used boron arsenide crystals to cool electronic devices more effectively than current methods.


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Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

Sprawling Wheel Leg Robot Crawls and Climbs

A sprawling robot at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel upgrades an earlier design's wheel-leg mobility so it can scale impediments.


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Computer Science Researchers Help Answer Age-Old Medical Science Question

Computer Science Researchers Help Answer Age-Old Medical Science Question

Researchers used computer models to determine how veins containing red blood get their bluish appearance.


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How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War

How Rare Earths (What?) Could Be Crucial in a U.S.-China Trade War

Amanda Lacaze grabbed her iPhone and rattled off the names of the special minerals needed to make it.


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Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole

Tracing Ghost Particles Back to a Distant Black Hole

It was the smallest bullet you could possibly imagine, a subatomic particle weighing barely more than a thought, and a cosmic blunderbuss, a supermassive black hole, squirting fire down a gravitational gun barrel.


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Big Data Analysis Identifies New Cancer Risk Genes

Big Data Analysis Identifies New Cancer Risk Genes

Researchers in Spain have developed an analysis method for systematically identifying genes involved in hereditary cancer risk, using existing cancer genome datasets.


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Test Tube Artificial Neural Network Recognizes 'Molecular Handwriting'

Test Tube Artificial Neural Network Recognizes 'Molecular Handwriting'

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial neural network from DNA that can correctly identify handwritten numbers.


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How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

How Computers Parse the Ambiguity of Everyday Language

Ohio State University researchers investigating the challenge of ambiguous language for computers used an online game to clarify work in the field of natural language processing.


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Simpifying Machine-based Touch Sensing

Simpifying Machine-based Touch Sensing

A three-dimensionally-printed nervous system could allow robots to perceive touch the way we do.


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'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'

'We Can Build a Real Time Machine'

Travelling in time might sound like a flight of fancy, but some physicists think it might really be possible.


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Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

Facebook's Push for Facial Recognition Prompts Privacy Alarms

When Facebook rolled out facial recognition tools in the European Union this year, it promoted the technology as a way to help people safeguard their online identities.


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Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks, Hack Computers

Girl Scouts Are Learning to Pick Locks, Hack Computers

The Girl Scouts are hosting workshops to teach members the basics in science, technology, engineering, and math.


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Researchers Discover Android Apps Spying on Users' Screens

Researchers Discover Android Apps Spying on Users' Screens

An analysis of Android apps found “several” clandestinely recording and sharing video and images of users' screens.


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Code Now, Pay Tuition Later

Code Now, Pay Tuition Later

Organizations are offering free coding programs for Web engineers that include job placement; graduates agree to pay the schools a portion of their salaries once they are employed.


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Smart Bandages Designed to Monitor and Tailor Treatment for Chronic Wounds

Smart Bandages Designed to Monitor and Tailor Treatment for Chronic Wounds

A team of researchers has developed a prototype bandage that can actively monitor chronic wounds, and deliver appropriate drug treatments to improve the chances of healing.


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Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Popcorn-Driven Robotic Actuators

Cornell University researchers have devised ways for biodegradable robotic actuators to be powered by popping corn.


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Holograms Are Helping Medical Training

Holograms Are Helping Medical Training

San Diego State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing mixed-reality software for the education of nurse trainees.


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The Complex Physics Behind Bending It Like a World Cup Player

The Complex Physics Behind Bending It Like a World Cup Player

The gems of every World Cup are the impossible goals.


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The AI Revolution Has Spawned a New Chips Arms Race

The AI Revolution Has Spawned a New Chips Arms Race

For years, the semiconductor world seemed to have settled into a quiet balance: Intel vanquished virtually all of the RISC processors in the server world, save IBM's POWER line. Elsewhere AMD had self-destructed, making it pretty…


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This Is the Brightest Early Universe Object Ever Seen

This Is the Brightest Early Universe Object Ever Seen

A galaxy spinning around a hungry supermassive black hole that's guzzling down matter and shooting out plasma jets has grabbed the attention of astronomers 13 billion light-years away.


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Robot Able to Mimic an Activity After Observing It Just One Time

Robot Able to Mimic an Activity After Observing It Just One Time

A University of California, Berkeley team has engineered a robot that can mimic an activity after viewing it only once on a video screen.


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How to Stop Artificial Intelligence Being Biased

How to Stop Artificial Intelligence Being Biased

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany have developed a new method to avoid embedding bias into machine learning algorithms.


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How Architects Are Using Virtual Reality to Walk Through Buildings That Don't Yet Exist

How Architects Are Using Virtual Reality to Walk Through Buildings That Don't Yet Exist

Virtual reality is allowing architects to preview structures that have not yet been built in an immersive, three-dimensional manner.