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January 2017


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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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50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

50 Things That Made the Modern Economy

The Compiler.


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Vr Trauma Surgery 101: Going For the Grisly

Vr Trauma Surgery 101: Going For the Grisly

Medical students experience the controlled chaos of trauma surgery, virtually.


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Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers' Galactic Trek

Hubble Provides Interstellar Road Map For Voyagers' Galactic Trek

NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system.


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Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button For Regulators

Data Could Be the Next Tech Hot Button For Regulators

Wealth and influence in the technology business have always been about gaining the upper hand in software or the machines that software ran on.


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Ua-Developed Avatar Is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport

Ua-Developed Avatar Is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport

University of Arizona researchers have developed a virtual border agent to question international travelers and flag those that seem suspicious.


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'transfer Learning' Jump-Starts New AI Projects

'transfer Learning' Jump-Starts New AI Projects

Abstracting and reusing knowledge gleaned from a machine-learning application in other, newer apps--or "transfer learning"--is supplementing other learning methods as the backbone of most data science practices.


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­ltrasound Tracking Could Be ­sed to Deanonymize Tor ­sers

­ltrasound Tracking Could Be ­sed to Deanonymize Tor ­sers

Ultrasounds emitted by ads or JavaScript code hidden on a page accessed through the Tor Browser can deanonymize Tor users by making nearby phones or computers send identity beacons back to advertisers, according to a team of …


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Transistor Stretchier Than Skin For ­ltra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Transistor Stretchier Than Skin For ­ltra-Flexible Wearable Tech

Stanford University researchers have developed a new transistor that can be stretched to twice its length without losing conductivity, making it well-suited for use in small devices worn on the body.


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Caring Cyborgs

Caring Cyborgs

Social robots designed to interact with people could act as caregivers for the elderly and children, but current models struggle to understand and mimic the subtleties of human interaction.


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Attackers Can Make It Impossible to Dial 911

Attackers Can Make It Impossible to Dial 911

A new cyberattack strategy can block access to 911 emergency services by exploiting vulnerabilities in the system.


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Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle Ais Road Sense

Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle Ais Road Sense

Researchers have developed a simulator employing convolutional neural networks and deep learning to enhance how vehicle artificial intelligence systems manage environmental factors such as obstacles.


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Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt.


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Pcast Releases Report on Ensuring ­.s. Leadership in Semiconductors

Pcast Releases Report on Ensuring ­.s. Leadership in Semiconductors

The Computing Research Association has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades.


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New Camera Can See Around Corners

New Camera Can See Around Corners

In the last few years, single-pixel cameras have begun to revolutionize the field of imaging.


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Complexity Theory Problem Strikes Back

Complexity Theory Problem Strikes Back

The legendary graph isomorphism problem may be harder than a 2015 result seemed to suggest.


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Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the moon.


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Tech Trends in 2017: Energy Harvesting

Tech Trends in 2017: Energy Harvesting

Some experts see energy harvesting technology as essential to successfully realizing the Internet of Things, and research into micro-scale energy harvesting has gained momentum in the last few years.


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Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Four top professional poker players will challenge an artificial intelligence system in a 20-day Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament billed as an "epic rematch" by the system's developers at Carnegie Mellon University…


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States Wire ­p Roads as Cars Get Smarter

States Wire ­p Roads as Cars Get Smarter

To prepare for the day when self-driving cars will travel on technology-aided roads, U.S. state transit planners aim to outfit those roadways with fiber optics, cameras, and linked signal devices to make traffic safer and more…


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Move Over Bitcoin--MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger Algorand…the Future of Blockchain?

Move Over Bitcoin--MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger Algorand…the Future of Blockchain?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Silvio Micali recently published a paper describing a decentralized, secure way to manage a shared ledger that provides a solution to the Byzantine General's problem.


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­CLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life For Disney's 'moana'

­CLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life For Disney's 'moana'

University of California, Los Angeles researchers applied their knowledge of math, physics, and computer science to help animate "Moana," a three-dimensional computer-animated Disney film in which the ocean is a character.


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Cyberwar For Sale

Cyberwar For Sale

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.


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Nasa Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return

Nasa Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return

For the planetary science community, the day when NASA makes the final call on new Solar System exploration missions always feels bittersweet.


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The ­.s. Goes All-In on Tech Inclusion

The ­.s. Goes All-In on Tech Inclusion

A wave of U.S. federal funding aims to make the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields more inclusive.


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The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made

The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made

On the summit of Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the island of Maui in Hawaii, a telescope began clicking pictures of the night sky in 2010.


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Drones Inspired By Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Drones Inspired By Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine movements beyond the range of a real fly's behavior.


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2016 Robotics Roadmap and the National Robotics Initiative 2.0

2016 Robotics Roadmap and the National Robotics Initiative 2.0

An updated version of the 2009 "A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics, From Internet to Robotics" report was released in November, expanding on the topics discussed in the original 2009 roadmap and addressing the areas of public safety…


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Taming Oceans of Data With New Visualization Techniques

Taming Oceans of Data With New Visualization Techniques

Princeton University researchers say they have transformed complex modeling data of the global ocean into an animated movie that shows how the Earth's heating and cooling system changes over time.


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Nanowire 'inks' Enable Paper-Based Printable Electronics

Nanowire 'inks' Enable Paper-Based Printable Electronics

Electrons zip through films made of silver nanowires much easier than films made from other shapes, such as nanospheres or microflakes, according to Duke University scientists.