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January 2018


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DARPA Launches Subterranean Challenge to Improve Underground Ops

DARPA Launches Subterranean Challenge to Improve Underground Ops

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Subterranean Challenge asks participants to develop systems that could help humans map, traverse, and search underground locations.


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Physicists Take First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots

Physicists Take First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots

Researchers say they have developed a microscale robot exoskeleton that can quickly change its shape upon sensing chemical or thermal changes in the surrounding environment.


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Your Phone Will Know You Better Than Your Friends Do, U of T Researcher Predicts

Your Phone Will Know You Better Than Your Friends Do, U of T Researcher Predicts

Richard Zemel at the University of Toronto in Canada discusses artificial intelligence developments he anticipates for the year ahead.


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Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It

Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing About It

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly severe flaws for Intel and some ARM chips—were originally revealed…


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Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Russian and Venezuelan officials are hoping virtual currencies can help their countries make an end run around American sanctions.


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Hierarchical Opportunistic Routing With Moderate Clustering For Ad Hoc Networks

Hierarchical Opportunistic Routing With Moderate Clustering For Ad Hoc Networks

Researchers at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo have developed a novel routing paradigm that is a broadcast-based forwarding scheme and does not rely on a specific route to improve route diversity and end-to-end…


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A Giant Technical Leap in Speech Recognition

A Giant Technical Leap in Speech Recognition

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas are developing speech-processing technology to transcribe audio conversations between astronauts, mission-control specialists, and back-room support staff during the Apollo moon…


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To Explore Cures For Diseases Like Alzheimer's, Msu Researchers Massage Brain Cells

To Explore Cures For Diseases Like Alzheimer's, Msu Researchers Massage Brain Cells

Researchers at Montana State University are gently stretching small branches of individual rat neurons with magnets to gain insights on brain function and deterioration in the pursuit of new treatments and cures for degenerative…


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Login Managers Abused By Third-Party Scripts For Tracking Purposes

Login Managers Abused By Third-Party Scripts For Tracking Purposes

Researchers at Princeton University have found that Web trackers are exploiting browser login managers, and that a long-known vulnerability is being abused by third-party scripts for tracking websites.


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A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security For Most Computers

A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security For Most Computers

One of the most basic premises of computer security is isolation: If you run somebody else's sketchy code as an untrusted process on your machine, you should restrict it to its own tightly sealed playpen.


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The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure systems.


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How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

What vehicle is most strongly associated with Republican voting districts? Extended-cab pickup trucks. For Democratic districts? Sedans.


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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.


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Wisdom of the Crowd Accurately Predicts Supreme Court Decisions

Wisdom of the Crowd Accurately Predicts Supreme Court Decisions

Researchers say they have analyzed how well crowdsourcing can predict decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court by crunching data from the online FantasySCOTUS league.


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Does Your Phone Know If You're Sick?

Does Your Phone Know If You're Sick?

A Notre Dame University professor suggests in the next two years there will be significant progress in incorporating software into smartphones to assess one's health.


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AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients

AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients

Ultromics is a new artificial intelligence system that can diagnose heart scans with much greater accuracy than conventional methods, picking up details physicians may overlook.


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It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking Into K-12

It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking Into K-12

A new study stresses the need for computational thinking to be integrated across K-12 school curriculums.


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How an AI 'cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos

How an AI 'cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos

A new artificial intelligence system analyzes thousands of celebrity photos, infers common patterns, and generates new images that are similar.


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Smartphone Science

Smartphone Science

A new generation of portable scientific instruments is taking shape, thanks to mobile processors and innovative data-gathering techniques.


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The New Jobs

The New Jobs

As automation takes on more and more tasks, what will human workers do?


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Feeling Sounds, Hearing Sights

Feeling Sounds, Hearing Sights

A new wave of sensory substitution devices work to assist people who are blind or deaf.

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