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May 2018


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The Unhackable Envelope

The Unhackable Envelope

Researchers have developed an envelope for hardware security modules that requires no battery and cannot be broken into without deleting its stored data.


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NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science

NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science

College and university students recently participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third annual Swarmathon, a robotic programming competition.


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Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech

Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech

What if we had the ability to fool our brain into thinking that we'd experienced something that never happened?


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GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case

GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case

Reports of the rapidly melting West Antarctic ice sheet often refer to how much the melting could add to global sea levels—as if meltwater raises the ocean evenly, like a sink filling up.


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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt that Could Lead to the First ­seful Home Robots

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with simulated coffee tables, couches, lamps, and other everyday things.


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What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown

What's Behind Russia's New Internet Crackdown

China has its own great firewall. Turkey has been blocking swaths of the internet, including YouTube, for at least a decade.


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Dim Prospects for Junior Developers

Dim Prospects for Junior Developers

Employers prefer experience for even entry-level coding positions.


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Scholar ­ses Algorithm to Make Christmas Tree Farming More Efficient

Scholar ­ses Algorithm to Make Christmas Tree Farming More Efficient

A Penn State University researcher has developed an algorithm to analyze and store images of Christmas tree farms taken by unmanned aircraft.


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Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say

Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say

Preschoolers can benefit from using electronic devices with thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions, according to researchers.


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Rice ­. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development

Rice ­. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development

Rice University researchers have invented a deep learning software coding application to help programmers navigate growing numbers of application programming interfaces.


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Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War?

Could Artificial Intelligence Predict the Next Avengers: Infinity War?

Some movies are obvious hits. Like, for example, Avengers: Infinity War, which made a record-breaking $258 million at the domestic box office last weekend, filling seats and the pockets of Marvel Studios parent company Disney…


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ACM Recognizes Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution

ACM Recognizes Innovators Who Have Shaped the Digital Revolution

Award recipients made contributions in areas including open source software, biotechnology, networks, and artificial intelligence.


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Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

Virtual-Reality Applications Give Science a New Dimension

As I put on a virtual-reality (VR) headset, the outside world disappears.


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Editing Brain Activity With Holography

Editing Brain Activity With Holography

Researchers are building equipment to project holographs into the human brain to trick it into thinking it has felt, seen, or sensed something.


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Heart Is Where the Chips Are, Helping Keep the Beat

Heart Is Where the Chips Are, Helping Keep the Beat

A new wireless pacemaker array opens new possibilities for medical sensors.


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New Material Is Key Step Toward More Powerful Computing

New Material Is Key Step Toward More Powerful Computing

Oregon State University researchers have developed a compound that constitutes a significant advance toward quantum computing.


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There's a New Test in Town for Ranking Supercomputers

There's a New Test in Town for Ranking Supercomputers

Researchers have devised a new benchmark  for rating the world’s 500 most powerful supercomputers.


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Exascale System for Earth Simulation Introduced

Exascale System for Earth Simulation Introduced

The Energy Exascale Earth System Model has been unveiled after four years of development.


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AI Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

AI Cracking Open the Vatican's Secret Archives

The In Codice Ratio project uses artificial intelligence and optical character recognition software to mine the Vatican Secret Archives and make its documents available.


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Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer

Random Quantum Circuit Easiest Way to Beat Classical Computer

One of the near-term (but somewhat irrelevant) goals of quantum computing is something called quantum supremacy.


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Incredibly Detailed Embryo Maps Chart Each Cell's Developmental Fate

Incredibly Detailed Embryo Maps Chart Each Cell's Developmental Fate

Painstaking genomic analyses of thousands of individual cells in frogs and fish have yielded the most detailed roadmaps yet charting an embryo's journey from a single cell to a fully formed organism.


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Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference

Blockchain Will Be Theirs, Russian Spy Boasted at Conference

Last year, representatives of 25 countries met in Tokyo to work on setting international standards for the blockchain, the technology that was introduced by the virtual currency Bitcoin and has ignited intense interest in corporate…


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Meet Celeris, the First Interactive Coastal Wave Modeling Software That Runs Faster Than Real-Time

Meet Celeris, the First Interactive Coastal Wave Modeling Software That Runs Faster Than Real-Time

Newly developed open-source nearshore modeling software runs faster than real-time.


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Speeding ­p Material Discovery

Speeding ­p Material Discovery

A new algorithm has been developed to help discover and optimize new thermoelectric materials by tackling quantum mechanical equations without experimental input.


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Face Recognition for Galaxies: Artificial Intelligence Brings New Tools to Astronomy

Face Recognition for Galaxies: Artificial Intelligence Brings New Tools to Astronomy

University of California, Santa Cruz researchers used computer simulations of galaxy formation to train a deep learning algorithm to recognize three phases of galaxy evolution.


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Motion Sickness a Major Problem with Self-Driving Cars

Motion Sickness a Major Problem with Self-Driving Cars

Motion sickness could prevent some of the benefits expected from autonomous vehicles.


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Using Functions for Easier Programming

Using Functions for Easier Programming

Functional programming languages automate many of the details underlying specific operations.


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Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data

Researchers are exploring ways to put medical data to greater use while better protecting privacy.


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Shrinking Machines, Cellular Computers

Shrinking Machines, Cellular Computers

Scientists are using DNA and RNA to build the world's tiniest robots and computing devices.

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