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October 2013


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Making Artificial Intelligence More Human

Making Artificial Intelligence More Human

The MIT Center for Brains, Minds, and Machines has launched an initiative to develop intelligence incorporating the ability to intuit basic concepts of psychology or physics. 


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Putting a Face on a Robot

Putting a Face on a Robot

Older and younger people have varying preferences for whether a personal robot should have a robotic, human, or mixed human-robot face.


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Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap

Facebook's Sandberg Takes on the Tech Gender Gap

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg took aim at the gender gap in the technology industry at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.


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And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'

And Then Steve Said, 'let There Be an Iphone'

The 55 miles from Campbell to San Francisco make for one of the nicest commutes anywhere.


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Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations

Formula Predicts Research Papers' Future Citations

It sounds like a science administrator’s dream—or a scientist's worst nightmare: a formula that predicts how often research papers will be cited.


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Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

Your Digital Trail: Does The Fourth Amendment Protect Us?

Science fiction writers have fantasized for years about the government monitoring everything we do.


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Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Matchstick-Sized Sensor Can Record Your Private Chats

Everyone knows that to have a private chat in the NSA era, you go outdoors.


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Project Sonar Crowdsources a Better Bug Killer

Project Sonar Crowdsources a Better Bug Killer

Rapid7 chief research officer HD Moore is developing ways of identifying vulnerable Internet-facing systems and devices through scans of the Internet. 


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Print a Working Paper Computer on an $80 Inkjet

Print a Working Paper Computer on an $80 Inkjet

A new method of printing fine lines of electronic circuitboards onto paper uses an inkjet printer loaded with ink containing silver nanoparticles. 


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Surprisingly Simple Scheme for Self-Assembling Robots

Surprisingly Simple Scheme for Self-Assembling Robots

M-Blocks are cube-shaped robots that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, roll across the ground, and move while suspended upside down. 


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Scrambled Code Keeps Software Safe

Scrambled Code Keeps Software Safe

Computer scientists have developed a "mathematical obfuscation" scheme to prevent hackers from reverse-engineering software. 


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Kurzweil: The Human Brain on It

Kurzweil: The Human Brain on It

Information technology is causing the rate at which the world is changing to accelerate, says Ray Kurzweil. 


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A Digital Copy of the ­niverse, Encrypted

A Digital Copy of the ­niverse, Encrypted

Even as he installed the landmark camera that would capture the first convincing evidence of dark energy in the 1990s, Tony Tyson, an experimental cosmologist now at the University of California, Davis, knew it could be better…


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As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

As F.b.i. Pursued Snowden, an E-Mail Service Stood Firm

One day last May, Ladar Levison returned home to find an F.B.I. agent's business card on his Dallas doorstep.


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Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Quantum Computer Passes Math Test, But Doesn't Answer the Big Question

Is the world's first commercial quantum computer the real deal or not?


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Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells ­p to 38 Times Faster

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells ­p to 38 Times Faster

A new approach combines computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible. 


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Computer Science Researchers at Texas A&m Design Video Game to Manage Stress

Computer Science Researchers at Texas A&m Design Video Game to Manage Stress

Researchers are developing a video game called Chill Out to help students learn stress management. 


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More Than a Game

More Than a Game

Researchers have used graphics processing units to demonstrate how to crunch certain astrophysics calculations much more quickly than conventional methods. 


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How Dia Is Cultivating Google-Like Innovation

How Dia Is Cultivating Google-Like Innovation

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency is using cloud computing to foster innovation among government agencies, industry, and academia. 


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Dark Fiber Is Lighting ­p

Dark Fiber Is Lighting ­p

After years of scarce activity, laying fiber is big business once again.


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The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind

The Science Author Clive Thompson Does Not Think Tech Is Ruining Your Mind

Technology writer Clive Thompson believes technology is improving human intelligence. 


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Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Early Humans Saw Black Hole Light in the Night Sky

Some 2 million years ago, around the time our ancestors were learning to walk upright, a light appeared in the night sky, rivalling the moon for brightness and size.


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Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

Did a Hyper-Black Hole Spawn the ­niverse?

It could be time to bid the Big Bang bye-bye. Cosmologists have speculated that the Universe formed from the debris ejected when a four-dimensional star collapsed into a black hole—a scenario that would help to explain why the…


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Quantum Computers Check Each Other’s Work

Quantum Computers Check Each Other’s Work

A new strategy for verifying the solutions of quantum computers relies on a blind quantum computing technique. 


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Android Fingerprint Sensors 6 Months Away

Android Fingerprint Sensors 6 Months Away

The FIDO Alliance is aggressively pushing a new standard of biometric identification for consumer access to mobile payments and other services. 


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A Google Glass Alternative in Japan

A Google Glass Alternative in Japan

Foreign tourists visiting this city have long encountered translation help.


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Which World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?

Which World Governments Are Most Likely to Snoop on Your Facebook?

The United States, Italy, the United Kingdom, India, and Australia have the highest rates of government surveillance of Facebook accounts.


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­c San Diego, ­md Researchers to Build ‘wifire’ Cyberinfrastructure

­c San Diego, ­md Researchers to Build ‘wifire’ Cyberinfrastructure

A project called WIFIRE aims to develop a cyberinfrastructure to improve wildfire predictions and simulations. 


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Stretchable Oleds For Displays, Lighting

Stretchable Oleds For Displays, Lighting

A transparent, elastic organic light-emitting diode could give rise to a new class of smartphones, smart clothing, and wallpaper-like lighting panels. 


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Imagining Data Without Division

Imagining Data Without Division

Seven years ago, when David Schimel was asked to design an ambitious data project called the National Ecological Observatory Network, it was little more than a National Science Foundation grant.