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February 2015


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Mental Health Monitoring Through 'selfie' Videos and Social Media Tracking

Mental Health Monitoring Through 'selfie' Videos and Social Media Tracking

University of Rochester researchers have developed an approach to turning computers or smartphones with cameras into personal mental health monitoring devices.


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Computer Science Professor Gets Cyber Grant

Computer Science Professor Gets Cyber Grant

The U.S. National Science Foundation is helping a California State Polytechnic University-Pomona professor to prepare undergraduates to work in cybersecurity. 


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Nasa Has Its Sights Set on Europa

Nasa Has Its Sights Set on Europa

Yesterday, NASA announced its Fiscal Year 2016 budget request.


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Rosetta's Lost Comet Lander Philae Could Wake ­p in May Sunshine

Rosetta's Lost Comet Lander Philae Could Wake ­p in May Sunshine

Spring is seen as a time of renewal. Flowers bloom. Days get longer. New life emerges. Something similar could happen on Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the object of the European Space Agency's ambitious Rosetta mission.


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AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job

AI Won't End the World, But It Might Take Your Job

There's been a lot of fear about the future of artificial intelligence.


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Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

Associated Press Looks to Expand Its Automated Stories Program Following Successful Launch

In the last three months of 2014, the Associated Press published 3,000 articles on the earning reports of U.S. companies. Previously it could publish only 300.


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Self-Powered Intelligent Keyboard Could Provide a New Layer of Security

Self-Powered Intelligent Keyboard Could Provide a New Layer of Security

Researchers have developed a self-powered non-mechanical intelligent keyboard that could provide a stronger layer of security for computer users. 


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A Robot to Help Improve Agriculture and Wine Production

A Robot to Help Improve Agriculture and Wine Production

A group of European researchers is developing an autonomous robot to help manage vineyards. 


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Ibm's Sophisticated Cryptographic Algorithm Protects Your Identity

Ibm's Sophisticated Cryptographic Algorithm Protects Your Identity

Identity Mixer is a cloud-based technology that uses an algorithm to encrypt the certified identity attributes of a user. 


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Out of Control AI Will Not Kill ­s, Believes Microsoft Research Chief

Out of Control AI Will Not Kill ­s, Believes Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz thinks Artificial Intelligence systems eventually could achieve consciousness, but he doubts they could become a threat to humanity. 


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Hackers ­se Old Lure on Web to Help Syrian Government

Hackers ­se Old Lure on Web to Help Syrian Government

Hackers working on behalf of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been very successful in stealing crucial battlefield data from rebels.


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Parallelizing Common Algorithms

Parallelizing Common Algorithms

Every undergraduate computer-science major takes a course on data structures, which describes different ways of organizing data in a computer’s memory.


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Online Privacy: Regional Differences

Online Privacy

How do the U.S., Europe, and Japan differ in their approaches to data protection — and what are they doing about it?


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Visualizing Sound

Visualizing Sound

New techniques capture speech by looking for the vibrations it causes.


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Using Technology to Help People

Using Technology to Help People

Companies are creating technological solutions for individuals, then generalizing them to broader populations that need similar assistance.

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