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April 2014


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NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean inside Saturn Moon

NASA Space Assets Detect Ocean inside Saturn Moon

NASA's Cassini spacecraft and Deep Space Network have uncovered evidence Saturn's moon Enceladus harbors a large underground ocean of liquid water, furthering scientific interest in the moon as a potential home to extraterrestrial…


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Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award

Princeton Compsci Prof Wins Prestigious Award

An expert in machine learning and Bayesian statistics at Princeton University is the recipient of the 2013 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computer Sciences. 


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In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech

In the Long Run: Keeping Track of Athletes with Wearable Tech

Researchers have developed a wireless position location system that works anywhere conventional global-positioning systems satellites cannot reach.


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Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

Knowledge Transfer: Computers Teach Each Other Pac-Man

A computer now can give advice and teach skills to another computer similar to the way a real teacher interacts with a student.


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The Build-Up: Good and Ready

The Build-Up: Good and Ready

Robotics appears to be preparing for a major acceleration after a slow start.


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Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in It

Early STEM Education Will Lead to More Women in It

Girls Who Code says schools must develop mandatory computer science programs for K-12 if the technology industry wants more women in its workforce.


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With California's Red Light Cameras, Are Pictures Admissible Evidence?

With California's Red Light Cameras, Are Pictures Admissible Evidence?

Carmen Goldsmith was driving her BMW through Inglewood, a Los Angeles suburb, when she ran a red light.


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Physicists Are Building an Nsa-Proof Internet

Physicists Are Building an Nsa-Proof Internet

It's long been the Holy Grail of communications: technology that not only maximizes privacy, but also reveals when a message had been intercepted or copied.


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While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

While Warning of Chinese Cyberthreat, ­.s. Launches Its Own Attack

The U.S. government has long complained about Chinese hacking and cyberattacks, but new documents show that the National Security Agency managed to penetrate the networks of Huawei, a large Chinese telecommunications firm, gathering…


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Wanna Build a Rocket? Nasa's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code

Wanna Build a Rocket? Nasa's About to Give Away a Mountain of Its Code

Forty years after Apollo 11 landed on the moon, NASA open sourced the software code that ran the guidance systems on the lunar module.


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'electronic Skin' Equipped with Memory

'electronic Skin' Equipped with Memory

Researchers have created a wearable device that is as thin as a temporary tattoo and can store and transmit data about a person's movements, receive diagnostic information and release drugs into skin.


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Vint Cerf: CS Changes Needed To Address Iot Security, Privacy

Vint Cerf: CS Changes Needed To Address Iot Security, Privacy

The Internet of Things has tremendous potential but also poses a tremendous risk if the underlying security of Internet of Things devices is not taken into account, according to Vint Cerf, Google’s Internet Evangelist.


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Twitter Maps Show Americans' Beer Preferences

Twitter Maps Show Americans' Beer Preferences

University of Kentucky (UK) researchers mapped tweets to discover the real-world preferences of brews and beer brands in the United States. 


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DHS Turns to Mentors to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

DHS Turns to Mentors to Strengthen Cyber Workforce

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has adopted a rotation and mentorship strategy to help find and develop qualified cybersecurity professionals. 


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Optical Information Processing on Chips Inspired by Human Brain

Optical Information Processing on Chips Inspired by Human Brain

The way the human brain works is the inspiration for a new technique for optical information processing on chips. 


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Computer Building Blocks Made Using Slime Mold

Computer Building Blocks Made Using Slime Mold

Researchers have constructed logic units from the slime mold Physarum polycephalum that can process information. 


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Commercial Drones Grounded By a Lack of Regulation

Commercial Drones Grounded By a Lack of Regulation

The U.S. is moving very slowly in regulating the commercial use of aerial drones.


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Exomars Scientists Narrow Down Landing Sites

Exomars Scientists Narrow Down Landing Sites

Scientists have picked four potential landing sites for a European rover designed to search for life on Mars.


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Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable

Fact or Fiction?: Your Car Is Hackable

When your home computer is hacked, the things at risk are your identity, finances and other digital assets.


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Microsoft Builds a Digital 'monkey' to Hunt Fraudulent Ads

Microsoft Builds a Digital 'monkey' to Hunt Fraudulent Ads

Researchers have developed technology, known as a digital monkey, that can detect and counter fraudulent advertisements on a large scale. 


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MIT Researchers Bring Javascript to Google Glass

MIT Researchers Bring Javascript to Google Glass

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed WearScript, a Javascript environment that runs on Google Glass. 


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Supreme Court Weighs Software Patents

Supreme Court Weighs Software Patents

It is not yet clear whether the U.S. Supreme Court will help bring greater clarity to the rules governing software patents.


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Can a Computer Craft Compelling Stories?

Can a Computer Craft Compelling Stories?

University of Southern California professor Andrew Gordon has a new project that involves getting computers to read and generate stories.


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Immigrants From the Future

Immigrants From the Future

Robots intrigue both designers and enthusiasts in a way that goes beyond the technology's current practical applications.


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NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails

NSA Performed Warrantless Searches on Americans' Calls and Emails

The U.S. National Security Agency has performed warrantless searches of its databases to obtain data from Americans' phone calls and emails. 


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The Internet Is Killing Most Languages

The Internet Is Killing Most Languages

You might be living through another mass extinction of species—brought on by us humans, who have been changing climate and fragmenting habitats at an increasing clip—but what you probably don't know is that you might also be…


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Pay with Your Fingerprint

Pay with Your Fingerprint

Anyone with an iPhone 5 can use its fingerprint reader to unlock the device and pay for apps or music in Apple's iTunes store.


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Getting to Know ... Jason

Getting to Know ... Jason

The JASON group is a low-profile, high-level adviser to the U.S. government on defense, science, and technology.


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Carnegie Mellon Robot Invites Humans to Play Mean Game of Scrabble

Carnegie Mellon Robot Invites Humans to Play Mean Game of Scrabble

Victor is obsessed with SCRABBLE.


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How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

How Gmail Happened: The Inside Story of Its Launch 10 Years Ago Today

If you wanted to pick a single date to mark the beginning of the modern era of the web, you could do a lot worse than choosing Thursday, April 1, 2004, the day Gmail launched.