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January 2017


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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

The University of Central Florida has been developing artificial intelligence solutions to relieve crowd scientists from the task of manually counting heads.


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App Improves Medication Adherence For Heart Stent Patients

App Improves Medication Adherence For Heart Stent Patients

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have developed software that helps heart patients with drug-eluting stents correctly take their medications.


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D-Wave ­pgrade: How Scientists Are ­sing the World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer

D-Wave ­pgrade: How Scientists Are ­sing the World's Most Controversial Quantum Computer

The company that makes the world's only commercially available quantum computers has released its biggest machine yet—and researchers are paying close attention.


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US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator For Text Search in Any Language

US Intelligence Seeks a Universal Translator For Text Search in Any Language

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Agency (IARPA), the US Intelligence Community’s own science and technology research arm, has announced it is seeking contenders for a program to develop what amounts to the ultimate…


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Hipeac Vision Report Advocates Reinvention of Computing

Hipeac Vision Report Advocates Reinvention of Computing

The European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation, or HiPEAC, on Monday published a report calling for "the reinvention of computing."


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Your (social Media) Votes Matter

Your (social Media) Votes Matter

A recent study demonstrates how a single up/down vote on Reddit dictates the content users see on the site.


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Your Android Device's Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts

Your Android Device's Pattern Lock Can Be Cracked Within Five Attempts

Researchers have found attackers can crack Android's Pattern Lock security system within five attempts by using video and computer-vision software.


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Brief Interventions Help Online Learners Persist With Coursework, Stanford Research Finds

Brief Interventions Help Online Learners Persist With Coursework, Stanford Research Finds

Assuring learners from less-developed countries they belong and affirming their core values can help them succeed in massive open online courses, according to a study led by Stanford University.


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Smart Automation

Smart Automation

Researchers at the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance for Research and Technology have spent the last several years developing autonomous vehicles as part of the Future of Urban Mobility Research Program…


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AI Software Learns to Make AI Software

AI Software Learns to Make AI Software

Several research organizations are working to create artificial intelligences that can in turn develop machine-learning software.


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Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed For Supreme Court

Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed For Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is letting stand a ruling in a closely watched case holding that Microsoft need not comply with a U.S. government demand for data stored overseas.


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Noaa's Goes-16 Satellite Sends First Images of Earth

Noaa's Goes-16 Satellite Sends First Images of Earth

Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on November 19, scientists, meteorologists and ordinary weather enthusiasts have anxiously waited for the first photos from NOAA's newest weather satellite, GOES-16, …


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Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned.


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Taming Data

Taming Data

A new big data management system aims to simplify the process of aggregating large datasets for analysis.


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The Internet Is Sick

The Internet Is Sick

The Mozilla Foundation's new Internet Health Report identifies obstacles that undermine entrepreneurship and democracy online.


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­csf, Intel Join Forces to Develop Deep Learning Analytics For Healthcare

­csf, Intel Join Forces to Develop Deep Learning Analytics For Healthcare

The University of California, San Francisco and Intel are using deep-learning techniques to power a scalable platform to deliver clinical decision support and predictive analytics to healthcare professionals.


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The Road to Progress

The Road to Progress

Smarter roads will pave the way to a future with smoother, more efficient transportation.


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Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

The U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is based at a restricted military base in Porton Down, not far from the ancient monument of Stonehenge in southwest England.


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The Ftc Has Sued D-Link Over ­nsecure Routers and Webcams

The Ftc Has Sued D-Link Over ­nsecure Routers and Webcams

Part of an ongoing effort to secure the Internet of Things.


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Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light

Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light

A camera system that captures a snapshot of overlapping light waves in a tiny fraction of a second could lead to new methods for imaging, allowing scientists to watch the brain’s neurons interacting or see neutrinos colliding…


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How to Learn Morse Code—semiconsciously

How to Learn Morse Code—semiconsciously

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.


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Heartbeat Could Be ­sed as Password to Access Electronic Health Records

Heartbeat Could Be ­sed as Password to Access Electronic Health Records

Binghamton University researchers say they have developed a way to protect personal electronic health records using a patient's own heartbeat.


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Microbiologists Make Big Leap in Developing 'green' Electronics

Microbiologists Make Big Leap in Developing 'green' Electronics

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered a type of microbial nanowire that could help researchers develop sustainable conducting materials for electronic devices.


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­.s. Soldiers Will Be Armed With Machine Translators to Kill Communication Woes

­.s. Soldiers Will Be Armed With Machine Translators to Kill Communication Woes

The U.S. military will soon reach full deployment of its Machine Foreign Language Translation System, which runs on military and commercial devices.


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Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that twists and compresses in sync with a beating heart, augmenting cardiovascular functions compromised by heart failure.


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Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection

Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have discovered why slow or failed Wi-Fi connectivity happens and how to avoid it, by measuring the time it took for 400 million different Wi-Fi sessions to connect.


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Researchers Build Carbon Nanotube Transistors That Outperform Those Made with Silicon

Researchers Build Carbon Nanotube Transistors That Outperform Those Made with Silicon

Researchers at Peking University in China say they have built a carbon nanotube-based working transistor that outperforms larger transistors made with silicon.


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What Better Way For the Marines to Prepare For Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

What Better Way For the Marines to Prepare For Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

Lance Cpl. Steven West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet visor, until a shock of static feedback knocks him to the dirty…


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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.


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Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not If You're Drunk

Brainwaves Could Act as Your Password--but Not If You're Drunk

Rochester Institute of Technology have found that although brainwave readings can accurately authenticate someone's identity about 94% of the time, there could be confounding factors, such as whether the subject is inebriated…