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November 2017


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4 Strange New Ways to Compute

4 Strange New Ways to Compute

With Moore's Law slowing, engineers have been taking a cold hard look at what will keep computing going when it's gone.


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The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

Over the course  of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome.


From ACM TechNews

Hades Creates Alternate Reality to Mislead Hackers

Hades Creates Alternate Reality to Mislead Hackers

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have developed an alternative reality that tells hackers what they want to believe.


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Scientists Release a How-To For Building a Smartphone Microscope

Scientists Release a How-To For Building a Smartphone Microscope

Researchers have released an open source dataset offering instructions to anyone interested in building their own smartphone microscope.


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Computer Modeling Offers Insight Into What Causes Sudden Cardiac Death

Computer Modeling Offers Insight Into What Causes Sudden Cardiac Death

A new computer model replicates the biological activity within the heart that precedes sudden cardiac death.


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Microwave-Based Test Method Can Help Keep 3D Chip Designers' Eyes Open

Microwave-Based Test Method Can Help Keep 3D Chip Designers' Eyes Open

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed a new way to test multilayered, three-dimensional computer chips.


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A Taste of the Virtual

A Taste of the Virtual

Consumers are sampling virtual reality systems and software, without needing to buy them.


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'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time

'alien' Dna Makes Proteins in Living Cells For the First Time

Life has spent the past few billion years working with a narrow vocabulary. Now researchers have broken those rules, adding extra letters to biology's limited lexicon.


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Nasa Builds Its Next Mars Rover Mission

Nasa Builds Its Next Mars Rover Mission

In just a few years, NASA's next Mars rover mission will be flying to the Red Planet.


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Beetle With Tiny Computer Backpack Is World's Smallest Cyborg Insect

Beetle With Tiny Computer Backpack Is World's Smallest Cyborg Insect

Researchers in Singapore have developed the world's smallest cyborg insect, which they can control to move in four directions at the click of a button.


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Three Quarters of Android Apps Track Users With Third Party Tools

Three Quarters of Android Apps Track Users With Third Party Tools

More than 75% of Android applications contain at least one third-party tracking tool.


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Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots Superpowers

Artificial Muscles Give Soft Robots Superpowers

Researchers have developed origami-inspired muscles that strengthen soft robots, enabling them to lift objects up to 1,000 times their own weight using air or water pressure.


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Pipefish Robot Patrols City Pipes to Detect Underground Water Leaks

Pipefish Robot Patrols City Pipes to Detect Underground Water Leaks

PipeFish is an autonomous robot that can quickly and inexpensively detect damage in municipal water pipes.


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Cracking Genomic Codes With the Cloud

Cracking Genomic Codes With the Cloud

A team at Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization has developed a machine-learning library that analyzes genomic data in real time.


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Artificial Intelligence Goes Bilingual--Without a Dictionary

Artificial Intelligence Goes Bilingual--Without a Dictionary

Researchers in Spain and Facebook have separately developed unsupervised machine-learning techniques for teaching neural networks to translate between languages with no parallel texts.


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Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without a Warrant?

Can Police Track You Through Your Cellphone Without a Warrant?

The U.S. Supreme Court confronts the digital age again on Wednesday when it hears oral arguments in a case that promises to have major repercussions for law enforcement and personal privacy.


From ACM Opinion

How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

How an Underwater Sensor Network Is Tracking Argentina's Lost Submarine

On 15 November, Argentina's Navy lost contact with the ARA San Juan, a small diesel-powered submarine that had been involved in exercises off the east coast of Patagonia.


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To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

To Build the World's Smallest Atomic Clock, Trap a Nitrogen Atom in a Carbon Cage

For Fridtjof Nansen, 13 April 1895 started well.


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Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen

Google's AI Can Now Spot Shoulder-Surfers Peeking at Your Screen

Google researchers have developed an "electronic screen protector" application that can immediately spot people glancing at a user's handheld screen.


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Unl Researchers Explore the Complexities, Dangers of Deep Learning

Unl Researchers Explore the Complexities, Dangers of Deep Learning

Researchers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln are on the cutting edge of machine-learning development.


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Lawrence Livermore's Newest and Fastest Supercomputer Is Taking Shape

Lawrence Livermore's Newest and Fastest Supercomputer Is Taking Shape

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Livermore Computing Complex will be the home of the lab's newest high-performance supercomputer, scheduled for acceptance in fiscal 2018.


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Battling AI Biases

Battling AI Biases

Machine learning mimics human biases; addressing the problem is complicated.


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AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People

AI-Controlled Brain Implants For Mood Disorders Tested in People

Brain implants that deliver electrical pulses tuned to a person's feelings and behaviour are being tested in people for the first time. Two teams funded by the US military's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects…


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How the Pentagon Is Preparing For the Coming Drone Wars

How the Pentagon Is Preparing For the Coming Drone Wars

More than a decade after the improvised explosive device became the scourge of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Pentagon is battling another relatively rudimentary device that threatens to wreak havoc on American troops:…


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This AI Can Spot Art Forgeries By Looking at One Brushstroke

This AI Can Spot Art Forgeries By Looking at One Brushstroke

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify an art forgery by examining the piece's brush strokes.


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Universities Band Together to Protect Scotland From Cyberattacks

Universities Band Together to Protect Scotland From Cyberattacks

The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance has launched a project aiming to make Scotland a world leader in cybersecurity and cyber resilience.


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Utc Students' Research Project Controls Drones Using Brainwaves

Utc Students' Research Project Controls Drones Using Brainwaves

Researchers are developing a system in which a person can control multiple drones by thought alone.


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South Korea Developing AI System to Keep Journalism Alive

South Korea Developing AI System to Keep Journalism Alive

Researchers in South Korea are developing an artificial intelligence system to help the journalism industry regain the public trust and recoup lost earnings.


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Scientists Have Built a 'hallucination Machine' For a Drug-Free Brain Trip

Scientists Have Built a 'hallucination Machine' For a Drug-Free Brain Trip

Researchers say they can replicate hallucinatory experiences by combining virtual reality technology and Google's Deep Dream neural network system into a "Hallucination Machine."


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Driverless Cars Promise Far Greater Mobility For the Elderly and People With Disabilities

Driverless Cars Promise Far Greater Mobility For the Elderly and People With Disabilities

Autonomous vehicles stand to benefit mobility-challenged seniors and other people with physical, cognitive, and mental disabilities.

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