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February 2018


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If There's Life on Saturn's Moon Enceladus, It Might Look Like This

If There's Life on Saturn's Moon Enceladus, It Might Look Like This

Saturn's moon Enceladus has become an alien-hunting hot spot, and not just for the tinfoil hat crowd.


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Why U.S. 'Cyber-Warriors' Can't Do Anything About Russian 'Cyber-Meddling'

Why U.S. 'Cyber-Warriors' Can't Do Anything About Russian 'Cyber-Meddling'

In testimony before the US Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, National Security Agency Director and US Cyber Command Commander Admiral Michael Rogers told senators that measures taken thus far by the US government in…


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How Do Teachers Integrate STEM Into K-12 Classrooms?

How Do Teachers Integrate STEM Into K-12 Classrooms?

Michigan Technological University researchers conducted a study examining what makes science, technology, engineering, and math education integration practices work.


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New Algorithm Can Create Movies From Just a Few Snippets of Text

New Algorithm Can Create Movies From Just a Few Snippets of Text

A new algorithm creates videos from text snippets.


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Private Browsing Gets More Private

Private Browsing Gets More Private

The new Veil system is designed to improve private browsing by guaranteeing that any data the browser loads into memory remains encrypted until it is displayed on-screen.


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Edible Electronics Are Here Thanks to Researchers at Rice University

Edible Electronics Are Here Thanks to Researchers at Rice University

Researchers at Rice University say they have produced edible graphene.


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Augmented Reality Takes 3D Printing to Next Level

Augmented Reality Takes 3D Printing to Next Level

Researchers are using augmented reality to advance three-dimensional printing and three-dimensional modeling technologies


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Teaching Quantum Physics to a Computer

Teaching Quantum Physics to a Computer

Researchers  have used machine learning to teach a computer to predict the outcomes of quantum experiments.


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Justices Struggle with U.S. Demands for Overseas Data

Justices Struggle with U.S. Demands for Overseas Data

The Supreme Court appeared to be divided Tuesday as it struggled to interpret whether a three-decade-old federal law gives the U.S. government the right to access Americans' emails stored overseas.


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Uncovering the Secrets of the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'

Uncovering the Secrets of the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring'

"How did the 'Girl With a Pearl Earring' come to life? What steps did Vermeer take to make this painting?"


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How Did Life Begin? It's Chemistry 101, but in Space

How Did Life Begin? It's Chemistry 101, but in Space

How did life start? There may not be a bigger question.


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Seeing the Brain's Electrical Activity

Seeing the Brain's Electrical Activity

Researchers say they have developed a light-sensitive protein that can indicate how much voltage a particular nerve cell is experiencing.


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Researchers Creating an App to Track, Analyze Dangerous Chronic Wounds

Researchers Creating an App to Track, Analyze Dangerous Chronic Wounds

Researchers will use a U.S. National Institutes of Health grant to develop a smartphone application to help patients and caregivers track and assess potentially dangerous chronic wounds.


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Purdue Prof: Future AI Advances Pose Problems for Police, Courts

Purdue Prof: Future AI Advances Pose Problems for Police, Courts

A Purdue Polytechnic Institute professor says pursuing artificial intelligence advancements without considering their criminal implications is foolhardy.


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Microsoft's Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For Data

Microsoft's Supreme Court Case Has Big Implications For Data

Five years ago, US law enforcement served Microsoft a search warrant for emails as part of a US drug trafficking investigation. In response, Microsoft handed over data stored on American servers, like the person's address book…


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Can Neuroevolution Change Machine Learning?

Can Neuroevolution Change Machine Learning?

Neuroevolution borrows techniques from natural evolution to push the boundaries of machine learning.


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Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

Apple Moves to Store iCloud Keys in China, Raising Human Rights Fears

When Apple Inc begins hosting Chinese users' iCloud accounts in a new Chinese data center at the end of this month to comply with new laws there, Chinese authorities will have far easier access to text messages, email and other…


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Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered heart attacks here, 100,000 healthy controls there.


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Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

Seven Ways Mars InSight is Different

NASA's Mars InSight lander team is preparing to ship the spacecraft from Lockheed Martin Space in Denver, where it was built and tested, to Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, where it will become the first interplanetary…


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University Researcher Unveils 'Creeper' Business Tool

University Researcher Unveils 'Creeper' Business Tool

Creeper is a new software program designed to protect businesses against a cybersecurity threat known as "permissions creep."


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Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' Aims to Become Model for Tech Education Nationwide

Michigan's 'Marshall Plan for Talent' Aims to Become Model for Tech Education Nationwide

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently unveiled a five-year, $100-million "Marshall Plan for Talent" to better prepare students for technology fields with the most job openings.


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Making Data Storage Personal With #MemoriesInDNA

Making Data Storage Personal With #MemoriesInDNA

Researchers at the University of Washington have teamed with Microsoft and Twist Bioscience to encode 10,000 digital images into DNA.


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Machine Learning With Limited Data

Machine Learning With Limited Data

Researchers have developed a neural network system that requires fewer parameters and training images when working toward image-recognition technology.


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Star Wars Robots Like R2-D2, C3PO Could Help You in Real Life

Star Wars Robots Like R2-D2, C3PO Could Help You in Real Life

Texas A&M University professor Robin Murphy thinks robots such those featured in the "Star Wars" movies could have practical communicative applications.


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Real-Time Captcha Technique Improves Biometric Authentication

Real-Time Captcha Technique Improves Biometric Authentication

The Real-Time Captcha is a new login authentication approach designed to enhance the security of current biometric methods that rely on video or images of users' faces.


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AI Trained to Spot Heart Disease Risks Using Retina Scan

AI Trained to Spot Heart Disease Risks Using Retina Scan

The idea behind using a neural network for image recognition is that you don't have to tell it what to look for in an image.


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How ProPublica Became Big Tech’s Scariest Watchdog

How ProPublica Became Big Tech’s Scariest Watchdog

The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.


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The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

The Myth of the Hacker-Proof Voting Machine

In 2011, the election board in Pennsylvania's Venango County—a largely rural county in the northwest part of the state—asked David A. Eckhardt, a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, to examine its voting…


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The Impact of C++

The Impact of C++

The C++ programming language is integral to a huge variety of computer systems.


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Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers

Researchers Have Finally Created a Tool to Spot Duplicated Images Across Thousands of Papers

Computer software can now quickly detect duplicate images across large swathes of the research literature, three scientists say.

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