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June 2017


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The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo

The Hidden Signs that Can Reveal a Fake Photo

Take a look at the photograph below; it's just an ordinary picture of two people outside a building, right? One of them appears to be handing something to the other.


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Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Sleuthing for Seismic Answers in the Sooner State

Oklahomans are no strangers to Mother Nature's whims.


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How AI Helped the FCC Auction Off $19-Billion Worth of Radio Spectrum

How AI Helped the FCC Auction Off $19-Billion Worth of Radio Spectrum

Researchers in March organized a $19-billion auction of 84 megahertz of radio spectrum using artificial intelligence.


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CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

CMU Scientists Harness 'Mind Reading' Technology to Decode Complex Thoughts

Researchers have combined machine-learning algorithms with brain-imaging technology to "mind read."


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Image Analysis and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Dairy Farming

Image Analysis and Artificial Intelligence Will Change Dairy Farming

Researchers at Osaka University in Japan have developed an early detection method for cow lameness, which is also known as hoof disease.


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MIT Researchers Offer Algorithm for Picking 'Winning' Startups

MIT Researchers Offer Algorithm for Picking 'Winning' Startups

A new algorithmic scheme for venture capital investment pairs the unpredictabilty of Brownian motion with large datasets about startup founders, investors, and performance.


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Robots to Help Children With Autism

Robots to Help Children With Autism

Researchers are working to develop robots to help children with autism in ways that humans cannot.


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An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels

An Algorithm Helps Protect Mars Curiosity's Wheels

There are no mechanics on Mars, so the next best thing for NASA's Curiosity rover is careful driving.


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New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

New Natural Selection: How Scientists Are Altering DNA to Genetically Engineer New Forms of Life

Before human beings wrote books or did math or composed music, we made leather.


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That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data

That Ball Was Hit a Country Mile, or 495 Feet if You're Into Hard Data

Spoiler alert: If you wish to continue enjoying gargantuan home runs in the future with unspoiled pleasure, free of all polynomial equations, read no further. If you persist, however, then there is much math to consider.


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Sight Unseen

Sight Unseen

New hope for visually impaired technology users.
 


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UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

UC Berkeley Releases Massive Dex-Net 2.0 Dataset

A University of California, Berkeley professor has announced the release of a massive dataset for Dex-Net 2.0.


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Using Neural Nets to Snag Malware Before It Strikes

Using Neural Nets to Snag Malware Before It Strikes

A $450,000 grant will support the development of an artificial intelligence system that can detect software bugs and security attacks in computer systems before they deploy.


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Record-Setting Seismic Simulations Run on the Cori Supercomputer

Record-Setting Seismic Simulations Run on the Cori Supercomputer

Researchers who achieved record-setting seismic simulations presented their studies at this week's ISC High Performance conference in Frankfurt, Germany.


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Research Accelerates Quest for Quicker, Longer-Lasting Electronics

Research Accelerates Quest for Quicker, Longer-Lasting Electronics

Researchers have found a topographical insulator "heterostructure" rendering such surfaces magnetic at room temperature.


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New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

New Girl Scout Badges Focus on Cybercrime, Not Cookie Sales

The goal is to prevent cyber attacks and restore trust in digital operations.


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How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect

How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect

Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to pass through two doorways.


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Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks…


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Most People Expect Humans Will Grow to Trust, Even Love, AI

Most People Expect Humans Will Grow to Trust, Even Love, AI

Most people expect artificial intelligence eventually will earn the trust and even affection of humans.


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10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects

10 Most Important Open Source Networking Projects

Networking vendors use open source projects as platforms for enterprise projects, or as the underlying technology for some of the world's largest networks.


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CMU to Harness Power of Collaboration to Advance Artificial Intelligence

CMU to Harness Power of Collaboration to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Carnegie Mellon University plans to establish one of the largest and most experienced collaborative research groups in the world.


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Drones That Drive

Drones That Drive

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.


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Cornell to Team With IBM to Protect Global Milk Supply

Cornell to Team With IBM to Protect Global Milk Supply

Researchers will use genetic sequencing and big data analysis to help keep the global milk supply safe.


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New Design Improves Performance of Flexible Wearable Electronics

New Design Improves Performance of Flexible Wearable Electronics

A new flexible thermoelectric energy harvester could rival existing wearable electronic devices using body heat as their source of energy.


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Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine

The European Union's head of antitrust enforcement announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, accusing the search engine for illegally favoring its own comparison shopping service as customers used Google…


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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs.


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Eyes In the Sky

Eyes In the Sky

One of America's least known National Historic Landmarks may also be its ugliest. It''s kept hidden inside Building 32 on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and is identified simply as Chamber A.


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Building a Better IoT

Building a Better IoT

A robust and resilient Internet of Things framework is critical for future progress. New and emerging concepts may illuminate the path.


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Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Code.org recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.


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How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome

Researchers are using supercomputers to study reptile evolution.

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