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June 2019


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Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones

Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones

A new method of tracking unfamiliar drones leverages consumer smartphones to detect the Wi-Fi signals of nearby drones.


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Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

New techniques can "vaccinate" algorithms against adversarial attacks.


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Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years

Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years

A study by the nonprofit Allen Institute predicts women writing published computer science research will not achieve gender equality in this century.


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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.


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Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins

Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins

A new astronomy algorithm can help identify stars around which planets may revolve.


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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.


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NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi

NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi

A federal review of a 2018 data breach at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered an unauthorized Raspberry Pi computer was exploited to access the network, and steal 500 megabytes of data from mission systems.
 


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Quantum Internet Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Quantum Internet Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Recent milestones in transmitting, storing, and manipulating quantum data have some physicists expecting the imminent creation of a proof-of-principle quantum network.


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Robotic Fish Powered by Electronic Blood Can Swim for 36 Hours

Robotic Fish Powered by Electronic Blood Can Swim for 36 Hours

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a robotic fish that is powered by its own artificial circulatory system.


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SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

Cornell University's SoNIC workshop, now in its ninth year, has exposed hundreds of minority students from across the U.S. to computer science, and to the prerequisites and rewards of advanced degrees.


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CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

Carnegie Mellon University's Zachary Ulissi will be among the first scientists to use the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Perlmutter supercomputer, a pre-exascale system which will be delivered next…


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Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Phones, Wearables Combine to Assess Worker Performance

Dartmouth University researchers have developed a mobile-sensing system that judges employee performance using smartphones, wearable fitness trackers, and a custom app.


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Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages

Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages

Java and JavaScript continue to be the most-used programming languages, with the former the most popular primary coding language, and the latter the most used overall, according to The State of Developer Ecosystem 2019 report…


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Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents Don't Know Enough About Cyber Careers

Parents don't know enough about cybersecurity to encourage their children to pursue careers in the field, a SANS Institute study found.


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Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

Plants Are Oldest Sensors in the World. Could They Be the Future of Computers?

MIT's Harpreet Sareen suggests using plants as a new building material for computer circuits.


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Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age

Keeping Children Safe in 'Internet of Things' Age

Researchers at Lancaster University have developed guidelines to help designers build safeguards into connected devices used by children.


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MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

MIT Develops a System to Give Robots More Human Senses

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a system that could give robots the ability to link multiple senses. The AI can learn to see by touching, and learn to feel by seeing…


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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."


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Finding the Paradigms ­nderlying Computing in the Brain

Finding the Paradigms ­nderlying Computing in the Brain

James E. Smith presented "A Roadmap for Reverse-Architecting the Brain's Neocortex" today at ACM's Federated Computing Research Conference in Phoenix.


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Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Process Rapidly Develops Bespoke Liners for Prosthetics

Researchers at the University of Bath have integrated advanced three-dimensional scanning to generate digital models for affordable and more personalized lower-limb prosthetic liners.


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It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

It's Surprisingly Easy to Hack the Precision Time Protocol

Researchers at Marist College and IBM have identified a simple but effective way to hack a PTP network, altering the timing of slave clocks by 2,149.5 minutes after just a 37-second attack.


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California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

California Tests a Digital 'Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

Mindstrong, a Silicon Valley-based venture co-founded by a former director of the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, is developing an early-warning system that would flag smartphone users when an emotional crisis seemed…


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M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

M2 Computing System Makes Android, iOS Apps Sharable on Multiple Devices

Researchers at Columbia University have developed a new computing system that enables current, unmodified mobile apps to combine and share multiple devices across multiple smartphones and tablets.


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From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

From One Brain Scan, More Information for Medical AI

Researchers at MIT have developed a system to gather more information from images used to train machine-learning models, including those that can analyze medical scans to help diagnose and treat brain conditions.


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Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Investors ­rge AI Startups to Inject Early Dose of Ethics

Artificial intelligence startup investors are urging companies to improve their products from an ethical perspective.


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Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Software to Protect World's Most Endangered Species

Researchers are integrating genetic and environmental databases to help identify species threatened by climate change more accurately.


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First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

First 'Quantum Drone' Takes Off

Researchers at Nanjing University in China have developed a quantum drone to serve as an airborne node in a future quantum network.


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Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

Your Phone Can Become a Robot That Does the Boring Work

A new smartphone app allows a user to easily program any robot to perform a basic activity.


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Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers $600,000

The city council of Riviera Beach, FL, agreed to pay almost $600,000 in bitcoin to ransom back their computer systems, held hostage by malware for the past three weeks.


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Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Car Companies Sharpen Focus on Curbing Distracted Driving

Automakers are accelerating initiatives to address distracted driving by equipping vehicles with monitoring technology.

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