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July 2017


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Cars Suck Up Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars Suck Up Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you when you are breaking the law by exceeding the speed limit.


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Color-Shifting Electronic Skin Could Have Wearable Tech and Prosthetic Uses

Color-Shifting Electronic Skin Could Have Wearable Tech and Prosthetic Uses

Researchers  have developed a user-interactive electronic skin with a color change perceptible to the human eye.


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Half of Milky Way's Matter Comes from Distant Galaxies

Half of Milky Way's Matter Comes from Distant Galaxies

Up to half of the Milky Way is made up of matter that came from distant galaxies, having been ejected from its home during supernova explosions.


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Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts in duplicating the human brain both in terms of hardware and…


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Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature Into the Digital Universe

Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature Into the Digital Universe

Humanity is producing data at an unimaginable rate, to the point that storage technologies can't keep up.


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First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.


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Google Enters Race for Nuclear Fusion Technology

Google Enters Race for Nuclear Fusion Technology

Google Research and Tri Alpha Energy have developed a computer algorithm called Optometrist that facilitates integrating high-powered computation with human judgment to find new and better solutions to challenging problems in…


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Chinese Scientists Create Biggest Virtual Universe With World's Fastest Computer

Chinese Scientists Create Biggest Virtual Universe With World's Fastest Computer

Chinese researchers have produced the largest virtual universe on Sunway TaihuLight, the world's fastest supercomputer, using 10 trillion digital particles. The simulation beat the scale of the previous record-holding model universe…


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Hackers Plan to Break Into 30 Voting Machines to Put Election Meddling to the Test

Hackers Plan to Break Into 30 Voting Machines to Put Election Meddling to the Test

Hackers at the DefCon convention announced they will attempt to compromise more than 30 voting systems used in recent elections this weekend to determine whether fears of election tampering by malefactors are justified.


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Obama-Era Computer Science Initiative Surging Ahead Despite Hurdles

Obama-Era Computer Science Initiative Surging Ahead Despite Hurdles

The Trump administration's lack of support for $4 billion CSforAll initiative of the Obama administration has spurred agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, private organizations, and activist groups to take the…


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'Magic Bench' Lets Users See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters

'Magic Bench' Lets Users See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters

Researchers at Disney have developed the "Magic Bench," a combined augmented and mixed reality experience in which multiple users experience virtual surroundings as a group, without using head-mounted displays or handheld devices…


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Robots, Start Your Engines!

Robots, Start Your Engines!

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.


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Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study.


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Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday in Nature.


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Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake Up Much-Maligned P Value

Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake Up Much-Maligned P Value

Science is in the throes of a reproducibility crisis, and researchers, funders and publishers are increasingly worried that the scholarly literature is littered with unreliable results.


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New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

The U.S. needs to do more to protect its electrical grid against high-impact cyberattacks, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.


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Two Groups Both Win $7.5M to Study AI, Autonomous Systems

Two Groups Both Win $7.5M to Study AI, Autonomous Systems

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $15 million to two Cornell University research teams to pursue autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.


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There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

Programming jobs have spread across the U.S. and pooled in other metro areas outside of Silicon Valley, according to data from Glassdoor.


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China's Robot Revolution

China's Robot Revolution

The Chinese Robotics Industry Alliance aims to use robotics and automation to help China become increasingly a high-tech manufacturing nation.


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The Data that Transformed AI Research, and Possibly the World

The Data that Transformed AI Research, and Possibly the World

It's not about the algorithm.


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Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

Scientists Build DNA from Scratch to Alter Life's Blueprint

At Jef Boeke's lab, you can whiff an odor that seems out of place, as if they were baking bread here.


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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'

AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'

A new machine-learning algorithm can predict which characters on "Game of Thrones" will die next.


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UCLA Research Offers Clearest Evidence of Long-Sought Majorana Particle

UCLA Research Offers Clearest Evidence of Long-Sought Majorana Particle

A research team has uncovered evidence for the existence of the Majorana particle.


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Meet UrduScript, the First Urdu-Based Programming Language

Meet UrduScript, the First Urdu-Based Programming Language

UrduScript is a new programing language that makes it easier for beginners to learn programming concepts.


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CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?

CPU Architecture After Moore's Law: What's Next?

Views differ on how central-processing unit architecture will proceed as Moore's Law becomes increasingly irrelevant.


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Five Times the Computing Power

Five Times the Computing Power

Researchers have developed a method to increase by the computing power of a standard algorithm when performed on a field-programmable gate array.


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Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks

Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks

Researchers have definitively demonstrated the strength of a 128-bit digital lock for cybersecurity applications.


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For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

For Computers, Too, It's Hard to Learn to Speak Chinese

Researchers often call 2017 the year of the conversational computer in China.


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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.


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Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Smart Contact Lenses and Eye Implants Will Give Doctors Medical Insights

Poets say the eyes are a window to the soul. But biomedical engineers are using the eyes to gain insight into the body.

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