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September 2017


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Unexpected Surprise: A Final Image from Rosetta

Unexpected Surprise: A Final Image from Rosetta

Scientists analysing the final telemetry sent by Rosetta immediately before it shut down on the surface of the comet last year have reconstructed one last image of its touchdown site.


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As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time

As Scrutiny Of Social Networks Grows, Influence Attacks Continue In Real Time

The presidential election is long past, but online attacks aimed at shaping the U.S. information environment have kept right on coming.


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U.S. Coalesces Plans for First Exascale Supercomputer

U.S. Coalesces Plans for First Exascale Supercomputer

The delivery date for the U.S.'s first exascale supercomputing system, Aurora, has been extended from 2018 to 2021, while its target capability has been enlarged from to 1 exaflop.


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The Coming Software Apocalypse

The Coming Software Apocalypse

A group of coders is trying to work past the abstract approach to programming.


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'Superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits for Different Tasks

'Superhero' Robot Wears Different Outfits for Different Tasks

Primer is a shape-shifting robot that can reconfigure itself into different exoskeletal "outfits" to perform distinct tasks.


From ACM TechNews

The 3D Selfie Is Here

The 3D Selfie Is Here

A new Web application can render a two-dimensional facial image as a three-dimensional construct.


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Why Futurist Ray Kurzweil Isn't Worried About Technology Stealing Your Job

Why Futurist Ray Kurzweil Isn't Worried About Technology Stealing Your Job

Google engineering director Ray Kurzweil says artificial intelligence will be far more beneficial than harmful in the long term.


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Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case

Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case

Companies are returning to tape as a medium for storing data as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses.


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NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

NASA Damage Map Aids Puerto Rico Hurricane Response

A NASA-produced map showing areas of eastern Puerto Rico that were likely damaged by Hurricane Maria has been provided to responding agencies, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


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New Gravitational Wave Detection From Colliding Black Holes

New Gravitational Wave Detection From Colliding Black Holes

In another step forward for the rapidly expanding universe of invisible astronomy, scientists said on Wednesday that on Aug. 14 they had recorded the space-time reverberations known as gravitational waves from the collision of…


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Lehigh University Engineers Create Computer Program That Is Saving the State Prison System Millions of Dollars

Lehigh University Engineers Create Computer Program That Is Saving the State Prison System Millions of Dollars

Researchers have developed an algorithm expected to save Pennsylvania's prison system $2.9 million annually by accelerating the process of determining where prisoners are incarcerated.


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Click Beetles Inspire Design of Self-Righting Robots

Click Beetles Inspire Design of Self-Righting Robots

Researchers are studying click beetles to understand how the insects jump without using their limbs when tipped onto their backsides.


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Computer Science and Engineering Researcher Teams With Industry to Provide Facial Recognition Technology

Computer Science and Engineering Researcher Teams With Industry to Provide Facial Recognition Technology

A University of Texas at Arlington professor is working to evaluate existing deep-learning methods for face detection and facial recognition.


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ASU Team Takes Cyberbullying App Public

ASU Team Takes Cyberbullying App Public

Researchers at Arizona State University have publicly released their BullyBlocker smartphone application.


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The Value of Free STEM and Coding Bootcamps

 The Value of Free STEM and Coding Bootcamps

What do students get for their participation?


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Gigantic Ice Spikes on Pluto Trace Climate

Gigantic Ice Spikes on Pluto Trace Climate

Pluto's Bladed Terrain is just as welcoming as the name sounds. The landscape type, which is found only in the high elevation areas around the dwarf planet's equator, is covered in fields of giant spikes of ice as tall as the…


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As N. Korea Threatens Nuclear Missile Test, Are U.S. Ballistic Defenses Ready? 

As N. Korea Threatens Nuclear Missile Test, Are U.S. Ballistic Defenses Ready? 

After suffering yet another round of sanctions, as well as a provocative UN speech and further sanctions from President Donald Trump, North Korea's leaders have hinted that more ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests are…


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Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and Unemployment, Says UN

Robots Could Destabilise World Through War and Unemployment, Says UN

The UN has warned that robots could destabilise the world ahead of the opening of a headquarters in The Hague to monitor developments in artificial intelligence.


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Researchers Claim They Just Invented the 'Ultimate' Method for Quantum Computing

Researchers Claim They Just Invented the 'Ultimate' Method for Quantum Computing

Akira Furusawa and Shuntaro Takeda at the University of Tokyo in Japan say they have developed the "ultimate" quantum computing method.


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Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science

Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science

U.S. colleges and universities are aggressively courting more women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.


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Microsoft's New Coding Language Is Made for Quantum Computers

Microsoft's New Coding Language Is Made for Quantum Computers

Microsoft is integrating traditional programming languages into a new language that could be used to code instructions for quantum computers.


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Goodbye, Login. Hello, Heart Scan

Goodbye, Login. Hello, Heart Scan

A new computer security system uses heart dimensions for identification.


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One Step Closer to Lifelike Robots

One Step Closer to Lifelike Robots

Researchers have developed a three-dimensionally-printable synthetic muscle with innate expansion ability that does not need an external compressor or high voltage equipment.


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New Type of Supercomputer Could Be Based on 'Magic Dust' Combination of Light and Matter

New Type of Supercomputer Could Be Based on 'Magic Dust' Combination of Light and Matter

A joint U.K.-Russian research team has demonstrated the use of quantum particles called polaritons, combining light and matter, to solve complex problems.


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The Coming Software Apocalypse

The Coming Software Apocalypse

There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service.


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Intel's New Chip Design Takes Pointers from Your Brain

Intel's New Chip Design Takes Pointers from Your Brain

If you're asked to guess the emotion of someone in a video clip, neurons in your brain will exchange information in a flurry of electronic spikes.


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Underwater 'Ironman' Jetpack Lets You Swim Faster Than Michael Phelps

Underwater 'Ironman' Jetpack Lets You Swim Faster Than Michael Phelps

Two Silicon Valley engineers had an ambitious goal: Create an underwater, Ironman-inspired jetpack capable of propelling someone through water faster than Michael Phelps on his best day in the pool.


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NSF Awards IU $4 Million to Advance Medical Nanotechnology

NSF Awards IU $4 Million to Advance Medical Nanotechnology

The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded Indiana University a five-year, $4-million grant to simulate the interactions between nanoscale devices and biological tissues.


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Atlanta and Georgia Tech Roll Out Smart City Projects

Atlanta and Georgia Tech Roll Out Smart City Projects

Atlanta is introducing smart city transportation and public safety projects.


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The Growing Cybersecurity Risk of 'Smart' Homes

The Growing Cybersecurity Risk of 'Smart' Homes

Carnegie Mellon University professor Jason Hong warns the connectivity of smart homes via Internet of Things technologies could raise cybersecurity risks for homeowners.

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