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September 2018


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Attack on Commonly Used Voting Machine Could Tip an Election, Researchers Find

Attack on Commonly Used Voting Machine Could Tip an Election, Researchers Find

A malicious hacker could alter the outcome of a U.S. presidential election by taking advantage of numerous flaws in one model of vote-tabulating machine used in 26 states, cybersecurity experts warned in a report presented Thursday…


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Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

Inside Facebook's Massive Center Storing Your Personal Information

In a vast, dark room, the lights glow a steady green, blue, yellow. I'm not inside the Matrix, but it's not far off.


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Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map

Hidden Kingdoms of the Ancient Maya Revealed in a 3-D Laser Map

Hidden pyramids and massive fortresses in the jungle. Farms and canals scattered across swamplands.


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The Crisis of Election Security

The Crisis of Election Security

As the midterms approach, America's electronic voting systems are more vulnerable than ever. Why isn't anyone trying to fix them?


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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.


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Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds

Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds

Election machines used in more than half of U.S. states contain a decade-old flaw that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack.


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Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters

Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters

The Virtual Singapore project will offer state agencies and, eventually, the public access to a three-dimensional model of the city.


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Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing

Software Finds the Best Way to Stick a Mars Landing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed software that could inform the selection of landing sites for scientific expeditions to Mars.


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How to Win Friends: It's Not Which Groups You Join, but How Many

How to Win Friends: It's Not Which Groups You Join, but How Many

Two researchers at Rice University have determined the cultivation of online friendships is mainly influenced by how many groups and organizations a person joins.


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Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks

Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks

Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests new ways to prevent artificial intelligence from being visually deceived.


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60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

60 Years of DARPA's Favorite Toys

This year, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) turned 60. To celebrate, DARPA held a conference in Washington, D.C. One of the highlights was an exhibit hall full of both current DARPA programs as well …


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Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking

Mobile Websites Can Tap Into Your Phone's Sensors Without Asking

When apps want to access data from your smartphone's motion or light sensors, they often make that capability clear.


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Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing

Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing

At a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, technology industry representatives argued in favor of implementing federal data privacy laws.


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Chip Ramps Up Artificial Intelligence Systems' Performance

Chip Ramps Up Artificial Intelligence Systems' Performance

Princeton University researchers working with Analog Devices have fabricated an accelerator chip that enhances the performance and efficiency of neural networks.


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States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

U.S. states are increasingly implementing computer science policies, but individual high schools are struggling with actual instruction, according to the nonprofit Code.org.


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How Software Enabled the Thai Cave Rescue

How Software Enabled the Thai Cave Rescue

Software-defined radios allowed the rescuers to communicate, when simple radio technology could not.


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Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

Is a New Russian Meddling Tactic Hiding in Plain Sight?

To an untrained eye, USAReally might look like any other fledgling news organization vying for attention in a crowded media landscape.


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NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

NASA Is Taking a New Look at Searching for Life Beyond Earth

Since the beginning of civilization, humanity has wondered whether we are alone in the universe.


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How Apple Makes the AI Chip Powering the iPhone's Fancy Tricks

How Apple Makes the AI Chip Powering the iPhone's Fancy Tricks

A few years ago—the company won't say exactly when—some engineers at Apple began to think the iPhone's camera could be made smarter using newly powerful machine learning algorithms known as neural networks.


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Researchers Develop Invisibly Thin Spray-On Antennas

Researchers Develop Invisibly Thin Spray-On Antennas

Drexel University researchers have developed a method for creating invisibly thin antennas.


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Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You

Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You

The Common Business-Oriented Language (Cobol) remains the most prevalent programming language in the financial services industry worldwide.


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Smartphone, M.D.

Smartphone, M.D.

Researchers have developed an application and laboratory kit that enable smartphones to identify bacteria from patients within 60 minutes.


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Engineers Add Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Hand

Engineers Add Sense of Touch to Prosthetic Hand

Johns Hopkins University researchers have engineered an "electronic skin" that can incorporate a sense of touch into a prosthetic hand.


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Electric Grid Protection Through Low-Cost Sensors, Machine Learning

Electric Grid Protection Through Low-Cost Sensors, Machine Learning

Scientists at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a cost-effective method for detecting power-grid attacks on the fly.


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White House Issues Quantum Computing Strategy and Hosts Public-Private Summit

White House Issues Quantum Computing Strategy and Hosts Public-Private Summit

Federal officials and industry leaders on Monday convened at a White House summit to brainstorm new quantum information science projects.


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Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

Opportunity Emerges in a Dusty Picture

NASA still hasn't heard from the Opportunity rover, but at least we can see it again.


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A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony

A New Way to Capture the Brain's Electrical Symphony

Biophysicist Adam Cohen was strolling around San Francisco, California, in 2010, when a telephone call caught him by surprise. "We have a signal," said the caller.


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Brown Researchers Teach Computers to See Optical Illusions

Brown Researchers Teach Computers to See Optical Illusions

Brown University researchers have developed a neural network model that can be deceived by optical illusions.


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Scientists Use Light to Control Nanobots

Scientists Use Light to Control Nanobots

Researchers have discovered a physical phenomenon in how semiconductor nanoparticles interact with light when under the influence of an electric field.


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Financial Services Firms Battle Cyberthreats

Financial Services Firms Battle Cyberthreats

The growing number of cybercrimes, combined with a shortage of cybersecurity professionals, means the financial services sector faces higher security costs, greater risk.

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