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World's First Photonic Neural Network Unveiled
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World's First Photonic Neural Network Unveiled

Neural networks are taking the world of computing by storm.

New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher
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New Ceres Views as Dawn Moves Higher

The brightest area on Ceres stands out amid shadowy, cratered terrain in a dramatic new view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft, taken as it looked off to the side of...

Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI
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Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI

Microsoft researchers recently built an artificially intelligent system that seems to recognize conversational speech as effectively as a human.

K-Computer Leads Graph 500 List of World's Fastest Supercomputers
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K-Computer Leads Graph 500 List of World's Fastest Supercomputers

Japan's K-Computer tops the latest Graph 500 list of the world's fastest supercomputers.

New Software Continuously Scrambles Code to Foil Cyberattacks
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New Software Continuously Scrambles Code to Foil Cyberattacks

Columbia University researchers have developed Shuffler, software that tries to preempt hackers who exploit errors in software code by enabling programs to continuously...

Cow Goes Moo: Artificial Intelligence-Based System Associates Images With Sounds
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Cow Goes Moo: Artificial Intelligence-Based System Associates Images With Sounds

Using artificial-intelligence techniques, a new system from Disney Research and ETH Zurich is capable of learning the association between images and the sounds...

Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say
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Automated Pro-Trump Bots Overwhelmed Pro-Clinton Messages, Researchers Say

Researchers from Oxford University found that an automated army of pro-Donald J. Trump chatbots overwhelmed similar programs supporting Hillary Clinton five to...

New AI Algorithm Taught by Humans Learns Beyond Its Training
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New AI Algorithm Taught by Humans Learns Beyond Its Training

Researchers at the University of Toronto say they have developed an algorithm that can learn directly from human instructions rather than a set of examples.

Critical Linux Bug Opens Systems to Compromise
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Critical Linux Bug Opens Systems to Compromise

Researchers from Spain's Polytechnic University of Valencia have found a flaw that enables attackers to obtain root shell on affected Linux systems. The vulnerability...

Mobile App Behavior Often Appears at Odds With Privacy Policies
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Mobile App Behavior Often Appears at Odds With Privacy Policies

Mobile applications' privacy policies often are inconsistent with how an app actually collects and shares users' personal information, according to an automated...

Security Researchers Want to Hide Your Data in 'Cyberfog'
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Security Researchers Want to Hide Your Data in 'Cyberfog'

Computer scientists at the U.S. Army Laboratory see "cyberfog" as a powerful new form of data security. They say partially compromised data on a fog network would...

Stanford's First health++ Hackathon Brings Health Care Innovators Together
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Stanford's First health++ Hackathon Brings Health Care Innovators Together

Stanford University's inaugural health++ Hackathon involved participation from 257 students, faculty, health professionals, designers, and entrepreneurs to create...

Why the Software Industry Needs Computing Education Research
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Why the Software Industry Needs Computing Education Research

Job opportunities for software development abound, but schools are producing coders of less-than-adequate skill, according to University of Washington professor...

Semiconductor-Free Microelectronics Are Now Possible, Thanks to Metamaterials
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Semiconductor-Free Microelectronics Are Now Possible, Thanks to Metamaterials

University of California, San Diego researchers say they have developed the first semiconductor-free, optically controlled microelectronic device built from metamaterials...

Cybercriminals Can Steal All Your Passwords From Thin Air With This $25 Wi-Fi Hack
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Cybercriminals Can Steal All Your Passwords From Thin Air With This $25 Wi-Fi Hack

Researchers have developed a system that can analyze Wi-Fi networks and covertly detect and record passwords by looking at the directions radio waves travel to...

Defibrillator-Equipped Drones Could Be First on Scene in Cardiac Arrest
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Defibrillator-Equipped Drones Could Be First on Scene in Cardiac Arrest

Timothy Chan at the University of Toronto in Canada wants to use drone technology to help people who suffer cardiac arrest. Chan used computer models to determine...

Mathematical Algorithms Calculate Social Behavior
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Mathematical Algorithms Calculate Social Behavior

Predicting and influencing human behavior is well on its way to becoming reality, according to researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TU Munich) in...

Quantum Computers Can Talk to Each Other via a Photon Translator
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Quantum Computers Can Talk to Each Other via a Photon Translator

Researchers from Germany's University of Paderborn have developed a system that can convert photons from one spread of frequencies to another, while preserving...

Martha E. Pollack, Provost at Michigan, Named 14th President
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Martha E. Pollack, Provost at Michigan, Named 14th President

A fellow of ACM, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, Pollack’s research...

Tackling Society's Big Problems With Systems Theory
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Tackling Society's Big Problems With Systems Theory

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Institute for Data, Systems, and Society doctoral program is underway. 
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