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October 2016


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Fujitsu Eyes Architecture to Rival Quantum Computers

Fujitsu Eyes Architecture to Rival Quantum Computers

Fujitsu Laboratories is working with University of Toronto researchers in Japan to develop a computing architecture that addresses combinatorial optimization problems.


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The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The Pentagon has made artificial intelligence the core of its agenda to maintain the U.S. position as the world's leading military power.


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Flying Drones Could Soon Recharge While Airborne With New Technology

Flying Drones Could Soon Recharge While Airborne With New Technology

Imperial College London researchers have demonstrated a highly efficient method for wirelessly transferring power to a drone while it is flying.


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Turning Your Living Room Into a Wireless Charging Station

Turning Your Living Room Into a Wireless Charging Station

A panel could one day remotely charge smartphones, tablets, and other devices within its line of sight.


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Study Finds 'lurking Malice' in Cloud Hosting Services

Study Finds 'lurking Malice' in Cloud Hosting Services

Up to 10% of the repositories held by cloud hosting services have been compromised, according to a newly released study.


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Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity

Computer Vision Leader Fei-Fei Li on Why AI Needs Diversity

As artificial intelligence technologies increasingly are deployed to meet industrial and personal needs, the field will need to address its lack of ethnic and gender diversity.


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X-Rays Are Revealing the Mysterious Writings in Mummy Coffins

X-Rays Are Revealing the Mysterious Writings in Mummy Coffins

It's a sleepy summer Friday at Lawrence Berkeley Lab's Advanced Light Source.


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Tangled ­p in Spacetime

Tangled ­p in Spacetime

"All the world’s a stage…," Shakespeare wrote, and physicists tend to think that way, too.


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Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled

Webcams ­sed to Attack Reddit and Twitter Recalled

Chinese electronics firm Hangzhou Xiongmai issued the recall soon after its cameras were identified as aiding the massive web attacks.


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AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence

AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence experts stress the need for clarity around certain economic and safety ramifications of artificial intelligence technologies.


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Typing While Skyping Could Compromise Privacy

Typing While Skyping Could Compromise Privacy

Researchers have found a security breach in which keystroke sounds can be recorded during a Skype voice or video call and later reassembled as text.


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Creating 3D Hands to Keep ­S Safe and Increase Security

Creating 3D Hands to Keep ­S Safe and Increase Security

Researchers say without a lifelike three-dimensional model to test and calibrate fingerprint scanners, there is no consistent way to determine their accuracy. 


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How Nasa Fights To Keep Our Dying Spacecraft Alive

How Nasa Fights To Keep Our Dying Spacecraft Alive

Sometime in the next 10 or so years, the massive antennas that comprise NASA's Deep Space Network will pick up a faint, distant signal for the final time.


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The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The Pentagon's 'terminator Conundrum': Robots That Could Kill on Their Own

The small drone, with its six whirring rotors, swept past the replica of a Middle Eastern village and closed in on a mosque-like structure, its camera scanning for targets.


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Will Visual Programming Crack the Code on Learning?

Will Visual Programming Crack the Code on Learning?

An emerging generation of visual coding platforms is introducing software development to young people and other beginners.


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Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander

Computing Glitch May Have Doomed Mars Lander

Photos of a huge circle of churned-up Martian soil leave few doubts: a European Space Agency (ESA) probe that was supposed to test landing technology on Mars crashed into the red planet instead, and may have exploded on impact…


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A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered By Everyday Devices

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered By Everyday Devices

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs.


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Chinese Researchers Develop Algorithms For Smart Energy Grid

Chinese Researchers Develop Algorithms For Smart Energy Grid

Scientists at Northeastern University in China have proposed a way to distribute energy similarly to how the Internet operates.


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Wits Researchers Find Techniques to Improve Carbon Superlattices For Quantum Electronic Devices

Wits Researchers Find Techniques to Improve Carbon Superlattices For Quantum Electronic Devices

The quantum properties of carbon-based superlattices could lead to a fundamental shift in the design and development of electronics.


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Designing the Future Internet

Designing the Future Internet

Connecting many smart objects to the Internet will result in an enormous boost in online traffic, which one researcher aims to make manageable with a network redesign.


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What Iarpa Knows About Your Canceled Dinner Reservation

What Iarpa Knows About Your Canceled Dinner Reservation

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity is running several projects examining how crowdsourced data could be used to predict specific events.


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Debates: Linguistic Trick Boosts Poll Numbers

Debates: Linguistic Trick Boosts Poll Numbers

A study of U.S. presidential debates found mimicking subtle aspects of an opponent's language better engages a third-party audience and leads to a bump in the polls.


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Here's How Young People Decide When They're Drunk 'enough,' According to Math

Here's How Young People Decide When They're Drunk 'enough,' According to Math

Mathematical models developed by engineers at Ohio State University have enabled colleagues to explain the factors that drive alcohol consumption among young people.


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New Technique Allows Scientists to 'listen' to Proteins

New Technique Allows Scientists to 'listen' to Proteins

Researchers have come up with a bold new method for representing and understanding a protein's shape: translating it into music.


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Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology

Icy Heart Could Be Key to Pluto's Strange Geology

Pluto's icy heart beats with a planetary rhythm.


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The Power of Prediction Markets

The Power of Prediction Markets

It was a great way to mix science with gambling, says Anna Dreber.


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Stephen Hawking Opens British Artificial Intelligence Hub

Stephen Hawking Opens British Artificial Intelligence Hub

Stephen Hawking on Wednesday opened an artificial research center at Cambridge University in the U.K.


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Tech's Gender Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better, Report Says

Tech's Gender Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better, Report Says

Unless technology companies and educators start reaching out to young women and girls, the number of women in the computer science field will drop, a new report finds.


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The Robot Eyes Have It: Cutting-Edge Tool For Koala Conservation

The Robot Eyes Have It: Cutting-Edge Tool For Koala Conservation

Queensland University of Technology researchers are developing technologies they say could provide less expensive and more accurate koala-tracking methods.


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The Amazing Cloud Cities We Could Build on Venus

The Amazing Cloud Cities We Could Build on Venus

It's hot enough to melt lead, the acid rain will scorch the flesh from your bones – and it's the perfect place to raise a family. Venus, not Mars, might be the off-world destination of choice for future space colonists.