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January 2018


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Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open

Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open

Researchers hope to make a fragile ancient Coptic codex readable by scanning it with computerized tomography and then using software to extract legible text.


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A New AI That Detects 'deception' May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It

A New AI That Detects 'deception' May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It

The Deception Analysis and Reasoning Engine uses artificial intelligence to autonomously detect deception in courtroom trial videos.


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Expansion of Ap Computer Science Courses Draws More Girls and Minorities

Expansion of Ap Computer Science Courses Draws More Girls and Minorities

The College Board's Advanced Placement computer science classes are being expanded to attract more girls and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. to participate.


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Driverless Cars Might Follow the Rules of the Road, but What About the Language of Driving?

Driverless Cars Might Follow the Rules of the Road, but What About the Language of Driving?

Navigating the complexity of unspoken rules and social and linguistic cues to communicate with drivers, pedestrians, and others sharing the road is a challenge for developers of driverless vehicles.


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Japanese Scientists Just ­sed AI to Read Minds and It's Amazing

Japanese Scientists Just ­sed AI to Read Minds and It's Amazing

Researchers say they have used deep neural networks to decode thoughts.


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With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.s. could Retake Computing's Top spot

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee.


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China Becomes One of the Top 5 ­.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time

China Becomes One of the Top 5 ­.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time

Chinese companies have increased the number of U.S. patents they've received by tenfold in less than 10 years, another sign that the world's second-largest economy is succeeding in its strategy to transform from Silicon Valley's…


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Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

Fbi Chief Calls ­nbreakable Encryption 'urgent Public Safety Issue'

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday as he sought to renew a contentious…


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Huskie Hackers Developed Innovative Solutions to Health and Wellness Challenges

Huskie Hackers Developed Innovative Solutions to Health and Wellness Challenges

The 2017 Northern Illinois University Huskie Hack featured 269 student hackers who were tasked with developing solutions to health- and wellness-related challenges.


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Can You Save the World with Origami?

Can You Save the World with Origami?

Teams of students demonstrated a broad range of original video games at the University of Southern California GamePipe Laboratory Fall 2017 Showcase.


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Next-Gen Flexible Robots Move and Heal Like ­S

Next-Gen Flexible Robots Move and Heal Like ­S

Researchers are developing next-generation robots from soft materials that react to applied voltage with a wide range of motions.


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Autonomous Construction Vehicles Are Building the Future

Autonomous Construction Vehicles Are Building the Future

Self-operated construction vehicles will gain traction long before self-driving cars.


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Logging On to Public Wi-Fi Networks Is About to Get More Secure

Logging On to Public Wi-Fi Networks Is About to Get More Secure

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a major change to Wi-Fi security.


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‘it Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

‘it Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

Researchers uncover security holes too big to believe.


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The Real Future of Work

The Real Future of Work

In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


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Nasa Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

Nasa Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are…


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Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

Four groups of researchers independently found the vulnerabilities behind the devastating Meltdown and Spectre attacks within months of each other.


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Vision Teacher

Vision Teacher

Researchers in Germany are teaching intelligent algorithms to detect cars, pedestrians, and potentially dangerous objects in x-ray images from transportation security.


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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace has discovered the largest-ever prime number.


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Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars

Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars

The Mcity Threat Identification Model is a new tool to help scientists analyze the likelihood of cybersecurity threats that must be overcome for autonomous and connected vehicles to be widely adopted.


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Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Researchers are using deep-learning convolutional neural networks to analyze retinal photos to predict a person's blood pressure, age, and smoking status.


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Engineers Make Wearable Sensors For Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water ­se in Crops

Engineers Make Wearable Sensors For Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water ­se in Crops

New graphene-based sensors-on-tape can be attached to plants to collect data for scientists and farmers.


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Thinking Machines Going Mainstream

Thinking Machines Going Mainstream

Experts predict cognitive computing will eventually become normalized as a routine behavioral component in newer systems.


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Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

The Navier-Stokes equations capture in a few succinct terms one of the most ubiquitous features of the physical world: the flow of fluids.


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Computer Science Pioneer Bjarne Stroustrup to Receive the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize For Engineering

Computer Science Pioneer Bjarne Stroustrup to Receive the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize For Engineering

The annual Draper Prize was established in 1988 to honor the memory of the "father of inertial navigation," and to increase public understanding of the contributions of engineering and technology.


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Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Maths fans can't get enough of numbers that are millions of digits long and can only be divided by themselves and one. Now, through a collaborative effort, utilising computers distributed around the world, they've discovered…


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Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?

Do We Need a Tech Boom For the Elderly?

Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded it in 1999. In his new bookThe Longevity Economy, he contends that old age—much like childhood, adolescence, and gender—is a social construct, and a …


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How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'worst' Chip Flaw

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.


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A Dead-Simple Algorithm Reveals the True Toll of Voter Id Laws

A Dead-Simple Algorithm Reveals the True Toll of Voter Id Laws

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to match individuals across government databases with nearly 100% accuracy by using a few basic identifiers.


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Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech

Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech

Researchers say they have created psychedelic stickers that can fool image-recognition software into seeing objects that do not exist.