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Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Analog circuits consume less power per operation than CMOS technologies, and so should prove more efficient.

Cracking the Code on DNA Storage

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Researchers are tapping DNA to create a new and different type of storage media. The technology could prove revolutionary.

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Flush with recent successes, and pushed by even newer technology, AI systems could get much smarter.

Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Jean E. Sammet, an American computer scientist who served as the first female president of ACM, passed away on May 21 at the age of 89.

Cornell to Team With IBM to Protect Global Milk Supply

3 hours 3 min ago

Researchers will use genetic sequencing and big data analysis to help keep the global milk supply safe.

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine

4 hours 17 min ago

The European Union's head of antitrust enforcement announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, accusing the search engine for illegally favoring its own comparison shopping service as customers used Google to search for products online. That's the biggest fine Europe has imposed on any company ever.

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:58

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs.

Eyes In the Sky

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:02

One of America's least known National Historic Landmarks may also be its ugliest. It''s kept hidden inside Building 32 on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and is identified simply as Chamber A.

Building a Better IoT

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:27

A robust and resilient Internet of Things framework is critical for future progress. New and emerging concepts may illuminate the path.

IU Study Finds Most People Aren't as Happy as Their Friends on Social Media

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18

A study by researchers at Indiana University found people with the most connections on social media are happier.

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18

Researchers are using supercomputers to study reptile evolution.

Code.org Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18

Code.org recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:45

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent came on the loudspeaker, announcing: "Today, we do have a unique way of boarding."

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:59

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.

What Exactly Do You Mean When You Say 'Best'?

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Researchers have developed a system for interpreting sarcastic statements in social media.

Global Race Toward Exascale Will Drive Supercomputing, AI to Masses

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Industrial trends in high-performance computing are setting a foundation for the eventual pervasiveness of artificial intelligence and big data applications within the mainstream, according to a new Hyperion report.

Taking a Ride in MIT's Self-Driving Wheelchair

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have developed a self-driving wheelchair currently undergoing testing on the MIT campus. 

Boys Say They're More Likely to Pursue STEM Careers Than Girls

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Adolescent boys say they are more likely to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields than girls, according to a survey from Junior Achievement and EY. 

Selfies: We Love How We Look and We're Here to Show You

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology say they have analyzed 2.5 million selfie posts on Instagram to determine what kinds of identity statements people make by taking and sharing selfies. 

New Model of Evolution Finally Reveals How Cooperation Evolves

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 18:19

One of the great unanswered question in biology is why organisms have evolved to cooperate.

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