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Solar System Survey Casts Doubt on Mysterious 'Planet Nine'

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 17:04

An analysis of four icy bodies discovered in the outer Solar System reveals no sign that they are being influenced by a large, unseen planet lurking beyond Neptune.

New Algorithm Generates Folding Patterns to Produce Any 3-D Origami Structure

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 16:14

In July, researchers at the University of Tokyo will announce a universal algorithm for folding origami shapes that guarantees a minimum number of seams.

Teaching Computer Science Is Great, But It's Not Enough

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Although progress has been made on providing more computer science education to K-12 students, the United States is still years away from providing adequate CS education in all schools so the field can realize its full potential.

What an AI's Non-Human Language Actually Looks Like

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research lab have found that bots they were training to negotiate with each other began conversing in a non-human language without human supervision. 

The Human Brain Project Reboots: A Search Engine for the Brain Is in Sight

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

The European Commission-funded Human Brain Project is on track to create a searchable model of the brain by building an infrastructure combining high-performance computing, data analytics, and simulation and modeling software. 

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Illinois Researchers Build Dropbox-Like Storage, Analytical System for Scientific Data

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are studying how to accelerate the materials-to-device process through a new framework that links microscopes and other scientific instruments to a cloud infrastructure via a high-speed campus network. 

Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way

Fri, 06/23/2017 - 10:19

The world's biggest and most expensive time machine is running again.

Curiosity Doesn't Need Your Help Blasting Rocks with a Laser

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:41

As cars here on Earth begin to drive themselves and robots autonomously roam sidewalks delivering food and nearly running over dogs, over on Mars, the Curiosity rover very much remains a remotely piloted vehicle.

How the Government Can Read Your Email

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 17:31

With Congress focused on reforming the tax code and replacing Obamacare—plus keeping the government open—there's little oxygen for other policy issues.

Google Advances AI With 'One Model to Learn Them All'

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:00

Google recently released an academic paper describing MultiModel, a template for how to create a single machine-learning model that is capable of addressing multiple tasks. 

MIT Lab Shows Off Smart Threads That Can Send Messages, Change Color

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at MIT are developing smart fabrics as part of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AAFOA) alliance. At the grand opening of the Fabric Discovery Center, AFFOA CEO Yoel Fink showcased innovative fibers that function similarly to computers.

Cybersecurity for Your Car

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:00

Ohio State University researchers are studying the security of wireless interfaces in vehicles, the use of which will only increase as autonomous vehicles come closer to reality. 

Toward Optical Quantum Computing

Thu, 06/22/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at MIT have developed a device enabling photon-photon interactions at room temperature by applying a silicon crystal etched with patterns to introduce "nonlinearities" into optical-signal transmissions. 

Beyond the Five Senses

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 17:25

The world we experience is not the real world. It's a mental construction, filtered through our physical senses. Which raises the question: How would our world change if we had new and different senses?

NASA Completes Study of Future 'Ice Giant' Mission Concepts

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:15

A NASA-led and NASA-sponsored study of potential future missions to the mysterious "ice giant" planets Uranus and Neptune has been released—the first in a series of mission studies NASA will conduct in support of the next Planetary Science Decadal Survey.

The Fight to Save Thousands of Lives with Sea-Floor Sensors

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 14:08

Jerry Paros is worried about the geological time bomb ticking away just off the coast near his home in Washington state.

The Python Programming Language Grows in Popularity

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00

Python is becoming increasingly popular as an enterprise production programming language.

What's New in Google's Go 1.9 Language

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00

The 1.9 iteration of Google's Go language is expected to enhance performance, compilation, and scaling to large code bases.

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.