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New Operating System Will Improve Navy Computing Power

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00

A Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University professor has developed a prototype operating system for compiling different coding languages into one.

X-Ray Eyes in the Sky

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated three-dimensional (3D) imaging of objects through walls using Wi-Fi signals.

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab for Cyberwar

Wed, 06/21/2017 - 10:40

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.

From Drinking Straws to Robots

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Harvard University have created a type of semi-soft robot that can stand and walk, and a different robotic water strider that can push itself along a liquid surface.

New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Stanford University have created a national database comprised of data on state patrol stops to uncover evidence of a double standard applied to minority motorists.

'Internet of Ships' Tells Tale of USS Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 11:20

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard (right) side, crushing the part of the Fitzgerald's superstructure where its commanding officer's quarters were and rupturing the ship's hull below the waterline.

AI for the Common Good

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 10:59

Considering guiding principles for artificial intelligence with regard to privacy and security.

Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter

Tue, 06/20/2017 - 09:02

A new study shows bots and trolls are using the biggest social media sites to manipulate your views.

DeepMind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 17:33

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests a mere nudge here and there at the outset can be enough to help artificial intelligence accomplish tricky tasks.

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 15:31

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.

NASA Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:27

NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star's habitable zone, which is the range of distance from a star where liquid water could pool on the surface of a rocky planet.

How to Build Software for a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00

Argonne National Laboratory scientists aim to produce exascale-enabled software by surmounting problems in memory, power, and computational resources.

Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers applied data-mining technology to determine the global variance of clothing styles from 100 million Instagram photos taken in 44 cities.

New Prospects for Universal Memory

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have found a way to control the oxygen concentration in tantalum oxide films produced by atomic layer deposition.

Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a model of a system in which smart cars do not have to stop at red lights at intersections.

Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00

Newly released code purportedly will enable bots to negotiate.

Top500: U.S. Knocked Out of 'Top Three Most Powerful' List

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. is no longer among the top three in the Top500's latest ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.

How Quantum Physics Will Change Cybersecurity

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 10:46

Quantum physics is an often mind-boggling branch of science filled with strange behavior and bizarre implications.

Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 NCWIT Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

Mon, 06/19/2017 - 09:37

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring.

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