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Stretchable Electronics to Top $1 Billion by 2030

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 13:16

A growing variety of stretchable polymers will help integrate electronics into medical implants, consumer products, and more.

Mathematical Modeling for Better Designs and Simulations

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:00

Dublin City University professor Patricia Moore in Ireland says she tries "to make it easier for computers to solve simulation problems as efficiently and accurately as possible."

Driverless Cars Learn From Humans in Greenwich Project

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:00

Tests are underway in the London borough of Greenwich in the U.K. that could expedite the development of safer driverless vehicles under the government-funded Move_UK project.

Could Virtual Reality Replace Therapy?

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:00

Psychologists are testing virtual reality systems as a therapeutic tool for phobias and disorders.

Facebook Thinks the Most Useful Digital Assistant Is the One That Can Read Minds

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:00

The head of Facebook's moonshot division says the company wants to use brain-computer interface technology to enable people to type with their minds.

The Female Code Breakers Who Helped Defeat the Nazis

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:00

More than 10,000 female "cryptoanalysts" were enlisted by the U.S. Army and Navy to help crack Nazi codes and ensure the Allies' victory in World War II.

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:58

"Here's the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox.

Two Computer Scientists Among 2017 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant Winners

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:11

Two computer scientists are recognized for pushing the boundaries of machine learning and cybersecurity.

Reconstructing Cassini's Plunge into Saturn

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 18:49

As NASA's Cassini spacecraft made its fateful dive into the upper atmosphere of Saturn on Sept. 15, the spacecraft was live-streaming data from eight of its science instruments, along with readings from a variety of engineering systems.

How the Search for a 'Death Ray' Led to Radar

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 18:39

You can trace the extent of our reliance on air travel to many inventions. The jet engine, perhaps, or the aeroplane itself. But sometimes inventions need other inventions to unlock their full potential.

This Soft Robotic Gripper Can Screw in Your Light Bulbs for You

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at UC San Diego have developed a robotic gripper that can pick up and manipulate objects without needing to see them in advance. 

Computer Visualizations Bring New Perspective to Science

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Brown University say they have used data gathered from 3-D microscopy instruments to create an immersive visualization where scientists can view inside a single drop of water to examine plankton and how they function within their environment.

Scientists Enlist Supercomputers, Machine Learning to Automatically Identify Brain Tumors

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers is developing a fully automatic method that combines biophysical models of tumor growth with machine-learning algorithms to analyze magnetic resonance imaging data of glioma patients. 

U Michigan to Study Flexible STEM Classrooms

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Michigan are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to examine the difference between teaching and learning in traditional lecture halls and more flexible classrooms. 

The Scientist Who Spots Fake Videos

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:10

Hany Farid, a computer scientist at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, specialises in detecting manipulated images and videos. Farid, who provides his services to clients as varied as universities, media organizations, and law courts, says that image manipulation is becoming both more frequent and more sophisticated.

O.K., Computer, Tell Me What This Smells Like

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:27

Our sense of smell is gloriously specific.

Half the Universe's Missing Matter Has Just Been Finally Found

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:39

The missing links between galaxies have finally been found. This is the first detection of the roughly half of the normal matter in our universe—protons, neutrons and electrons—unaccounted for by previous observations of stars, galaxies and other bright objects in space.

7 Ways to Get More Girls and Women Into STEM (and Encourage Them to Stay)

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

A recent forum of industry and academic experts offered proposals for encouraging girls and women to pursue science, technology, engineering, and math careers.

This AI Can Tell True Hate Speech From Harmless Banter

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at McGill University have taught machine-learning software to identify hate speech by acquiring knowledge on how members of hateful communities speak. 

The Race to Secure Voting Tech Gets an Urgent Jumpstart

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 12:00

There is an urgent need to secure U.S. voting systems ahead of the 2018 midterm elections, according to a report by the Atlantic Council think tank and hacking conference DefCon.