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'Quasi-Non-Volatile' Memory Looks to Fill Gap Between Volatile and Non-Volatile Memory

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at Fudan University in China have created a new gate design for transistors using two-dimensional materials

Artificial Antimicrobial Peptides Could Help Overcome Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 12:00

A new streamlined approach to developing antimicrobial peptide drugs uses a computer algorithm that mimics natural evolution.

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 18:32

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property and the struggle to be the No.1 global technology power, according to patent experts.

Using Open Source Designs to Create More Specialized Chips

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 18:23

The open source movement changed how companies build software. Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo employees pitched in during the early days of the data-crunching software Hadoop.

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:27

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of users in the latest clash between global technology firms and Russian authorities.

Emoji Skin Tones Promote Diversity on Twitter

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00

Emoji characters with adapted skin tones are mostly used in a positive manner and are rarely abused, according to a recent study of Twitter posts.

Females Now Make Up Less Than One Tenth of Computer Science Students in the U.K.

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00

Less than 10% of computer science students in the U.K. are female, and some schools have no female information and computing technology students at all.

See Straight Through Walls by Augmenting Your Eyeballs With Drones

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are studying how to use augmented reality to change drones into remote cameras that an untrained user can easily control.

Need a New Look? Facebook's AI Fashion Designer Has Some Ideas

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:00

Researchers used generative adversarial networks to produce fashion items including handbags, jumpers, and T-shirts.

Is This the Sound of Black Holes Colliding?

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:12

Take a deep breath, put on your headphones and watch the video above. You're about to hear something truly astronomical: the sound of two black holes smashing together.

Self-Powered Image Sensor Could Watch You Forever

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:31

Solar cells convert light to electricity. Image sensors also convert light to electricity. If you could do them both at the same time in the same chip, you'd have the makings of a self-powered camera.

Weird Quantum Physics Is Key to Keeping Your Credit Card Safe

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 14:04

Using the bizarre rules of quantum physics, US government researchers have developed a new way to generate random numbers that play a key role in protecting sensitive information from prying eyes.

NIST Chip Hints at Quantum Sensors of the Future

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at NIST have created a new chip on which laser light interacts with a tiny cloud of atoms to act as a miniature toolkit for measuring important quantities such as length with quantum precision.

Electrical Pulses and Neural Code Boost Memory Storage

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have used electrical stimulation and neural patterns to improve the storage of new information in the brain, which could lead to "brain prostheses" to improve human memory.

Computer Scientists Create CG Sand That Looks Unbelievably Real

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Pennsylvania have helped develop a new method for depicting computer-generated sand and mud.

Stanford Researchers Find That Friends of Friends Reveal Hidden Online Traits

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at Stanford University have demonstrated more ways than previously established to infer demographic traits that people might be trying to hide online.

Distinguishing Identical Twins

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 11:38

Can facial recognition systems tell twins apart?

Mars Express v2.0

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:47

Every so often, your smartphone or tablet receives new software to improve its functionality and extend its life. Now, ESA's Mars Express is getting a fresh install, delivered across over 150 million km of space.

NASA's Juno Mission Provides Infrared Tour of Jupiter's North Pole

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:40

Scientists working on NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter shared a 3-D infrared movie depicting densely packed cyclones and anticyclones that permeate the planet's polar regions, and the first detailed view of a dynamo, or engine, powering the magnetic field for any planet beyond Earth.

Most Links to Popular Sites on Twitter Come From Bots

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00

Sixty-six percent of links to popular sites shared on Twitter stem from automated accounts, including legitimate accounts from organizations that schedule tweets through an automated service, according to Pew Research.