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NASA Space Telescopes Provide a 3D Journey Through the Orion Nebula

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 16:09

Astronomers and visualization specialists from NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined visible and infrared vision of the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to create an unprecedented, three-dimensional, fly-through view of the picturesque Orion Nebula, a nearby star-forming region.

Silicon Gains Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 15:38

In the next few weeks, a research group at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands expects to receive an important package. Its contents promise to increase competition in the race to produce useful quantum computers.

ORNL Researchers Use Titan to Accelerate Design, Training of Deep-Learning Networks

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:04

Combining artificial intelligence with high-performance computing yielded a peak speed of 20 petaflops in the creation and training of deep-learning networks on Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan supercomputer.

This AI Hunts Poachers

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:04

Protection Assistant for Wildlife Security is an artificial intelligence program that uses machine learning algorithms to predict where poaching is likely to occur.

Student Device Detects Potholes, Car Crashes

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:04

Researchers say they have developed a device that can detect car crashes and alert emergency services.

Trojan Team's Bias-Busting App Wins Third Prize at Facebook Global Hackathon

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 12:04

Team Artemis of the University of Southern California won third prize at the 2017 Facebook Global Hackathon for a virtual reality tool designed to rid the workplace of gender bias.

Chinese Workers Abandon Silicon Valley for Riches Back Home

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:45

A few years ago, Wang Yi was living the American dream. He had graduated from Princeton, landed a job at Google and bought a spacious condo in Silicon Valley.

"When Performance is Pursued Above All"

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 10:32

Long-overlooked CPU vulnerabilities have come to light.

When Wi-Fi Won't Work, Let Sound Carry Your Data

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:26

If you've ever struggled to pair your phone with a Bluetooth speaker or set up a wireless printer, you know that it's often easier to connect to a server halfway around the world than to a gadget across the room.

Meltdown and Spectre Expose the Dark Side of Superfast Computers

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:24

Hundreds of gadget makers and software companies at this week's annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas are staking the success of their newest products on the latest and greatest processors from Intel, AMD, ARM and others.

Expansion of AP Computer Science Courses Draws More Girls and Minorities

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

The College Board's Advanced Placement computer science classes are being expanded to attract more girls and underrepresented minorities in the U.S. to participate.

Team's Lifesaving App Could Help Farmworkers Beat the Heat

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

Calor is a new smartphone app designed to send automatic heat warnings to farmworkers in the field.

A New AI That Detects 'Deception' May Bring an End to Lying as We Know It

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

The Deception Analysis and Reasoning Engine uses artificial intelligence to autonomously detect deception in courtroom trial videos.

Scanning an Ancient Biblical Text That Humans Fear to Open

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

Researchers hope to make a fragile ancient Coptic codex readable by scanning it with computerized tomography and then using software to extract legible text.

Driverless Cars Might Follow the Rules of the Road, but What About the Language of Driving?

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

Navigating the complexity of unspoken rules and social and linguistic cues to communicate with drivers, pedestrians, and others sharing the road is a challenge for developers of driverless vehicles.

Japanese Scientists Just Used AI to Read Minds and It's Amazing

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say they have used deep neural networks to decode thoughts.

With the Summit Supercomputer, U.S. Could Retake Computing's Top Spot

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 11:08

In November of 2012, the semiannual Top500 rankings of the world's supercomputers gave top billing to a machine constructed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in Tennessee.

China Becomes One of the Top 5 U.S. Patent Recipients for the First Time

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:47

Chinese companies have increased the number of U.S. patents they've received by tenfold in less than 10 years, another sign that the world's second-largest economy is succeeding in its strategy to transform from Silicon Valley's factory to a powerhouse of research.

FBI Chief Calls Unbreakable Encryption 'Urgent Public Safety Issue'

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 13:35

The inability of law enforcement authorities to access data from electronic devices due to powerful encryption is an "urgent public safety issue," FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Tuesday as he sought to renew a contentious debate over privacy and security.

Can You Save the World with Origami?

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:00

Teams of students demonstrated a broad range of original video games at the University of Southern California GamePipe Laboratory Fall 2017 Showcase.