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NASA’s Mars InSight Mission Lands on Red Planet's Surface

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 15:31

The InSight lander, NASA's latest foray to the red planet, has landed.

Maryland Test Confirms Drones Can Safely Deliver Human Organs

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

University of Maryland researchers have tested organ delivery via aerial drone.

A Smartphone, New Software Could Help Save Infants Born Preterm

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

Duke University researchers have developed an automated method for determining the gestational age of newborns, which could be crucial in saving the lives of premature infants.

Catching Whisky Fakers

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers across Europe are applying multiple methods to combat food and beverage counterfeiting.

Brain-Computer Interface Lets Paralyzed People Control Tablet Devices

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

A brain-computer interface has enabled three people suffering from tetraplegia to control a commercial tablet computer with their thoughts.

Breaking the Code: Program Trains Young Adults for Computer Industry

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

A program sponsored by the Resilient Coders nonprofit is training young adults of color in the Boston area to break into the computer industry.

Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 12:00

Google researchers have unveiled an artificial intelligence system that can complete English sentences with human-like accuracy.

How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 11:28

Some of the most critical work in advancing China's technology goals takes place in a former cement factory in the middle of the country's heartland, far from the aspiring Silicon Valleys of Beijing and Shenzhen.

China's Application of AI Should Be a Sputnik Moment for the U.S. But Will It Be?

Mon, 11/26/2018 - 09:41

The U.S. is struggling to respond to this world-changing challenge.

NASA InSight Team on Course for Mars Touchdown

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 16:10

NASA's Mars Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport (InSight) spacecraft is on track for a soft touchdown on the surface of the Red Planet on Nov. 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

Silent and Simple Ion Engine Powers a Plane with No Moving Parts

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:52

Behind a thin white veil separating his makeshift lab from joggers at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology indoor track, aerospace engineer Steven Barrett recently test-flew the first-ever airplane powered with ionic wind thrusters—electric engines that generate momentum by creating and firing off charged particles.

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:45

China's plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points program by 2021 that assigns personalized ratings for each resident.

The Microscope Revolution that's Sweeping Through Materials Science

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 15:28

Scientists can't study what they can't measure, as David Muller knows only too well.

AI Is Watching Employee Expenses

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

AppZen has developed an artificial intelligence program that can identify dubious work expense claims and educate employees about travel and expense policies.

Just a Few Self-Driving Cars Stop Traffic Jams

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

University of California, Berkeley researchers demonstrated that a few self-driving cars can prevent traffic jams, and in some cases double the average speed of surrounding vehicles.

Research Teams Use Summit Supercomputer to Win Gordon Bell Prize

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have jointly been awarded ACM's Gordon Bell Prize for outstanding work in computer science.

Harvard Wants to School Congress About AI

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

Harvard Kennedy School's Dipayan Ghosh and former U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler have launched a new AI policy initiative aimed at educating U.S. politicians and policymakers about the potential, and the risks, of artificial intelligence.

CMU, Microsoft Join Forces to Advance Edge Computing Research

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 12:00

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Microsoft will collaborate to further edge computing via CMU's Living Edge Laboratory, a testbed for applications that produce large datasets and require intense processing with near-instant response times.

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Wed, 11/21/2018 - 10:34

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that tore away a veil of secrecy around broad surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, there have been shifts in both technology and policy that have changed the center of gravity for personal electronic privacy in the United States and around the world.

Amazon Launches 'Alexa-Hosted Skills' for Voice App Developers

Tue, 11/20/2018 - 12:00

Amazon has launched a new service aimed at Alexa developers that automatically provisions and helps them to manage a set of Amazon Web Services cloud resources for their Alexa skill's backend service.
 

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