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What Complex Technology Can Learn From Simple Ants

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

Ants' pheromone-laying and -following behavior has inspired an algorithm that uses artificial ants in a virtual environment to solve optimization problems.

Quantum Clouds Leap Ahead

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 12:00

D-Wave offers access to a cloud-based quantum application environment.

Spectre, Meltdown Researchers Unveil 7 More Speculative Execution Attacks

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 10:58

Systematic analysis reveals a range of new issues and a need for new mitigations.

FDA Approves First HoloLens Augmented Reality System for Surgical Use

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:34

The technology projects two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and four-dimensional 2D, 3D and 4D images of patients interactively by overlaying them onto the patient's body.

Say Au Revoir to that Hunk of Metal in France that Has Defined the Kilogram 

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:29

The world is about to say au revoir to Le Grand K, a cylinder of platinum and iridium that has long reigned over the world's system of weight measurement.

Where Will Science Take Us? To the Stars

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:41

After 30 hours of bumping along on planes and buses, at long last I stood in the darkness and gazed upon an immense night sky.

To Keep Old Growth Out of New Shirts, Fashion Turns to Technology

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00

Clothing brands collaborated with a Canadian nonprofit to build a website that can identify forests that should be kept pristine, to make supply chains less ecologically destructive.

Scientists Improve Smartphone Battery Life by Up to 60%

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00

Researchers in the U.K. have developed a way to improve the battery life of mobile devices, by minimizing the power consumption of mobile apps by up to 60%.

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.

New Way to Cool Computer Chips Involves Laser Metal Printing

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00

A new manufacturing technique can keep electronics cooler by as much as 18 degrees Fahrenheit, allowing faster, more efficient computation.

Eye-Tracking Technology Could Help AR

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00

Dartmouth College researchers have developed battery-free eye-tracking glasses that could enhance augmented reality technologies.

Upgraded U.S. Supercomputers Claim Top 2 Spots on Top500 List

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:00

U.S. supercomputers are now ranked in first and second place on the latest Top500 list, due to upgrades.

'Reprogrammed' Stem Cells Implanted Into Patient with Parkinson's Disease

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 11:04

Japanese neurosurgeons have implanted 'reprogrammed' stem cells into the brain of a patient with Parkinson's disease for the first time.

NASA's ARIA Maps California Wildfires from Space

Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:06

California continues to be plagued by wildfires, including the Woolsey Fire near Los Angeles and the Camp Fire in Northern California, now one of the deadliest in the state's history. NASA satellites are observing these fires—and the damage they're leaving behind—from space.

Pitt Researcher Uses Video Games to Unlock New Levels of AI

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:54

The University of Pittsburgh's Daniel Jiang has developed algorithms that learn decision strategies in complex and uncertain environments, and tests them on video games.

Computers + Collaboration = Student Learning, According to New Meta-Analysis

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:54

An international research team analyzed 425 studies conducted since 2000 and concluded computers that support student collaboration beneficially affect learning.

New Attacks on Graphics Processors Endanger User Privacy

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:54

University of California, Riverside scientists have determined how hackers can exploit graphics processing units to expose private data.

Researchers Rev Up Review of Peer Review

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:51

Although the global scientific community is becoming more diverse, developing ways to make certain peer reviewers are true "peers" is lagging behind.

Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 11:14
E-commerce giant is expected to make announcement on HQ2 cities as soon as Tuesday.

Social Media Companies Grapple with New Forms of Political Misinformation

Mon, 11/12/2018 - 13:51

Social media companies are struggling to contain new forms of political misinformation on their platforms that bubbled up during this year's midterm elections.