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Make People Valuable Again

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:26

David Nordfors and Vint Cerf suggest that innovation can, and should, make people more valuable.

The New Face of Law Enforcement

Tue, 11/06/2018 - 11:12

Facial recognition and augmented reality are changing the way law enforcement agencies investigate crime, but there are important privacy issues to consider.

Machine Learning Spots Natural Selection at Work in Human Genome

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:18

Pinpointing where and how the human genome is evolving can be like hunting for a needle in a haystack.

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 16:08

In 2015, the U.S. Naval Academy decided that its graduates needed to return to the past and learn how to navigate using the stars.

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:26

Nearly two-thirds of the social media bots with political activity on Twitter before the 2016 U.S. presidential election supported Donald Trump.

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a visual analytics tool that dramatically speeds up forensic email investigations and highlights critical links within email data.

'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are about to launch a supercomputer designed to mimic the human brain.

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

The Canadian restaurant industry has been more significantly transformed by technology in the last five years than in the preceding 50.

How to Encode a Secret Message in a Fingerprint

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a method for constructing digital fingerprints that encode secret messages into the spiral points on the prints.

Intel CPUs Fall to New Hyperthreading Exploit That Pilfers Crypto Keys

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 09:23

Side-channel leak in Skylake and Kaby Lake chips probably affects AMD CPUs, too.

English Has the Scientific Edge, for Now 

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 15:25

For centuries, science was a multilingual affair, powered by French, German, English and other tongues. But since the early 1970s, English has become the undisputed lingua franca of scientific papers, conferences, and discourse.

Wormholes Could be Portals to Other Universes

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 14:15

Wormholes are theoretical objects that could serve as portals between two points in space and time. Some believe they could even act as passageways to other universes. But if one did exist, what would it look like?

An AI Lie Detector Will Interrogate Travelers at Some EU Borders

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:00

An artificial intelligence-based lie detector system will be used on international travelers during a six-month pilot program at border crossings in Hungary, Latvia, and Greece.

Travel Industry Brings Innovative Technology Along for the Ride

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:00

Travel and tourism firms are deploying next-generation technologies such as robots, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality to improve the traveler experience.

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:00

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

University of Tokyo Team Performs Most Complex Earthquake Simulation to Date

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have created a record-setting earthquake wave simulation.

NASA Astronauts Will Get to Use This Extraterrestrial Supercomputer

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 12:00

A standard Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Apollo 4000-series business computer is being used to conduct science experiments on the International Space Station.

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee

Fri, 11/02/2018 - 09:32

The World Wide Web inventor says Silicon Valley firms have too much clout and 'optimism has cracked'.

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