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NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 16:32

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets—more planets even than stars—NASA's Kepler space telescope has run out of fuel needed for further science operations. NASA has decided to retire the spacecraft within its current, safe orbit, away from Earth.

Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:40

In the winter of 1994, a young man in his early twenties named Tim was a patient in a London psychiatric hospital.

NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are using $1.1-million U.S. National Institutes of Health grant to develop a student's system for guiding the blind into an iPhone app.

New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:00

A new covert defense algorithm employs evasive tactics to deceive cyberattackers targeting critical systems from within.

AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 12:00

A machine learning system taught itself the basics of video game design by watching videos of people playing games.

The Outlook for Superconducting Computers

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 11:47

Will superconductors outrace silicon?     

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 10:42

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an opportunity to make their voices heard, have a say in how their government is run and, if necessary, throw the bums out.

A.I. Is Helping Scientists Predict When and Where the Next Big Earthquake Will Be

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 16:48

Countless dollars and entire scientific careers have been dedicated to predicting where and when the next big earthquake will strike.

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 14:17

"I am convinced the devil lives in our phones."

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 14:15

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission.

The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 14:04

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agencies were spying on our data. One of the most striking revelations was that spies had tapped into fiber-optic cables to monitor the vast amounts of information flowing through them.

The US Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 14:04

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agencies were spying on our data. One of the most striking revelations was that spies had tapped into fiber-optic cables to monitor the vast amounts of information flowing through them.

Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is calling for researchers to specify the potentially negative societal aspects of artificial intelligence technologies, as well as their benefits.

Army Scientists Develop Computational Model to Predict Human Behavior

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have developed an analytic model to show how groups of people influence the behavior of individuals.

Tech Industry Lobby Proposes Data Privacy Laws; Critics Call Them Weak

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00

The Information Technology Industry Council has proposed a conceptual framework for legislation to protect consumer privacy and limit how personal data may be used.

Building a Fly Brain in a Computer

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have built a neural network that mimics the fruit fly's visual system, and can distinguish and re-identify flies.

Origami Cushions Protect Drones From Collisions

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have outfitted flying drones with lightweight, impact-absorbent cushioning inspired by origami to shield them from collisions.

Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 12:00

Almost 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan are using smartphone software applications on tablet computers to enable "digital play" among preschoolers.

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 10:30

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology.

IBM to Acquire Software Company Red Hat for $34 billion

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 09:53

The transaction, underscores IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty's efforts to expand the company's subscription-based software offerings as it faces slowing software sales and waning demand for mainframe servers.

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