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Huskie Hackers Developed Innovative Solutions to Health and Wellness Challenges

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:00

The 2017 Northern Illinois University Huskie Hack featured 269 student hackers who were tasked with developing solutions to health- and wellness-related challenges.

Next-Gen Flexible Robots Move and Heal Like Us

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are developing next-generation robots from soft materials that react to applied voltage with a wide range of motions.

Autonomous Construction Vehicles are Building the Future

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:38

Self-operated construction vehicles will gain traction long before self-driving cars.

Logging On to Public Wi-Fi Networks Is About to Get More Secure

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 10:20

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced a major change to Wi-Fi security.

‘It Can’t Be True.’ Inside the Semiconductor Industry’s Meltdown

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 08:54

Researchers uncover security holes too big to believe.

The Real Future of Work

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 16:07

In 2013, Diana Borland and 129 of her colleagues filed into an auditorium at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

NASA Sees First Direct Proof of Ozone Hole Recovery

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:55

For the first time, scientists have shown through direct observations of the ozone hole by a satellite instrument, built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, that levels of ozone-destroying chlorine are declining, resulting in less ozone depletion.

Triple Meltdown: How So Many Researchers Found a 20-Year-Old Chip Flaw At the Same Time

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 13:21

Four groups of researchers independently found the vulnerabilities behind the devastating Meltdown and Spectre attacks within months of each other.

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are using deep-learning convolutional neural networks to analyze retinal photos to predict a person's blood pressure, age, and smoking status.

Vision Teacher

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

Researchers in Germany are teaching intelligent algorithms to detect cars, pedestrians, and potentially dangerous objects in x-ray images from transportation security.

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

Tennessee electrical engineer Jonathan Pace has discovered the largest-ever prime number.

Engineers Make Wearable Sensors for Plants, Enabling Measurements of Water Use in Crops

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

New graphene-based sensors-on-tape can be attached to plants to collect data for scientists and farmers.

Cybersecurity in Self-Driving Cars

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

The Mcity Threat Identification Model is a new tool to help scientists analyze the likelihood of cybersecurity threats that must be overcome for autonomous and connected vehicles to be widely adopted.

Thinking Machines Going Mainstream

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 12:00

Experts predict cognitive computing will eventually become normalized as a routine behavioral component in newer systems.

Mathematicians Find Wrinkle in Famed Fluid Equations

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 11:19

The Navier-Stokes equations capture in a few succinct terms one of the most ubiquitous features of the physical world: the flow of fluids.

Computer Science Pioneer Bjarne Stroustrup to Receive the 2018 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engineering

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 10:01

The annual Draper Prize was established in 1988 to honor the memory of the "father of inertial navigation," and to increase public understanding of the contributions of engineering and technology.

Largest Prime Number Ever Found Has Over 23 Million Digits

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 17:00

Maths fans can't get enough of numbers that are millions of digits long and can only be divided by themselves and one. Now, through a collaborative effort, utilising computers distributed around the world, they've discovered that the number 277,232,917 – 1 is prime.

Do We Need a Tech Boom for the Elderly?

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 16:05

Joseph Coughlin has been director of the MIT AgeLab ever since he founded it in 1999. In his new bookThe Longevity Economy, he contends that old age—much like childhood, adolescence, and gender—is a social construct, and a modern one at that.

How A Researcher Hacked His Own Computer and Found 'Worst' Chip Flaw

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:04

The flaw, now named Meltdown, was revealed on Wednesday and affects most processors manufactured by Intel since 1995.

A Dead-Simple Algorithm Reveals the True Toll of Voter ID Laws

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to match individuals across government databases with nearly 100% accuracy by using a few basic identifiers.