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Preparing the First Fully Programmable Wireless Network

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at Rice University, Texas Southern, the University of Michigan, and the University of Utah are developing the world's first fully programmable and observable wireless communications network in Salt Lake City.

Want Computers to See Better in the Real World? Train Them in a Virtual Reality

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00

Chinese researchers have developed a new method for improving how computers "see" and "understand" real-world objects by training their vision systems in virtual reality.

Twenty-Four EU Countries Sign Artificial Intelligence Pact in Bid to Compete With U.S. & China

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00

Twenty-four countries in the European Union recently signed a declaration to collaborate on a "European approach" to artificial intelligence so they can compete with bigger U.S. and Chinese technology firms.

Yarn-Like Rechargeable Zinc Battery Could Power Smart Clothes and Wearables

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00

In a development that could lead to washable, sensor-laden smart clothes and wearable electronics, researchers at the City University of Hong Kong have molded a rechargeable zinc-ion battery into an elastic yarn.

How the University of Sheffield Uses GPUs to Supercharge Simulations

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Sheffield are increasingly relying on graphics-processing unit (GPU) technology to supercharge their work with complex system simulations.

A Long-Awaited IoT Crisis Is Here, and Many Devices Aren't Ready

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 15:41

You know by now that Internet of Things devices like your router are often vulnerable to attack, the industry-wide lack of investment in security leaving the door open to a host of abuses. Worse still, known weaknesses and flaws can hang around for years after their initial discovery.

Pressure Building for Rules of Engagement for Cyberwarfare

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:46

The call for an international legal framework governing cyberwarfare is gaining momentum.

Building Better Maps for the Disability Community

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 13:28

Occupational therapist turned disability rights activist Alanna Raffel has spent her career thinking about accessibility. So for her 30th birthday last year, she turned her passion into action.

Smartphone App Can Help Doctors Track Severity of Parkinson's Symptoms

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:00

HopkinsPD uses smartphone sensors to reliably score symptom severity in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Technology Earns Smart 50 Award

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have won a Smart 50 Award for one of the 50 "most transformative smart projects each year."

Using Biomimicry to Detect Outbreaks Faster

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have been working to enhance the U.S. biosurveillance system, which alerts authorities to disease outbreaks.

Computing Gets Foggy

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:53

Fog computing offers a more effective way to address the challenges of distributed systems and Internet of Things devices.

Mercury in Retrograde Now, Stumping Scientists Always

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 10:33

Until April 15, here's a convenient excuse for any troubles in your life: It's all the fault of a quirk of the planetary dance that constantly unfolds across our solar system.

A Tough Task for Facebook: European-Type Privacy for All

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 14:47

Next month, a comprehensive new data protection law goes into effect in the European Union, placing greater requirements on how companies like Facebook and Google handle users' personal information. It also strengthens individuals' rights to control the collection and use of their data.

Crypto Crumpling Could Solve the Encryption Conundrum

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say a new encryption method that maximizes mobile device security for users still gives authorities a way to gain "exceptional access" in special circumstances.

Ancient Paper Art Poised to Improve Smart Clothing

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have used kirigami in their execution of a project to build malleable electronic circuits, which could enhance smart apparel.

Smart Ink Adds New Dimensions to 3D Printing

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

A new smart ink turns three-dimensionally-printed structures into objects that change shape and color.

Researchers Devise Novel Laser Steering for Autonomous Cars

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say they have discovered a novel laser light sensing technology that is more robust and less expensive than conventional systems.

A 200-Year-Old Idea Offers a New Way to Trace Stolen Bitcoins

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are using an 1816 legal precedent to track down stolen bitcoins.

Migration Forecasts Could Help Prevent Wind Turbines and Buildings From Killing Millions of Birds

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 12:00

A team of researchers have constructed a computer model of weather and bird migration to help prevent bird deaths by wind farms and buildings.

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