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DARPA Launches Subterranean Challenge to Improve Underground Ops

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:00

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency Subterranean Challenge asks participants to develop systems that could help humans map, traverse, and search underground locations.

Psychedelic Toasters Fool Image Recognition Tech

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say they have created psychedelic stickers that can fool image-recognition software into seeing objects that do not exist.

Your Phone Will Know You Better Than Your Friends Do, U of T Researcher Predicts

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:00

Richard Zemel at the University of Toronto in Canada discusses artificial intelligence developments he anticipates for the year ahead.

Physicists Take First Step Toward Cell-Sized Robots

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say they have developed a microscale robot exoskeleton that can quickly change its shape upon sensing chemical or thermal changes in the surrounding environment.

Meltdown and Spectre: Here's What Intel, Apple, Microsoft, Others Are Doing about It

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 10:14

The Meltdown and Spectre flaws—two related vulnerabilities that enable a wide range of information disclosure from every mainstream processor, with particularly severe flaws for Intel and some ARM chips—were originally revealed privately to chip companies, operating system developers, and cloud computing providers.

Russia and Venezuela's Plan to Sidestep Sanctions: Virtual Currencies

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:47

Russian and Venezuelan officials are hoping virtual currencies can help their countries make an end run around American sanctions.

Hierarchical Opportunistic Routing With Moderate Clustering for Ad Hoc Networks

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo have developed a novel routing paradigm that is a broadcast-based forwarding scheme and does not rely on a specific route to improve route diversity and end-to-end reliability.

A Giant Technical Leap in Speech Recognition

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas are developing speech-processing technology to transcribe audio conversations between astronauts, mission-control specialists, and back-room support staff during the Apollo moon missions. 

To Explore Cures for Diseases Like Alzheimer's, MSU Researchers Massage Brain Cells

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:00

Researchers at Montana State University are gently stretching small branches of individual rat neurons with magnets to gain insights on brain function and deterioration in the pursuit of new treatments and cures for degenerative brain disorders.

Login Managers Abused by Third-Party Scripts for Tracking Purposes

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 13:00

Researchers at Princeton University have found that Web trackers are exploiting browser login managers, and that a long-known vulnerability is being abused by third-party scripts for tracking websites.

A Critical Intel Flaw Breaks Basic Security for Most Computers

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 10:44

One of the most basic premises of computer security is isolation: If you run somebody else's sketchy code as an untrusted process on your machine, you should restrict it to its own tightly sealed playpen.

The Labs that Protect Against Online Warfare

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 19:39

Several months after the WannaCry cyber-attack, much of the world still seems to be asleep to the potential catastrophic effects of cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure systems.

How Do You Vote? 50 Million Google Images Give a Clue

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 17:26

What vehicle is most strongly associated with Republican voting districts? Extended-cab pickup trucks. For Democratic districts? Sedans.

Deep Learning Sharpens Views of Cells and Genes

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 16:51

Eyes are said to be the window to the soul—but researchers at Google see them as indicators of a person's health.

Wisdom of the Crowd Accurately Predicts Supreme Court Decisions

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say they have analyzed how well crowdsourcing can predict decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court by crunching data from the online FantasySCOTUS league.

Does Your Phone Know If You're Sick?

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:00

A Notre Dame University professor suggests in the next two years there will be significant progress in incorporating software into smartphones to assess one's health.

It's Time to Weave Computational Thinking Into K-12

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:00

A new study stresses the need for computational thinking to be integrated across K-12 school curriculums.

How an AI 'Cat-and-Mouse Game' Generates Believable Fake Photos

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:00

A new artificial intelligence system analyzes thousands of celebrity photos, infers common patterns, and generates new images that are similar.

AI Early Diagnosis Could Save Heart and Cancer Patients

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 12:00

Ultromics is a new artificial intelligence system that can diagnose heart scans with much greater accuracy than conventional methods, picking up details physicians may overlook.

Feeling Sounds, Hearing Sights

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

A new wave of sensory substitution devices work to assist people who are blind or deaf.

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