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Beijing Launches Pioneering Brain-Science Centre

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 19:29

Beijing has announced plans to build a brain-science centre that will rival in size some of the world's largest neuroscience organizations. It will also serve as a core facility for the country's long-awaited brain project—China's version of the high-profile brain-science initiatives under way elsewhere in the world.

A Brain-Boosting Prosthesis Moves From Rats to Humans

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 10:18

The shape on the screen appears only briefly—just long enough for the test subject to commit it to memory. At the same time, an electrical signal snakes past the bony perimeter of her skull, down through a warm layer of gray matter toward a batch of electrodes near the center of her brain.

The Quest to Map the Mysteries of the Ocean Floor

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:39

Geologists have charted mountain ranges and forests and desert tundras, astronomers the heavens above, yet our planet's oceans remain largely unexplored; it's often said that we have a more complete understanding of the Moon or Mars than we do of our own seabed.

Your Alexa and Fitbit Can Testify Against You in Court

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 13:09

Ross Compton had no idea his pacemaker would finger him for arson.

How Human is Your Robot?

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 10:06

A Brown University team develops a way to 'score' robots for being more (or less) like people.

The Next NSA Chief Is More Used to Cyberwar Than Spy Games

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:32

After sailing through two friendly Senate hearings—one so uncontroversial that only six senators tops bothered to even show up at any given point in the hour—Lieutenant General Paul Nakasone seems set for confirmation as the next director of the National Security Agency.

John Bolton, Cyber Warrior

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 17:21

John Bolton has spent years imploring the U.S. to go on the attack in cyberspace—a stance that some digital warfare experts caution could set up the nation for a conflict it would be better off avoiding.

Hubble Uncovers the Farthest Star Ever Seen

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:36

More than halfway across the universe, an enormous blue star nicknamed Icarus is the farthest individual star ever seen.

Blue Waters Supercomputer Brings Subatomic Resolution to Computational Microscope

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

A new "computational microscope" can model the atomic and subatomic forces driving molecular interactions.

Quantum Computing Can Go Chemical With Molecular Qubits

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

Northwestern University researchers are making qubits out of organometallic molecules.

Digital Life Team Creates Animated 3D Models of Sea Turtles From Live Specimens

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

The Digital Life team at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst has unveiled three-dimensional models of a loggerhead and a green sea turtle.

Deep Learning, Artificial Intelligence Leading the Way to Smart Houses

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are studying deep learning, with a focus on improving medical imaging and advancing the future of truly smart houses that will perform manual labor for occupants.

Twisting Graphene Into Spirals

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

Researchers in Japan have synthesized helical nanographene, a breakthrough that could lead to nanoscale induction coils and molecular springs for use in nanomechanics.

What People See in 157 Robot Faces

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

A study of robot faces across 76 dimensions found that robots whose faces were rated less-friendly lacked a mouth and pupils, but had eyelids.

DevOps, Machine Learning Dominate Technology Opportunities This Year

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

Programming languages and frameworks associated with DevOps and machine learning are on the rise, and developers working in these areas garner the highest salaries.

MIT Professor Who Developed Wi-Fi-like Device That 'Sees Through Walls' to Receive ACM Prize in Computing

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Dina Katabi has been named recipient of the 2017 ACM Prize in Computing.

Scientists Use AI to Predict Biological Age Based on Smartphone, Wearables Data

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 12:00

Researchers in Russia have demonstrated that physical activity data obtained from wearable computing devices can be used to generate digital biomarkers of aging and frailty.

Military Documents Reveal How the US Army Plans to Deploy AI in Future Wars

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:27

Tomorrow's wars will be fought with a lethal combination of soldiers, drones, and AI-powered systems. The Internet of Battle Things, as it's being called, is a vast battlefield network of machines and humans—and the US Army is working to make it a reality.

Robots Augment Surgeons

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 12:17

Automation that helps doctors perform surgery also will help them learn to be better surgeons.