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Smartphone Science

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

A new generation of portable scientific instruments is taking shape, thanks to mobile processors and innovative data-gathering techniques.

The New Jobs

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 00:00

As automation takes on more and more tasks, what will human workers do?

Scientists Are Designing Artisanal Proteins for Your Body

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:11

Our bodies make roughly 20,000 different kinds of proteins, from the collagen in our skin to the hemoglobin in our blood. Some take the shape of molecular sheets. Others are sculpted into fibers, boxes, tunnels, even scissors.

Physics Found Gravitational Waves. Now Come the Existential Questions

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:02

On September 14, 2015, at 3:50 AM Central time, a tiny vibration shuddered down the 2.5-mile-long arms of a massive machine in Livingston, Louisiana.

A 'STEM' Parent Boosts Girls' Participation in Science Degrees

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the universities of Michigan and Arkansas recently conducted a study showing that having one parent or guardian work in a STEM field makes it more likely for girls to enroll in a "hard sciences" college degree program. 

Twitter + Citizen Science + AI = Improved Flood Data Collection

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Dundee in the U.K. are developing an early-warning system for flood-prone communities using a combination of Twitter, citizen science, and artificial intelligence techniques. 

Can Computers Help Us Synthesize New Materials?

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:00

Following their proposal of a neural network-based artificial intelligence system that sifts through scientific papers and finds "recipes" for specific types of materials, researchers at MIT say they have developed an AI that identifies consistent higher-level patterns across recipes. 

Machine Learning Will Change Jobs

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 13:00

Carnegie Mellon University professor Tom Mitchell and MIT's Erik Brynjolfsson expect machine-learning computer systems to have a transformative economic impact, and have outlined 21 criteria for assessing whether a task or occupation is amenable to machine learning. 

Cracking the Brain's Enigma Code

Thu, 12/28/2017 - 11:01

Brain-controlled prosthetic devices have the potential to dramatically improve the lives of people with limited mobility resulting from injury or disease.

The Robots Are Coming, and Sweden Is Fine

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 20:24

From inside the control room carved into the rock more than half a mile underground, Mika Persson can see the robots on the march, supposedly coming for his job here at the New Boliden mine.

Blockchain Pumping New Life Into Old-School Companies Like IBM

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:03

Blockchain is getting bigger at Big Blue.

Metal Printing Offers Low-Cost Way to Make Flexible, Stretchable Electronics

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method for directly printing metal circuits, creating flexible, stretchable electronics.

Watch Robots Do Chin-Ups, Push-Ups, and Sit-Ups for the Sake of Science

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00

A team of Japanese researchers has developed Kengoro and Kenshiro, two humanoid robots that can perform push-ups, do crunches, stretch, and even sweat while exercising. With human-like movements, the robots could help scientists better understand how the human body moves. 

Researchers Discover a Valleytronics Route Towards Reversible Computer

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the Singapore University of Technology and Design have detailed a solid working design of a valleytronic logic gate that executes the full set of two-input Boolean logics. 

Quick-Learning Neural Network Powered by Memristors

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Michigan say they have invented a memristor-assembled reservoir computing system that reduces training time and enhances the capacity of similar neural networks.

Scientists Develop Method to Track Human Movements More Accurately

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the North China Institute of Aerospace Engineering, Hefei University of Technology in China, and the University of North Texas have developed a data-driven method to better detect and track human movements for use in a wide range of technologies.

Hacked Dog Pics Can Play Tricks on Computer Vision AI

Wed, 12/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at MIT have demonstrated a new way to fool computer vision algorithms that enable artificial intelligence systems to see. 

Finalists in NASA's Spacecraft Sweepstakes: A Drone on Titan, and a Comet-Chaser

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:48

Would you like NASA to fly a drone across Saturn's largest moon, or to send a probe to collect samples from a duck-shaped comet?

Can America's Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? 

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 16:39

Last month, federal agencies and utility executives held GridEx IV, a biennial event where officials responsible for hundreds of local utilities game out scenarios in which North America's power grid could fail.

Science Application Developers Share Pioneering Strategies for Exascale Computing

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:00

Three U.S. Department of Energy scientists discuss providing scalability and performance portability to prepare for exascale computing. 

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