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Collaborative Software Development Made Easy

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 11:18

Sebastian Neubert, a particle physicist at Heidelberg University in Germany, leads a group studying subatomic particles called pentaquarks. The six team members all have access to the software code used to run their multi-step analyses, and the programmers update it daily with new features and bug fixes.

Scientists in Mexico Scramble to Deploy Seismic Sensors

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 10:08

Late one night in September, Victor Cruz, a geophysicist at Mexico's National Autonomous University, submitted an article to a scientific journal describing progress on a network of underwater seismic sensors to be deployed off Mexico's Pacific coast.

How a 130-Year-Old Technology Led to a Nobel Prize

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:09

In 1887, Albert Michelson built an experiment that he hoped would lead to the detection of luminiferous ether.

Office of Naval Research Awards UW-Madison $6.1 Million for Computer Security Research

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:28

The U.S. Office of Naval Research has awarded a $6.1-million grant to a University of Wisconsin-Madison containerization project associated with software security, manageability, and performance.

Southampton Experts to Trial 'Instant' Test for Eye Infections

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:28

A new microchip can quickly identify serious eye infections and prevent antibiotic misuse by analyzing bacteria from laboratory-infected tissue samples.

UMD-Led Project Awarded NSF Grant to Study Big Data Ethics

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:28

The Pervasive Data Ethics for Computational Research project is using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to study ethical issues related to user consent, risk assessment, and regulations.

E-Commerce Supports Data-Driven Economic Development

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 11:33

The integration of "pure play" e-commerce and brick-and-mortar goods and services is accelerating.

Russian Facebook Ads Showed a Black Woman Firing a Rifle, Amid Efforts to Stoke Racial Strife

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:21

One of the Russian-bought advertisements that Facebook shared with congressional investigators on Monday featured photographs of an armed black woman "dry firing" a rifle—pulling the trigger of the weapon without a bullet in the chamber, according to people familiar with the investigation.

Risk of Human-Triggered Earthquakes Laid Out in Biggest-Ever Database

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 10:11

From mining projects to oil and gas operations, human activity has set off earthquakes around the world and in many geological settings.

Understanding Ethereum, Bitcoin's Virtual Cousin

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:58

Bitcoin has many cousins and competitors. None have grown more popular than Ethereum, a global computer network with its own virtual currency, called Ether.

Trump's Top Science Adviser Job Vacant Eight Months After Inauguration

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 13:44

President Donald Trump has yet to choose a top science adviser, and a former director of the White House Office of Science and Technology is raising an alarm about what he calls the "very sizable vacuum" that persists in the science-advisory realm under Trump.

Chip Reprograms Cells to Regenerate Damaged Tissue

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:02

The ability to convert, or "reprogram" cells into other types has raised hopes for regenerating damaged limbs and organs. But existing methods are risky or inefficient and have been tried only on laboratory animals.

In Plain Sight

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have found deep neural networks can be superior to humans in conducting visual searches, because the networks do not overlook mis-scaled targets.

Sebastian Thrun Talks Flying Cars, Automated Teaching, and an AI Arms Race With China

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00

Google moonshot lab X co-founder Sebastian Thrun says flying cars are ready to be built, given advances in unmanned drone technology.

The Ridiculous Amount of Energy It Takes to Run Bitcoin

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00

Keeping bitcoin running via the process of "mining" consumes a staggering amount of electricity, and experts are investigating energy-saving solutions.

The Benefits and Risks of Using Talking Software to Address Mental Health

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00

Stanford University scholars Adam Miner, Arnold Milstein, and Jeff Hancock discuss the growing use of conversational software programs as a tool in mental health therapy.

Are Computers Already Smarter Than Humans?

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00

In some respects, computers can be more intelligent than humans in terms of learning and problem solving, according to experts.

The State of Women in Computer Science

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:00

Several factors are preventing women from pursuing and persisting in computer science majors.

3D-Printing Human Body Parts

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 00:00

Bioprinting has generated bones, cartilage, and some muscles; hearts and livers are still years away.

Digital Hearing

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 00:00

Advances in audio processing help separate the conversation from background noise.