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NASA's InSight Places First Instrument on Mars

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 14:25

NASA's InSight lander has deployed its first instrument onto the surface of Mars, completing a major mission milestone. New images from the lander show the seismometer on the ground, its copper-colored covering faintly illuminated in the Martian dusk.

Computer Hardware for 3D Games Could Hold the Key to Replicating the Brain

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed what they describe as the fastest, most energy-efficient simulation of part of a rat brain, using off-the-shelf computer hardware.

A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical Uses

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00

Slow uptake of driverless passenger services is spurring the autonomous industry to experiment with offerings like food deliveries from small, self-driving vehicles.

Meet 'Millie' the Avatar. She'd Like to Sell You a Pair of Sunglasses

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00

A Canadian startup has created a life-size digital avatar to help retail brands looking for ways to boost falling in-store sales in the face of growing competition from e-commerce.

Network Orchestration: SLU Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00

Saint Louis University researchers have proposed a sound-based traffic-management solution for network orchestration.

Then One Foggy Christmas Eve, Reindeers Got Connected

Fri, 12/21/2018 - 12:00

Reindeer herders in Finland are fitting their animals with Internet-connected collars to keep track of their whereabouts in the wilderness, using a mobile app.

How Computers Got Shockingly Good at Recognizing Images

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 17:02

Right now, I can open up Google Photos, type "beach," and see my photos from various beaches I've visited over the last decade.

Robot Hand That Plays Jingle Bells Could Help Make Better Limbs

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 13:17

It's not the best version of Jingle Bells you'll ever hear—it's being played by a rubber robot hand. But the hand could point the way to better designs for robot limbs.

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 12:51

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities.

Deep Learning Technique Reveals 'Invisible' Objects in the Dark

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:56

Engineers used a deep neural network to train a computer to reconstruct transparent objects from images captured in almost total darkness.

Hyundai Develops Fingerprint Tech to Unlock and Start Cars

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:56

Hyundai Motor has developed a system that will allow drivers to unlock and start their vehicles using only their fingerprints.

Synthesizing Natural Products With a Computational Step Saver

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:56

Yale University researchers have reduced the number of steps needed to synthesize two natural anticancer products, using a strategy for computational analysis in organic chemistry.

Students Win High-Performance Computing Competition

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:56

A team of students from the University of Cape Town in South Africa took first place in the Student Cluster Competition.

Consumer Rating Algorithms Score Big with Businesses, Governments

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 11:23

Businesses, universities, and governments increasingly are turning to algorithms to make crucial decisions about how to treat customers and citizens.

Microsoft Issues Emergency Patch for Zero-day Flaw in the IE Browser

Thu, 12/20/2018 - 09:49

CVE-2018-8653 must be patched manually for now.

Getting the Dirt on Creation, Inside OSIRIS-REx's First Close Look at Bennu

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 15:11

Last week at the fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) the science team of NASA's OSIRIS-REx mission presented their first findings from the asteroid, Bennu. As expected, the spacecraft had uncovered evidence of liquid water in Bennu's past.

Sydney Motorists Using Mobile Phones Will Be Snapped in Camera Trial

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:00

Drivers who illegally use mobile phones while driving will have their pictures taken along several motorways in Sydney, Australia, in a pilot of new high-tech cameras.

Nurse Robot Moxi Gets Schooled by Texas Nurses

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:00

A robot designed to test collaborative automation integration in a working medical facility recently concluded its first real-world trial in a Texas hospital.

Brazil Could Save More Species at Half the Cost With New Forest Restoration Plan

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:00

An international research team developed customized software to determine the best strategy for Brazilian reforestation efforts.

How a Personality Trait Puts You at Risk for Cybercrime

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:00

A new study found that people with low self-control are more susceptible to malware attacks.

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