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Overcoming a Battery's Fatal Flaw

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:49

Researchers are using the Stampede and Lonestar supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to develop next-generation lithium-metal batteries.

Future Electric Cars Could Recharge Wirelessly While You Drive

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:49

Researchers are working on the development of electric vehicles that one day may be able to charge while driving, by drawing wireless power from plates installed in the road.

Companies Seek Ways to Hold On to Customer Data Under New EU Privacy Law

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 16:36

Nicholas Oliver gathers reams of personal information about users of his mobile app: age, sex, location, profession, relationship status, and more—and uses it to send them targeted advertising.

'Marsquakes' Could Shake Up Planetary Science

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 15:08

Starting next year, scientists will get their first look deep below the surface of Mars.

The Scant Science Behind Cambridge Analytica's Controversial Marketing Techniques 

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 14:44

The practices of Cambridge Analytica, a data-analytics firm involved in US President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign, have made headlines around the world this month.

Weird Magnetic Behavior Could Improve Computer Memory

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:00

A new study suggests an unusual magnetic phenomenon could yield efficient, low-power computer memory.

Mobile Apps Could Hold Key to Parkinson's Research, Care

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:00

Smartphone software and technology can furnish an objective measure of the progression of Parkinson's disease symptoms.

Princeton Senior Uses Big Data to Examine Global Digital Gender Gap

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:00

A Princeton University student used Facebook's advertising audience estimates to reveal insights on the global digital gender gap.

Deep Learning Model as Accurate as Radiologists Determining Age of Child Bones

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated that a deep learning convolutional network model can estimate bone age as well as human radiologists.

Earbud Translators: Not Perfect, Still Handy

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 11:48

Utility is high, even though the translations may be limited.

Are We Already Living in Virtual Reality?

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 14:28

Thomas Metzinger had his first out-of-body experience when he was nineteen.

A Needle in a Legal Haystack Could Sink a Major Supreme Court Privacy Case

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 13:35

It looks like one of the marquee cases before the U.S. Supreme Court is about to go bust—sabotaged by a needle in a legislative haystack.

Could These Grain-Sized Computers Using Blockchain Networks Thwart Counterfeiters?

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00

IBM researchers have developed granular microcomputers that could work with a blockchain electronic ledger to verify and track any product.

UCR Researchers Take Up Fight Against Fake News

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00

Researchers are developing ways to address problems in social network analysis, including dissemination of malicious misinformation.

Atomically Thin Light-Emitting Device Opens the Possibility for 'Invisible' Displays

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00

Engineers have built a millimeters-wide bright-light-emitting device that is fully transparent when deactivated.

How Twitter Bots Help Fuel Political Feuds

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00

Researchers in the U.S. and China are studying a "misinformation network" related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Meet the Robot That Can Mimic Human Emotion

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00

Charles is a robot that can mimic human facial expressions.

Computers Made From Human Cells Could Tell You When You're Sick

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 12:00

Researchers say they have created the world's most complex biological computer, a group of engineered cells that could be implanted into the human body.

What Lies Beneath: The Things Facebook Knows Go Beyond User Data

Wed, 03/28/2018 - 10:32

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica revelations regarding the exposure of profile data for millions of users, Facebook is now facing an investigation into its data-collection practices by the Federal Trade Commission.

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