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A Stepping Stone to STEM?

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:56

Engineering technology courses at community colleges are serving as a pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degrees and jobs.

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:37

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam seen as key to landing a lucrative white-collar job.

Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 14:53

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted light bending because of the gravity of a nearby white dwarf star—the first time astronomers have seen this type of distortion around a star other than the Sun. The finding once again confirms Einstein's general theory of relativity.

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 13:52

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

Researchers Use AI to Dramatically Increase Image Clarity Under Severe Conditions

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in Japan have developed technology that uses artificial intelligence to derive greater image visibility from devices such as thermal and x-ray cameras.

Catching the IMSI-Catchers: SeaGlass Brings Transparency to Cell Phone Surveillance

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:00

The SeaGlass system can spot cellular network anomalies that may signal where and when International Mobile Subscriber Identity-catchers are being used to pinpoint mobile phones, monitor conversations, or send spam.

Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated a method for stealing information by exploiting a network router's light-emitting diodes.

Natural Language Processing and Affective Computing

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:00

Natural-language processing uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to comprehend unstructured text and context.

Engineer Unveils New Spin on Future of Transistors With Novel Design

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a computing system made exclusively from carbon which they think could replace the silicon transistor.

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 12:00

Despite the technology industry's attempts to achieve gender equality, the sector suffers from chronic underrepresentation of women.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 11:49

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors Hendler for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access.

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:14

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and sometimes death.

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 10:05

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May, they handed over a copy of the document to the NSA to verify its authenticity.

Watch Google’s Igor Markov Explain How to Avoid the AI Apocalypse

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:56

Markov suggested steps be taken to separate powerful systems and have deficiencies built in to act as a kill switch.

We Use Big Data to Sentence Criminals. But Can the Algorithms Really Tell Us What We Need to Know?

Wed, 06/07/2017 - 09:43

Use of data-driven risk assessments in sentencing may be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 16:59

The limits of silicon have not been reached quite yet.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 16:38

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:50

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data, with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously unknown celestial objects in the last year. Of those, 28 were near-Earth objects, 64 were main belt asteroids and five were comets.

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 14:44

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Connecting the Bots: Researchers Uncover Invisible Influence on Social Media

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:24

Researchers have found Twitter "bots" can be driving forces behind dialogue in social movements.

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