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Single-Photon Detector Can Count to Four

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated that a widely used method of detecting single photons can also count the presence of at least four photons at a time.

WPI and UConn Researchers Create an App to Predict and Intervene in Users' Overeating

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:00

SlipBuddy is a smartphone application designed to help users manage their overeating by tracking eating patterns, providing interventions, and helping change behavior.

Could Bitcoin Technology Help Science?

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 17:23

The much-hyped technology behind Bitcoin, known as blockchain, has intoxicated investors around the world and is now making tentative inroads into science, spurred by broad promises that it can transform key elements of the research enterprise.

AI Tutoring: Genius on My Shoulder

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:14

Students are being given access to an incredibly smart digital friend with unlimited patience, programmed to sense the best way to impart knowledge.

Artificial Intelligence, NASA Data Used to Discover Eighth Planet Circling Distant Star

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 14:08

Our solar system now is tied for most number of planets around a single star, with the recent discovery of an eighth planet circling Kepler-90, a Sun-like star 2,545 light years from Earth. The planet was discovered in data from NASA's Kepler Space Telescope.

AUS Students Develop Device to Reduce Car Mishaps

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have designed and developed a smart system to lower the rate of car accidents.

The Hard Math Behind Bitcoin's Global Warming Problem

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:00

A recent report calculated that the global electricity consumption of bitcoin mining would exceed that of the U.S. by July 2019, and of the entire world by November 2020.

Error-Free Into the Quantum Computer Age

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Swansea University in Wales, U.K., led an international team in demonstrating that conventional ion-trap technologies are suitable for building large-scale quantum computers.

Researchers Use WWII Code-Breaking Techniques to Interpret Brain Data

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have applied cryptanalysis methods dating from the second World War to decode motor neuron activity and interpret brain data in monkeys.

Engineers Program Tiny Robots to Move, Think Like Insects

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are studying a new type of programming that mimics an insect's brain functions.

Stealth Turns 40: Looking Back at the First Flight of Have Blue

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 10:28

On December 1, 1977, a truly strange bird took flight for the first time in the skies over a desolate corner of Nevada.

The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:09

To participate in today's global economy, ordinary people must accept an asymmetrical bargain: their lives are transparent to states, banks and corporations, whereas the behavior and inner workings of the powerful actors are kept hidden.

Sierras Lost Water Weight, Grew Taller During Drought

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:00

Loss of water from the rocks of California's Sierra Nevada caused the mountain range to rise nearly an inch (24 millimeters) in height during the drought years from October 2011 to October 2015, a new NASA study finds.

Social Media Trends Can Predict Tipping Points in Vaccine Scares

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada found analyzing trends on Twitter and Google helped predict vaccine scares.

Artificial Intelligence Is Killing the Uncanny Valley and Our Grasp on Reality

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00

As deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies advance, the "Uncanny Valley"--the unease people feel toward realistic computer-generated humans--is beginning to abate.

How to Find the Truth on Twitter

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a framework to evaluate whether an event reported on Twitter is a likely witness account.

People Don't Trust Driverless Cars. Researchers Are Trying to Change That

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00

Industrial and academic researchers are attempting to overcome consumers' distrust of autonomous vehicles.

Is Peer Review Fair When It Is Not Blinded?

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00

Researchers found that when reviewers know who did the work on a paper and where, it shaped their judgment.

How the Loss of Net Neutrality Could Change the Internet

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 18:17

The repeal of net neutrality ushers in a new chapter of the internet that could eventually transform the way Americans communicate, shop and consume information online.

Unprecedented Malware Targets Industrial Safety Systems in the Middle East

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:38

Since Stuxnet first targeted and destroyed uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran last decade, the cybersecurity world has waited for the next step in that digital arms race: Another piece of malicious software designed specifically to enable the damage or destruction of industrial equipment.

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