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AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 12:00

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers devised a new way to automate the contouring of tumor volumes using artificial intelligence and deep neural networks.

Saving Lives with Aerial Drones

Thu, 05/24/2018 - 11:47

Aerial drone swarms could self-assemble into hovering rescue platforms.

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:47

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread.

Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 14:40

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.

Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00

Biotechnologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands used a computational method to convert aspartase to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination reactions.

UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00

An engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new three-dimensional printing method that can construct therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials.

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have deployed a network composed of platforms, weather stations, tributary monitors, and acoustic Doppler current profiles to attain information on the ecosystem of Lake George, NY.

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric walking patterns.

Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00

Australia has allocated $600,000 for the development of a roadmap for increasing engagement and participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math.

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 12:00

A "virtual safe space" tests the threats that face bumblebees.

ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards

Wed, 05/23/2018 - 09:49

Three leaders honored for their contributions to computer ethics, education, and public policy.

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:37

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 14:07

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:50

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:50

Cornell University researchers have developed an energy storage device architecture with the potential for extremely fast charges.

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:50

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.

AI and Emotions

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 11:07

What it will mean when your products know how you are feeling.

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of U.S. Technology

Tue, 05/22/2018 - 10:38

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year, a company called Avatar Integrated Systems showed up at a bankruptcy court in Delaware hoping to buy the California chip-designer ATop Tech.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:38

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every company you have ever interacted with online that "the privacy policy has changed" and pleas to "just click here so we can stay in touch". 

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

Mon, 05/21/2018 - 14:23

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto.