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The Serious Security Problem Looming Over Robotics

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 16:06

They call it Herb2. It's a dapper robot, wearing a bowtie even while it sits at home in its lab at the University of Washington.

Blurring the Lines Between Virtual and Reality

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00

A next-generation virtual reality headset enables wearers to manipulate both real and virtual objects with tactile sensation.

Enhanced 'Listening Skill' Makes Robot Better at Talking

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have improved the ability of a conversational human-like robot to have a natural dialogue with people by enhancing its listening skills.

A Great Find

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00

A new algorithm locates objects by leveraging collections of sensors that receive and transmit signals.

Chicago-Area Schools Look to Shrink the Gender Gap in STEM Classes

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00

Chicago-area educators are striving to close the gender gap among students enrolled in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classes.

Picture This: A Camera With No Lens

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00

A new camera substitutes a regular pane of glass for the lens, in conjunction with a computer running an algorithm to interpret the images.

Flint Water Crisis: How AI Is Finding Thousands of Hazardous Pipes

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that can determine the location of dangerous lead pipes in Flint, MI.

The Desperate Quest for Genomic Compression Algorithms

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 17:36

Have you had your genome sequenced yet? Millions of people around the world already have, and by 2025 that number could reach a billion.

Asteroid Ryugu Poses Landing Risks for Japanese Mission

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 14:43

After inspecting asteroid Ryugu for two months, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has revealed the sites where the Hayabusa2 spacecraft will touchdown to collect a sample to bring back to Earth—and also where it will drop the first two of its planned landing probes.

A New Artificial Neural Network Framework for Gait-Based Biometrics

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an approach for securing the wireless communications of wearable and implantable medical devices.

Quantum Bugs, Meet Your New Swatter

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:00

Rice University researchers have developed a diagnostic tool for quantum computers.

Kids Connect With Robot Reading Partners

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:00

University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a robot to serve as a reading partner for middle school students.

Helping the Microchip Industry Go (Very Low) With the Flow

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have rooted out the cause of error in an industry-standard calibration method that could add up to massive losses for microchip manufacturers.

Fake News Detector Algorithm Works Better Than a Human

Fri, 08/24/2018 - 12:00

An algorithm-based system that identifies linguistic cues in fake news stories could provide news aggregators and social media sites with a new weapon against misinformation.

A Monitor's Ultrasonic Sounds Can Reveal What's on the Screen

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 14:38

You probably assume that someone can only see what's on your computer screen by looking at it.

A Toolkit for Data Transparency Takes Shape

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 13:00

Julia Stewart Lowndes studied metre-long Humboldt squid (Dosidicus gigas), tagging them to track their dives, as a graduate student at Stanford University in California in 2011.

A 'GPS for Inside Your Body'

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

A new "in-body global-positioning system" can locate ingestible implants within the body using low-power wireless signals.

Researchers Reveal New Online User Tracking Techniques

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have identified online user tracking techniques that cannot be blocked by browsers' built-in anti-tracking defenses or existing anti-tracking and ad-blocking extensions.

Microsoft's Glasses Monitor Blood Pressure

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

Smart glasses developed by Microsoft Research's Glabella Project can measure blood pressure noninvasively.

Stanford Engineers Create New AI Camera for Faster, More Efficient Image Classification

Thu, 08/23/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence camera system that classifies images faster and more efficiently.