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Kepler Beyond Planets: Finding Exploding Stars

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 17:00

Astronomer Ed Shaya was in his office looking at data from NASA's Kepler space telescope in 2012 when he noticed something unusual: The light from a galaxy had quickly brightened by 10 percent.

The Secret Science That Rules Crowds

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:57

Sometimes, being part of a large crowd can be worse than uncomfortable: it can turn lethal. Deadly crowd crushes that occurred in 2017 include incidents in an Angolan football stadium, an Italian piazza and a Moroccan food aid centre.

USC ISI Researchers Develop Computational Methods to Uncover Hidden Trends in Human Behavior

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have mined sensor data collected from volunteers to discover hidden trends in well-being, academic performance, and behavior.

Not Even AI Can Make Total Sense of a Privacy Policy

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:00

A new tool uses artificial intelligence to crawl 7,000 of the Web's most popular sites to flag privacy policy issues of potential concern to specific users.

These Micro-Robots Do the Breaststoke

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 12:00

Researchers placed magnetized spheres into a solution and subjected them to an "eccentric magnetic field" so they self-assemble with smaller spheres, attached by virtual hinges.

DevOps Momentum in the Enterprise

Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:51

The notion of unifying software development and software operation is catching on.

Justice Dept. Revives Push to Mandate a Way to Unlock Phones

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 17:50

Federal law enforcement officials are renewing a push for a legal mandate that tech companies build tools into smartphones and other devices that would allow access to encrypted data in criminal investigations.

Mars Curiosity Celebrates Sol 2,000

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 13:16

NASA's Mars Curiosity rover just hit a new milestone: its two-thousandth Martian day, or sol, on the Red Planet. An image mosaic taken by the rover in January offers a preview of what comes next.

U.S. Children Now Draw Female Scientists More Than Ever

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have found U.S. children now depict scientists as female more than ever.

At First Blush, You Look Happy—or Sad, or Angry

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered a previously undocumented connection between the central nervous system and emotional expression in the face.

Researchers Find Leaky Apps Put Privacy at Risk

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Social media platforms, web browser extensions, and mobile platforms can leak user information, threatening user privacy.

IARPA Launches Challenge to Improve UAV-Captured Imagery

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity recently announced the UG2 Prize Challenge for unmanned aerial vehicles, gliders, and ground data entries.

Making Monitors Brighter: Researchers in Bayreuth Discover a Way to Control the Color of OLEDs

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered how the spatial structure of conjugated polymers can be used to control the colors of organic light-emitting diodes and increase the brightness of monitors.

Earwigs and the Art of Origami

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 12:00

Researchers have developed multifunctional origami structures that emulate the framework of an earwig's wing, and fabricated them as three-dimensional printed objects.

For the U.S. and China, a Technology Cold War That's Freezing Over

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 10:44

A cold war is being waged across the world's most advanced industries. And it just got a lot chillier.

This Stanford Computer Science Genius Aims To Crack The Code Of Learning And Leadership

Mon, 03/26/2018 - 09:49

John Hennessy,  president emeritus of Stanford University and co-recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing award, discusses digital education and the future of leadership.

Facebook's New Data Restrictions Will Handcuff Even Honest Researchers

Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:19

Last week, when news broke (again) that Cambridge Analytica had allegedly misused 50 million Facebook users' data, it immediately raised a difficult question: When a company possesses information about some 2 billion people, is its chief obligation to share that information, or protect it?

Looking for Planet Nine, Astronomers Gaze into the Abyss

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 19:09

It's been just over two years since Caltech astronomers Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin made an explosive claim: Based on the orbital motion of objects in the Kuiper Belt—a region beyond Neptune that is home to Pluto and other icy bodies—there must be a very big something much farther out, hidden save for its subtle gravitational tugs on the rest of the solar system.

Five New Ancient Genomes Tell Us About Neanderthal Tribes

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:44

Mezmaiskaya Cave offered shelter to Neanderthals for tens of thousands of years. The cave, located near Russia's border with Georgia, preserved Neanderthal remains so well that researchers have now been able to extract genetic information from two different individuals who lived approximately 20,000 years apart.

Uber Robocar Kills Pedestrian, Despite Presence of Safety Driver

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:22

This is the first fatality involving a robocar under the care of a professional human minder.