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FAA Proposes More Commercial Drone Operations at Night and Over People

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:46

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has released preliminary rules to allow small drones to fly routinely over crowds of people at night.

Defending the Orbital Internet

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 10:22

Hypersonic space debris threatens communications beyond the atmosphere.

Hadi Partovi Was Raised in a Revolution. Today He Teaches Kids to Code.

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 09:40

The founder and chief executive of, who was born in Iran, says computer science is a "foundational skill," one that future doctors, lawyers and politicians should all possess.

We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 18:18

Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things like superconducting cables and supercooled refrigerators.

Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 15:34

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley problem: if a self-driving car cannot stop itself from killing one of two pedestrians, how should the car's control software choose who live and who dies?

Venture Capitalists Balk at Proposed Export Limits on AI, Quantum Computing

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00

Venture capitalists are warning the Trump administration against limiting exports on emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00

Activists in Germany have facilitated a method to assess the accountability of proprietary algorithms via a crowdsourcing platform.

Data Breaches, Cyberattacks Top Global Risks Alongside Natural Disasters, Climate Change

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00

The World Economic Forum has listed large-scale cyberattacks and massive data breaches among the five most probable risks facing the world today.

Oxford Suspends Research Grants From Huawei Over Security Concerns

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00

Security concerns have prompted Oxford University in the U.K. to sever ties with Huawei.

Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00

A hotel in Japan hyped as the world's first robot-staffed hotel has eliminated more than half of its robots due to mounting complaints.

Democratizing Data Science

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 12:00
Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated statistical models normally used by experts to analyze, interpret, and predict underlying patterns in data. The tool currently resides on Jupyter Notebook, an open source Web framework that allows users to run programs interactively in browsers; users can write just a few lines of code to uncover insights into a range of topics. The system uses Bayesian modeling, a statistical method that continuously updates the probability of a variable as more information about the variable becomes available. The tool uses a modified version of "program synthesis," a technique that automatically…

Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 10:31

Last April, Amina Helmi felt goose bumps while driving to work in the northern Netherlands. It had nothing to do with the weather—it was pure anticipation. Just days earlier, a flood of data had been released from Gaia, a European Space Agency (ESA) mission that has been mapping the Milky Way for five years.

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency.

UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00

University of Texas at Austin researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Wrangler supercomputer to examine gene activity across the genomes of 10 species of vertebrates.

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 12:00

Several European companies have trained artificial intelligence to detect signs of breast cancer.

Efficiency, Innovation Mark Research In Future Memories

Thu, 01/17/2019 - 11:51

The U.S. National Science Foundation is exploring multiple approaches.

Have Aliens Found Us? A Harvard Astronomer on the Mysterious Interstellar Object 'Oumuamua

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 13:58

On October 19, 2017, astronomers at the University of Hawaii spotted a strange object travelling through our solar system, which they later described as "a red and extremely elongated asteroid."

Proof-of-Concept Malware Reveals Smart Building Vulnerabilities

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:00

Researchers warn smart building-targeting malware is the next step in the rapidly expanding attack surface made vulnerable by automated systems.

Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border

Wed, 01/16/2019 - 12:00

President Trump has promised to reduce the number of H-1B visas granted; Canadian businesses see an opportunity to lure international tech talent north of the border.