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Technique Pinpoints the 'Partners in Crime' of Cancer Genes

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:24

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an algorithm to sift through vast datasets and identify genetic pathways for cancer.

How Facebook Uses Deep Learning Models to Engage Users

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 12:24

Facebook is heavily leveraging deep-learning models to further its user engagement efforts.

Leaked NSA Report Says Russians Tried to Hack State Election Officials

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 11:53

A Top Secret NSA analyst's report published by The Intercept suggests that, in August 2016, the Russian General Main Staff Intelligence Directorate (GRU) hacked into an election-related hardware and software vendor in the US.

FIRST Robotics Competitions Attract Students to STEM Education

Tue, 06/06/2017 - 10:51

An international youth organization challenges and encourages students to stick with science, technology, engineering, and math.

Neuroscientists Rethink How the Brain Recognizes Faces

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 14:54

People can pick a familiar face out of a crowd without thinking too much about it. But how the brain actually does this has eluded researchers for years.

Banned From the US? There's a Robot for That

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 14:27

Two telepresence robots roll into a human-computer interaction conference.

Preventing Software From Causing Injury

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00

The Self-Report Ergonomic Assessment Tool is being designed to help develop safer software by ascertaining how much stress computer programs put on users.

Giving Robots a Sense of Touch

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have mounted GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms to provide robotic systems with greater sensitivity and dexterity.

AI Will Be Able to Beat Us at Everything by 2060, Say Experts

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00

There is a 50% chance that machines will outperform humans in all tasks within 45 years, according to a survey of 352 artificial intelligence (AI) researchers conducted by Yale University and the University of Oxford in the U.K.

Sensor Tracks Eye Movements in Real Time to Enhance Virtual Reality

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers has developed a sensor that can detect eye movements in real time using an array of electrodes.

Virtual Reality Eases Phantom Limb Pain

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00

A new system uses virtual reality technology to relieve sufferers of phantom limb pain.

3D Models of Faces Developed by Researchers Could Help in Reconstruction Surgery

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are scanning volunteers' faces to compile a database of three-dimensional computer models that could be used to aid in reconstructive surgery.

Jean Sammet, Co-Designer of a Pioneering Computer Language, Dies at 89

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 10:19

Jean E. Sammet, an early software engineer and a designer of COBOL, a programming language that brought computing into the business mainstream, died on May 20 in Maryland.

Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the Web, Plots a Radical Overhaul of His Creation

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 09:41

On the better web Berners-Lee envisions, users control where their data is stored and how it's accessed.

Third Gravitational Wave Detection, From Black-Hole Merger 3 Billion Light Years Away

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 16:07

The void is rocking and rolling with invisible cataclysms.

Curiosity Peels Back Layers on Ancient Martian Lake

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 14:11

A long-lasting lake on ancient Mars provided stable environmental conditions that differed significantly from one part of the lake to another, according to a comprehensive look at findings from the first three-and-a-half years of NASA's Curiosity rover mission.

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes available.

Learning About Nutrition From 'Food Porn' and Online Quizzes

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Harvard and Columbia universities conducted a study to determine whether popular online quizzes and food imagery could be leveraged for nutrition education.

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired Users Navigate

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.

Random Numbers: Hard Times Ahead for Hackers

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Geneva  have developed a new random-number generator based on the principles of quantum physics.