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Robot Design for Dummies

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:00

A interactive design tool enables novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using three-dimensionally-printed components and commercially available actuators.

How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:58

A Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs, the U.S. Justice Department announced. The value of the stolen Jeeps was $4.5 million.

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 11:38

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:02

The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure—human DNA—has proved elusive.

Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Teport: All the Slides, Plus Analysis

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 09:25

The most anticipated slide deck of the year is here.

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 14:47

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 13:12

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves Up in Hot Water

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:03

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new approach for making compliant, controllable robotic structures.

UCF Research Could Bring 'Drastically' Higher Resolution to Your Phone and TV

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:03

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a color-changing surface that is tunable via electric voltage.

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:03

Researchers have developed a hand-worn device connected to a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients retrain their brains to recover hand movements.

UW Engineers Borrow From Electronics to Build Largest Circuits to Date in Living Eukaryotic Cells

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 12:03

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells.

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 11:14

Future quantum computers will need software tailored to their specific ways of operating.

Weaving the Web

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

Sir Tim Berners-Lee created a paradigm shift that changed the world with his invention of the World Wide Web, Hypertext Transport Protocol, and Hypertext Markup Language.

Potential and Peril

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

The outlook for artificial intelligence-based autonomous weapons.

Optimization Search Finds a Heart of Glass

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

Analog computing could provide greater efficiency, improved digital algorithms.

Deep Learning Takes on Translation

Thu, 06/01/2017 - 00:00

Improvements in hardware, the availability of massive amounts of data, and algorithmic upgrades are among the factors supporting better machine translation.

Software Simplified

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:55

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:01

Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.

How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 14:49

Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued for patent infringement in the places they actually do business.

A New Spin on Electronics

Wed, 05/31/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Utah found perovskites permit easily controllable electron spin and have a sufficiently long spin lifetime to transport information.

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