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Bright Areas on Ceres Suggest Geologic Activity

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 13:31

If you could fly aboard NASA's Dawn spacecraft, the surface of dwarf planet Ceres would generally look quite dark, but with notable exceptions.

New NIST Forensic Tests Help Ensure High-Quality Copies of Digital Evidence

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed a set of software tools designed to ensure digital evidence holds up in court.

New Mapping Technique Can Help Fight Extreme Poverty

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have developed a new way to create poverty maps by using computational tools such as cellphone records, data from satellites, and geographic information systems.

How Implants Powered by Ultrasound Can Help Monitor Health

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have unveiled small implants designed for disease diagnosis and treatment by using ultrasound to safely beam both energy and instructions.

Artificial Intelligence and Supercomputers to Help Alleviate Urban Traffic Problems

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are working to develop tools enabling searchable traffic analyses using deep learning and data mining.

Estonia, the Digital Republic

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:25

Up the Estonian coast, a five-lane highway bends with the path of the sea, then breaks inland, leaving cars to follow a thin road toward the houses at the water's edge.

Higher Education Not Neutral on Net Neutrality

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 14:12

The nature of today's Internet may mean trouble for the very community that birthed it, if network neutrality rules change.

NASA's Juno Probes the Depths of Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 13:13

Data collected by NASA's Juno spacecraft during its first pass over Jupiter's Great Red Spot in July 2017 indicate that this iconic feature penetrates well below the clouds.

AI Researchers Are Trying to Combat How AI Can Be Used to Lie and Deceive

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

Artificial intelligence researchers gathered last week to discuss measures against the technology's use for deceit and disinformation.

Seeing Through Walls of Unknown Materials

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

A new technique exploits a wall's symmetry to see through it using a narrow band of microwave frequencies without any advance knowledge of the material making up the wall.

This Machine-Learning Algorithm Can Turn Any Line Drawing Into ASCII Art

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

Osamu Akiyama at Osaka University in Japan says he has developed a machine-learning neural network that can render any kind of line drawing in ASCII.

Diagnosing Performance Problems in Supercomputers

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

The Lightweight Distributed Metric Service is a framework to automatically monitor and diagnose performance issues in supercomputers.

Twitter Can Reveal Our Shared Mood

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have found that tweets reflect strong patterns of positive and negative moods over a 24-hour day.

Revolutionizing Electronics Using Kirigami

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in Japan have developed an ultrastretchable bioprobe using Kirigami designs, which enables the device to follow the contours of deformable biological samples.

It's Super Hard to Find Humans in the FCC's Net Neutrality Comments

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:59

The Federal Communications Commissions''public comment period on its plans to repeal net neutrality protections was bombarded with botsmemes, and input from people who don't actually exist.

Berners-Lee, Woz, Cerf: Cancel Flawed Net Neutrality Vote 

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 10:19

Internet and technology luminaries, including Web creator Tim Berners-Lee, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and "Father of the internet" Vint Cerf, have called on the FCC to cancel its planned net neutrality vote this week, arguing that it is based on a "flawed and factually inaccurate understanding of Internet technology."

Google Is Giving Away AI That Can Build Your Genome Sequence

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:03

Today, a teaspoon of spit and a hundred bucks is all you need to get a snapshot of your DNA. But getting the full picture—all 3 billion base pairs of your genome—requires a much more laborious process.

Virtual Reality Makes Journalism Immersive, Realism Makes It Credible

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Pennsylania State University have found virtual reality can help journalists pull readers into their stories, but flashier design elements of VR can damage credibility.  

ESnet's Petascale DTN Project Speeds Up Data Transfers Between Leading HPC Centers

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. Department of Energy runs the Energy Sciences Network that connects three of the world's leading supercomputers. The effort aims to achieve regular disk-to-disk, end-to-end transfer rates of one petabyte a week between major facilities.

Criminology, Computer Science Researchers Developing Next-Gen Electronic Monitoring

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell are developing  an electronic monitoring system that uses smartphones, sensor technology, and GPS tracking to promote and reward constructive behaviors that can keep people on probation out of jail. 

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