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NASA Designed This Low-Tech Rover to Survive Venus

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:41

Venus is not pleasant. Its surface, approximately 850 degrees Fahrenheit, is hot enough for paper to spontaneously combust. Its atmosphere, an oppressive mix of carbon dioxide, nitrogen, and sulfur dioxide, is dense enough to crush a submarine.

New Theory Cracks Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:31

A new idea called the "information bottleneck" is helping to explain the puzzling success of today's artificial-intelligence algorithms—and might also explain how human brains learn.

Some of the Best Parts of Autonomous Vehicles Are Already Here

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 10:30

Fully automated cars are still many years away. Amid the government activity and potential for social benefits, it's important not to lose sight of smaller improvements that could more immediately save lives and reduce injuries and economic costs of highway crashes.

Reducing the Massive Energy Appetite of Data Centers

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:00

Researchers are developing new chips and approaches to reduce the power consumption of data centers, which accounted for about one-fiftieth of all U.S. electricity use in 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. 

Scientists From the RUDN University Will Make Computer Networks More Robust

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:00

Researchers from the RUDN University in Russia have applied a new mathematical model called a Markovian arrival process to the breakdown of telecommunication systems and electronic equipment that handles client requests. 

Drones Can Almost See in the Dark

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Zurich and NCCR Robotics have taught flying drones to navigate with an eye-inspired camera, which could create a path toward operating in low-light conditions. 

Autonomous Vehicles' Future May Be Further Away, Different Than Imagined

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:00

Experts think autonomous vehicles (AVs) may arrive later than expected, or in a different form than most people anticipate. Ben McKeever with California PATH says it will be at least 20 years a full rollout of  self-driving AVs.

Artificial Intelligence Just Made Guessing Your Password a Whole Lot Easier

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology used artificial intelligence to generate a program that successfully guessed 27 percent of the passwords from more than 43 million LinkedIn profiles.

Streaming on a Wireless Power Connection

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a system that can deliver watts of power while also transmitting data at rates sufficiently high to stream video over the same wireless connection. 

Choir: Bringing Harmony to Discord in the IoT World

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:00

Carnegie Mellon University professor Swarun Kumar says networking the vast number of devices making up the Internet of Things requires a sweeping technological upgrade. His team developed Choir, a networking platform that could potentially be used to connect IoT devices. 

An Extra Challenge in a Crisis: Dealing With Rare Languages

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute are building machine-learning systems to quickly translate any of the world's 7,000 languages and automatically generate actionable information. 

Facial Recognition Is Only the Beginning

Thu, 09/21/2017 - 13:00

Apple says the inclusion of its Face ID technology in the upcoming iPhone X will make smartphone unlocking, payment, and other operations possible via facial recognition. 

These Robots Can Merge and Split Their Brains to Form New Modular Bots

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 17:14

We cover all kinds of modular robotics around here, and when we do, we're almost always talking about one overall robotic system made up of many different modules, some number of which can be individually controlled or swapped around.

How the Internet Kept Humming During 2 Hurricanes

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 13:53

At one node of the industrial backbone that keeps the internet running, employees sheltered from the worst of Hurricane Irma in a stairwell of a seven-story building in downtown Miami.

World-First Microchip: 'Storing Lightning Inside Thunder'

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia have stored photonic information on a microchip as an acoustic wave, which they say is an important breakthrough in the development of chips that manage data optically instead of electronically. 

Infrared Signals in Surveillance Cameras Let Malware Jump Network Air Gaps

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 11:00

Researchers have devised malware that can jump airgaps by using the infrared capabilities of an infected network's surveillance cameras to transmit data to and from attackers.

Wind, Warm Water Revved Up Melting Antarctic Glaciers

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 15:51

A NASA study has located the Antarctic glaciers that accelerated the fastest between 2008 and 2014 and finds that the most likely cause of their speedup is an observed influx of warm water into the bay where they're located.

Researchers Unite in Quest for 'Standard Model' of the Brain

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:53

Leading neuroscientists are joining forces to study the brain—in much the same way that physicists team up in mega-projects to hunt for new particles.

Chips Off the Old Block: Computers Are Taking Design Cues From Human Brains

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 10:19

We expect a lot from our computers these days. They should talk to us, recognize everything from faces to flowers, and maybe soon do the driving.

Conservatives, Liberals Unite Against Silicon Valley

Mon, 09/18/2017 - 13:57

The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country's biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right.