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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.

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASA's Juno Mission

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 15:30

Early science results from NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant, and a mammoth, lumpy magnetic field that may indicate it was generated closer to the planet's surface than previously thought.

That Time the Soviets Bugged Congress, and Other Spy Tales

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 14:53

During a private meeting in the Oval Office earlier this month, President Donald Trump is understood to have disclosed highly classified intelligence to two senior Russian diplomats.

Emojis: How We Assign Meaning to These Ever-Popular Symbols

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:16

Researchers have analyzed the use of emojis by 1 million users via more than 1.2 billion messages.

UIUC Gets $100K Grant for Supporting Women in Computer Science

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:16

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign recently received the $100,000 grand prize of the National Center for Women in Information Technology NEXT Award.

How to Prevent 3D Printing Hacks? Install Secret Flaws and Share the Decoder Ring

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:16

Researchers say they have developed techniques manufacturers can use to thwart intellectual property thieves.

Stanford Scholars, Researchers Discuss Key Ethical Questions Self-Driving Cars Present

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 12:16

Stanford University scholars discuss the challenging ethical ramifications of driverless vehicles.

Lawmakers Seek to Expand Repair Options

Thu, 05/25/2017 - 11:56

End-users want to be able to repair their expensive electronics; manufacturers disagree.

Detecting Life In Space: The Red Edge

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 18:01

The universe's "most interesting star" just started acting up again.

Silicon Valley's Big Three vs. Detroit's Golden-Age Big Three

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 13:04

Over the last 20 years, the technology industry has become the most powerful industry in the world, boasting seven of the 20 most profitable companies.

12 Views on the Future of Electronics

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:00

Experts at last week's Imec Technology Forum in Belgium offered predictions on how the future of electronics will evolve.

Next-Gen Computing: Memristor Chips That See Patterns Over Pixels

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have developed a memristor computer circuit prototype that has the potential to process complex data faster and using much less power than today's most advanced systems.

Using Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:00

A new system uses bitcoin's security mechanisms to foil online identify thieves.

A Rural Lens on a Research Agenda for Intelligent Infrastructure

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:00

A new white paper focuses on a research agenda for designing an intelligent infrastructure for rural communities.

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:00

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

Parasitic Robot System for Turtle's Waypoint Navigation

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a parasitic robot system, a hybrid animal-robot interaction that mimics the natural relationship between parasites and hosts.

Georgia Professor Uses Artificial Intelligence To Teach Class

Wed, 05/24/2017 - 09:38

A computer science professor at Georgia Tech is using artificial intelligence to help him answer some of students' frequently asked questions.