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A Computer to Rival the Brain

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:24

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:58

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial life—and that was more than 40 years ago.

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 13:05

Examining each transistor in a microprocessor using techniques for analyzing how the human brain works did not yield anticipated understanding.

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have created a playable visualization of 16,000 video games grouped according to shared commonalities such as gameplay, cultural reactions, and game designers.

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:00

Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform that combines environmental sensors with hardware and software for edge computing within a portable node or device, has become very popular among research groups, industry, and government entities.

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 10:33

That little blue dot likes to mock.

What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 15:58

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering both the win and the wider electoral trend.

NASA: Snow Science Supporting the US Water Supply

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:50

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water resources: snow.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:27

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

A New Spin on Electronics

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have successfully demonstrated the production, transport, and detection of electronic spin information at room temperature, using the boundary layer between lanthanum-aluminate and strontium-titanate.

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

Employers expect Class of 2017 graduates with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will earn the highest average starting salaries of 2017 graduates.

Travel Transformation

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using high-performance computing tools to analyze data collected from connected-vehicle testing.

Dual-Function Nanorod LEDs Could Make Multifunctional Displays

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

New light-emitting diode arrays can both emit and detect light.

Algorithm Can Create a Bridge Between Clinton and Trump Supporters

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

Scientists have proposed an algorithmic solution to minimize societal polarization by linking people with opposing viewpoints and assessing them on Twitter.

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching by Ruining Their Music

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 12:00

New software identifies when musicians' posture is poor and gives them an audible notification.

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 14:38

Brain scans appear to be better at discerning lies than polygraphs are.

Engineers, Computer Scientists Team Up to Improve Particle Simulations for Aerospace, More

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:58

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are using a $3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to use advanced supercomputing to improve particle flow models that could have far-reaching implications for the pharmaceutical, energy, and aerospace sectors.

Now You Can 'Build Your Own' Bio-Bot

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:58

A team of researchers has released a protocol for designing and building "bio-bots" powered by muscle cells and controlled with light and electrical signals.

Protecting Bulk Power Systems From Hackers

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:58

New research explores worst-case scenarios in which hackers exploit security weaknesses in the electrical grid to cause equipment failure and blackouts.