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AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 11:58

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have detected brain growth changes linked to autism in children as young as six months old.

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over CRISPR Patents

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 10:55

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 09:33

Responding to the rise in nation-state cybersecurity attacks.

Observations Catch a Supernova Three Hours After It Exploded

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 17:06

The skies are full of transient events.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:42

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Novel Technique Tracks More Web Users Across Browsers

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

Researchers say they have developed the first cross-browser fingerprinting technique using machine-level features to identify users.

Robotic Bee Could Help Pollinate Crops as Real Bees Decline

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

Researchers have created a drone that transports pollen between flowers.

Pushing Boundaries

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

The recent Women in Data Science Conference provided a forum for female data scientists to discuss a range of topics in the field.

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

The VUSec team at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has demonstrated an exploit that undercuts a basic safeguard used in all modern operating systems.

New Software Will Standardize Data Collection for Great White Sharks

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

Researchers collaborated on software that helps researchers collect and manage data on great white sharks spotted along the coast.

Success by Deception

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 12:54

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland say they have refined machine learning by deliberately misleading intelligent machines.

Lasers Could Give Space Research Its 'Broadband' Moment

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:52

Thought your Internet speeds were slow? Try being a space scientist for a day.

US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 15:20

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia or cystic fibrosis—once gene-editing techniques advance sufficiently for use in people and proper restrictions are in place.

Wave of the Future: Terahertz Chips a New Way of Seeing Through Matter

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Princeton University say they have created microchips capable of transmitting and receiving terahertz waves.

Intel Researches Tech to Prepare for a Future Beyond Today's PCs

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:00

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich says his company is investigating and investing in technologies that promise to transcend the computing capabilities of current PCs and servers.

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 12:00

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.

Fixing the Fake News Problem

Tue, 02/14/2017 - 10:32

Unsubstantiated information can spread like wildfire through social media; new tools aim to make it easy to track down sources of misinformation, no matter where they are encountered.

Elusive Triangulene Created By Moving Atoms One at a Time

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 16:35

Researchers at IBM have created an elusive molecule by knocking around atoms using a needle-like microscope tip.

Physicists Teach AI to Identify Exotic States of Matter

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 16:21

Put a tray of water in the freezer. For a while, it's liquid. And then—boom—the molecules stack into little hexagons, and you've got ice.

NAE's Newest Members Include 17 Computer Scientists

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 12:35

Seventeen computer scientists were among the 84 new members and 22 new foreign members recently announced by The National Academy of Engineering.