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Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a statistical scheme that detects when senior citizens or others need help after falling.

Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 12:00

Climate change researchers are aggressively pushing for the incorporation of machine learning within their field.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 11:49

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Tool Checks Computer Architectures, Reveals Flaws in Emerging Design

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:11

Researchers at Princeton University have discovered a series of errors in the RISC-V instruction specification that are leading to changes in the new system.

'Indistinguishable Photons' Could Unleash Quantum Computing

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:11

Researchers have developed a new way to generate indistinguishable photons.

Explained: Neural Networks

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 12:11

Deep learning is a new name for the neural-networking approach to artificial intelligence.

Locking Out the Hackers

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 11:27

New hardware, services are aimed at identifying malware before it has the chance to execute.

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 20:20

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to drive themselves. Which is why Grand Theft Auto V is in the mix.

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 20:11

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

Robert Taylor, Innovator Who Shaped Modern Computing, Dies at 85

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:39

Taylor had the idea that led to the Arpanet, the forerunner of the Internet.

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 15:24

Sammet was the first female president of ACM,, created the computer language FORMAC, and was a key member of the committee that created COBOL.

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason.

Your Phone's Power Use Can Give Hackers an Opening

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have shown even without a data cable, hackers can analyze a device's power needs to access users' private information.

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior of a 45-qubit quantum computer.

4D Printing Gets Simpler and Faster

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers has developed a new approach that significantly simplifies and increases the potential of four-dimensional printing.

AI Can Predict Heart Attacks More Accurately Than Doctors

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed four computer-learning algorithms that significantly outperform American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for predicting heart attacks or strokes.

Robot Ray Swims Using High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them.

Georg Gottlob honoured with Lovelace Medal

Mon, 04/17/2017 - 10:32

Georg Gottlob been selected by the Awards Panel of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, as the 2017 winner of the Lovelace Medal.

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 17:45

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and a glass of wine in my hand.

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Fri, 04/14/2017 - 14:17

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other "ocean worlds" in our solar system and beyond.