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Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Lehigh University's Optimization and Machine Learning research group and IBM Research have made progress in solving optimal smart grid power flow problems.

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 12:00

Scientists have used artificial intelligence technology to make 100 billion annotations of behavior from 400,000 fruit flies.

NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 11:41

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious and elusive object that its New Horizons spacecraft will visit next.

When Cars Fly

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:36

The idea of personal air vehicles has been around for decades. Now the concept is taking off.

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:41

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to focus on tangible problems about solid materials.

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 16:07

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that can record high-fidelity signals from 1 million neurons.

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Brown University have developed a system designed to help robots better follow spoken instructions.

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

Northwestern University researchers say they have developed a new, non-destructive technology that reveals medieval texts hidden inside of ancient bookbindings.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce worldwide.

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings.

The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

Wed, 07/19/2017 - 12:00

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 17:38

Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones to capture everything they do.

Milner Award and Lecture

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:01
Announcing the Milner Award Medallist 2018.

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 14:06

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise was holding steady—or even declining.

Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

Researchers recently conducted a study examining the brains of athletes who had suffered concussions, and comparing them to athletes who had not suffered concussions.

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

The Texas Advanced Computing Center last month hosted a week-long summer camp during which 34 students received instruction from five staff scientists and two guest high school teachers.

Twitter Data Changing Future of Population Research

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have collected more than 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets as part of a project they say could change the landscape of population research.

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:17

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can do without thinking—identify what they see.

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

Tue, 07/18/2017 - 11:06

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test, our judgment of whether an AI seems convincingly human.