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Nanoscale Logic Machines Go Beyond Binary Computing

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:00

An international team of academic researchers has built minuscule logic machines that physically model computational problems and exploit the innate randomness of nanoscale systems.

Doubts About Whether Internet Filters Protect Teenagers Online

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:00

Researchers surveyed 515 teenagers and their parents about whether they used technical tools to control or manage access to online content.

Scientists Develop a System That Predicts the Behavior of Tsunamis in Less than 10 Minutes

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain say they have developed a simulator that needs only 10 minutes to predict the behavior of tsunamis generated by landslides.

It's Possible to Hack a Phone With Sound Waves, Researchers Show

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:02

A security loophole that would allow someone to add extra steps to the counter on your Fitbit monitor might seem harmless. But researchers say it points to the broader risks that come with technology's embedding into the nooks of our lives.

Synthetic Yeast Chromosomes Help Probe Mysteries of Evolution

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 15:22

Evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould once pondered what would happen if the cassette "tape of life" were rewound and played again.

Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 14:37

The father of the internet says social pressure -- people collectively saying, "This is wrong" -- is crucial to battling misinformation and harassment.

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

Floods and Hurricanes Predicted With Social Media

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

Social media can be used to warn people about floods, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events before they transpire by focusing on photos and keywords posted online.

Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

St. Mary's College researchers trained a quantum computer to recognize trees, a breakthrough they say could help scientists use other quantum systems for complicated machine-learning problems such as pattern recognition and computer vision.

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

Although girls currently comprise about 50% of the enrollment in U.S. high school science and math classes, they still lag their male counterparts in college and the workplace in terms of participation in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Researchers Create 'Time Crystals' Envisioned by Princeton Scientists

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Harvard University and the University of Maryland have generated time crystals based on the theoretical work of Princeton University scientists.

The Quest to Crystallize Time

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 17:36

Christopher Monroe spends his life poking at atoms with light.

Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 17:30

These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).

Sharing the Fares

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00

The potential for urban ride-sharing is similar for a variety of cities all over the world.

CODeLLA Aims to Teach Latina Girls Another Vital Language: Coding

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00

The Miami, FL-based CODeLLA project was launched in 2013 to encourage Latina girls ages 8-12 to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.

Artificial Intelligence and Robots to Make Offshore Wind Farms Safer and Cheaper

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00

A consortium in the U.K. is investigating artificial intelligence and other technologies to enhance offshore wind farms.

Brainlike Computers Are a Black Box. Scientists Are Finally Peering Inside

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have developed a method for examining neural networks as they operate and visualizing how they reach conclusions.

Counting Microbes on a Smartphone

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a smartphone app which they say provides a cost-effective and accurate alternative to the traditionally labor-intensive task of counting bacterial colonies on a culture.

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 11:40

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding "always-on" electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed to release recordings from the murder defendant's Amazon Echo as possible evidence.

New NASA Radar Technique Finds Lost Lunar Spacecraft

Fri, 03/10/2017 - 10:52

Finding derelict spacecraft and space debris in Earth's orbit can be a technological challenge.