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Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 11:46

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

Why the Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Be About to Swap Places, and How It Would Affect Us

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 16:32

The Earth's magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field, protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away.

Information Paradox and Black Holes in Plasmas

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 16:14

Black holes are a problem for physics, and the physics community has never fully warmed to the idea of them.

Terahertz Wireless Could Make Spaceborne Satellite Links as Fast as Fiber-Optic Links

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:00

Researchers in Japan have developed a terahertz transmitter that can transmit digital data at a rate exceeding 100 Gbps over a single channel using the 300-GHz band.

Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:00

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa.

Stanford Research Shows That Anyone Can Become an Internet Troll

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:00

Researchers have investigated whether Internet trolls are innately sociopathic or combative individuals, or if situational factors can influence ordinary people to act like trolls.

Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:00

A team of researchers is addressing the challenge of computing optimal traffic light settings for city road intersections by applying traffic flow conservation laws on networks.

Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:00

Chinese companies are outpacing U.S. firms in the development of artificial intelligence technologies, according to reports from the U.S. government and others.

NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:41

Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem.

Google Brain Super-Resolution Image Tech Makes 'Zoom, Enhance!' Real

Wed, 02/08/2017 - 11:31

Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images. Google's software, in short, basically means the "zoom in... now enhance!" TV trope is actually possible.

Poker-Playing AI Beats Top Human Players

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 14:03

Developers at Carnegie Mellon University create an artificial intelligence that learns, wins.

How Plants Evolved Into Carnivores

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:40

Any insect unlucky enough to land on the mouth-like leaves of an Australian pitcher plant will meet a grisly end.

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 13:30

Interstellar travel, a timeworn staple of science fiction, can already be science fact if one has cash to spare

Turbocharging Science

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:41

The National Center for Atmospheric Research has commenced operations of the new Cheyenne supercomputer, one of the world's most powerful and energy-efficient systems.

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:41

Purdue University researchers have developed a system that uses a haptic device to let people interpret visual information using their hands.

SU Professors Receive Air Force Grant to Research Complex Datasets

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 12:41

Syracuse University researchers have received a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to build a distributed graphics processing unit-accelerated platform that can process large datasets.

New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries—and Our Understanding of Life

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 10:16
A new set of machine learning algorithms that can generate three-dimensional structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies for a range of diseases.

Rolf Noskwith Obituary

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:58

A member of the Bletchley Park team breaking the German navy’s Enigma ciphers during the second World War.

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies

Tue, 02/07/2017 - 09:53

Shortly after his election victory, Donald Trump assembled executives from tech giants including Amazon, Apple and Google for a meeting at Trump Tower meant to mend fences with the industry, pledging: "We're going to be there for you."

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