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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With DNA

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a tiny robotic system that is programmed and controlled by DNA and moves like a living cell.

New Deep Learning Techniques Analyze Athletes' Decision-Making

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00

A new automated method based on deep-learning techniques will provide coaches and teams with a tool to help assess defensive athletic performance in all game situations.

Researchers Can Predict Terrorist Behaviors With More Than 90 Percent Accuracy

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00

The Networked Pattern Recognition Framework works to predict future terrorist behaviors by defining past attack patterns.

Researchers Store Computer Operating System and Short Movie on DNA

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have found an algorithm designed for streaming video on a cellphone can unlock DNA's storage potential by squeezing more data into its four base nucleotides.

Predicting Lawsuits

Thu, 03/09/2017 - 11:36

Deep learning yields the ability to forecast the potential for litigation.

Magnetic Hard Drives Go Atomic

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:40

Chop a magnet in two, and it becomes two smaller magnets.

How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 14:26

When Wikileaks yesterday released a trove of documents purporting to show how the CIA hacks everything from smartphones to PCs to smart televisions, the agency's already shadowy reputation gained a new dimension.

Robots Could Look, Feel 'Human' on the Outside

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say technology is available to enable robots to "wear" human tendons, muscle, and skin.

Top Obstacles for Women in Technology

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00

Women face major barriers when working in technology fields, including wage inequality compared to male colleagues, workplace gender bias, a shortage of female role models, and unequal growth opportunities.

The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have found the darknet is especially good at protecting users' privacy and anonymity because it can counter large cyberattacks on its own by spontaneously adding more network capacity.

Steering a Turtle With Your Thoughts

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a brain-computer interface that can control a turtle using human thought.

Aging Faces Could Increase Security Risks

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are studying how facial aging affects the performance of automatic facial-recognition systems and what implications this could have on identifying criminals or determining when identification documents need to be renewed.

Language Learning Robot Could Advance Autonomous Vehicles, Help Emergency Responders in the Future

Wed, 03/08/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed algorithms that enable a wheeled robot to learn the meanings of words from sentences that describe example paths taken by the robot, to use the words to generate a sentence to describe the path of movement, and to comprehend the sentence in order to produce a new path of movement.

Quantum Microscope Offers MRI for Molecules

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 16:25

A quantum microscope that uses a sensor built from diamonds could allow researchers to study such nanoscale mysteries as how DNA folds in a cell, why drugs work or how bacteria metabolize metals.

Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 16:16

The latest revelations about U.S. government's powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide, showing how a remarkable variety of every day devices can be turned to spy on their owners.

Mathematician Breaks Down How to Defend Against Quantum Computing Attacks

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:00

A mathematician has created and released software that could protect encrypted code from hackers armed with next-generation quantum computers.

Tracking the Movement of Cyborg Cockroaches

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:00

North Carolina State University's cyborg cockroaches can be remotely controlled to carry technology that could scan disaster areas and identify survivors in the wake of catastrophes.

Google Computers Trained to Detect Cancer

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 12:00

Google has developed a new breast cancer detection technique that utilizes machine learning, predictive analytics, and pattern recognition to train a computer to search for cell patterns in tissue slides.

How Hard Is It to Get an Intelligence Wiretap? Pretty Hard. 

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:48

Wiretaps on Americans in foreign intelligence investigations are not easy to get. And if you're a candidate for president, it's even harder. 

Modeling Gun Violence as a Contagion

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 10:40

Using data to try to keep people from getting shot.