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Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have devised a way to program a team of off-the-shelf, low-powered drones to map an oil spill in a matter of minutes.

University Professor First in Line to Test Transformative Robot 'Cassie'

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:00

University of Michigan researchers are programming and testing a bipedal robot with the mobility of a large bird.

New Gene Sequencing Software Could Aid in Early Detection, Treatment of Cancer

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:00

New computational software can detect the presence of an epigenetic add-on associated with cancer and other health conditions.

Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It Underwater

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 12:00

Microsoft engineers have proposed underwater server farms to help cloud providers deal with data center expansion in an environmentally friendly manner.

Building the Quantum Internet

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 11:36
Taking the first steps toward building a long-range network that can connect super-fast quantum computers, or provide absolutely secure, tamper-free communication.

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge for Our Age

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 19:23

Who was the first black president of America?

Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:19

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.

How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 17:09

For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the vast amount of data generated can make it hard to get to the answer quickly.

Government Sets Sights on AI as Economic Opportunity

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

The U.K. government has launched its Digital Strategy, which includes significant funding for artificial intelligence research so the technology will play a larger economic role.

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

A new study followed players of the computer games "Halo: Reach" and "StarCraft 2" to learn how they acquired and maintained their skill level.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

Disney Research says its new quasistatic cavity resonance technology offers a way for mobile devices to wirelessly charge themselves.

A Revolutionary Atom-Thin Semiconductor for Electronics

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a two-dimensional material that could revolutionize electronics.

3D Computer Models of Gigantic Archaeological Objects

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in Germany are employing contact-free digitization techniques to produce three-dimensional models of archeological artifacts.

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

More work is needed to make synthesized speech more natural, easier to understand, and more pleasant to hear.

The Future of Semiconductors

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

Researchers are looking for new ways to advance semiconductors as Moore's Law approaches its limits.

Financing the Dark Web

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

Cryptocurrencies are enabling illegal or immoral transactions in the dark corners of the Internet.

ACM Recognizes New Fellows

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 00:00

ACM has recognized 53 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cryptography, computer architecture, high performance computing, and programming languages.

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers for the First Time

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated single-browser techniques.

National Science Foundation Funds Supercomputer Cluster at Penn State

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:00

The Pennsylvania State University Cyber-Laboratory for Astronomy, Materials, and Physics is acquiring a high-performance computer cluster that will support interdisciplinary research, training, and outreach programs.