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New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 13:37

Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto—its storied first target—to 2014 MU69, the Kuiper Belt object (KBO) it will fly past on Jan. 1, 2019.

Researchers Shoot for Success With Simulations of Laser Pulse-Material Interactions

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:41

Researchers studying atomic-scale phase transformations used the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Titan supercomputer to model laser interactions with metallic surfaces.

Scientists Turn Mammalian Cells Into Complex Biocomputers

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:41

Researchers have genetically engineered the DNA of mammalian cells to execute complex computations.

Researchers 'Iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 12:41

Researchers  have developed methods to reduce and "iron out" wrinkles in graphene, potentially enabling faster and more efficient electronic and photonic devices.

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 10:27

President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission during the Obama administration.

Inventor of World Wide Web Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award

Tue, 04/04/2017 - 09:29

Sir Tim Berners-Lee designed integrated architecture and technologies that underpin the Web.

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 14:29

Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing in the equality of men—but his place as the "Father of American Cryptography" is not one of them.

Virginia Tech Researchers: Android Apps Can Conspire to Mine Information From Your Smartphone

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have conducted the first-ever large-scale systematic study of how the trusty applications on Android phones are able to talk to one another and trade information.

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

Advances in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics are converging to make the Holodeck featured on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" a practical reality.

Making America's Power Grid Much, Much Smarter

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are working to reinvent and protect the U.S. power grid.

Finding Faces in a Crowd

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an improved method for coding important context from an image that enables a significant advance in detecting tiny faces.

Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

Tom Sorell, a professor at the University of Warwick in the U.K., suggests Isaac Asimov's famed "Three Laws of Robotics" need updating for the modern era,

Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. technology job market has expanded 2% to about 7.3 million employees since 2016, with 6.9 million employed by technology companies, according to CompTIA's latest annual Cyberstates report.

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 10:26

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Sensors on the Brain

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 00:00

Implantable wireless monitors give researchers a new look inside the human body.

Digitizing the World

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 00:00

Digital maps trawl for real-time updates.

Computing the Arts

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 00:00

Artists can use software to create art, and some software creates art all on its own.


Sat, 04/01/2017 - 00:00

2002 ACM Turing laureate Len Adleman, 2014 ACM Prize in Computing recipient Dan Boneh, 2015 ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award recipient Brent Waters, and ACM Fellows Patrick McDaniel and Paul Van Oorschot discuss current issues in cybersecurity.

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 18:36

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of the hottest fields in technology, with help from the likes of Google and RBC.

Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 13:46

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished by a camera at the Red Planet.