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NASA Preps for Space-Based Laser Communications

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is preparing to demonstrate the feasibility of using high-capacity laser communications in space.

NASA's Europa Flyby Mission Moves into Design Phase

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:18

A mission to examine the habitability of Jupiter's ocean-bearing moon Europa is taking one step closer to the launchpad, with the recent completion of a major NASA review.

Smart Cities Begin To Face Security Concerns

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 11:06

"The attack surface is growing faster than the protections."

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code by Stealing from Other Programs

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 16:04

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.

Collapse of Aztec Society Linked to Catastrophic Salmonella Outbreak

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 15:21

One of the worst epidemics in human history, a sixteenth-century pestilence that devastated Mexico's native population, may have been caused by a deadly form of salmonella from Europe, a pair of studies suggest.

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated 10 highly ranked players.

Smartphones Are Revolutionizing Medicine

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say smartphone add-ons and applications are turning the smartphones into revolutionary medical tools.

Tricky Landing

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00

University of Cincinnati researchers are using a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to test how fuzzy logic helps autonomous aerial drones overcome the difficulties of landing on a moving platform.

New Resource for Optical Chips

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated that silicon optical devices can reproduce physical phenomena used by high-end telecommunications optoelectronic components.

HPC Technique Propels Deep Learning at Scale

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00

Baidu's Silicon Valley Artificial Intelligence Lab has released a modified implementation of the ring all-reduce OpenMPI algorithm for the deep-learning community.

Computer Bots Are Like Humans, Having Fights Lasting Years

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 12:00

Software robots designed to fix errors on Wikipedia often engage in online fights lasting years, with bots repeatedly undoing each other's edits.

Trump Inspires Encryption Boom in Leaky D.C.

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:42

Poisonous political divisions have spawned an encryption arms race across the Trump administration, as both the president’s advisers and career civil servants scramble to cover their digital tracks in a capital nervous about leaks.

Knight, Dr. John C.

Mon, 02/27/2017 - 10:10

John Charles Knight, 69, of Charlottesville, VA, passed away on Thursday, February 23, 2017, after a courageous battle with hypersensitivity pneumonitis.

Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 17:03

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 14:48

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are exploring unpredictable issues with autonomous car technology that might be solved with embedded software to avoid accidents.

Report: Reforming STEM Ed at Research Universities

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00

Instructional methods for science, technology, engineering, and math undergraduate programs must change with education research, according to a new report.

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in the U.K. are working to develop advanced machine-to-machine communication systems that capture and transmit images from highly efficient vision sensors mimicking the human retina.

Rethinking HPC Platforms for 'Second Gen' Applications

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in the U.K. are suggesting a new approach to high-performance computing infrastructure involving containerization is required by second-generation applications.

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