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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 17:50

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 14:31

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

Is a Stretchable Smart Tablet in Our Future?

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00

Michigan State University researchers have developed the first stretchable integrated circuit that is made using an inkjet printer.

UC Berkeley to Join Major Tech Companies in Advancing 5G Networks

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00

The University of California, Berkeley is collaborating with several major technology companies in forming the 5G Innovators Initiative, which is focused on bringing technology and academia together to advance fifth-generation networks in the U.S.

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.

Researchers Devise Efficient Power Converter for Internet of Things

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories recently unveiled a power converter that stays efficient at currents between 500 picoamps and 1 milliamp.

Li-Fi Promises Two-way Internet via Light Waves

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 11:31

But first, costs must tumble.

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Thu, 02/23/2017 - 10:11

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:35

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 14:18

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 13:58

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms, supercomputers, and big data storage and analysis.

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has announced funding to support large-scale collaboration methods that will improve intelligence analysts' ability to provide accurate, timely analyses of complex issues.

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

The new glassy-carbon electrodes developed by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have the potential to restore movement in people with spinal cord injuries.

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards and strategies for quantifying efforts to support women and girls interested in tech and science.

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 12:00

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

Wed, 02/22/2017 - 10:37

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits, its rival from IBM.

A Computer to Rival the Brain

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 16:24

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 14:58

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial life—and that was more than 40 years ago.