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Building a Brain May Mean Going Analog

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Analog circuits consume less power per operation than CMOS technologies, and so should prove more efficient.

Cracking the Code on DNA Storage

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Researchers are tapping DNA to create a new and different type of storage media. The technology could prove revolutionary.

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Flush with recent successes, and pushed by even newer technology, AI systems could get much smarter.

Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Sat, 07/01/2017 - 00:00

Jean E. Sammet, an American computer scientist who served as the first female president of ACM, passed away on May 21 at the age of 89.

How Quantum Trickery Can Scramble Cause and Effect

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:52

Albert Einstein is heading out for his daily stroll and has to pass through two doorways.

Under Pressure, Western Tech Firms Bow to Russian Demands to Share Cyber Secrets

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 15:01

Western technology companies, including Cisco, IBM and SAP, are acceding to demands by Moscow for access to closely guarded product security secrets, at a time when Russia has been accused of a growing number of cyber attacks on the West, a Reuters investigation has found.

CMU to Harness Power of Collaboration to Advance Artificial Intelligence

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00

Carnegie Mellon University plans to establish one of the largest and most experienced collaborative research groups in the world.

Drones That Drive

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing robots that can maneuver around on land and fly through the air.

New Design Improves Performance of Flexible Wearable Electronics

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00

A new flexible thermoelectric energy harvester could rival existing wearable electronic devices using body heat as their source of energy.

Most People Expect Humans Will Grow to Trust, Even Love, AI

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00

Most people expect artificial intelligence eventually will earn the trust and even affection of humans.

Cornell to Team With IBM to Protect Global Milk Supply

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:00

Researchers will use genetic sequencing and big data analysis to help keep the global milk supply safe.

Here's What You Need to Know About the Google E.U. Fine

Wed, 06/28/2017 - 10:46

The European Union's head of antitrust enforcement announced a record $2.7 billion fine against Google on Tuesday, accusing the search engine for illegally favoring its own comparison shopping service as customers used Google to search for products online. That's the biggest fine Europe has imposed on any company ever.

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 16:58

At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation's needs.

Eyes In the Sky

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:02

One of America's least known National Historic Landmarks may also be its ugliest. It''s kept hidden inside Building 32 on the grounds of the Johnson Space Center in Houston and is identified simply as Chamber A.

Building a Better IoT

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 13:27

A robust and resilient Internet of Things framework is critical for future progress. New and emerging concepts may illuminate the path.

IU Study Finds Most People Aren't as Happy as Their Friends on Social Media

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18

A study by researchers at Indiana University found people with the most connections on social media are happier.

How Pythons Regenerate Their Organs and Other Secrets of the Snake Genome

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18

Researchers are using supercomputers to study reptile evolution. Gears Up to Get 30,000 Students Psyched Up About Computer Science

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 12:18 recently launched a free, year-long course that is designed to provide more than 30,000 low-income students the opportunity to learn how to program.

Facial Recognition May Boost Airport Security But Raises Privacy Worries

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:45

Passengers at Boston's Logan International Airport were surfing their phones and drinking coffee, waiting to board a flight to Aruba recently when a JetBlue agent came on the loudspeaker, announcing: "Today, we do have a unique way of boarding."

Synthetic Iris Could Let Cameras React to Light Like Our Eyes Do

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:59

An artificial iris can open and close in response to sunlight without any other outside control, just like the ones in your eyes.