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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.

Unexpected, Star-Spangled Find May Lead to Advanced Electronics

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas say they have developed a material that can transform from an atomically thin, two-dimensional sheet into an array of one-dimensional nanowires.

Seeing Sound

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:00

Texas A&M University professor Tim Davis uses sparse matrix algorithms to create works of electronic art by visualizing music.

Using Virtual Reality to Catch a Real Ball

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:00

Disney researchers have developed ways to enhance virtual experiences involving interactions with physical objects by showing how a person using a virtual reality system can use it to catch an actual ball.

'Girls in STEM' Culture Is Failing Both Girls and STEM

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:00

Cleoniki Kesidis writes that a culture that tries to encourage girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields guilt-tripped her into pursuing such a career, which she found unrewarding and left.

Quadruped Robot Exhibits Spontaneous Changes in Step with Speed

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 12:00

Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan have successfully demonstrated that a quadruped robot can spontaneously change its steps between energy-efficient patterns.

How to Hunt for a Black Hole with a Telescope the Size of Earth

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:43

Here's how to catch a black hole. First, spend many years enlisting eight of the top radio observatories across four continents to join forces for an unprecedented hunt.

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 16:30

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Research Leads to a Golden Discovery for Wearable Technology

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00

Missouri S&T researchers have developed a way to "grow" thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials.

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.

WPI Researcher Wants to Transform Your Commute

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00

Worcester Polytechnic Institute professor Yanhua Li has proposed an alternative urban transit system that uses a hub-and-spoke configuration with shared shuttles.

A Professor Built an AI Teaching Assistant for His Courses--and It Could Shape the Future of Education

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 12:00

Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ashok Goel has created an artificially intelligent teaching assistant.

Hash Function SHA-1 is Broken

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 10:42

The industry should be scrambling for upgrades.   

Mathematicians Create Warped Worlds in Virtual Reality

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 20:05

"It feels like the entire universe is within a sphere that is maybe within a couple metres' radius," says topologist Henry Segerman at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 15:20

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous systems.

How Aristotle Created the Computer

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00

Modern computers would not exist without the influence of Aristotelean principles.

Research Teaches Machines to Decipher the Dawn Chorus

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00

The U.K. Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is supporting research on deciphering the timing and sequences of bird calls.