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River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:01

At this point, we've worked out the basics of the processes that produced the topography around us here on Earth.

U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:05

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google.

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:54

Despite enormous benefits, the Internet also encourages crime, global conflict, and economic disruption.

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers says a new machine-learning algorithm can take a recipe and transform it into an alternative dietary style.

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

New software is designed to eliminate multiple hypothesis testing errors in interactive data exploration and visualization systems using real-time statistical safeguards.

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.

Google Program Inspires Kids to Learn Coding

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

Google's Code in the Community Program aims to help 3,000 underprivileged children develop computational skills for possible technology careers.

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:53

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity.

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:25

French computer scientist Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 15.

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:55

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington.

FCC Votes to Start Rolling Back Landmark Net Neutrality Rules

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:09

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to begin undoing a key decision from the Obama era that could relax regulations on Internet providers.

Machine Learning Algorithms Re-Create City in 3D Using Only Image Data

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00

Varcity is a new platform that collects massive amounts of image data of a city and uses algorithms to automatically create a three-dimensional model of it.

Cinematography on the Fly

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.

This Spy App Can See If You've Visited Whistleblowing Sites on the Dark Web

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00

New spyware can determine whether online users have visited whistleblowing sites on the Dark Web.

Imec Demonstrates Self-Learning Neuromorphic Chip That Composes Music

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have created the world's first self-learning neuromorphic chip, based on OxRAM technology, that demonstrates the ability to compose music.

Microrobots Inspired by Nature

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed microrobots that mimic the rowing action of the cilia present in the single-celled paramecium.

What This Apple-Picking Robot Means for the Future of Farm Workers

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 11:31

Robots are replacing human workers at a faster pace than any other point in history. Most of these robots are in factories, but a new kind of mechanized worker has hit apple orchards.

A Chinese Genome Giant Sets Its Sights on the UItimate Sequencer

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:51

The world's largest genetics research center isn't at Harvard or Stanford or even the NIH. It's a 20-mile drive from Hong Kong International Airport, in the bustling Chinese city of Shenzhen.

Vint Cerf on His 'Love Affair' with Tech and What’s Coming Next

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 10:00

The father of the Internet looks back at the last 50 years, and ahead to what faces IT.