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October 23, 2016

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October 23, 2016

Weakness of 2G Mobile Phone Networks Revealed

Oct. 21, 2016 — A fast and relatively simple attack on second generation digital mobile phone communications highlights the need to update security on older mobile ... read more

Designing the Future Internet

Oct. 20, 2016 — This century, our world will be flooded with hundreds of billions of smartphones, gadgets, sensors and other smart objects connected to the internet. New research is at the forefront of efforts to ... read more

Donald or Hillary? Tweetcast Predicts Your Vote

Oct. 18, 2016 — What you tweet says a lot about your politics and who you are going to vote for in this highly volatile presidential election, according to TweetCast, an online tool developed by Northwestern ... read more

Computers Should Be Named on Patents as Inventors, for Creativity to Flourish

Oct. 17, 2016 — New research is calling for inventions by computers to be legally granted patents. The research states that the rapid increase in computer power is posing new challenges when it comes to patenting an ... read more

Oct. 13, 2016 — A highly reliable and accurate navigation system has been developed that exploits existing environmental signals such as cellular and Wi-Fi, rather than the Global Positioning System (GPS). The ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — 'Ferroelectric' materials can switch between different states of electrical polarization in response to an external electric field. This flexibility means they show promise for many ... read more

Just Give Me Some Privacy

Oct. 12, 2016 — Not everyone who strives to navigate the internet without being tracked is up to no good. This is the underlying premise of a qualitative study led by researchers who gathered the stories of people ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — Researchers behind a new online game are inviting members of the public to look under a virtual microscope and contribute directly to Alzheimer's disease ... read more

Encrypting Medical Photos With Chaos

Oct. 11, 2016 — Chaos and confusion could be used to encrypt color photos and protect them from prying eyes, according to computer scientists in Algeria. Writing in a new article, the team describes a new algorithm ... read more

Oct. 10, 2016 — Hundreds of millions of people rely on Internet or app-based symptom checkers to help make sense of symptoms or self-diagnose diseases. The first direct comparison shows human doctors outperform ... read more

Brain-Inspired Device to Power Artificial Systems

Oct. 7, 2016 — New research has demonstrated that a nanoscale device, called a memristor, could be used to power artificial systems that can mimic the human brain. Artificial neural networks (ANNs) exhibit learning ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — A team of researchers have used ultrasonic forces to accurately pattern thousands of microscopic water-based droplets. Each droplet can be designed to perform a biochemical experiment, which could ... read more

Oct. 6, 2016 — The elusive and complex components of creativity have been identified by computer ... read more

Online Emancipation: Protecting Users from Algorithmic Bias

Oct. 6, 2016 — To establish a system of auditability and build trust and transparency when it comes to internet use, researchers want to learn more about the concerns and perspectives of internet users with the aim ... read more

'Virtual Physiotherapist' Helps Paralyzed Patients Exercise Using Computer Games

Oct. 5, 2016 — A simple device can improve the ability of patients with arm disability to play physiotherapy-like computer games, according to new ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Researchers have engineered a material that could lead to a new generation of computing devices, packing in more computing power while consuming a fraction of the energy that today's electronics ... read more

Study Solves 50-Year-Old Puzzle Tied to Enigmatic, Lone Wolf Waves

Oct. 4, 2016 — Solitary waves called solitons are one of nature’s great curiosities. In a new paper, a team of mathematicians, physicists and engineers tackles a famous, 50-year-old problem tied to these ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Computation is stuck in a rut. The integrated circuits that powered the past 50 years of technological revolution are reaching their physical limits. This predicament has computer scientists ... read more

Oct. 4, 2016 — Big Data means that professional fishermen will soon be getting their own decision-making tool. It will tell them where fish shoals are located, and how their vessels can be operated as economically ... read more

Gone Phishin': How Our Ability to Spot Phishing Emails Is Far from Perfect

Oct. 3, 2016 — Each year, tens of millions of phishing emails make it to your inbox, uncaught by your email client's spam filter. Of those, millions more slide past our own judgment and are clicked and opened. ... read more

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