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Likely Author of Original Bitcoin Paper? Researchers Uncover Linguistic Evidence

Likely Author of Original Bitcoin Paper? Researchers Uncover Linguistic Evidence

The primary author of the celebrated Bitcoin paper is most likely Nick Szabo, a blogger and former George Washington University law professor, according to students and researchers at Aston University’s Centre for Forensic Linguistics.   Their research also challenges the claim that Dorian S. Nakamoto is the main author of the paper, an assertion made [...]

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Electric ‘Thinking Cap’ Controls Learning Speed

Electric ‘Thinking Cap’ Controls Learning Speed

Caffeine-fueled cram sessions are routine occurrences on any college campus. But what if there was a better, safer way to learn new or difficult material more quickly? What if “thinking caps” were real?   In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Vanderbilt psychologists Robert Reinhart, a Ph.D. candidate, and Geoffrey Woodman, assistant [...]

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Complex Systems May Be Highly Controllable

Complex Systems May Be Highly Controllable

We don’t often think of them in these terms, but our brains, global financial markets and groups of friends are all examples of different kinds of complex networks or systems. And unlike the kind of system that exists in your car that has been intentionally engineered for humans to use, these systems are convoluted and [...]

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Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

Acoustic Cloaking Device Hides Objects from Sound

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that both the cloak and anything beneath it are not there.   The acoustic cloaking device works in [...]

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Finding Software Errors Via Genetic Algorithms

Finding Software Errors Via Genetic Algorithms

According to a current study from the University of Cambridge, software developers are spending about the half of their time on detecting errors and resolving them. Projected onto the global software industry, according to the study, this would amount to a bill of about 312 billion US dollars every year. “Of course, automated testing is [...]

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Battery-Free Gesture Recognition for All Devices

Battery-Free Gesture Recognition for All Devices

Mute the song playing on your smartphone in your pocket by flicking your index finger in the air, or pause your “This American Life” podcast with a small wave of the hand. This kind of gesture control for electronics could soon become an alternative to touchscreens and sensing technologies that consume a lot of power [...]

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First Single-Molecule LED Created

First Single-Molecule LED Created

The ultimate challenge in the race to miniaturize light emitting diodes (LED) has now been met: a team led by the Institut de Physique et de Chimie des Matériaux de Strasbourg (IPCMS, CNRS/Université de Strasbourg), in collaboration with UPMC and CEA, has developed the first ever single-molecule LED. The device is formed from a single [...]

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40 Percent of Parents Learn How to Use Technology from Their Children

40 Percent of Parents Learn How to Use Technology from Their Children

Just how are adults learning to use technology? Chances are if you are a parent, your child is teaching you. A recent paper published in the Journal of Communication found that between 30%-40% of parents were taught how to use the computer and Internet from their children.   Teresa Correa, University Diego Portales (in Santiago, [...]

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The Cyborg Era Has Started

The Cyborg Era Has Started

Medical implants, complex interfaces between brain and machine or remotely controlled insects: Recent developments combining machines and organisms have great potentials, but also give rise to major ethical concerns. In a new review, KIT scientists discuss the state of the art of research, opportunities, and risks.   They are known from science fiction novels and [...]

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In Search of . . . Time Travelers

In Search of . . . Time Travelers

It started over a poker game. Astrophysicist Robert Nemiroff and his students were playing cards (for chips) last summer, chatting about Facebook. They wondered: If there were time travelers among us, would they be on social media? How would you find them? Could you Google them?   “We had a whimsical little discussion about this,” [...]

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