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Security Risk: We Ignore Online Warnings

Security Risk: We Ignore Online Warnings

Say you ignored one of those “this website is not trusted” warnings and it led to your computer being hacked. How would you react? Would you:   A. Quickly shut down your computer? B. Yank out the cables? C. Scream in cyber terror? For a group of college students participating in a research experiment, all [...]

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New Technique for Generating Electricity

New Technique for Generating Electricity

Research scientists at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have demonstrated a new technique for generating electrical energy. The new method can be used in harvesting energy from mechanical vibrations of the environment and converting it into electricity. Energy harvesters are needed, for example, in wireless self-powered sensors and medical implants, where they could ultimately [...]

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Cybersecurity Experts Discover Lapses in Heartbleed Bug Fix

A detailed analysis by cybersecurity experts from the University of Maryland found that website administrators nationwide tasked with patching security holes exploited by the Heartbleed bug may not have done enough. First disclosed in April 2014, Heartbleed presents a serious vulnerability to the popular OpenSSL (Secure Sockets Layer) software, allowing anyone on the Internet to [...]

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Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

Infusing Science Into ‘Minecraft’ Modification

The 3-D world of the popular “Minecraft” video game just became more entertaining, perilous and educational, thanks to a comprehensive code modification kit, “Polycraft World,” created by University of Texas at Dallas professors, students and alumni.   With “Polycraft World,” the millions of “Minecraft” players worldwide will now be able to incorporate the properties of [...]

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Circuits That Melt Away When You’re Done

Circuits That Melt Away When You’re Done

Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology pioneered by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Early results demonstrate the entire complement of building blocks for integrated circuits, along with various sensors and actuators with relevance to clinical medicine, [...]

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Talking to Your Car Is Often Distracting

Talking to Your Car Is Often Distracting

Two new AAA-University of Utah studies show that despite public belief to the contrary, hands-free, voice-controlled automobile infotainment systems can distract drivers, although it is possible to design them to be safer.   “Even though your car may be configured to support social media, texting and phone calls, it doesn’t mean it is safe to [...]

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Linking Television and the Internet

Linking Television and the Internet

In the “LinkedTV” project, researchers are seamlessly connecting TV offerings with the Internet. Audiences will benefit from an informative and personalized viewing experience.   The panel discussion is getting heated — but what exactly is in the new proposed law that the experts on TV are arguing about so vigorously? Up until now, spontaneous questions [...]

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Rebellious Rhythms at the Heart of Nature

Rebellious Rhythms at the Heart of Nature

Physicists are using equations to reveal the hidden complexities of the human body.   From the beating of our hearts to the proper functioning of our brains, many systems in nature depend on collections of ‘oscillators’; perfectly-coordinated, rhythmic systems working together in flux, like the cardiac muscle cells in the heart. Unless they act together, [...]

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Turing Test Success Marks Milestone in Computing History

Turing Test Success Marks Milestone in Computing History

An historic milestone in artificial intelligence set by Alan Turing — the father of modern computer science — has been achieved at an event organised by the University of Reading.   The 65 year-old iconic Turing Test was passed for the very first time by supercomputer Eugene Goostman during Turing Test 2014 held at the [...]

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Security and Privacy? Now They Can Go Hand in Hand

Security and Privacy? Now They Can Go Hand in Hand

Online identification and authentication keeps transactions secure on the Internet, however this has also implications for your privacy. Disclosing more personal information than needed online when, say, you log in to your bank website may simplify the bank’s security at the cost of your privacy. Now, thanks to research by the EU-funded project Attribute-based Credentials [...]

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