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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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The Death of “Digital”

Words are a powerful vehicle for meaning and understanding, connected to individual or group perspectives, interpretations, and connections. The word “Digital” has been part of our vocabulary landscape for a long time. It was only after reading Nicholas Negroponte’s  book, “Being Digital” in 1995, that I began to be aware of the term and its [...]

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Stunning Art: Invisible Wireless Networks

Stunning Art: Invisible Wireless Networks

Invisible wireless networks are transformed into beautiful beams of colour in a series of photographs.   The images, created by Newcastle University researcher Luis Hernan, show the ‘spectres’ of wireless networks sweeping, swirling and swooping around a ghostly figure. They were produced as part of Luis’s Digital Ethereal project, which aims to bring the invisible [...]

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Controlling Brain Waves to Improve Vision

Controlling Brain Waves to Improve Vision

Have you ever accidentally missed a red light or a stop sign? Or have you heard someone mention a visible event that you passed by but totally missed seeing?   “When we have different things competing for our attention, we can only be aware of so much of what we see,” said Kyle Mathewson, Beckman [...]

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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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