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Most Complete Antarctic Map for Climate Research Made Public

Most Complete Antarctic Map for Climate Research Made Public

The University of Waterloo has unveiled a new satellite image of Antarctica, and the imagery will help scientists all over the world gain new insight into the effects of climate change.   Thanks to a partnership between the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the prime contractor for the RADARSAT-2 program, [...]

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Can Our Computers Get Smaller, More Powerful?

Can Our Computers Get Smaller, More Powerful?

From their origins in the 1940s as sequestered, room-sized machines designed for military and scientific use, computers have made a rapid march into the mainstream, radically transforming industry, commerce, entertainment and governance while shrinking to become ubiquitous handheld portals to the world.   This progress has been driven by the industry’s ability to continually innovate [...]

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Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

Sensors That Improve Rail Transport Safety

A new kind of human-machine communication is to make it possible to detect damage to rail vehicles before it’s too late and service trains only when they need it — all thanks to a cloud-supported, wireless network of sensors.   A train running on damaged wheels could easily be heading for serious trouble. This is [...]

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Some Texting Bans Linked to Lower Traffic Deaths

Some Texting Bans Linked to Lower Traffic Deaths

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health examined the impact texting-while-driving laws have had on roadway crash-related fatalities, and the findings are published in the August issue of the American Journal of Public Health.   Of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 years, 31 percent reported they had read [...]

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Is Your Data Safe? Why You Should Care More About Spam

The Center for Research on Electronic Commerce (CREC) at The University of Texas at Austin is working to protect consumer data by using a company’s spam volume to evaluate its security vulnerability through the SpamRankings.net project. “The goal is to alert companies that they are spamming [and] hold them accountable to stop spamming, thus enhancing [...]

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Thousands of Secret Keys Found in Android Apps

Thousands of Secret Keys Found in Android Apps

In a paper presented — and awarded the Ken Sevcik Outstanding Student Paper Award — at the ACM SIGMETRICS conference on June 18, Jason Nieh, professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, and PhD candidate Nicolas Viennot reported that they have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store where [...]

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Tool to Make the Internet of Things Safer

Tool to Make the Internet of Things Safer

Computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a tool that allows hardware designers and system builders to test security- a first for the field. One of the tool’s potential uses is described in the May-June issue of IEEE Micro magazine.   “The stakes in hardware security are high,” said Ryan Kastner, [...]

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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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Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

Toward Smarter Underwater Drones

The news was not good. An underwater drone armed with the best technology on the planet had descended repeatedly to the bottom of the Indian Ocean, trying to find Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Time after time, it turned up nothing.   If Nina Mahmoudian has her way, the next generation of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) [...]

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Measuring Fine Dust Concentration Via Smartphone

Measuring Fine Dust Concentration Via Smartphone

Big cities in the smog: Photos from Beijing and, more recently, Paris clearly illustrate the extent of fine dust pollution. But what about our direct environment? What is the pollution concentration near our favorite jogging route? Scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) are developing a sensor that can be connected easily to smartphones. In [...]

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