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Bias test to prevent algorithms discriminating unfairly
Algorithms discriminate, tooFrances Roberts/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Matt ReynoldsCOMPUTERS are getting ethical. A new approach for testing whether algorithms contain hidden biases aims to prevent automated...
Recoded organism paves way to new genetic language of life
Preparing for a new way of lifeJuergen Berger/SPLBy Colin BarrasA form of life that uses a fresh genetic “language” could be just a few years away. This comes after geneticists used a new technique to...
Your brain fills gaps in your hearing without you realising
“Yes, I think I caught what you said!”PeopleImages/GettyBy Aylin WoodwardNoise is everywhere, but that’s OK. Your brain can still keep track of a conversation in the face of revving motorcycles, noisy...
Drone helps Alps search and rescue teams
Swiss company Flyability said its robot, called Elios, can reach places too dangerous for humans.It joined forces with the Zermatt Glacier Mountain Rescue team to test fly one into a large crack in the...
Egyptian Researchers Turn Shrimp Shells into Biodegradable Plastic
Researchers at Egypt's Nile University are developing a way to turn dried shrimp shells that would otherwise be thrown away into thin films of biodegradable plastic they hope will be used to make eco-friendly...
Poker-playing AI program first to beat pros at no-limit Texas hold 'em
A team of computing scientists is once again capturing the world's collective fascination with artificial intelligence. In a historic result for the flourishing AI research community, the team has developed...
Formula 1 in 2017 means fat tires and wide wings
reader comments 10 Share this story Last year's championship winning team, Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport. The new-for-2017 W08 has a lot to live up to; its three predecessors all won the World Constructor's...
How Blizzard distilled Overwatch’s hope from Project Titan’s failure
Enlarge / Blizzard's Jeff Kaplan says he thinks they did a good job capturing the feel of this very early concept art for Overwatch in the final product. We have to agree.Kyle Orland reader comments 8...
Mark Hamill, who did not die; a doll snoops; chief tattoo officer
A blond, bright-eyed doll that chatters about horses and hobbies just might be a spy — or at least an eavesdropper on your child. The New York Times reported that Germany’s Federal Network Agency has...
Vitamin D in our food could save lives
Because the likes of us can't be trusted to eat properly or go outside in the sunshine, poor old science is once again having to pick up the pieces and fix our frail, pale bodies. The latest plan that...
Team makes planet hunting a group effort, finds more than 100 candidates
An international team of astronomers released the largest-ever compilation of exoplanet-detecting observations made using a technique called the radial velocity method. They demonstrated how these observations...
The high-performance computing that made one Hyperloop team’s pod possible
Enlarge / Engineering dean Gregory Washington (right) and the HyperXite crew proudly flank their entry in the Hyperloop Pod Competition.Steve Zylius / UCI reader comments 4 Share this story Here at Ars,...
The close ties between Silicon Valley and the NBA's best team
The elder Lacob is a veteran venture capitalist from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. When he bought the team in the summer of 2010, he joined forces with entertainment mogul Peter Guber and formed an...
Newest Visual Studio Release Candidate Gets Improved .NET Core Tooling
Microsoft fixes bugs and delivers better .NET Core and ASP.NET Core experiences ahead of the Visual Studio 2017 Integrated Development Environment official release later this year. Visual Studio 2017...
Hyperloop pod competition yields a few outstanding models, tunnel announcement
reader comments 16 Share this story Megan Geuss From left to right: part of WARR's pod casing, MIT's pod, Delft's pod, all awaiting time in the low-pressure tube environment. Megan Geuss MIT's Hyperloop...
Human-pig 'chimera' embryo grown in lab
The so-called chimera embryo has been hailed as a breakthrough that could overcome the problem of organ shortages.But some experts say the development raises huge ethical issues, especially if any of...
Trump team reportedly wants to strip FCC of consumer protection powers
Enlarge / President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York City.Getty Images | Drew Angerer reader comments 43 Share this story President-elect Donald Trump's transition team is reportedly pushing...
Android's creator is jumping back into the smartphone business
Andy Rubin — the creator of the Android software that powers most of the world's smartphones — is working on a suite of hardware products including a smartphone to rival Apple's iPhone and Google's Pixel,...
Wells Fargo profit falls after scandal
Wells Fargo said Friday its profit fell 5 percent in the first full quarter after regulators said that bank employees opened millions of customer accounts fraudulently to meet sales goals. The scandal...
Trump picks Rudy Giuliani to meet with companies about cybersecurity
President-elect Donald Trump's administration will hold private industry meetings on cybersecurity preparedness, led by Rudy Giuliani, the transition team and Giuliani announced today, although important...
Trump transition team walks back request for DoE staffers’ names
reader comments 6 Share this story On Wednesday, a spokesman for President-Elect Trump’s transition team told Reuters that the team would not be seeking the names of Department of Energy (DOE) employees...
Hackers are stealing files and asking people to infect other computers to get them back
Popcorn Time was discovered last week by Malware Hunter Team, a group of cybersecurity researchers, who posted screenshots of the malware on Twitter. TWEET Users are warned that entering the wrong decryption...
Teen makes $5000 a week sitting on couch
Aussie Anathan Pham and his new team mates. Picture: OG AT JUST 16 years old, Anathan ‘Ana’ Pham told his family and friends he was dropping out of school and moving halfway across the globe to pursue...
How one F1 team uses cybersecurity to keep the crown jewels under lock and key
EnlargeGlenn Dunbar/Williams reader comments 3 Share this story As is the case for so many industries in recent years, Formula 1 has been transformed by data. Each team designs and tests its cars in silico,...
Unconscious brain training beats phobias without the stress
Don’t think about spidersPaul Waterman/EyeEm/GettyBy Clare WilsonNo need to face your fears, they could be made to just melt away. A new way of curing phobias can nudge people into unconsciously thinking...
How to Build a Threat Hunting Team to Bolster Cyber-Security Operations
Enterprise cyber-security in 2016 means going on the offensive. Perimeters are penetrated constantly, both internally and externally. Building an effective threat-hunting team can improve a network's defense...
UdeM selected as only Canadian university to take part in international AI competition
Students from Université de Montréal (UdeM) are one of 12 teams competing for the Alexa Prize.The annual university competition is dedicated to accelerating the field of artificial intelligence (AI)....
Microsoft Hopes to Lure Developers from Slack With Teams
Microsoft's move into the team collaboration space with Microsoft Teams is aimed not only at knowledge workers, but squarely at developers. Microsoft’s new team collaboration tool, Microsoft Teams, is...
Microsoft Teams is the firm's app-filled answer to Slack and HipChat
Microsoft has not been sitting idly as Slack and HipChat have become the de facto kings of online workplace collaboration. The firm has just announced the long-rumored Teams app, a familiar-looking answer...
Drone World Championships: Drone racing in the land of Jurassic Park
reader comments 3 Share this story A drone lifts off from the start line at the Drone Worlds 2016. David Stock Drone Worlds 2016. in Hawaii. You might recognise the backdrop from Jurassic Park. Pictured...
Google Adds 5 New Features to G Suite
G Suite's new capabilities will allow users to collaborate more efficiently using Google's suite of email and productivity apps, the company said. Google has updated its G Suite set of cloud applications...
New technique allows for holograms that can be seen from any angle
In December 1977, when Star Wars first lit up the screens of movie theatres around the world, cinemagoers watched as as a holographic Princess Leia pleaded for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi.Today, she'd probably...
Anomalies Discovered in the Great Pyramid
Scientists using new technology have announced some intriguing new discoveries while peering deep inside the great pyramids of Giza. The results come from the Scan Pyramids group, a collaboration between...
A team of physicists dispels Rayleigh's curse
The resolution of an optical system (like a telescope or a camera) is limited by the so-called Rayleigh criterion. An international team has broken this limit, showing that it is not a fundamental curse....
Project Blue plans to send space telescope to snap nearby worlds
LET’S take a look next door. A team of astronomers, entrepreneurs and philanthropists has launched an ambitious campaign to grab the first ever picture of a distant, possibly Earth-like world. Project...
Overwatch continues its Team Fortress-ization with first PvE brawl
Overwatch's first Halloween update. reader comments 13 Share this story If you were concerned that the online team-combat game Overwatch didn't have enough blatant similarities with online team-combat...
Vaccinating babies without vaccinating babies
Scientists have long understood that mother's milk provides immune protection against some infectious agents through the transfer of antibodies, a process referred to as "passive immunity." A research...
Low energy electric field found suitable for quick magnetic recording
A novel, highly energy efficient and ultrafast magnetization control scheme has been successfully demonstrated by international team of scientists. With low-energy terahertz photons, the team succeeded...
When you mix high explosives with worms
The classic game is back with a vengeance. WORMS are traditionally thought of as friendly garden-dwelling creatures essential to any good compost heap. Take garden variety worms, however, put them in a...
Camera spots your hidden prejudices from your body language
Look to the body languageCavan Images/plainpictureBy Aviva RutkinARE your hidden biases soon to be revealed? A computer program can unmask them by scrutinising people’s body language for signs of prejudice....
Cyclists break human-powered speed record
A major record was shattered this month, when cyclists managed to break the land speed record for human-powered transportation twice at the 2016 World Human-Powered Speed Challenge. During the event, held...
Plastic flower blooms thanks to its own internal molecular clock
Shape-shifting puttySheiko et al. Nature CommunicationsBy Sandrine CeurstemontTick-tock. Shape-shifting objects can now have their own version of a biological clock, thanks to a new material that transforms...
Exclusive: World’s first baby born with new “3 parent” technique
Blackout Concepts/AlamyBy Jessica HamzelouIt’s a boy! A five-month-old boy is the first baby to be born using a new technique that incorporates DNA from three people, New Scientist can reveal. “This is...
A world first: Cardiovascular team carries out a new type of procedure on a heart valve
A team of heart surgeons and cardiologists used new catheter technology to repair a leaky tricuspid valve for the very first time. The Cardioband serves as an innovative and low-impact method of repairing...
‘Goat Man’ Among 2016 Ig Nobel Winners
Not to be confused with the august Nobel Prize, Thursday night saw the awarding of this year’s Ig Nobel Awards, which are given to scientific studies that “make people laugh, and then think.” While the...
BBC holographic TV experiment could put Mary Berry in your living room
No stranger to experimenting with technological innovations, the BBC has been exploring how future technologies could change how we watch TV by creating an experimental holographic TV.In a post on the...
Hackers take control of a Tesla on the road - from 12 miles away
The potential dangers of connected and driverless cars have been put into the spotlight by a team of hackers that took remote control of a Tesla Model S while it was moving.Now, before we go any further,...
Head transplant team’s new animal tests fail to convince critics
Head transplants could bring hope for those with broken necksScience Photo LibraryBy Helen ThomsonVideo footage seen by New Scientist appears to show a dog walking three weeks after its spinal cord was...
Exploration team shoots for the moon with water-propelled satellite
Cislunar Explorers, a team of Cornell University students guided by Mason Peck, a former senior official at NASA and associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is attempting to boldly...
Microsoft Office 365 Groups Produce SharePoint Team Sites
Microsoft's collaboration-enhancing Groups feature now includes the ability to launch SharePoint team sites, courtesy of a new integration. Since the 2014 launch of Office 365 Groups, Microsoft has been...
Nanobots could swarm like bats to hunt out brain tumours
Role models for nanobotsJoel Sartore/National Geographic CreativeBy Jessica HamzelouInvestigating the deepest regions of a person’s brain is no easy task. Tiny robots crawling through it could help. It’s...
Microsoft just made SharePoint Online a much more attractive proposition
Microsoft has revealed several enhancements to SharePoint Online team sites, one of which is tighter integration with the Office 365 suite.If you're not familiar with the concept of SharePoint's team sites,...
Life thrived on young Earth: scientists discover 3.7-billion-year-old fossils
A team of Australian researchers has uncovered the world's oldest fossils in a remote area of Greenland, capturing the earliest history of the planet and demonstrating that life on Earth emerged rapidly...
NASA team probes peculiar age-defying star
For years, astronomers have puzzled over a massive star lodged deep in the Milky Way that shows conflicting signs of being extremely old and extremely young. Researchers initially classified the star as...
Interstellar probes will be eroded on the way to Alpha Centauri
Wafersats will blaze a trail for little, light spacecraftbreakthroughinitiatives.orgBy Jacob AronWhen you’re travelling at one-fifth the speed of light, even a small collision can hurt. Now we know exactly...
BPA can disrupt painted turtles' brain development could be a population health concern
Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, affecting turtle habitats. Last year, a team of researchers determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function in painted...
Mouse’s body made entirely transparent to reveal nervous system
Is it a ghost, a shaman or a dead, transparent mouse?Ali ErtürkBy Andy CoghlanBehold the entire nervous system of a mouse, revealed in unprecedented detail by turning the animal’s body completely transparent....
Spider silk: Mother Nature's bio-superlens
Hot on the heels of a paper revealing that a team of researchers has used a nanobead-derived superlens to break the perceived resolution barrier, the same team has achieved another world first by using...
The International 2016: the greatest event not just in Dota 2 but in all of e-sports
reader comments 0 Share this story The greatest game in the world is Dota 2, and the greatest event in the Dota 2 calendar is The International. Sixteen teams meet at Seattle's KeyArena to compete for...
‘Dinosaurs not wiped out from asteroid’
A team of 12 scientists uncovered more than a tonne of fossils and dinosaur remains aged between 67 and 71-million-years-old during an expedition to the James Ross Island area of Antarctica in February...
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Update: New Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus price information and release date information has become available, so we've added it to our ongoing review.The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is the new Android phone that's...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8 'comeback' phone
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus bump up the screen size by doing away with a physical home button and dramatically reducing the frame - or bezel.Taking up nearly all of the front of the phone, the screen curves...
Samsung Galaxy S8 hands-on: Samsung produces a stunning redesign
reader comments 15 Share this story Jennifer Hahn NEW YORK CITY—After tons of leaks and speculation, the Galaxy S8 is finally here. Samsung took the wraps off its newest flagship at the swanky Lincoln...
Samsung unveils Galaxy S8, after Note 7 fiasco
NEW YORK -- Samsung seems to be playing it safe with its first major smartphone since the embarrassing recall of its fire-prone Note 7.The Galaxy S8 features a larger display than its predecessor, the...
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