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Don’t worry, driverless cars are learning from ‘Grand Theft Auto’
The blockbuster video game is one of the simulations researchers and engineers increasingly rely on to test and train the machines being primed to take control of the family sedan. AI software has been...
Scientists find a way to crack your phone's password using just the accelerometer
Perhaps you like the iOS-style string of numbers for logging into your smartphone. Perhaps you're more of a creative type, and like Android's artistic scribble system. Either way, your phone's internal...
Does Uber really prevent drunken driving? It depends on the study
People will be less tempted to drink and drive if they have an easier, safer way to get home after a night out. Uber has plenty of incentive to make this case and has reported on declines in drunken-driving...
Hong Kong lured to the table by a global game with billions up for grabs
Citing neuroscience studies, Chu said playing certain action games for 30 minutes a day over a period of two months could actually stimulate brain growth and boost memory, sight, hearing and decision-making...
Squid, eyes, and blood, oh my! 2017’s best biology images
reader comments 6 Share this story The Wellcome Trust is a major funder of biomedical research in the UK. But part of its remit is improving the public's understanding of health and medical research....
Pitt research lab accused of inflicting "pain and distress" on animals
PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh says it’s been cleared by the United States Department of Agriculture, after People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals filed a complaint about the treatment...
Public university lays off 79 IT workers after they train H-1B replacements
Enlarge / Laid-off unionized IT workers at the University of California's San Francisco campus protested and spoke to the media on their last day of work. IDG News Service reader comments 38 Share this...
University of New Brunswick creates cybersecurity ‘hub’ with new institute
The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has become a “hub” for cybersecurity, with Monday’s opening of the Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity.The first of its kind in the country, the institute will be...
Mystery radio bursts coming from dwarf galaxy
The first "fast radio burst" (FRB) was discovered 10 years ago and they have baffled astronomers ever since.The powerful but very short-lived bursts of radio waves - lasting no more than a millisecond...
Fancy a snooze? Uni students back £10k 'nap pods'
The pods, which cost up to £10,000, each provide a specially designed aircraft-style bed and users can "screen out" surrounding sound by playing relaxing music through a large-scale helmet and rotating...
Is this the face of Robert the Bruce, iconic Scottish king?
Scientists and historians believe they’ve replicated the face of Robert the Bruce, the 14th century Scottish war hero and king, reconstructed from the cast of a human skull housed by the Hunterian Museum. ...
Concerns as face recognition tech used to ‘identify’ criminals
Let’s face it: tech is throwing up many new ethical challengesMaikid/GettyBy Timothy RevellWhat can your face say about you? Face recognition technology can pick up on things like your age, gender and...
Hackers disable Carleton University computer system, demand bitcoins
Carleton University‘s IT network was taken over Tuesday, by hackers using ransomeware to demand payment via bitcoin.The Ottawa university first posted a notice late Tuesday morning advising students of...
Fijian ants grow their own plant cities and farm tropical fruits
Just doing a spot of farmingGuillaume Chomicki, University of MunichBy Alice KleinAnts beat us to it. A Fijian ant first started planting fruit crops 3 million years ago, long before human agriculture...
Google invests more in Montreal-based deep-learning experts, opens new AI lab
Shutterstock reader comments 9 Share this story Google announced today that it will extend funding for AI research at the Montreal Institute for Learning Algorithms (MILA). The company will invest a total...
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)....
AI could be 'worst thing' for humanity - Hawking
The world famous physicist and cosmologist said that as AI becomes more advanced it could bring dangers such as "powerful autonomous weapons, or new ways for the few to oppress the many".He was speaking...
Renting a supercomputer costs you as little as £90 an hour
Need some heavyweight computing work doing? Then you might be interested to learn that Edinburgh University has made its Cirrus supercomputer available for businesses to rent.Cirrus is described as a 'mid-range...
Physics Nobel goes to discoverers of world of stranger things
Bagels and pretzels explain this year’s winnersJONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/GettyBy Timothy RevellThe 2016 Nobel Prize in physics has been awarded to David Thouless from the University of Washington, Duncan...
Cornell has a plan to prove that the East Coast can have geothermal heat
EnlargeCornell University reader comments 1 Share this story Geothermal energy—energy drawn from the internal heat of the Earth—has long been the purview of mountainous, volcano- and earthquake-prone...
Fossil of mysterious sea monster unveiled
It’s been called one of the crown jewels of Scottish fossils. IT MAY not be “Nessie” the Loch Ness monster but a Scottish university has unveiled the fossil of a mysterious Jurassic sea monster, half a...
Famous Pre-Human May Have Died After Falling From Tree
Lucy, perhaps the most famous human ancestor, appears to have died after having fallen from a tree, according to a new study of her fossilized bones. The Australopithecus afarensis, which walked upright,...
Bunnies helped a great civilisation in ancient Mexico thrive
Hare’s breadth: jackrabbits (and cottontails) were economically important in ancient timesSumiko Scott/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Conor GearinThe trade in bunnies helped power an ancient economy. Teotihuacan,...
TOS agreements require giving up first born—and users gladly consent
Here is the front door of a fictitious social networking site that study participants thought was real. All participants, US university students, agreed to terms that included demanding their first born...
Germany won the Robot World Cup 2016 on penalties
A nail-biting penalty shoot-out crowned off the finals of Robocup 2016, with a team from the University of Bremen called B-Human edging out Austin Villa from the University of Texas. The game was jerky...
What explains Brexit, Trump and the rise of the far right?
Will Brexit prompt the rise of far-right movements such as Marine Le Pen’s Front National? MATTHIEU ALEXANDRE/GettyBy Simon OxenhamTo many, the rise of Donald Trump in the US and the UK’s vote to leave...
Race to save hidden treasures under threat from climate change
Ancient human treasures face threat of being eroded away at sites such as Walakpa Bay, AlaskaCourtesy of Anne JensenBy Aisling IrwinThousands of ancient treasures that have been unearthed by climate change...
Beware the Brexit bots: The Twitter spam out to swing your vote
Ignore the ballot botsNeil Hall / ReutersBy Chris BaraniukWatch out for the ballot bots. As the UK’s referendum on membership of the European Union draws near, researchers are increasingly concerned about...
High levels of education linked to heightened brain tumor risk
A university degree is linked to a heightened risk of developing a brain tumor, suggests a large observational study. Gliomas, in particular, were more common among people who had studied at university...
University pays almost $16,000 to recover crucial data held hostage
Canada's University of Calgary paid almost $16,000 ($20,000 Canadian, ~£10,800) to recover crucial data that has been held hostage for more than a week by crypto ransomware attackers. The ransom was disclosed...
University of Calgary pays $20,000 ransom to cyber attacker
The University of Calgary said it paid a $20,000 ransom demanded by anonymous cyber attackers who knocked out about 9,000 email accounts for faculty and staff and impacted communication with students...
Researchers find flaw in Europe’s tough privacy rules
Yet that right — one of the world’s most widespread efforts to protect people’s privacy online — may not be as effective as many policymakers think, according to research by computer scientists based,...
Student teams compete in EcoCAR 3 to make the best hybrid Camaro
The Ohio State University The Ohio State University is getting pretty good at EcoCAR, winning the last three years. The Ohio State University The Ohio State University is getting pretty good at EcoCAR,...
How high-tech gadgets are helping Thai students cheat on med school exams
BANGKOK – Glasses with embedded cameras and smartwatches with stored information seem like regular spy equipment for the likes of James Bond, but for three students applying to medical school in Thailand,...
High-tech Devices Take Cheating to New Level in Thai Schools
Glasses with embedded cameras and smartwatches with stored information seem like regular spy equipment for the likes of James Bond, but for three students applying to medical school in Thailand, they were...
Cool robot hand learns as it goes
It's a device that brings to mind the bodyless hand, Thing, from The Addams Family: a human-like robotic hand, engineered by scientists at the University of Washington, that can learn on its own as it...
IBM teams up with 3 Canadian universities to fight cyber crime
FREDERICTON – IBM will get help from three Canadian universities as it teaches its Watson computer system to tackle cybercrime.Watson – IBM’s question answering computer system – was originally designed...
At Carnegie Mellon, using tech to make teachers more engaging
Amy Ogan, an educational technologist at Carnegie Mellon University, calls herself a “CMU lifer” and for good reason. She nabbed both her undergraduate degree and Ph.D from the school....
Student hacks public transport smartcard
Jack Carruthers hacked Perth’s SmartRider system. A STUDENT’S university research went horribly wrong when he found himself being charged with fraud. Jack Carruthers, a student at Murdoch University in...
After “pepper spray incident,” UC Davis spent $175,000 to boost image online
Doctor PopularFurther ReadingSeattle utility wants $17,500 refund after failure to scrub negative search resultsSeattle City Light worked really hard to quash 2008 article, may sue Brand.com.The University...
‘Hotties of Melbourne University’
A Facebook page is posting photos of women without permission. Source: Facebook A UNIVERSITY student who spoke out against “misogynistic” men who were creating a rape culture is now being trolled. University...
University academic’s embarrassing email
Independent scientist Stephen Crothers received a weird email from a university academic. Source: Facebook YOU wouldn’t think you would ever hear a university academic call somebody a “poo brain”, but...
Spanish ‘Smart’ City Project Saves Time, Money
As life in cities worldwide becomes more hectic and more expensive, urban designers are resorting to modern technology to help citizens avoid traffic snarls, and shorten the time needed for shopping and...
Supercomputer recreates birth of supermassive black hole
A team of scientists from Osaka University and the University of Kentucky have simulated a group of supermassive black holes that formed 700 million years after theÂ Big Bang.Â By: Emily Reynolds, Con...
Troll says he printed racist flyers on public printers at colleges
Andrew "Weev" Auernheimer in 2012. Auernheimer told the New York Times he was behind a wave of racist print jobs that hit universities across the US.pinguino kPublic networked printers at a number of...
Gene editing could provide a cure for HIV
While antiretroviral drugs do a good job of keeping HIV infections under control, scientists are working hard to come up with a full cure for the condition. A team of researchers from the Lewis Katz School...
After a year, Carnegie Mellon and Uber research initiative is stalled
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - More than a year after Uber announced a research pact with Carnegie Mellon University - and then hired away four of the institution's faculty and 36 researchers and technicians...
Food-tracking necklace listens to you eat
The sound that you hear while chewing could become the next way of monitoring your caloric intake. That's the idea behind what researchers from the University at Buffalo in the US and Northeastern University...
Spiders also like to eat their veggies - CNET
Enlarge ImagePelegrina galathea, a species of jumping spider, enjoys a meal of nectar. David E Hill, Peckham Society If someone asks you what spiders eat, you'd probably say insects, or toads, or birds,...
Your favorite accelerator programs, ranked
For the fifth year in a row, biz school professors Yael Hochberg of Rice University and Susan Cohen of the University of Richmond have ranked the many accelerator programs now up and running in the...
Shooting planes with lasers makes for better comms
Whether they're flying over battlefields, disaster sites or search-and-rescue operations, aircraft can prove to be a valuable "eye in the sky" for ground crews. Usually, data is transmitted from those...
Binge-watching Netflix might make you miserable
The next time you load up Netflix for a weekend of binge-watching, think again -- it could make you miserable. That's according to new research from the University of Toledo, which describes binge-watching...
Are men penalized if they ask for help at work?
Gone are the days when the business world expected men to act like men and never ask for help. While no management consultant would advise male leaders to clam up instead of asking their subordinates...
Share your fitness data for an Apple Watch or cash
"We all live busy lives, but the truth is, if doctors could write one prescription for the world, it would be activity," says Jeff Williams, Apple's chief operating officer. "The beauty of this program...
University of California Berkeley once again becomes victim of cyberattack
The University of California, Berkeley, has admitted to a second data breach which may have exposed the data of 80,000 people to misuse. Current and former students, faculty members and vendors linked...
We're more disgusted by those we don't know, says study - CNET
Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.Enlarge ImageWe're more disgusted by those we see as outsiders, apparently. Disney-Pixar/YouTube screenshot...
Study: Monarch Butterfly Numbers Flutter Up, Still Off Recent Highs
Favorable weather conditions at breeding grounds for monarch butterflies in Mexico are expected to help raise their numbers to possibly more than 100 million this year, about triple of a few years ago,...
Why sweaty strangers are more disgusting than sweaty friends
“This helps explain, for instance, why we experience less disgust when our own children are sick on us or when we change their nappies.” Psychologists found that a person’s ‘core’ disgust response is...
Body fluids disgust us less if from someone who is ‘one of us’
An alienating experience, perhapsTara Moore/GettyJust being within sniffing distance of someone else’s bodily secretions is usually enough to have us wrinkling our noses in disgust. But knowing that the...
Colorless ink produces multiple colors when printed
While most of us may not give much thought to the dyes used in color inks, they are in fact often quite toxic. That's why scientists at Russia's ITMO University have developed a more eco-friendly alternative...
Why better technology won’t stop violent videos going viral
Will technology help to combat violent videos on Facebook?Reuters/Dado RuvicBy Chelsea WhyteOn Easter Sunday, a man chose 74-year old Robert Godwin Sr at random on a street in Cleveland, Ohio, shot him,...
Facebook and Apple have spent more on lobbying than they ever have this year
As Facebook has been tinkering with brain-computer interfaces and an augmented reality camera platform, it's also been cultivating some good old fashioned Washington influence. According to federal lobbying...
Facebook is looking to hire a head of news products to combat fake news
Facebook is looking to hire someone to head up its news products, a significant new role charged with helping to combat the proliferation of so-called fake news on its service. Facebook is talking to...
Facebook's moonshots: Making brains type and skin hear
It looks like just another beige office park building next to a dental office in Menlo Park, California. Yet Building 8, across the street from Facebook’s main campus, houses the social network’s biggest...
I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its component fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers. That is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark