Follow the Bitcoin to find victims of human trafficking

Public Release: 16-Aug-2017   New machine learning algorithms will trace authors of exploitative advertising NYU Tandon School of Engineering BROOKLYN, New York – A team of university researchers has devised the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin – the primary payment…

Electronic devices can be covertly turned into active sonar devices to monitor you and others even through walls

Public Release: 16-Aug-2017 Computer scientists use music to covertly track body movements, activity University of Washington   Caption Left-to-right: UW professor of computer science and engineering Tadayoshi Kohno, UW doctoral student Rajalakshmi Nandakumar and UW associate professor of computer science and engineering Shyam Gollakota. Not pictured is team member and UW doctoral student Alex Takakuwa.…

Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017 Device instantly delivers new DNA or RNA into living skin cells to change their function Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State’s College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest…

Astronauts to bring asteroid back into lunar orbit

Public Release: 7-Aug-2017   Italian Space Agency presents plans to develop a robotic solar-powered spacecraft capable of displacing a near-Earth asteroid towards lunar orbit for ease of study Springer   Future space exploration aims to fly further from Earth than ever before. Now, Italian Space Agency scientists have expressed an interest in contributing to the…

Why humans find faulty robots more likeable

Public Release: 4-Aug-2017   New social robotics research finds that humans prefer interacting with faulty robots significantly more than with robots that function and behave flawlessly Frontiers   IMAGE: One of the study participants interacting with the robot during the experiment. Credit: Center for Human-Computer Interaction It has been argued that the ability of humans…

Our solar system’s ‘shocking’ origin story

Public Release: 3-Aug-2017   New work offers fresh evidence supporting the supernova shock wave theory of our solar system’s origin Carnegie Institution for Science   Caption The colors represent the relative amounts of short-lived radioactive isotopes, such as iron-60, injected into a newly formed protoplanetary disk (seen face on with the protostar being the light…

Man versus (synthesis) machine

Public Release: 3-Aug-2017   Active machine learning for the discovery and crystallization of gigantic polyoxometalate molecules Wiley   Who is the better experimentalist, a human or a robot? When it comes to exploring synthetic and crystallization conditions for inorganic gigantic molecules, actively learning machines are clearly ahead, as demonstrated by British Scientists in an experiment…

A robot that grows

  Public Release: 20-Jul-2017   Mechanical engineers develop a robot that can navigate its environment by extending its reach University of California – Santa Barbara At first glance, robots would appear to have exactly nothing in common with sweet peas or other climbing vines. Yet thanks to some innovative scientists, they now share at least…

Shh! Proven security for your secrets

Public Release: 14-Jul-2017   Kyoto University demonstrates the strength of its new cipher Kyoto University   IMAGE: Kyoto University demonstrates the security of a cipher based on chaos theory. Credit: Kyoto Univeristy / Eiri Ono Kyoto, Japan — How do we know if the electronic keys we use in our devices are really secure? While…

A single nuclear warhead could cause devastating climate change resulting in widespread drought and famine that could cost a billion lives.

Public Release: 13-Jul-2017 Why a single nuke’s impact shouldn’t only be measured in megatons Study: Even ‘limited’ nuclear strike could cause widespread drought, famine University of Nebraska-Lincoln   A test in 1952 of a nearly 10.9-megaton nuclear bomb at Enewatak Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. A team of Nebraska scientists have concluded that even a…

New evidence in support of the Planet Nine hypothesis

Public Release: 12-Jul-2017   FECYT – Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology   IMAGE: Will another planet be added to the list of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune in our Solar System? Credit: NASA Last year, the existence of an unknown planet in our Solar system was announced. However, this hypothesis…

Self-driving cars may soon be able to make moral and ethical decisions as humans do

Public Release: 5-Jul-2017   New study demonstrating that human ethical decisions can be implemented into machines has strong implications for managing the moral dilemmas autonomous cars may face on the road Frontiers Can a self-driving vehicle be moral, act like humans do, or act like humans expect humans to? Contrary to previous thinking, a ground-breaking…