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Solving Silicon Valley’s Gender Problem (Mar 29, 2016)
A year ago, in March 2015, many of us were transfixed by the spectacle of Ellen Pao’s discrimination lawsuit against the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. While the jury rejected Pao’s claims, Kleiner Perkins didn’t come out unscathed: Testimony revealed a startling lack of diversity and pervasive sexism, not just in venture capital but throughout Silicon Valley. This wasn’t what we expected from an industry that claimed to be inventing the future. When women started talking, it ...
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The Path to a STEM Job Starts in Elementary School (Mar 29, 2016)
When you think of STEM, it’s likely you think of science, technology, engineering, and math, all rolled into one. At Kankakee Schools in Illinois, the STEM program aims to do a lot more than teach four topics: We want our students to apply what they learn in real-life settings. According to projections by, by 2018, the U.S. will need 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. As a district, we have to ensure that our graduates are prepared for life after formal education and ...
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IU Co-leads Project to Help Researchers Explore Big Data in HathiTrust Digitized Library (Mar 28, 2016)
Illinois English professor Ted Underwood wants to know how the language describing male and female characters in works of fiction has changed since the late 18th century. He’s using data-mining tools to gather information from thousands of books to answer that question. The problem, though, is that books published after 1922 are still under copyright protection and their content can’t be shared freely online. "There are hundreds of thousands of books out there, and we don’t talk about them...
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New Technique Wipes Out Unwanted Data (Mar 28, 2016)
Machine learning systems are everywhere. They predict the weather, forecast earthquakes, provide recommendations based on the books and movies we like, and even apply the brakes on our cars when we’re not paying attention. To do this, software programs in these systems calculate predictive relationships from massive amounts of data. The systems identify these predictive relationships using advanced algorithms—a set of rules for solving math problems—and “training data.” This data is th...
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SXSW Highlights Bright and Dark Tech Futures (Mar 27, 2016)
Visions of the future clashed during South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive in Austin, as some experts saw an uncertain future, some saw an unbounded future and some were frustrated by the present. As for uncertainty, the worlds of big data, artificial intelligence and government are just beginning to collide, and public policy decisions made now will cast shadows far into the future, panelists agreed at a session titled, Data Ethics in the Age of the Quantified Society.

XSEDE Resources Help Confirm LIGO Discovery (Mar 27, 2016)
Scientists have for the first time detected gravitational waves, ripples in the fabric of space-time hypothesized by Albert Einstein a century ago, in a landmark discovery announced in February 2016 that touts a new era in astrophysics. Einstein in 1916 proposed the existence of gravitational waves as an outgrowth of his groundbreaking general theory of relativity, which depicted gravity as a distortion of space and time triggered by the presence of matter. But until now scientists had found onl...
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FBI Warns on Risks of Car Hacking (Mar 26, 2016)
The FBI and the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have added their voices to growing concerns about the risk of cars being hacked. In an advisory note it warns the public to be aware of "cybersecurity threats" related to connected vehicles. The public service announcement laid out the issues and dangers of car hacking. "Modern motor vehicles often include new connected vehicle technologies that aim to provide benefits such as added safety features, improved fuel economy and great...
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Robot Learning Companion Offers Custom-Tailored Tutoring (Mar 26, 2016)
Parents want the best for their children's education and often complain about large class sizes and the lack of individual attention. Goren Gordon, an artificial intelligence researcher from Tel Aviv University who runs the Curiosity Lab there, is no different. He and his wife spend as much time as they can with their children, but there are still times when their kids are alone or unsupervised. At those times, they'd like their children to have a companion to learn and play with, Gordon says. T...
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A Google Computer Victorious Over the World's 'Go' Champion (Mar 25, 2016)
A Google computer clocked its third consecutive victory over Lee Se-dol, the long-reigning global champion of the world's most complex board game. That win makes the machine the clear winner in a best-of-five series. The achievements of the Google DeepMind computer, AlphaGo, are considered a significant advancement in artificial intelligence. "To be honest, we are a bit stunned," said Google DeepMind CEO Demis Hassabis, after AlphaGo's third win. "We came here to challenge Lee Se-dol, as we want...
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Your Optimized Brain: Exploring the Frontier of Neurostimulation (Mar 25, 2016)
From Hercules to Superman, humankind has always been fascinated by characters who defy the natural limits of the human body. Scientists haven’t yet figured out how to give us flight, but we know that increased cognition, strength and motor function are all possible using neurostimulation. This technology, which carefully applies magnetic or electrical energy to the brain, can make us stronger, faster, smarter and more agile — if not quite superheroes. Neurostimulation products are finally re...
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There's a Flexible Material That Can Make You Invisible to Radar (Mar 24, 2016)
When most people think of invisibility cloaks, they think of something from Harry Potter, donning a fabric that makes you blend right into the background. That might help you sneak into the restricted section of your school library, but that won’t fool radars. A team of engineers at Iowa State University published a research paper detailing the use of flexible metamaterials — man-made materials that have properties not found in nature — to cloak objects from microwave radar detection.The t...
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Thomas Sterling: ‘Why We Want to be Part of OpenHPC’ (Mar 24, 2016)
The Indiana University Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies has been part of the OpenHPC community effort since it was launched in November 2015. In a recent Q&A with OpenHPC, Professor Thomas Sterling, associate director and chief scientist of CREST, explains the basis for the partnership. As the father of Beowulf clusters, developed in collaboration with Don Becker, Professor Sterling has experienced first-hand the singular power of community-wide involvement. He sees a similar po...
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Emails and Tweets Help Drive Climate Change (Mar 23, 2016)
Even email and social network campaigns used to promote Earth Hour, the annual symbolic dimming of lights to fight global warming, are inevitably contributing to climate change. In the 10th edition of the World Wild Fund for Nature, an NGO-backed event that raises awareness on climate change effects, the world’s landmark monuments and participating establishments will go dark at 8:30 p.m. their local time for a whole hour. Along with the activity comes the call to adjust lifestyles to slash pe...
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What Will a Driverless Future Actually Look Like? (Mar 23, 2016)
There is a growing consensus that autonomous vehicles (AVs) will soon be a reality. The debate today centers not on whether, but how soon, AVs will be commonplace on our roads. But for all the buzz surrounding AVs, many details about what a driverless future will look like remain unclear. Which business models will work best for the commercialization of AVs? Which AV usage models will be most appealing for consumers? Which companies are best positioned to win in this new market? These are big qu...
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This New Discovery Could Put Quantum Computers Within Closer Reach (Mar 22, 2016)
One of the obstacles that has kept quantum computers on the distant horizon is the fact that quantum bits -- the building blocks with which they're made -- are prone to magnetic disturbances. Such "noise" can interfere with the work qubits do, but scientists announced a new discovery that could help solve the problem. Specifically, by tapping the same principle that allows atomic clocks to stay accurate, researchers at Florida State University’s National High Magnetic Field Laboratory have fou...
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Computer-Assisted Approaches as Decision Support Systems Serving to Combat the Zika Virus (Mar 22, 2016)
Global climate change, international travel and ineffective vector control programs are aiding the emergence of infectious diseases globally. The currently expanding Zika virus epidemic is one such problem. The rapid expansion of this disease to epidemic proportions in South America in 2015-16 has led the World Health Organization to declare ZIKV a public health emergency. No drug is known to treat ZIKV infection; neither do we have any vaccine which can prevent the spread of the virus. While sc...
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The World's First Solar Airport No Longer Pays for Electricity (Mar 21, 2016)
Fed up with their hefty electricity bill, managers at Cochin International Airport in southern India took matters into their own hands. Three years ago, they began adding solar panels -- first on the roof of the arrivals terminal, then on and around an aircraft hangar. The success of those initial efforts led to a much bigger endeavor. Last year, the airport commissioned the German company Bosch to build a vast 45-acre solar plant on unused land near the international cargo terminal. The plant c...
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Would You Let a Robot Invest Your Hard-Earned Cash? (Mar 21, 2016)
The floors of the New York and London Stock Exchanges now exist mostly for show. The real trading is done automatically by robots. About three-quarters of trades on the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq are done by algorithms - computer programs following complex sets of rules. And this "robo-trading" is having a profound effect on the investment world, from global hedge funds right down to personal savers. But what are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing computers to manage the world'...
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New Analytical Model for E-Sports Predicts Who is Winning and Why (Mar 20, 2016)
A new analytical model for e-sports developed by researchers in Sweden, Denmark and Germany, not only helps game developers better understand how players perform, but can also predict the outcome of the game. E-sports is the term used for the increasingly popular phenomenon of competitive computer and video gaming, where individuals or teams play against each other in various online environments. The game has millions of active players around the world that play tournaments and compete for prest...
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K Computer Simulates Global Seismic Wave Propagation (Mar 20, 2016)
Researchers at the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) reported simulating global seismic wave propagation with a best-ever accuracy of 1.2 sec seismic period for a three-dimensional Earth model on Japan’s K supercomputer. Optimizing the code allowed them achieve sustained performance of 1.24 petaflops on the K computer, which is 11.84% of its peak performance. Their work is reported in the International Journal of High Performance Computing Applications (A 1.8 trill...
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NSF Seeks ‘Breakthroughs’ for Energy-Efficient Computing (Mar 19, 2016)
Breakthroughs, by their nature, are rarely generated on demand. That said, the energy problem in computing today is so acute that the National Science Foundation and Semiconductor Research Corporation are joining forces to stimulate research into developing ‘breakthroughs’ in energy-efficient computing. The new NSF-NRC grants program, Energy-Efficient Computing: from Devices to Architectures, has a budget of up to $4 million per year and is currently seeking proposals due in late March. “T...
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Discovery Could Herald New Particle (Mar 19, 2016)
First gravitational waves opened a new window on the universe. Now data from the Large Hadron Collider, or LHC, in Switzerland could change the standard model of physics. Physicists from the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences analyzed LHC information from 2011 and 2012 and noticed an anomaly that wasn't predicted by the standard model, the institute said in a press release.

Dark Matter Satellites Trigger Massive Birth of Stars (Mar 18, 2016)
One of the main predictions of the current model of the creation of structures in the universe, known at the Lambda Cold Dark Mattermodel, is that galaxies are embedded in very extended and massive halos of dark matter that are surrounded by many thousands of smaller sub-halos also made from dark matter. Around large galaxies, such as the Milky Way, these dark matter sub-halos are large enough to host enough gas and dust to form small galaxies on their own, and some of these galactic companions,...
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Quality Control for Genetic Sequencing (Mar 18, 2016)
Researchers in the Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering at ETH Zurich in Basel have developed a new method that allows them to record the vast range of antibodies in an individual, genetically in one fell swoop. For example, they can track very precisely how the immune system produces antibodies following a vaccination or an infection. The new genetic method, established by scientists led by Sai Reddy, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, delivers far more information than the prev...
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Show, Don't Tell: How Video is Swamping the Internet (Mar 17, 2016)
Asked what inspired him to write the cult 1979 hit single Video Killed the Radio Star, songwriter Trevor Horn said it came from the idea that "video technology was on the verge of changing everything". More than 35 years later, it's digital video - particularly on mobile - that is changing everything again. Video will account for 80% of all internet traffic by 2019, up from 64% in 2014, says technology giant Cisco. Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says that 90% of the social network's content wi...
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