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Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

Researchers at Harvard and MIT have developed a subdermal ink capable of monitoring vitals such as hydration and blood sugar. The team of eight researchers found that by mixing optical biosensors with tattoo ink, they are able to create tattoos (dubbed "dermal abyss" or "d-abyss") that react with the body's own fluids and …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Sep 2017
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Has science gone too far, part 97: Boffins craft code to find protesters on social networks, rate them on their violence

Mining social networks for every scrap of information about our online lives is now common practice for marketers, academics, government agencies, and so on. Text in tweets, blogs and other posts is valuable because it's searchable, analyzable, and not terribly costly to crawl, fetch or store. But ongoing computer vision …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Sep 2017
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Government lab that gives a crap pushes open source

The US government wants you to use its software, and if you're into manure, so much the better. The Idaho National Laboratory (INL), part of the US Department of Energy, last week released a new round of open-source projects in the hope that the public will take its research and run with it. Known for its MOOSE physics …
Thomas Claburn, 13 Sep 2017
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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

Innovation, fetishized by Silicon Valley companies and celebrated by business boosters, no longer provides the economic jolt it once did. In order to maintain Moore's Law – by which transistor density doubles every two years or so – it now takes 18 times as many scientists as it did in the 1970s. That means each researcher's …
Thomas Claburn, 11 Sep 2017

Brazilians waxed: Uni's Tor relay node booted after harvesting .onions

A university research project in Brazil has had its Tor relay node banned after it was caught harvesting the .onion addresses of visitors. Marcus Rodrigues, a junior researcher with the University of Campinas in São Paulo, claims he and others were working to create a tool that could tell malicious hidden services from benign …
Shaun Nichols, 25 Aug 2017
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Berkeley boffins build better spear-phishing black-box bruiser

Security researchers from UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the US have come up with a way to mitigate the risk of spear-phishing in corporate environments. In a paper presented at Usenix 2017, titled "Detecting Credential Spearphishing in Enterprise Settings," Grant Ho, Mobin Javed, Vern Paxson, and …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Aug 2017
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Dismayed by woeful AI chatbots, boffins hired real people – and went back to square one

Analysis Convinced that intelligent conversational assistants like Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana, and Apple Siri are neither particularly intelligent nor capable of sophisticated conversation, computer boffins last year began testing a crowd-powered assistant embodied by Amazon Mechanical Turk workers. The chatbot, a people-powered …
Thomas Claburn, 14 Aug 2017
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Science sugar daddy extends data-sharing policy to software

Moneybags research funder the Wellcome Trust has changed its policy on the sharing and management of research outputs to include original software, reagents and cell lines. Academics that want to get their hands on the trust's cash will have to define how they plan to manage the research outputs their work generates when they …
Rebecca Hill, 25 Jul 2017
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Boffins back bubbles for better bonding with beautiful belongings

To mark and track 3D printed objects, boffins propose injecting them with air. Air itself isn't as well suited for expression as ink, but imprisoned in a stable medium like plastic, it can be arranged to convey data. In a recently published research paper, "AirCode: Unobtrusive Physical Tags for Digital Fabrication," Columbia …
Thomas Claburn, 21 Jul 2017
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Texas says 'howdy' to completely driverless robo-cars on its roads

Texas will, from later this year, allow the entire Lone Star State to become a test bed for cars that can drive themselves with or without a human behind the wheel. A newly enacted law, SB 2205, was signed off on Thursday by Governor Greg Abbott, and will go into effect on September 1. Under the new rules, researchers can try …
Shaun Nichols, 16 Jun 2017

Shine on, you crazy Eind minds: Boffins fire out 43Gbps infrared 'Wi-Fi'

In five years or so, Wi-Fi access points could carry data at rates 100 times faster than today using infrared light rather than other portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. Researchers at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands have developed a way to use fiber optic cables, mounted with networking …
Thomas Claburn, 18 Mar 2017

UK govt's £17.3m AI-boffinry cash injection is just 'a token amount'

AI is at the forefront of the UK government’s digital strategy, and believed to be crucial to the nation's future post-Brexit. A recent study by Accenture estimated artificial intelligent systems could add up to a whopping – and borderline unbelievable – £654bn (US$802bn) to the British economy by 2035. Well, you've gotta …
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MIT goes down to the wire: Brain cable pipes electricity, chemicals, light straight into minds

MIT brain boffins have developed a tiny fiber that can carry chemical, electrical, and optical signals back and forth between the brain and an external device, offering an improved path for testing brain functions and interactions. The fiber is 200 micrometers wide, comparable to the width of a human hair. Described in a paper …
Thomas Claburn, 23 Feb 2017
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Interview: AARNet's Peter Elford on Australia's national research infrastructure

Australia is re-crafting the roadmap that guides its national research infrastructure, a task that covers everything from the network to the nation's high performance computing systems. The roadmap from the Office of the Chief Scientist was offered for public comment late last year. Guided by the hand of chief scientist Alan …
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Infosec industry to drive machine learning spend surge says analyst

The information security industry's rush to adopt machine learning will help businesses burn US$96 billion on big data, intelligence, and analytics by 2021, says research house ABI . The report by lead number cruncher Dimitrios Pavlakis claims User and Entity Behavior Analytics (UEBA) and "deep learning algorithm designs" will …
Darren Pauli, 31 Jan 2017
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Ransomware scum face unified white hat army

More security players have joined the No More Ransom initiative, which should make life hard for the cretins who create ransomware. More than 30 security research firms and law enforcement agencies have joined the initiative to unify their efforts to free victims from ransomware extortion. More than 6,000 users have used the …
Darren Pauli, 16 Dec 2016
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Dear hackers, Ubuntu's app crash reporter will happily execute your evil code on a victim's box

Users and administrators of Ubuntu Linux desktops are being advised to patch their systems following the disclosure of serious security flaws. Researcher Donncha O'Cearbhaill, who discovered and privately reported the vulnerabilities to the Ubuntu team, said that a successful exploit of the bugs could allow an attacker to …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Dec 2016

Bluetooth-enabled safe lock popped after attackers win PINs

Attackers can locate and pop safes protected with high security commercial locks thanks to poor Bluetooth implementations, say researchers at Somerset Recon say. The SecuRam ProLogic B01 locks are badged as the industry's only Bluetooth-packing lock for safes that can be paired with smartphones. The researchers (@ …
Darren Pauli, 15 Dec 2016

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