Computer Science

Your phone’s fingerprint lock has a weakness

Your phone’s fingerprint lock has a weakness

The fingerprint-based security systems on phones and other electronic devices may be more vulnerable than previously thought. Fingerprint-based authentication systems feature small sensors that don’t capture...
Spray-on memory could enable bendable digital storage

Spray-on memory could enable bendable digital storage

USB flash drives are already common accessories in offices and college campuses. But thanks to the rise in printable electronics, digital storage devices like these...
Finding faces in a crowd

Finding faces in a crowd

Context is key when looking for small things in images Spotting a face in a crowd, or recognizing any small or distant object within a...
A new solution to get faster page loads

A new solution to get faster page loads

System allocates data center bandwidth more fairly, so no part of a webpage lags behind others. A webpage today is often the sum of many...
New quantum gadget could make contactless payment more secure

New quantum gadget could make contactless payment more secure

A prototype gadget that sends secret keys to encrypt information passed from a mobile device to a payment terminal, could help to answer public...
Quantum computers may have higher ‘speed limits’ than thought

Quantum computers may have higher ‘speed limits’ than thought

How fast will a quantum computer be able to calculate? While fully functional versions of these long-sought technological marvels have yet to be built, one...
Protecting web users' privacy

MIT: protecting web users’ privacy

Most website visits these days entail a database query -- to look up airline flights, for example, or to find the fastest driving route...
Machine learning lets scientists reverse-engineer cellular control networks

Machine learning lets scientists reverse-engineer cellular control networks

The flow of information between cells in our bodies is exceedingly complex: sensing, signaling, and influencing each other in a constant flow of microscopic...
Google Street View cars are eyes on the ground for urban methane leaks

Google Street View cars are eyes on the ground for urban methane leaks

A set of Google Street View mapping cars, specially equipped with cutting-edge methane analyzers, are allowing Colorado State University researchers to "see" invisible methane...
Artificial intelligence

How A.I. captured a volcano’s changing lava lake

One of our planet's few exposed lava lakes is changing, and artificial intelligence is helping NASA understand how. On January 21, a fissure opened at...