Computer Science

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...
Making better decisions when outcomes are uncertain

Making better decisions when outcomes are uncertain

A simple statistical trick could help make a ubiquitous model of decision processes more accurate. Markov decision processes are mathematical models used to determine the...
Gold foil discovery could lead to wearable technology

Gold foil discovery could lead to wearable technology

Some day, your smartphone might completely conform to your wrist, and when it does, it might be covered in pure gold, thanks to researchers...
Wi-fi on rays of light 100 times faster, and never overloaded

Wi-fi on rays of light: 100 times faster, and never overloaded

Slow wi-fi is a source of irritation that nearly everyone experiences. Wireless devices in the home consume ever more data, and it's only growing, and...
New extension improves inflight Wi-Fi

New extension improves inflight Wi-Fi

To air travelers who waste precious time inflight staring blankly as your browser struggles to load a page, relief may be a quick download...
Ultrashort light pulses for fast 'lightwave' computers

Ultrashort light pulses for fast lightwave computers

Extremely short, configurable "femtosecond" pulses of light demonstrated by an international team could lead to future computers that run up to 100,000 times faster...
Imagine if smartphone knew when to let us focus

Imagine if smartphone knew when to let us focus

Your personality traits, among other factors, could let researchers predict your receptiveness to smartphone interruptions—texts, push alerts, social media messages, and more. The model could lead...