Computer Science

New computer model could turn simple film scripts into animations

A new computer model can translate text describing physical movements directly into simple computer-generated animation, a first step toward someday generating movies directly from...

Algorithms cannot detect liars by facial expressions, says new study

Though algorithms are increasingly being deployed in all facets of life, a new USC study has found that they fail basic tests as truth...

It’s time for smart fitness trackers to smarten up

Smart fitness trackers are actually pretty dumb. And, when it comes to keeping track of activity, so are humans. Your smartphone’s accelerometer, which measures movement, can...

Apple iPhones could have been hacked for years – here’s what to do about...

For many years, the Apple iPhone has been considered one of the most secure smart phones available. But despite this reputation, security issues that might...

Five ways AI could make your car as smart as a human passenger

Driving long distances without a passenger can be lonely. If you’ve ever done it, you might have wished for a companion to talk to –...

Scientists demonstrate first all-optical neural network for deep learning

Even the most powerful computers are still no match for the human brain when it comes to pattern recognition, risk management, and other similarly...

Scientists create low-power, low-cost network for 5G connectivity

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a cheaper and more efficient method for Internet-of-Things devices to receive high-speed wireless connectivity. With 75 billion...

Facial recognition: ten reasons you should be worried about the technology

Facial recognition technology is spreading fast. Already widespread in China, software that identifies people by comparing images of their faces against a database of records...

AirDrop is making your iPhone vulnerable to attackers

Whether you're checking text messages on your smartwatch or sharing selfies with a friend at a concert, it's becoming easier and easier to send...

Electric car charging stations may be portals for power grid cyberattacks

Electric cars are an essential component of a lower-carbon future. However, a new report raises the specter that plug-in electric vehicles — and the charging...

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Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This popular painkiller may harm your blood sugar

In a new study, researchers found popular pain drug opioid tramadol (marketed as ConZip and Ultram) may increase the risk of developing hypoglycemia, or...

Popular high blood pressure drug may increase risk of bowel disease

High blood pressure harms one in ten adults across the globe, and it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. The most common treatments...
Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damaging heart and kidneys

Common painkiller may harm your immune system, damage heart and kidneys

In a recent study, researchers found that a widely used type of painkiller may increase risks of heart failure and kidney disease. The type of...