Computer Science

Material could bring optical communication onto silicon chips

Material could bring optical communication onto silicon chips

The huge increase in computing performance in recent decades has been achieved by squeezing ever more transistors into a tighter space on microchips. However, this...
Should scientists work to enhance our brains

Should scientists work to enhance our brains?

As scientists get better at interpreting the language of the brain, they get closer to not just treating disease, but also enhancing our senses...
Software flaw affects security of nearly every Wi-Fi enabled device

Software flaw affects security of nearly every Wi-Fi enabled device

Hacks and cybersecurity attacks are in the news so frequently—and the threats can be so abstract—that some people find it easier to tune out. But...
Wearable gadget could shield your voice from hackers

Wearable gadget could shield your voice from hackers

A security-token necklace, ear buds, or eyeglasses could eliminate vulnerabilities in voice authentication—the practice of logging in to a device or service with your...
5 ways to protect yourself from retail and restaurant data breaches

5 ways to protect yourself from retail and restaurant data breaches

Theft of payment card information through retail and restaurant data breaches is becoming more common. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were more...
Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods

Physics boosts artificial intelligence methods

Researchers from Caltech and the University of Southern California (USC) report the first application of quantum computing to a physics problem. By employing quantum-compatible machine...
For $1,000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

For $1,000, anyone can purchase online ads to track your location and app use

Privacy concerns have long swirled around how much information online advertising networks collect about people's browsing, buying and social media habits -- typically to...
Toward unbreakable encrypted messages Quantum communication

Toward unbreakable encrypted messages: Quantum communication

Chinese researchers recently announced a landmark advancement: They used a satellite orbiting Earth to beam pairs of quantum-entangled photons to two Tibetan mountaintops more than...
Fast-moving magnetic particles could enable new form of data storage

Fast-moving magnetic particles could enable new form of data storage

Recently discovered phenomenon could provide a way to bypass the limits to Moore’s Law. New research has shown that an exotic kind of magnetic behavior...
'Lost chapel' of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3-D model

‘Lost chapel’ of Westminster Palace revealed in new 3D model

The first dedicated House of Commons chamber, destroyed in the 1834 Palace of Westminster fire, has been reconstructed with the help of 3D visualization...