Computing

  1. Computing

    How to stop phone apps from spying on you

    Many apps — especially free ones — collect data on a user and then sell them to advertisers. A new tool can help monitor that misuse of personal data and beef up privacy protection.

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  2. Tech

    AI can guide us — or just entertain

    Advances in artificial intelligence are changing the worlds of medicine, education and the arts.

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  3. Tech

    Computers can translate languages, but first they have to learn

    Translation programs are getting quite good at converting text from one language to another. Translating between three or more languages at once is trickier.

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  4. Tech

    Seeing the world through a robot’s eyes

    Engineers in California have developed a new kind of camera that aims to give drones, self-driving cars and other robots better vision.

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  5. Tech

    Scientists Say: Radar

    This is a system used to detect objects large and small. It works by sending out radio waves and waiting for them to bounce back.

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  6. Computing

    Video games level up life skills

    A new study shows that playing video games can sharpen important life skills, including communication, adaptability and resourcefulness.

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  7. Materials Science

    Vinegar dissolves new electronics when they’re no longer needed

    Now you see it, now you don't. A new lightweight, low-cost technology disintegrates in kitchen vinegar.

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  8. Computing

    Math + teens + practice = a winning competition

    Training for an Olympics of math helps students stretch their creativity and learn problem solving skills. If you like puzzles, you might want to check out these events.

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  9. Brain

    When is an epileptic seizure about to strike?

    Two high-school research projects suggest ways to identify early warnings of a coming epileptic seizure. This might give people time to free themselves from potentially dangerous activities.

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  10. Tech

    Teaching robots right from wrong

    Robots of the future will face tricky dilemmas. Researchers are working on tools to help robots make the right choices and keep people safe.

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  11. Physics

    Single atoms become teensy data storage devices

    Most people consider a thumb drive to be an amazingly small device for storing data. But this new system uses a ten-thousandth the number of atoms of today’s data-storage devices.

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  12. Computing

    Germs power new paper batteries

    New paper-based batteries rely on bacteria to generate electricity. These ‘papertronic’ power systems may be a safer choice for remote sites or dangerous environments.

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