Human hearing beats the Fourier uncertainty principle
Mexican jumping beans may influence robot design (w/ Video)
Crowdsourced RNA designs outperform computer algorithms
An enthusiastic group of non-experts, working through an online interface and receiving feedback from lab experiments, has produced designs for RNA molecules that are consistently more successful than those generated by the ...
New algorithm finds you, even in untagged photos
A new algorithm designed at the University of Toronto has the power to profoundly change the way we find photos among the billions on social media sites such as Facebook and Flickr. This month, the United ...
Better robot vision: Neglected statistical tool could help robots better understand the objects in the world around them
Object recognition is one of the most widely studied problems in computer vision. But a robot that manipulates objects in the world needs to do more than just recognize them; it also needs to understand their ...
New approach enhances quantum-based secure communication
University of Calgary scientists have overcome an 'Achilles' heel' of quantum-based secure communication systems, using a new approach that works in the real world to safeguard secrets.
Encryption is less secure than we thought
Information theory—the discipline that gave us digital communication and data compression—also put cryptography on a secure mathematical foundation. Since 1948, when the paper that created information theory first appear ...
New algorithm quickly identifies most dangerous risks in a power grid amid millions or billions of possible failures
Each summer, power grids are pushed to their limits, as homes and offices crank up the air conditioning in response to rising temperatures. A single failure in the system—such as a downed power line or ...
Multiview 3-D photography made simple
Computational photography is the use of clever light-gathering tricks and sophisticated algorithms to extract more information from the visual environment than traditional cameras can.
Four microphones, computer algorithm enough to produce 3-D model of simple, convex room
Blind people sometimes develop the amazing ability to perceive the contours of the room they're in based only on auditory information. Bats and dolphins use the same echolocation technique for navigating ...
Carnegie Mellon tracking algorithm inspired by Harry Potter's Marauder's map (w/ video)
New research could let vehicles, robots collaborate with humans
You get into your car and ask it to get you home in time for the start of the big game, stopping off at your favorite Chinese restaurant on the way to grab some takeout.