Using Computers to Identify Deadly Bacteria Japanese researchers develop a machine learning tool to identify deadly bacteria species based on their unique growth characteristics.

Various industries rely on accurate detection and identification of bacterial species. For example, food-processing plants often have to test their products for bacterial contamination to ensure it is safe for human consumption. In hospitals, a quick and accurate method to READ MORE

Command a Robot By Tilting Your Head New advances in robotic control systems allows wearers of Google Glass to control a robot, hands-free!

by Nichole Sullivan Many marvel at the immense computing power available in modern day wearable devices. However, few appreciate the many sensors that work together in these devices. Wearable electronics contain many sensors that continually collect data. Picture a smartwatch READ MORE

Can We Teach a Computer to Be Creative? Researchers at Apple write an algorithm that lets computers train other computers to learn patterns

by Mohit Nalavadi Creativity is no small task. We do our best to cultivate and cherish the imagination of young children, and struggle to maintain those senses as we get older. But what exactly is creativity? Can its rules be READ MORE

Can Science Help You Become the Ultimate Cook? A new way of analysing flavors adds a new principle to cooking

You just came back from a romantic night out at your favorite restaurant. Unfortunately, as luck would have it, the meal tasted a little off. None of the ingredients had gone bad, but they tasted weird together. This feeling is READ MORE

Chasing Alien Worlds with a Flying Telescope SOFIA is the name of a telescope that flies in the stratosphere to collect data that is unimpeded by the Earth's atmosphere

The airborne Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a flying observatory aboard a modified Boeing 747 that takes infrared astronomy readings at approximately 41,000 feet above the Earth’s surface. It recently observed a mini-eclipse of the extrasolar planet named READ MORE

Writing the Alphabet of Life Computer Models Show that The Basic Units of Life Were Not Randomly Selected

by Elizabeth Miller Blue Marble Space Young Scientist Program When studying the origin of life on Earth, scientists must rely on past data, physical laws, and models  instead of direct observations. After all, we can’t know for sure what the READ MORE

Would a Self-Driving Car Kill You If it Had the Chance? A series virtual reality experiments approach the uncomfortable subject of whether human ethics should inform the ethics of self-driving cars.

What started out as a study of ethical decision making for self-driving cars turned into a study of human psychology. How do we decide, when a collision is inevitable, who or what to hit? No one wants to be confronted READ MORE

Microbial Computers: Is There Anything that Bacteria Can’t Do? Though we won’t be seeing bacteria computers on our desks any time soon, this group of researchers demonstrated that cleverly arranged bacteria operate like a rudimentary computer.

Really, is there anything that microbes can’t do?

The Information Flow of Life Our genes are the software and our traits are the hardware, one pushing the development of the other.

From chemistry to biology to social networks, specific shared principles should guide how information is organized and how it cycles through these stacks. If this theory of common principles can be demonstrated, we would gain a deeper understanding of the flow of information through life.

Are facial morphs a reliable way to produce fake IDs? Experiments show how often humans and computers misidentify a morphed ID image as an unfamiliar person

by Nichole Sullivan Most people can identify a familiar face in a photo, even if the picture is taken at an unusual angle, or in poor lighting. Think about how easily you may recognize someone you know in a social READ MORE