As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice

As the Arctic Warms, AI Forecasts Scope Out Shifting Sea Ice

While AI also requires complex data and a lot of initial computing power, once an algorithm is trained on the right amount and kind of data, it can detect patterns in climate conditions more quickly than physics-based models, according to Thomas Anderson, a data scientist at the British Antarctic Survey who developed an AI ice forecast called IceNet.

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

What Apple Can Do Next to Fight Child Sexual Abuse

Technology companies are required by US law to report any CSAM they find online to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), a US nonprofit child-safety organization, but Apple has historically lagged behind its competitors.

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

New weapon in fight against invasive aquatic weeds

Inside is a computer containing an artificial intelligence-based detector that has been trained to identify targeted invasive weed species and log their locations in real-time."The development of these detector modules will enable a rapid and cost-effective detection and mapping that can be used over large areas.".

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

A Barcode Scanner App With Millions of Downloads Goes Rogue

“It is frightening that with one update an app can turn malicious while going under the radar of Google Play Protect,” Collier wrote.The researcher wrote:No, in the case of Barcode Scanner, malicious code had been added that was not in previous versions of the app.

Russia’s Hacking Frenzy Is a Reckoning

Russia’s Hacking Frenzy Is a Reckoning

This week, several major United States government agencies—including the Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, Treasury, and State—discovered that their digital systems had been breached by Russian hackers in a months-long espionage operation .

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Facebook attributed one of the disinformation distribution networks to "actors associated with election interference in the US in the past, including those involved in 'DC leaks' in 2016.The network tied to IRA-linked individuals included accounts and groups collectively posing as a Turkey-based think tank.

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Google Is Launching a Global Earthquake-Detection Network

Proactive earthquake alerts will only be in California for now (which already has ShakeAlert and an established data set), and Google says that "over the coming year, you can expect to see the earthquake alerts coming to more states and countries using Android’s phone-based earthquake detection.".

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

A Super Sensitive Dark-Matter Search Yields Strange Results

More mundanely, the signal could come from contamination inside the experiment.“Despite being excited about this excess, we should be very patient,” said Luca Grandi, a physicist at the University of Chicago and one of the leaders of the 163-person experiment, which is called XENON1T.

How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

How to Spot Phony Images and Online Propaganda

If you’re a little more Photoshop savvy, you can use techniques like edge detection to see where images have been artificially put together, or check the histograms for gaps in what should be continuous ranges, another sign of editing.

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

Deepfakes Aren’t Very Good. Nor Are the Tools to Detect Them

“It’s all fine and good for helping human moderators, but it's obviously not even close to the level of accuracy that you need,” says Hany Farid, a professor at UC Berkeley and an authority on digital forensics, who is familiar with the Facebook-led project.

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook Messenger Adds Safety Alerts—Even in Encrypted Chats

Facebook today announced new features for Messenger that will alert you when messages appear to come from financial scammers or potential child abusers, displaying warnings in the Messenger app that provide tips and suggest you block the offenders.

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Gmail Is Catching More Malicious Attachments With Deep Learning

Currently 56 percent of malware threats against Gmail users come from Microsoft Office documents, and 2 percent come from PDFs. In the months that it's been active, the new scanner has increased its daily malicious Office document detection by 10 percent.

How the US Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Before They Hit

How the US Knew Iranian Missiles Were Coming Before They Hit

Instead, he attributed it to “an early warning system that worked very well.” The US has a vast network of radars and satellites dedicated to tracking missile launches around the globe, which allowed troops stationed at the Iraqi bases to take cover before the missiles struck their targets.

Revolt! Scientists Say They're Sick of Quantum Computing's Hype

Revolt! Scientists Say They're Sick of Quantum Computing's Hype

While Bermejo-Vega thinks Google’s demonstration does provide scientific value of the technology’s viability, she emphasizes their success was “narrow.” In addition, all quantum computers, including Google’s, perform inconsistently because they are prone to errors that researchers don’t know how to correct.

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Astronomers Detect Water Vapor Around Jupiter's Moon Europa

Planetary scientists have long suspected Europa may harbor a vast liquid water ocean beneath its thick, icy crust.In 2016, scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to detect what appeared to be water plumes erupting from Europa’s surface.

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

How Wily Teens Outwit Bathroom Vape Detectors

Last spring, students at Hinsdale Central High School discovered six vaping detectors in bathrooms and locker rooms around campus.Administrators tried making students take online courses if they were caught with ecigarettes; they talked to law enforcement; the Village of Hinsdale even passed an ordinance that would make it easier for officers to ticket minors caught with the devices.

'Sorry to This Man' Is the Perfect Meme for Right Now

'Sorry to This Man' Is the Perfect Meme for Right Now

This week, it got one: Keke Palmer's accidental roast, "sorry to this man.".All week, people have been using the "sorry to this man" clip to express just about everything they were confused about or wished to dismiss.

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires

Although a Louroe spokesman said the detector doesn’t intrude on student privacy because it only captures sound patterns deemed aggressive, its microphones allow administrators to record, replay and store those snippets of conversation indefinitely.“It’s not clear it’s solving the right problem.

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Artificial Intelligence May Not 'Hallucinate' After All

Louise Matsakis covers cybersecurity, internet law, and online culture for WIRED.Now, a leading group of researchers from MIT have found a different answer, in a paper that was presented earlier this week: adversarial examples only look like hallucinations to people .

Researchers Built an "Online Lie Detector." Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

Researchers Built an "Online Lie Detector." Honestly, That Could Be a Problem

Not only does the study not necessarily serve as the basis of any kind of reliable truth-telling algorithm, but it makes potentially dangerous claims: A text-based "online polygraph" that's faulty, they warn, could have far worse social and ethical implications if adopted than leaving those determinations up to human judgment.

Get Ready For Gravitational Waves All Day, Every Day

Get Ready For Gravitational Waves All Day, Every Day

For example, multiple signals of the same gravitational wave allow you to pinpoint more precisely where it originated, much like GPS uses multiple satellites to locate your position, says Jo van den Brand of VU Amsterdam, who leads an Italy-based gravitational wave observatory known as Virgo.

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Twitter Still Can't Keep Up With Its Flood of Junk Accounts, Study Finds

Flooding the Zone In an 16-month study of 1.5 billion tweets, Zubair Shafiq, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, and his graduate student Shehroze Farooqi, identified more than 167,000 apps using Twitter's API to automate bot accounts that spread tens of millions of tweets pushing spam, links to malware, and astroturfing campaigns.

Dark Matter Hunters Are Looking Inside Rocks for New Clues

Dark Matter Hunters Are Looking Inside Rocks for New Clues

Tiny Taps Around five years ago, Freese started tossing around ideas for new detector types with Andrzej Drukier , a physicist now at Stockholm University who began his career studying dark matter detection before pivoting to biophysics.

Dark Matter Hunters Pivot After Years of Failed Searches

Dark Matter Hunters Pivot After Years of Failed Searches

Even DAMA’s results have been called into question: In December, Maruyama’s team published that their detector, a South-Korea based DAMA replica made of some 200 pounds of sodium iodide crystal, failed to reproduce its Italian predecessor’s results.These experiments are all designed to search for a specific dark matter candidate, a theorized class of particles known as Weakly Interacting Massive Particles, or WIMPs, that should be about a million times heavier than an electron.

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors

“Finding those individuals is currently very difficult,” says Logan.In this study, dogs were trained to sniff out malaria through the scent of the disease in samples of socks worn by infected children.Medical Detection DogsAn entomologist by training, Logan spent the early years of his career trying to understand why some people are more attractive to mosquitoes than others.

Flood detection is a surprising capability of microsatellites mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

Flood detection is a surprising capability of microsatellites mission – Climate Change: Vital Signs of the Planet

"When I saw the first land images of inland water bodies, I was amazed at their quality," said Chris Ruf, CYGNSS's principal investigator at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The CYGNSS satellites measure wind speed by determining how choppy the water is from a microwave signal bounced off the ocean surface.