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Jul 03, 2014
Tailor-made surface swaps light polarization

A new approach to manipulating light using two-dimensional metamaterials called metasurfaces offers a compact alternative to traditional methods. The researchers believe the basic geometry of cascading patterned metallic sheets can provide the basis for cleverly designing and fabricating a broad range of optical devices, including symmetric circular polarizers, polarization rotators, and asymmetric linear polarizers. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Applied Electromagnetics  Grbic, Anthony  Guo, L. Jay  Metamaterials  

Jun 25, 2014
Cockroaches rule! And heres why

Cockroaches actually have much to teach in the realm of robust systems - something we want in our technology. The article references a recent video featuring Prof. Shai Revzen's work in applying cockroach lessons to robotics. [Full Story]

Jun 17, 2014
Semitransparent PV cells go designer

Prof. Jay Guo and his team have engineered what are believed to be the first semitransparent, colored photovoltaic cells. Broadening the use of solar power while maintaining aesthetic appeal for all kinds of environments, this technology could become energy-harvesting billboards on the sides of buildings, solar window shades in our homes and even stained glass, Guo said. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Solar Cell Technology  

Jun 02, 2014
Small, Simple Terahertz Detector Converts The Pulses To Sound

Terahertz waves, which are non-ionizing and can penetrate fabrics and body tissue, could be used to reveal hidden weapons and spot skin cancer and tooth decay. But they are notoriously difficult to detect. Engineers at the University of Michigan [Prof. Jay Guo, Prof. Ted Norris and their students] have invented a simple new way to sense them. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Terahertz Technology  

May 29, 2014
Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box

In the Wall Street Journal opinion piece, the authors quote Prof. J. Alex Halderman on electronic voting, who says "With today's security technology, no country in the world is able to provide a secure Internet voting system." More that 30 US states and territories currently allow some form of internet voting. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 21, 2014
Business Adapts to a New Style of Computer

"For more than a decade technologists have predicted and argued about the onslaught of these ubiquitous devices [Internet of Things]. 'There is lot of quibbling about what to call it, but theres little doubt that were seeing the inklings of a new class of computer,' says David Blaauw, who leads a lab at the University of Michigan that makes functioning computers no bigger than a typed letter o." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

May 21, 2014
Silicon Valley to Get a Cellular Network, Just for Things

Prof. David Blaauw comments on What's Next - which in this article means the Internet of Things, and the need for a wireless network for "things" rather than person-to-person communication. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Blaauw, David  Internet of Things  

May 21, 2014
BBC: Is Estonia e-Voting Safe?

In this audio interview, Prof. J. Alex Halderman details some of the security risks that his research team has uncovered in the Estonian electronic voting system. Up to a quarter of the electorate will vote online. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 20, 2014
Terahertz Detectors Go Handheld

"Today terahertz detectors are commonplace in airports, where you enter a glass-walled chamber while the detector swings around you, snooping under your clothes for weapons. Now researchers have found a way to downsize the detector portion of those machines into chip-sized devices." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  Norris, Theodore B.  Optics and Photonics  Solid-state Devices and Nanotechnology  Terahertz Technology  

May 19, 2014
Schools adding computer coding to curriculum

Prof. Elliot Soloway comments on the trend toward integration of coding as an important aspect of one's education. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

May 16, 2014
The Washington Post: How Russia could easily hack its neighbors elections

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 16, 2014
PC World: Estonian electronic voting system vulnerable to attacks, researchers say

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 16, 2014
The Guardian: Estonian e-voting shouldnt be used in European elections, say security experts

Research conducted by Prof. J. Alex Halderman and his collaborators has shown a number of security flaws in Estonia's Internet voting system. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Digital Democracy  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

May 12, 2014
Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

The spread of coding instruction, while still nascent, is "unprecedented theres never been a move this fast in education," according to Prof. Elliot Soloway. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Soloway, Elliot  Technology for Education  

May 01, 2014
Eye of the Tiger: U.S. Army Eyes Night Vision Contact Lenses

"Were talking featherweight futuristic night vision awesomeness here, Iron Man soldier suit style, without the hulking suit. They seem almost as cool as Googles blood glucose-level tracking contacts." [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Graphene  Sensors  

Apr 29, 2014
Wired: Its Crazy What Can Be Hacked Thanks to Heartbleed


Related Topics:  Security (Computing)  

Apr 17, 2014
PsiKicks batteryless sensors poised for coming Internet of Things

Apr 17, 2014
Infrared Sensor Could Lead to Night Vision Contact Lenses (with video)

Apr 17, 2014
New York Times: Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed

Apr 17, 2014
Heartbleed Software Snafu: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Apr 15, 2014
Heartbleed Hackers Steal Encryption Keys in Threat Test

Apr 15, 2014
Hacker From China Wastes Little Time in Exploiting Heartbleed

Apr 15, 2014
Researchers find thousands of potential targets for Heartbleed OpenSSL bug

CSE researchers have used ZMap, their Internet address scanning software, to perform comprehensive scans of the IPv4 address space and to identify servers still vulnerable to the Heartbleed exploit. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  Security (Computing)  

Apr 15, 2014
Michigan Daily: Internet security flaw left University sites vulnerable

Apr 10, 2014
Vox: Take these 4 steps right now to protect yourself from the Heartbleed bug

In the wake of the Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, Vox interviews Research Prof. Michael Bailey who comments on steps you can take to better protect your information on the web. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Bailey, Michael  Security (Computing)  

Apr 09, 2014
The Heritage of Mead & Conway: What Has Remained the Same, What Has Changed, What Was Missed, and What Lies Ahead

This recent Point of View article in the Proceedings of the IEEE reflects upon the impact of the vision and ideas of Prof. Emerita Lynn Conway and her collaborator Carver Mead of Caltech, and the work the two did in ushering in the VLSI revolution. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Computer Architecture  Conway, Lynn  

Apr 09, 2014
AAMI: Cyberthreats Loom with the End of Windows XP Support

In this Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation article, Prof. Kevin Fu comments on the security threats that healthcare facilities will face with the end of Windows XP support on April 8. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

Apr 09, 2014
Fu: FierceHealthIT - As Windows XPSecurity Updates Cease, Whats Next for Healthcare Providers?

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

Apr 08, 2014
Have New Cars Gone Haywire?

ECE Professor Jim Freudenberg comments on the increasing complexity of automobile electronics with Discovery News. Commenting on this, he said that the complexity of software in a vehicle is daunting, and added that the average Ford in 2010 had 10 million lines of code, more than the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. [Full Story]


Related Topics:  Automotive industry  Freudenberg, James S.  

Apr 08, 2014
Cafarella - Washington Post: Twitter is surprisingly accurate at predicting unemployment


Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Apr 02, 2014
Cafarella: The Economist - Big Data - Separating tweet from chaff


Related Topics:  Big Data  Cafarella, Michael  

Apr 01, 2014
Guo: Science World - Beautiful Energy

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Mar 24, 2014
Olson: The Wall Street Journal - Driverless Cars Are Data Guzzlers

Mar 20, 2014
Night-Vision Contact Lenses that use Infrared Technology

Mar 20, 2014
Stained Glass Windows that Double as Solar Panels


Related Topics:  Guo, L. Jay  

Mar 20, 2014
Graphene Gives You Infrared Vision in a Contact Lens

Feb 28, 2014
Fu: Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry - Five MedTech Influencers You Should Know

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Fu, Kevin  Medical Device Security  

Feb 26, 2014
Taking a step toward a machine that can think


Related Topics:  Lu, Wei  

Feb 14, 2014
After two years, bipedal robot takes steps outside


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Feb 06, 2014
Halderman: The Baltimore Sun - Experts worry about election fraud threat

[Full Story]


Related Topics:  Halderman, J. Alex  

Jan 09, 2014
Halderman: Wired - Four Information Security Stories of 2013 You May Have Missed (ZMap)

Jan 09, 2014
Markov: Forbes/Quora: Are There Too Many Students Going Into Computer Science?

[Full Story]

Jan 06, 2014
Markov: Huffington Post college blog/Quora - Why Do Professors Spend Their Precious Time in Teaching MOOCs When They Are Not Getting Paid for That?

[Full Story]

Dec 12, 2013
Halderman: The Washington Post - News sites could protect your privacy with encryption. Heres why they probably wont.

[Full Story]

Dec 11, 2013
MABEL the Robot - Video Friday


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Dec 11, 2013
Today In Dystopian War Robots That Will Harvest Us For Our Organs


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Dec 05, 2013
Jagadish: InformationWeek - Gates Foundation Big Data Grants Stress Open Data

[Full Story]

Dec 05, 2013
Jagadish: Chronicle of Philanthropy - 6 Projects That Make Data More Accessible...

[Full Story]

Dec 04, 2013
No Big Deal, Just a Robot Walking Around Campus


Related Topics:  Grizzle, Jessy  

Oct 28, 2013
Fu: New York Times - Of Fact, Fiction and Defibrillators

[Full Story]

 



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