Topic: Computer Science

February 16, 2014 Smart Guns - Biometric sensors on guns could decrease accidental deaths and suicides.
February 15, 2014 Eyewire - With a computer and an internet connection, you can help scientists map the human brain just by playing a video game.
January 31, 2014 Detecting Fish - An image processing algorithm helps find fish in a sea of data.
January 10, 2014 Endangered Voices - Digital technology and social media are helping save endangered languages.
October 23, 2013 Mountain Legacy Project - Scientists are using the science of computer vision to document climate change in the Rocky Mountains.
October 16, 2013 Email Spam - Email spammers use disorienting techniques to get you to click on their links.
October 10, 2013 Smartphone Microscope - A new attachment turns a smartphone into a powerful microscope.
October 9, 2013 Cell Phone Medicine Update - Using mobile phones for medical purposes, a new frontier when we reported on it in 2008, has become a huge field.
October 1, 2013 Everyday Objects Roundup - Discarded compact discs could be used to treat wastewater.
August 21, 2013 Computer Joke Generator - A computer program tells jokes, some of which are judged both original and funny.
August 9, 2013 Credit Card Fraud - How do cyber criminals steal your credit card information?
May 1, 2013 Computer Programming Game - A fun video game teaches college-level computer programming skills to 10-year-olds.
April 12, 2013 Podcast for 12 April 2013 - ATHLETES & ROBOTS - Elite athletes are far from dumb jocks. A common ingredient in energy drinks could promote heart disease. Also: Robots that learn by watching us, and robots that can walk on sand.
April 10, 2013 Off-Road Robots - Inspired by animals, researchers have created robots that can traverse sand.
April 4, 2013 Highly Observant Robots - New robots are learning how to handle objects by watching humans.
January 17, 2013 Technology vs. Reading - Chinese children's reading development has gone downhill since electronic communication technologies became common.
December 4, 2012 Smart Flying Robot - A new flying robot can sense and dodge obstacles.
November 19, 2012 Digitizing Ancient Texts - Sophisticated computer imaging may help decode the world's oldest un-deciphered written language.
October 18, 2012 Blind Navigation Game - A computer game that familiarizes blind people with the layout of a virtual building makes it easier to navigate the real thing.
August 28, 2012 Quantum Computing - Quantum computing harnesses strange properties of atoms and particles and could revolutionize the computer age.
August 3, 2012 Podcast for 3 August 2012 - INVENTION - More lifelike robots. Headlights that can see past raindrops. And a pair of goggles that could improve your memory. Also, scientists have developed the world's lightest material.
July 19, 2012 Smart Headlights - “Smart” headlights improve visibility by illuminating the road ahead, but not raindrops or snowflakes.
June 7, 2012 Thought-Controlled Robot - Two patients with near-total paralysis have learned to control a robotic arm with their thoughts.
April 30, 2012 Dream:ON App - Can a smartphone app influence your dreams?
April 23, 2012 Penguins from Space - Researchers have estimated the total number of Emperor Penguins in Antarctica using satellite images.
April 4, 2012 Light Circuits - Researchers are designing faster, smaller circuits that use light instead of electricity.
March 30, 2012 Podcast for 30 March 2012 - GERMS & PEOPLE - Does opening the windows spread germs around? Why health-related websites may be scaring people unnecessarily. And, how the heart burns fat.
March 22, 2012 Navigating With Smartphones - A combination of smartphones, GPS and radar could help the blind navigate the cities of the future.
March 2, 2012 Podcast for 2 March 2012 - ALL ABOUT LANGUAGE - Neuroscientists are beginning to reconstruct what we've heard by listening to brainwaves, how scientists measure language delays around the world, using technology to keep endangered languages vibrant, and a musical instrument that allows you to sing...with your hands, Also: decoding the secret language of worms.
February 27, 2012 Brain Voices - Scientists are beginning to reconstruct the words people hear based on electrical activity in their brains.
February 23, 2012 Endangered Voices - Digital technology and social media are helping save endangered languages.
February 21, 2012 Hands-on Music - Specialized gloves allow musicians to sing with their hands.
February 20, 2012 Video Games vs. Cataracts - Playing certain types of video games can improve the vision of people who were born with cataracts.
January 2, 2012 The Oldest Oldies - Some of the first sound recordings ever made are finally being heard again.
December 29, 2011 Video Game Brains - Violent video games can affect brain activity well after the games are over.
December 27, 2011 Eye-Witness Accuracy - Tracking witnesses’ eye movements may help reveal what they’ve really seen.
October 6, 2011 Twitter Mood - Sociologists analyzed Twitter posts to track daily and seasonal mood swings around the world.
October 5, 2011 Mind Movies - A computer algorithm partially reconstructs movies from patterns of brain activity in people watching them.
September 30, 2011 Podcast for 30 September 2011 - HORMONES & BEHAVIOR - Testosterone and fatherhood, the genetics of oxytocin and depression, gender and spatial reasoning revisited, where taste is found in the brain, and more.
September 22, 2011 Football & Artificial Intelligence - Computer scientists used football footage to develop a sophisticated kind of artificial intelligence.
September 7, 2011 Opinion Spam - A computer program can distinguish real hotel reviews from fake ones.
August 26, 2011 Podcast for 26 August 2011 - FEAR, LIES & SHRINKING BRAINS - Why our brains shrink, but chimps' don't, why computers are better at spotting lies than we are, and an enzyme for fear. Also, medical electronics that resemble tattoos, and how organic chicken farms could be a boon to public health.
August 22, 2011 Safe Water Software - New software can quickly flag tainted water supplies.
April 25, 2011 Zebra Barcodes - Zebra stripes resemble barcodes, and could help researchers keep track of each member of the herd.
April 21, 2011 Sounding Out Insects - An automatic insect detection system that uses a variety of technologies could help monitor insect infestations.
April 18, 2011 Hybrid Brain-Computer Interfaces - New research lets people with severe disabilities rapidly switch between different communication and assistive devices.
April 9, 2011 Podcast for 8 April 2011 - Football and family violence, rooting out insects, a question of taste, and a bird's eye view for danger.
March 25, 2011 Podcast for 25 March 2011 - A new generation of self-conscious robots, how sunshine affects drugs in the body, new research into the prevention of cleft lips, why it's hard to stay focused for long periods of time, and what sound recordings can tell us about the health of natural habitats.
March 18, 2011 Podcast for 18 March 2011 - An early screening test for autism, a car controlled by thoughts, the safety of fruit seeds, blaming the hero, and testing an ancient Egyptian prosthetic.
March 16, 2011 Thought-Controlled Car - German scientists have engineered a car that can be driven by thinking.