CMU http://wesa.fm en CMU Spin-Off Technology Allows Research of Hippo-Infested Waters http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-spin-technology-allows-research-hippo-infested-waters <p>Technology from Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute spin-off Platypus LLC has gone where no man has gone before. Small, autonomous airboats were sent to Kenya to monitor water quality in hippo pools on the hippo-heavy Mara River. Researchers want to know how the animals are affecting water quality, but they couldn’t get into the pools to collect samples.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Deanna Garcia 29753 at http://wesa.fm CMU Spin-Off Technology Allows Research of Hippo-Infested Waters CMU Researchers Use Inkblots To Improve Password Security http://wesa.fm/post/cmu-researchers-use-inkblots-improve-password-security <p>Psychiatrists have been using inkblots to reach into the minds of their patients for almost a century, but now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are using the splotches to protect your passwords.</p><p>The new security setting, called GOTCHA (Generating panOptic Turing Tests to Tell Computers and Humans Apart) has users create a password. The computer then generates several colorful inkblots and asks the user to describe each image with a phrase. When the user returns, they’re asked to input their password and match the inkblots with their custom phrases.</p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 20:23:46 +0000 Michael Lynch 19501 at http://wesa.fm A Passion For Brains http://wesa.fm/post/passion-brains <p>Since the classic George Romero zombie film “Night of the Living Dead” grew in popularity, Pittsburgh has been a zombie town.</p><p>The 1968 horror flick was filmed just 30 miles from the city in Butler County, something many Pittsburgh zombie fans take pride in.</p><p>For Timothy Verstynen, assistant professor in psychology at CMU and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, zombies are both a fascination and more interestingly, a teaching tool.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:33:38 +0000 Katie Martin 18859 at http://wesa.fm A Passion For Brains