Amit Lal, an electrical and computer engineering professor at Cornell University, is working with a group of students to create a device that can scan the surfaces of all 10 fingers in five minutes. His team is competing in the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity’s Nail to Nail Fingerprint challenge.






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The Secret Service has an interesting class photo….The CIA is taking cues from the advertising technology industry….IARPA is investing in research into homomorphic encryption—a potential game-changer in the worlds of privacy and security that enables encrypted queries of encrypted databases….And synthetic biology is keeping Jason Matheny up at night.






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Six hundred people have registered for the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity Multi-View Stereo 3D Mapping Challenge, which was announced on July 1. The Mapping Challenge invites people to submit 3-D maps created from IARPA’s vast data sets, most of which come from satellite images.






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