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Quantum 'Spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet
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Quantum 'Spookiness' Passes Toughest Test Yet

It's a bad day both for Albert Einstein and for hackers.

STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors
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STEM Fields Dominate Ranking of College Majors

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics degree holders were among the top earners in a new ranking of bachelor-level majors by PayScale. 

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

A new tool could offer a way around censorship technologies enabled by repressive governments.

Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned by AI? Execs Aren't Worried
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Super-Intelligent Machines Spawned by AI? Execs Aren't Worried

Technology experts at an artificial intelligence-themed event were dismissive of scenarios in which super-intelligent machines eventually surpass human intelligence...

Electrical Circuit Made of Gel Can Repair Itself
From ACM TechNews

Electrical Circuit Made of Gel Can Repair Itself

University of Texas at Austin professor Guihua Yu and colleagues have used a new gel with a unique combination of properties to fabricate a self-healing electrical...

The Growing Need for More Women Cybersleuths
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The Growing Need for More Women Cybersleuths

The recent rash of online hacks highlights a mounting need for cybersecurity professionals, including women. 

U.S. Court Rules for Government Over NSA Metadata Collection Program
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U.S. Court Rules for Government Over NSA Metadata Collection Program

A U.S. appeals court on Friday threw out a judge's ruling that would have blocked the National Security Agency from collecting phone metadata under a controversial...

Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life
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Interstellar Seeds Could Create Oases of Life

We only have one example of a planet with life: Earth. But within the next generation, it should become possible to detect signs of life on planets orbiting distant...

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

After the huge chemical explosion in Tianjin, China, this month, two cleanup efforts began.

Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'
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Nine Real NASA Technologies in 'The Martian'

Mars has held a central place in human imagination and culture for millennia.

The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise
From ACM News

The Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise

When you fill a sink, the water rises at the same rate to the same height in every corner. That's not the way it works with our rising seas.

New JavaScript-Based Language Brings the Speed
From ACM TechNews

New JavaScript-Based Language Brings the Speed

Oslo, Norway-based developer Sindre Aarsaether sees tags and selectors as a key differentiator for Imba, a speedy JavaScript-based language for the Web. 

IIT-Bombay Team Creates Program to Detect Drunk Text Message Writers
From ACM TechNews

IIT-Bombay Team Creates Program to Detect Drunk Text Message Writers

A new program can detect if someone is drunk by reading their text messages.

WashU Computer Scientist Considers Competition's Effect on Social Welfare
From ACM TechNews

WashU Computer Scientist Considers Competition's Effect on Social Welfare

Sanmay Das has received a grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to use novel methods to model the dynamics of competing platforms in defined sectors. 

UAVs Learn to Fly Solo
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UAVs Learn to Fly Solo

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Robust Robotics Group want to teach unmanned aerial vehicles and other robots to think for themselves...

Smooth Robot Movements Reduce Energy Consumption by Up to 40 Percent
From ACM TechNews

Smooth Robot Movements Reduce Energy Consumption by Up to 40 Percent

An optimization algorithm developed by researchers in Sweden could potentially reduce energy consumption in robot-intensive manufacturing industries by up to 40...

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets
From ACM News

Warming Seas and Melting Ice Sheets

Sea level rise is a natural consequence of the warming of our planet.

Biohackers Gear Up for Genome Editing
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Biohackers Gear Up for Genome Editing

A complete lack of formal scientific training has not kept Johan Sosa from dabbling with one of the most powerful molecular-biology tools to come along in decades...

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side
From ACM News

Before a Robot Takes Your Job, You'll Be Working Side By Side

That's the takeaway from a new report by Forrester Research, Inc.
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