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Learning to See Data
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Learning to See Data

For the past year or so genetic scientists at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York have been collaborating with a specialist from another universe...

Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive
From ACM News

Nvidia's Powerful New Computer Helps Teach Cars to Drive

As cars get smarter and creep ever-closer to driving themselves, the software that makes infotainment systems and adaptive cruise control work is becoming as important...

Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs
From ACM News

Astronomers Upgrade Their Cosmic Light Bulbs

The brilliant explosions of dead stars have been used for years to illuminate the far-flung reaches of our cosmos.

The Smartest Hackers in the Room (Hint: They're Not the Humans)
From ACM TechNews

The Smartest Hackers in the Room (Hint: They're Not the Humans)

Teams from around the world will engage in a dress rehearsal next month for the U.S. Pentagon's Cyber Grand Challenge, a competition to develop automated hacker...

Expert: Artificial Intelligence Systems More Apt to Fail Than to Destroy
From ACM TechNews

Expert: Artificial Intelligence Systems More Apt to Fail Than to Destroy

Oregon State University professor and Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence president Thomas Dietterich says he is more concerned about potential...

Stealing Data From Computers Using Heat
From ACM TechNews

Stealing Data From Computers Using Heat

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University say they have developed a method of retrieving data from or sending simple commands to an air-gapped computer using...

Supercomputers Give Universities a Competitive Edge, Researchers Find
From ACM TechNews

Supercomputers Give Universities a Competitive Edge, Researchers Find

Clemson University researchers found universities with locally available supercomputers are more efficient in producing research in critical fields than universities...

Silicon Valley Gender Gap Is Widening
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Valley Gender Gap Is Widening

A report from the American Association of University Women warns that the gender gap in the technology sector is widening.

Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True
From ACM Careers

Why Organism Engineering Could Be a Foodie's Dream Come True

Thanks to recent advances in synthetic biology—a hybrid discipline of engineering and biology that makes possible the manipulation of DNA of microorganisms such...

 Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'Glassholes'
From ACM News

Augmented Reality Gets to Work—and Gets Past the 'Glassholes'

Augmented reality (AR) is a technology that has been on the cusp of becoming the next big thing for over 20 years.

Why Kevin Mitnick, the World's Most Notorious Hacker, Is Still Breaking Into Computers
From ACM Careers

Why Kevin Mitnick, the World's Most Notorious Hacker, Is Still Breaking Into Computers

Look no further than Kevin Mitnick's business card to see how some things never change.

New Stanford Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips
From ACM TechNews

New Stanford Manufacturing Process Could Yield Better Solar Cells, Faster Chips

Stanford University researchers have developed a manufacturing process that could significantly reduce the cost of producing gallium arsenide devices. 

Cooperative Software Framework Helps Tame 'Too Big' Data
From ACM TechNews

Cooperative Software Framework Helps Tame 'Too Big' Data

Researchers have used a multilayer software framework for querying graph databases to customize distributed-memory high-performance computing clusters.

IARPA Preps Insider Threat-Monitoring Projects
From ACM TechNews

IARPA Preps Insider Threat-Monitoring Projects

The U.S. intelligence community wants to develop insider threat-monitoring systems and new techniques for predicting cyberattacks. 

Self-Powered Sensors That Communicate Could Warn of Bridge, Building Defects
From ACM TechNews

Self-Powered Sensors That Communicate Could Warn of Bridge, Building Defects

Researchers are developing technology that would enable a bridge, dam, or building to sense a defect and alert officials before something bad occurs. 

One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without
From ACM News

One Thousand Genes You Could Live Without

Researchers have unveiled the largest ever set of full genomes from a single population: Iceland.

Computer Science Surge Sparks Campus Building Boom
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Surge Sparks Campus Building Boom

Colleges and universities across the U.S. have been building new facilities to keep up with expanding science, technology, engineering, and math programs. 

Machine Consciousness: Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things
From ACM News

Machine Consciousness: Big Data Analytics and the Internet of Things

During my visit to General Electric's Global Research Centers in San Ramon, California, and Niskayuna, New York, last month, I got what amounts to an end-to-end...

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars
From ACM News

Curiosity Rover Finds Biologically Useful Nitrogen on Mars

A team using the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument suite aboard NASA's Curiosity rover has made the first detection of nitrogen on the surface of Mars from...

Five Medieval Alternatives to Sat Nav
From ACM News

Five Medieval Alternatives to Sat Nav

During the Middle Ages, the Vikings set sail in longships to raid faraway settlements and plunder their riches, but how did they find their way?
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