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Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections
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Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections

A team of researchers is addressing the challenge of computing optimal traffic light settings for city road intersections by applying traffic flow conservation...

Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution
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Chinese Firms Racing to the Front of the AI Revolution

Chinese companies are outpacing U.S. firms in the development of artificial intelligence technologies, according to reports from the U.S. government and others....

NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars
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NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem.

Google Brain Super-Resolution Image Tech Makes 'Zoom, Enhance!' Real
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Google Brain Super-Resolution Image Tech Makes 'Zoom, Enhance!' Real

Google Brain has devised some new software that can create detailed images from tiny, pixelated source images. Google's software, in short, basically means thetrope...

Poker-Playing AI Beats Top Human Players
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Poker-Playing AI Beats Top Human Players

Developers at Carnegie Mellon University create an artificial intelligence that learns, wins.

How Plants Evolved Into Carnivores
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How Plants Evolved Into Carnivores

Any insect unlucky enough to land on the mouth-like leaves of an Australian pitcher plant will meet a grisly end.

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed
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150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed

Interstellar travel, a timeworn staple of science fiction, can already be science fact if one has cash to spare

Turbocharging Science
From ACM TechNews

Turbocharging Science

The National Center for Atmospheric Research has commenced operations of the new Cheyenne supercomputer, one of the world's most powerful and energy-efficient systems...

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device
From ACM TechNews

Blind People 'See' Microscope Images Using Touch-Feedback Device

Purdue University researchers have developed a system that uses a haptic device to let people interpret visual information using their hands.

SU Professors Receive Air Force Grant to Research Complex Datasets
From ACM TechNews

SU Professors Receive Air Force Grant to Research Complex Datasets

Syracuse University researchers have received a grant from the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research to build a distributed graphics processing unit-accelerated...

Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Effective Cancer Drug Combinations
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Helps Identify Effective Cancer Drug Combinations

Researchers at Cornell University have found artificial intelligence can help scientists predict what combinations of existing drugs could combat different types...

New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries—and Our Understanding of Life
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New Algorithms May Revolutionize Drug Discoveries—and Our Understanding of Life

A new set of machine learning algorithms that can generate three-dimensional structures of tiny protein molecules may revolutionize the development of drug therapies...

Rolf Noskwith Obituary
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Rolf Noskwith Obituary

A member of the Bletchley Park team breaking the German navy’s Enigma ciphers during the second World War.

Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies
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Tech vs. Trump War Over Immigration Intensifies

Shortly after his election victory, Donald Trump assembled executives from tech giants including Amazon, Apple and Google for a meeting at Trump Tower meant to...

Complex 3D Data on All Devices
From ACM TechNews

Complex 3D Data on All Devices

A new Web-based software platform supports three-dimensional data visualization on any connected device, optimizing the use of virtual reality in industry.

Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award
From ACM TechNews

Computing Conference to Celebrate 50 Years of Turing Award

ACM has announced it will celebrate 50 years of the ACM A.M. Turing Award, also known as the "Nobel Prize of Computing," with a high-profile conference to be held...

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access
From ACM TechNews

Volunteers Archive Government Data, Worry Trump Administration Could Cut Access

Volunteers are working to archive public databases hosted by U.S. government agencies because they are worried access to the data could be cut off by the Trump...

China Claims Supercomputer Powers Surpasses U.S., Europe
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China Claims Supercomputer Powers Surpasses U.S., Europe

The processing power of China's Tianhe supercomputer at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin exceeds that of its U.S. and European counterparts, according...

Researchers From the UGR Develop a New Software Which Adapts Medical Technology to See the Interior of a Sculpture
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Researchers From the UGR Develop a New Software Which Adapts Medical Technology to See the Interior of a Sculpture

Researchers at the University of Granada in Spain have developed software that adapts conventional medical technology, enabling it to analyze the interior of sculptures...

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter
From ACM News

China's Intelligent Weaponry Gets Smarter

Robert O. Work, the veteran defense official retained as deputy secretary by President Trump, calls them his "A.I. dudes."
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