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June 2016


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NASA's Juno Peers Inside a Giant

NASA's Juno Peers Inside a Giant

NASA's Juno spacecraft will make its long anticipated arrival at Jupiter on July 4. Coming face-to-face with the gas giant, Juno will begin to unravel some of the greatest mysteries surrounding our solar system's largest planet…


From ACM News

How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race

How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race

An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity.


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Cryptographers Set 400K Distance Record

Quantum Cryptographers Set 400K Distance Record

Researchers in China say they have demonstrated a form of device-independent quantum cryptography, sending a key over a distance of more than 100 kilometers at data rates measured in kilobits per second, and distances of more…


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Robots Come to Each Other's Aid When They Get the Signal

Robots Come to Each Other's Aid When They Get the Signal

KTH Royal Institute of Technology researchers have completed work on RECONFIG, a European Union-funded project aimed at enabling robots to use body language to cooperate with one another on complex jobs. 


From ACM TechNews

Standardizing Communications for the Internet of Things

Standardizing Communications for the Internet of Things

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a framework that standardizes communications for the Internet of Things. 


From ACM TechNews

Software Improves Ability to Catalog Bacterial Pathogens

Software Improves Ability to Catalog Bacterial Pathogens

Washington State University researchers have developed a software tool that can track, manage, analyze, and catalogue the short, repeating sequences of bacterial DNA.  


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This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (Sort Of)

This New Device Can Visualize Your Thoughts (Sort Of)

The idea of a device that can materialize one's memories out of thin air seems like it could only exist in science fiction. But in a new study, researchers were able to pretty accurately sketch out the thoughts of participants…


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Drones Too Complicated? We'll Take Care of That

Drones Too Complicated? We'll Take Care of That

A new category of company is offering 'drones as a service' to customers who want to outsource the planning, compliance, and execution of commercial drone flights.


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The Advent of Virtual Humans

The Advent of Virtual Humans

Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.


From ACM News

Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area

Recent Hydrothermal Activity May Explain Ceres' Brightest Area

The brightest area on Ceres, located in the mysterious Occator Crater, has the highest concentration of carbonate minerals ever seen outside Earth, according to a new study from scientists on NASA's Dawn mission.


From ACM News

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

Researchers Sue the Government Over Computer Hacking Law

In the age of big data analytics, the proprietary algorithms web sites use to determine what data to display to visitors have the potential to illegally discriminate against users.


From ACM TechNews

Obama Administration Releases $150M in Grants for TechHire

Obama Administration Releases $150M in Grants for TechHire

The Obama administration has issued $150 million in grants for 39 technology-related partnerships in 25 states and Washington, D.C. Awardees will use this money to develop tech talent as a way to retain and generate jobs in…


From ACM TechNews

Beyond Video Games: AI System Beats Tactical Experts in Combat Simulation

Beyond Video Games: AI System Beats Tactical Experts in Combat Simulation

The ALPHA artificial intelligence created by a University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate is a milestone in the use of genetic-fuzzy systems with specific implementation in unmanned combat aerial vehicles in simulated air-combat…


From ACM Opinion

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."


From ACM TechNews

Software for fMRI Yield Erroneous Results

Software for fMRI Yield Erroneous Results

Researchers at Linkoping University and the University of Warwick have shown that common statistical methods used to analyze brain activity through images taken with magnetic resonance imaging scanners cannot be trusted.


From ACM Careers

Trump's Secret Data Reversal

Trump's Secret Data Reversal

Donald Trump has dismissed political data operations as "overrated," but his campaign is now bolstering its online fundraising and digital outreach by turning to GOP tech specialists who previously tried to stop him from winning…


From ACM TechNews

Harmonized Security Across Devices

Harmonized Security Across Devices

The EU-funded SECURity at the network EDge (SECURED) project is focused on the design of a solution to offload the execution of security applications into a programmable device at a network's fringes.  


From ACM TechNews

New, Better Way to Build Circuits for World's First Useful Quantum Computers

New, Better Way to Build Circuits for World's First Useful Quantum Computers

A team at Penn State performed a single quantum operation on individual atoms on separate stacked planes. Professor David S. Weiss says the technique highlights the potential for using atoms as the building blocks of circuits…


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Clever Attack Uses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data

Clever Attack Uses the Sound of a Computer's Fan to Steal Data

In the past two years a group of researchers in Israel has become highly adept at stealing data from air-gapped computers—those machines prized by hackers that, for security reasons, are never connected to the internet or connected…


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NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past

NASA Rover Findings Point to a More Earth-like Martian Past

Chemicals found in Martian rocks by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover suggest the Red Planet once had more oxygen in its atmosphere than it does now.


From ACM TechNews

Object and Scene Recognition Software Work Together to Understand Video Content

Object and Scene Recognition Software Work Together to Understand Video Content

A team from Disney Research and Shanghai's Fudan University has used deep-learning techniques to train computer software to recognize events in videos.


From ACM News

As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You

As It Searches for Suspects, the FBI May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.


From ACM News

Tour de France to Use Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping

Tour de France to Use Thermal Imaging to Fight Mechanical Doping

They call it "mechanical doping," but the name simply doesn't do it justice.


From ACM TechNews

Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios

Visual Cloud Computing Methods Could Help First Responders in Disaster Scenarios

Researchers at the University of Missouri have developed a visual cloud computing architecture that streamlines the process of analyzing visual electronic data.


From ACM TechNews

Malware Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Devices via Fans

Malware Can Steal Data From Air-Gapped Devices via Fans

Researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev report data can be stolen from an air-gapped computer using the computer's fan to a nearby mobile phone equipped with a microphone.


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Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill

Edward Snowden Denounces Russia's New 'Big Brother' Surveillance Bill

Edward Snowden has been in exile in Russia since 2013, when he leaked classified documents about the National Security Agency's mass surveillance programs.


From ACM News

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Closing in on Jupiter

Last Friday (6/24), at exactly 9:57 and 48 seconds a.m. PDT, NASA's Juno spacecraft was 5.5 million miles (8.9 million kilometers) from its July 4th appointment with Jupiter.


From ACM News

Expansion of Early Universe Modelled in Unprecedented Detail

Expansion of Early Universe Modelled in Unprecedented Detail

For the first time, cosmologists have used the full power of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity to perform detailed calculations of the Universe's evolution.


From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence's White Guy Problem

Artificial Intelligence's White Guy Problem

Artificial intelligence (AI) may be worsening inequality, given the biases being embedded within the underlying machine-learning algorithms, says Kate Crawford, a researcher at Microsoft and co-chair of a White House symposium…


From ACM TechNews

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

The Top 10 Emerging Technologies of 2016

The World Economic Forum has published its annual list of 2016's breakthrough technologies, with a specific focus on closing the gaps in investment and regulation.  

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