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New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices
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New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security...

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World
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Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number...

Tangled Up in Spacetime
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Tangled Up in Spacetime

"All the world’s a stage…," Shakespeare wrote, and physicists tend to think that way, too.

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
From ACM Opinion

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

New Take on an Ancient Method Improves Way to Find Prime Numbers
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New Take on an Ancient Method Improves Way to Find Prime Numbers

Mathematician Harald Helfgott at Germany's University of Gottingen has proposed a way to improve an ancient method for finding prime numbers.

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update
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Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird's-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street...

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
From ACM TechNews

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right

Researchers at the University of Turin and Yahoo! have developed software that can identify the expression of sarcasm on social media and the Web.

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain
From ACM News

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain

When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought.

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion
From ACM Opinion

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion

Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study...

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years
From ACM News

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years

Venus is—without a doubt—Earth's toxic sibling.

Could Trashing Junk Proteins Quash Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and Huntington's?
From ACM News

Could Trashing Junk Proteins Quash Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, ALS and Huntington's?

Although clutter can be a nuisance, it does not typically pose a health threat—unless you're an aging neuron.

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies
From ACM Opinion

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead...

How Juno Will Peer Deep below Jupiter's Roiling Clouds
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How Juno Will Peer Deep below Jupiter's Roiling Clouds

When ground controllers begin powering up the Juno spacecraft's science instruments on July 6, one of their most important goals will be to get the microwave radiometer...

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook
From ACM News

When Will Computers Have Common Sense? Ask Facebook

Facebook is well known for its early and increasing use of artificial intelligence.

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode
From ACM TechNews

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode

Several technology companies are investigating DNA data storage.

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode
From ACM News

Tech Turns to Biology as Data Storage Needs Explode

Researchers have decoded the genomes of mammoths and a 700,000-year-old horse using DNA fragments extracted from fossils in the past few years. DNA clearly persists...

Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning
From ACM TechNews

Unveiling the Hidden Layers of Deep Learning

A new method for visualizing the mechanisms and hidden layers of neural networks could provide insights into deep learning. 

How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime
From ACM News

How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service".

How NASA's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth
From ACM News

How NASA's Next Big Telescope Could Take Pictures of Another Earth

Can NASA's next big space telescope take a picture of an alien Earth-like planet orbiting another star?

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him
From ACM Opinion

Scott Aaronson Answers Every Ridiculously Big Question I Throw at Him

Scott Aaronson has one of the highest intelligence/pretension ratios I’ve ever encountered.
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