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HiPEAC Vision Report Advocates Reinvention of Computing
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HiPEAC Vision Report Advocates Reinvention of Computing

The European Network on High Performance and Embedded Architecture and Compilation, or HiPEAC, on Monday published a report calling for "the reinvention of computing...

Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed for Supreme Court
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Legal Battle Over Overseas Microsoft Data Could Be Headed for Supreme Court

A federal appeals court is letting stand a ruling in a closely watched case holding that Microsoft need not comply with a U.S. government demand for data stored...

NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images of Earth
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NOAA's GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images of Earth

Since the GOES-16 satellite lifted off from Cape Canaveral on November 19, scientists, meteorologists and ordinary weather enthusiasts have anxiously waited for...

Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized
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Gene-Modified Ants Shed Light on How Societies Are Organized

Whether personally or professionally, Daniel Kronauer of Rockefeller University is the sort of biologist who leaves no stone unturned.

Taming Data
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Taming Data

A new big data management system aims to simplify the process of aggregating large datasets for analysis.

The Internet Is Sick
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The Internet Is Sick

The Mozilla Foundation's new Internet Health Report identifies obstacles that undermine entrepreneurship and democracy online.

UCSF, Intel Join Forces to Develop Deep Learning Analytics for Healthcare
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UCSF, Intel Join Forces to Develop Deep Learning Analytics for Healthcare

The University of California, San Francisco and Intel are using deep-learning techniques to power a scalable platform to deliver clinical decision support and predictive...

The Road to Progress
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The Road to Progress

Smarter roads will pave the way to a future with smoother, more efficient transportation.

Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall
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Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

The U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is based at a restricted military base in Porton Down, not far from the ancient monument of Stonehenge in southwest...

Microbiologists Make Big Leap in Developing 'Green' Electronics
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Microbiologists Make Big Leap in Developing 'Green' Electronics

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have discovered a type of microbial nanowire that could help researchers develop sustainable conducting materials...

The FTC Has Sued D-Link Over Unsecure Routers and Webcams
From ACM News

The FTC Has Sued D-Link Over Unsecure Routers and Webcams

Part of an ongoing effort to secure the Internet of Things.

Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light
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Superfast Camera Sees Shock Wave from Light

A camera system that captures a snapshot of overlapping light waves in a tiny fraction of a second could lead to new methods for imaging, allowing scientists to...

How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously
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How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.

Researchers Build Carbon Nanotube Transistors That Outperform Those Made with Silicon
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Researchers Build Carbon Nanotube Transistors That Outperform Those Made with Silicon

Researchers at Peking University in China say they have built a carbon nanotube-based working transistor that outperforms larger transistors made with silicon. ...

Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection
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Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have discovered why slow or failed Wi-Fi connectivity happens and how to avoid it, by measuring the time it took for...

Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat
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Soft Robot Helps the Heart Beat

Researchers have developed a customizable soft robot that twists and compresses in sync with a beating heart, augmenting cardiovascular functions compromised by...

U.S. Soldiers Will Be Armed With Machine Translators to Kill Communication Woes
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Soldiers Will Be Armed With Machine Translators to Kill Communication Woes

The U.S. military will soon reach full deployment of its Machine Foreign Language Translation System, which runs on military and commercial devices.

Heartbeat Could Be Used as Password to Access Electronic Health Records
From ACM TechNews

Heartbeat Could Be Used as Password to Access Electronic Health Records

Binghamton University researchers say they have developed a way to protect personal electronic health records using a patient's own heartbeat.

Secure Quantum Communications
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Secure Quantum Communications

Data locking experiments provide stepping stones to a possible future in quantum cryptography.

Are Computer Chips the New Security Threat?
From Communications of the ACM

Are Computer Chips the New Security Threat?

Security researchers have identified a technique for installing a backdoor on computer chips, a security flaw that could profoundly change the computing industry...
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