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Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker
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Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down...

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles
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How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules...

Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses
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Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Researchers have created PickAR, a headset that uses AR technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders with greater efficiency...

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi
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New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

A new Google Chrome browser extension dramatically upgrades Wi-Fi browsing speeds at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

How Aristotle Created the Computer
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How Aristotle Created the Computer

George Boole is often described as a mathematician, but he saw himself as a philosopher, following in the footsteps of Aristotle.

Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London
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Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Researchers have mapped out how readers of 18th- and 19th-century British novels felt emotionally about London.

Beta Boom
From ACM News

Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive

Researchers at Google Brain and OpenAI are applying Darwinian principles of evolution to advance artificial intelligence.

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day
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Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars...

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language
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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded
From ACM TechNews

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Researchers have developed a Wi-Fi network based on directable infrared light rays.

Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity

Researchers have pioneered a new approach to understanding the musical experience by analyzing the vibrato effect using the Filter Diagonalization Method in music...

X-rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits
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X-rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.

A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-create a Tornado
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A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-create a Tornado

Researchers are using supercomputer simulations to study the structure of tornado-producing supercell thunderstorms.

Computing With Spiders' Webs
From ACM TechNews

Computing With Spiders' Webs

Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Oxford in the U.K. are examining spiders' webs to determine their computational capabilities.

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next...

Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits
From ACM News

Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law
From ACM News

How Chip Designers Are Breaking Moore's Law

Microprocessors got smaller, faster, and more power-efficient, but as they reach their physical limitations, chip architecture is driving performance gains.

Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen
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Experiments Show Titan Lakes May Fizz with Nitrogen

A recent NASA-funded study has shown how the hydrocarbon lakes and seas of Saturn's moon Titan might occasionally erupt with dramatic patches of bubbles.

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045
From ACM TechNews

Kurzweil Claims That the Singularity Will Happen by 2045

Google director of engineering and ACM Fellow Ray Kurzweil this week predicted the technological singularity will arrive by 2045.
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