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We Finally Have a Computer that Can Survive the Surface of Venus
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We Finally Have a Computer that Can Survive the Surface of Venus

Venus is one of the most inhospitable places in the solar system.

NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss
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NASA, UCI Reveal New Details of Greenland Ice Loss

Less than a year after the first research flight kicked off NASA's Oceans Melting Greenland campaign last March, data from the new program are providing a dramatic...

A Healthy Approach?
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A Healthy Approach?

A new wave of consumer-centric connected fitness and health-related devices is changing healthcare.

Internet 'Playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities
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Internet 'Playground' Trials New Tech to Deliver Smart Cities

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. are working on the Initiate project, which aims to set up an "Internet playground" to test new kinds of Internet...

Pioneering Chip Extends Sensors' Battery Life
From ACM TechNews

Pioneering Chip Extends Sensors' Battery Life

Engineers have developed an inexpensive, ultra-low-power computer chip that can extend the battery life of sensors.

Being Black in Tech Can Cost You $10K a Year
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Being Black in Tech Can Cost You $10K a Year

African-American technology workers receive an average $10,000 less annually than whites in New York and San Francisco, according to a survey from the Hired online...

Stanford's Women in Data Science Conference Reaches Worldwide Audience
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Stanford's Women in Data Science Conference Reaches Worldwide Audience

The second annual Women in Data Science conference, held last week at Stanford University in California by the Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering...

Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security
From ACM TechNews

Kingston University to Explore How Drones, Smart Wristbands, and Cameras Could Transform Future of Concert Security

Researchers will investigate how networked drones, smart wristbands, and body-mounted video cameras could enhance concert security.

The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class
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The AI Threat Isn't Skynet. It's the End of the Middle Class

In February 1975, a group of geneticists gathered in a tiny town on the central coast of California to decide if their work would bring about the end of the world...

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
From ACM News

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
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Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

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

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


Why the Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Be About to Swap Places, and How It Would Affect Us
From ACM News

Why the Earth's Magnetic Poles Could Be About to Swap Places, and How It Would Affect Us

The Earth's magnetic field surrounds our planet like an invisible force field, protecting life from harmful solar radiation by deflecting charged particles away...

Information Paradox and Black Holes in Plasmas
From ACM News

Information Paradox and Black Holes in Plasmas

Black holes are a problem for physics, and the physics community has never fully warmed to the idea of them.

Terahertz Wireless Could Make Spaceborne Satellite Links as Fast as Fiber-Optic Links
From ACM TechNews

Terahertz Wireless Could Make Spaceborne Satellite Links as Fast as Fiber-Optic Links

Researchers in Japan have developed a terahertz transmitter that can transmit digital data at a rate exceeding 100 Gbps over a single channel using the 300-GHz...

Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa
From ACM TechNews

Voice-Checking Device Stops Hackers Hijacking Your Siri or Alexa

A wearable device under development at the University of Michigan provides continuous authentication for voice assistants such as Apple's Siri or Amazon's Alexa...

Stanford Research Shows That Anyone Can Become an Internet Troll
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Research Shows That Anyone Can Become an Internet Troll

Researchers have investigated whether Internet trolls are innately sociopathic or combative individuals, or if situational factors can influence ordinary people...

Mathematically Optimizing Traffic Lights in Road Intersections
From ACM TechNews

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
From ACM News

NASA's Curiosity Rover Sharpens Paradox of Ancient Mars

Mars scientists are wrestling with a problem.
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