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CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science
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CRISPR Pioneer Muses about Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.

NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter
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NASA's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the...

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
From ACM TechNews

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.

Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds
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Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has announced funding to support large-scale collaboration methods that will improve intelligence analysts'...

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface
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Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

The new glassy-carbon electrodes developed by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have the potential to restore movement in people with spinal cord injuries...

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade
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How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade

The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards...

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System
From ACM TechNews

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

A Computer to Rival the Brain
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A Computer to Rival the Brain

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life
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Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search for Alien Life

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial...

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning
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Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Examining each transistor in a microprocessor using techniques for analyzing how the human brain works did not yield anticipated understanding.

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech
From Communications of the ACM

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

More work is needed to make synthesized speech more natural, easier to understand, and more pleasant to hear.

The Future of Semiconductors
From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Semiconductors

Researchers are looking for new ways to advance semiconductors as Moore's Law approaches its limits.

Financing the Dark Web
From Communications of the ACM

Financing the Dark Web

Cryptocurrencies are enabling illegal or immoral transactions in the dark corners of the Internet.

ACM Recognizes New Fellows
From Communications of the ACM

ACM Recognizes New Fellows

ACM has recognized 53 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cryptography, computer architecture, high...

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames
From ACM TechNews

GameSpace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Researchers have created a playable visualization of 16,000 video games grouped according to shared commonalities such as gameplay, cultural reactions, and game...

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest
From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest

Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform that combines environmental sensors with hardware and software for edge computing within a portable node or device...

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster
From ACM TechNews

IBM's Hub for Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.

A New Spin on Electronics
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A New Spin on Electronics

Researchers have successfully demonstrated the production, transport, and detection of electronic spin information at room temperature, using the boundary layer...

NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails
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NASA's 'POINTER' Tracks First Responders Where GPS Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.
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