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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death
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Craig Venter Mapped the Genome. Now He's Trying to Decode Death

The world's most extreme  physical exam starts in the world's plushest exam room, complete with a couch, a private bathroom and a teeming fruit plate.

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat
From ACM News

Single Atom Feels the Quantum Heat

Thermal transport—the way heat is carried away from a processor, for instance—is very familiar to us.

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving
From ACM TechNews

Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Researchers are exploring unpredictable issues with autonomous car technology that might be solved with embedded software to avoid accidents.

Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones
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Project Looks at Human Eye to Sharpen Sight of Robots and Drones

Researchers in the U.K. are working to develop advanced machine-to-machine communication systems that capture and transmit images from highly efficient vision sensors...

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?
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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED
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Malware Lets a Drone Steal Data by Watching a Computer's Blinking LED

A few hours after dark one evening earlier this month, a small quadcopter drone lifted off from the parking lot of Ben-Gurion University in Beersheba, Israel.

Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?
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Cosmos Controversy: The Universe Is Expanding, but How Fast?

There is a crisis brewing in the cosmos, or perhaps in the community of cosmologists. The universe seems to be expanding too fast, some astronomers say.

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
From ACM TechNews

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms,...

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date
From ACM News

Brain-Computer Interface Allows Speediest Typing to Date

Ten years ago Dennis Degray's life changed forever when he slipped and fell while taking out the trash in the rain.

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time
From ACM News

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.

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

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
From ACM News

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.

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface
From ACM TechNews

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...

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

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