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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.

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.

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

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.

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
From ACM TechNews

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

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

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.

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System
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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...

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.

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...

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire
From ACM News

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

Brain scans appear to be better at discerning lies than polygraphs are.

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over CRISPR Patents
From ACM News

Broad Institute Wins Bitter Battle Over CRISPR Patents

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has upheld a series of patents granted for the CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing technology to the Broad Institute of MIT and...

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention
From ACM News

The need for a Digital Geneva Convention

Responding to the rise in nation-state cybersecurity attacks.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
From ACM News

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices
From ACM TechNews

A Chip Flaw Strips Away Hacking Protections for Millions of Devices

The VUSec team at the Free University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands has demonstrated an exploit that undercuts a basic safeguard used in all modern operating...

US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies
From ACM News

US Science Advisers Outline Path to Genetically Modified Babies

Scientists should be permitted to modify human embryos destined for implantation in the womb to eliminate devastating genetic diseases such as sickle-cell anaemia...

Fixing the Fake News Problem
From ACM News

Fixing the Fake News Problem

Unsubstantiated information can spread like wildfire through social media; new tools aim to make it easy to track down sources of misinformation, no matter where...

Sensors Embedded in Sports Equipment Could Provide Real-Time Analytics to Your Smartphone
From ACM TechNews

Sensors Embedded in Sports Equipment Could Provide Real-Time Analytics to Your Smartphone

Researchers are experimenting with Internet of Things devices that can be embedded into sports equipment, as well as in wearable devices, to make data analytics...

Automated Rescue
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Automated Rescue

The Texas A&M University Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue builds robots that can work with first responders in search-and-rescue operations.

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age
From ACM News

Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age

Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control...

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

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...

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.
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