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Martian Weather Kicks Into High ear at night
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Martian Weather Kicks Into High ear at night

When night arrives on Mars, plunging temperatures can lead to weather much worse than researchers previously thought was possible on the Red Planet.

Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care
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Using Machine Learning to Improve Patient Care

Researchers are investigating how computers can enhance medical decisions.

End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers
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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar...

Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat
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Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military...

Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies
From ACM TechNews

Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies

Google Vizier is an artificial intelligence system that automatically tunes other artificial intelligence programs.

Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think
From ACM TechNews

Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think

Although savvy Internet users might think they can easily identify a social media bot, there are tricks a "bot army master" can use to make the accounts seem more...

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices
From ACM TechNews

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices

Researchers warn some artificial intelligence programs are inheriting biases against certain dialects, which could lead to automatic discrimination as language-based...

Smart Computers
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Smart Computers

Researchers at the University of Freiburg's excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools in Germany are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize...

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking
From ACM TechNews

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking

Researchers say they have developed the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information...

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse
From ACM TechNews

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse

Researchers are working on the "Eclipse Megamovie" project, in which volunteers take photos of the solar eclipse's path across the U.S. and upload the images to...

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 
From ACM News

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements....

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe
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The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla....

Killer Robots: World’s Top AI and Robotics Companies Urge United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: World’s Top AI and Robotics Companies Urge United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons

An open letter by leaders of leading robotics and artificial intelligence companies is released as the United Nations delays meeting to discuss the robot arms race...

E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

The Origin of Complex Life on Earth Just Got a Little Less Mysterious
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The Origin of Complex Life on Earth Just Got a Little Less Mysterious

Life on Earth goes back at least two billion years, but it was only in the last half-billion that it would have been visible to the naked eye.

Microsoft Develops Tool to Repair Code
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Develops Tool to Repair Code

Researchers at Microsoft, Peking University, and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China have developed the Accurate Condition System, which...

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?
From ACM TechNews

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?

Although some scientists expect a "quantum Internet" to exist in 13 years, its exact function remains vague due to the nascent stage of the technology. 

AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities
From ACM TechNews

AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities

More young women took an Advanced Placement computer science exam in 2016 than in 2007 through 2013 combined, mainly because of the College Board's new AP CS Principles...

HPE and NASA Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help Us Get to Mars
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HPE and NASA Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help Us Get to Mars

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NASA announced a year-long joint experiment in which a "Spaceborne Computer" will be set up at the International Space Station, with...
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