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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray
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AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray

Weiss said additional research is necessary to validate the deep learning model, which could ultimately serve as a decision-support tool for treating physicians...

Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers
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Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers

Dartmouth College researchers used data from FitBit users to determine that exercise could be optimized to improve mental and cognitive health.

Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches
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Scientists Create Remote-Controlled Cyborg Cockroaches

An international team of scientists outfitted insects with a wireless control module to create remote-controlled cyborg cockroaches.

AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts
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AI Can Diagnose Dementia As Accurately as Experts

The results of recent research have broad implications for dementia treatment.

Quantum Sensor Can Detect Electromagnetic Signals of Any Frequency
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Quantum Sensor Can Detect Electromagnetic Signals of Any Frequency

MIT engineers expand the capabilities of these ultrasensitive nanoscale detectors, with potential uses for biological sensing and quantum computing.

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion
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Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate.

AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack
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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack

The system—which has 70% to 80% accuracy—predicts if patients are at risk of a heart attack over the next year.

Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Neuroscientists find the internal workings of next-word prediction models resemble those of language-processing centers in the brain.

Supercomputer Helps Protect Earth From Space Storms
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Supercomputer Helps Protect Earth From Space Storms

University of Michigan researchers used Frontera supercomputer to improve a space weather forecasting system.

Eye-Tracking VR Technology to Make MRI a New Experience
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Eye-Tracking VR Technology to Make MRI a New Experience

Magnetic resonance imaging scans could become less stressful for patients, thanks to a novel interactive virtual reality system.

DeepMind Releases Accurate Picture of the Human Proteome
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DeepMind Releases Accurate Picture of the Human Proteome

"We believe this represents the most significant contribution AI has made to advancing scientific knowledge to date," said DeepMind founder and CEO Demis Hassabis...

Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe
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Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe

Using artificial intelligence-driven data analysis to peel back the noise and find the actual shape of the universe.

Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces
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Scientists Warn of 'Bleak Cyborg Future' From Brain-Computer Interfaces

Researchers warn of the potential social, ethical, and legal consequences of technologies interacting heavily with human brains.

NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope
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NASA Struggles to Restore Aging Payload Computer on Hubble Space Telescope

NASA may have to resort to the backup system.

AI Program Accurately Predicts Lung Cancer Risk
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AI Program Accurately Predicts Lung Cancer Risk

A deep learning artificial intelligence algorithm can accurately predict the risk of lung nodules detected on computed tomography images turning cancerous.

Holographic Display Improvements Poised to Enhance Virtual, Augmented Reality
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Holographic Display Improvements Poised to Enhance Virtual, Augmented Reality

An approach developed by researchers at NVIDIA and Stanford University can improve image quality and contrast for holographic displays.

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough
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Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough

City College of New York researchers say they have developed a quantum algorithm with the potential to study a class of many-electron quantums system using quantum...

AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms
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AI Can Diagnose COVID-19 Through Cellphone-Recorded Coughs – Even if You Don’t Have Symptoms

Results might provide a convenient screening tool for people who may not suspect they are infected.

Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools
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Simple Software Creates Complex Wooden Joints That Interlock with No Nails, Glue, or Tools

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo created novel three-dimensional design software for producing sophisticated, interlocking wooden joints that do not require...

AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy
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AI Identifies Prostate Cancer With Near-Perfect Accuracy

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence program to recognize and characterize prostate cancer, achieving the highest accuracy rate to date.
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