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Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25
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Our Ability to Keep 'Em Guessing Peaks Around Age 25

People's ability to behave randomly reaches its zenith at age 25, and then gradually erodes before experiencing a swift decline at age 60.

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI
From ACM Opinion

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles
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How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules...

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
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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.

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...

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?
From ACM News

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible
From ACM News

Trick of Tweet: Data Tool Pinpoints Words Seen as Credible

Sixty-two percent of Americans get their news from social media, according to a 2016 poll by Pew Research Center.

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed
From ACM News

150-Year Journey to Alpha Centauri Proposed

Interstellar travel, a timeworn staple of science fiction, can already be science fact if one has cash to spare

How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously
From ACM News

How to Learn Morse Code—Semiconsciously

Learning Morse code, with its tappity-tap rhythms of dots and dashes, could take far less effort—and attention—than one might think.

New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices
From ACM News

New Rules for Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security...

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World
From ACM Opinion

Trump's Plans to Shake Up the Tech World

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number...

Tangled Up in Spacetime
From ACM News

Tangled Up in Spacetime

"All the world’s a stage…," Shakespeare wrote, and physicists tend to think that way, too.

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
From ACM Opinion

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

New Take on an Ancient Method Improves Way to Find Prime Numbers
From ACM TechNews

New Take on an Ancient Method Improves Way to Find Prime Numbers

Mathematician Harald Helfgott at Germany's University of Gottingen has proposed a way to improve an ancient method for finding prime numbers.

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update
From ACM News

Human Brain Map Gets a Bold New Update

Most of us think little of hopping on Google Maps to look at everything from a bird's-eye view of an entire continent to an on-the-ground view of a specific street...

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right
From ACM TechNews

Computers Can Sense Sarcasm? Yeah, Right

Researchers at the University of Turin and Yahoo! have developed software that can identify the expression of sarcasm on social media and the Web.

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain
From ACM News

Mind Aglow: Scientists Watch Thoughts Form in the Brain

When a single neuron fires, it is an isolated chemical blip. When many fire together, they form a thought.

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion
From ACM Opinion

Mind-Controlled Robo-Skeleton Enables Paraplegics to Regain Some Motion

Patients paralyzed by a spinal cord injury can face a grim and grueling recovery process—one in which regaining function is far from a sure thing. But a new study...

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years
From ACM News

Hellish Venus Might Have Been Habitable for Billions of Years

Venus is—without a doubt—Earth's toxic sibling.
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