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Holograms Are Helping Medical Training
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Holograms Are Helping Medical Training

San Diego State University and the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center are testing mixed-reality software for the education of nurse trainees.

The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut
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The U-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut

Six decades after the U-2 flew its first mission, the military is trying to harness artificial-intelligence technology to enhance the venerable spy plane's combat...

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
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The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role
From ACM News

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role

Manuela Veloso will build on the U.S. bank's existing work applying machine learning technology.

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google
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Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy...

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted Users
From ACM News

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted Users

Facebook Inc.'s handling of user data has upset lawmakers and regulators in multiple countries. But the biggest risk to its business could come from angry users...

Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big U.S. Export
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Targeting China, Trump Threatens Student Visas. That Would Hit a Big U.S. Export

The Trump administration's proposed crackdown on China's trade practices could hit one sector where the U.S. runs a big trade surplus: higher education.

When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program
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When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program

The Chinese government wants to cultivate programming skills in children, but parents are reluctant to encourage it.

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door
From ACM TechNews

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

In a competition, robots were unable to overcome the challenge of an unlocked door impeding their way at an outdoor obstacle course, illustrating the technology's...

U.s. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee
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U.s. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee

Researchers told the U.S. House Science Committee that more federal funding is required to train specialists and advance real-world quantum computing applications...

Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case
From ACM News

Companies Are Once Again Storing Data on Tape, Just In Case

Companies are returning to tape as a medium for storing data as hackers get smarter about penetrating defenses.

Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science
From ACM TechNews

Colleges Move to Close Gender Gap in Science

U.S. colleges and universities are aggressively courting more women to pursue degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math.

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain
From ACM TechNews

As More Women Enter STEM Fields, Difficulties Remain

A new report suggests women may be more inclined to drop out of certain STEM fields when they get low grades in stereotypically male disciplines..

Inside the Equifax Hack
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Inside the Equifax Hack

The Equifax breach, attributed to a server flaw disclosed by Cisco researchers that went unpatched, has potentially exposed an estimated 143 million Americans'...

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing
From ACM TechNews

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on...

How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT
From ACM TechNews

How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT

A team of researchers has developed an algorithm to plot more efficient public-school bus routes.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers
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At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce...

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario For AI Threat
From ACM News

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario For AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women
From ACM TechNews

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student...

Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot
From ACM TechNews

Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without...
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