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The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics
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The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit...

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings
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NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April...

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching
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Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

New neural network-based detection algorithms can determine what movies people who use streaming services are viewing.

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award
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Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?
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Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Six-year-old girls exposed to a computer-programming activity had more interest in technology and more positive outlooks about their own skills compared to non-participants...

Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics
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Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Researchers have developed a method for wirelessly powering ingestible electronic devices.

When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions
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When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions

Jean-Marc Alliot at the Computer Science Research Institute of Toulouse in France has developed a system that directly ranks chess players based on the quality...

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 
From ACM News

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 

What do you picture when you think of a drone?

Supercomputing: Probing the Future
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Supercomputing: Probing the Future

A new automated probe system for gauging the performance of computer elements is designed to run 100 times faster than current supercomputers, while consuming far...

How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates
From ACM TechNews

How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates

New York University professor Justin Cappos has been developing The Update Framework (TUF) for eight years to help organizations update their software securely....

New Dependent Routing Technique Helps Eliminate Algorithmic Bias
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New Dependent Routing Technique Helps Eliminate Algorithmic Bias

Researchers have developed a new method to counter algorithmic bias, with the goal of proving algorithms can guarantee fairness in resource allocation.

New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation
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New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation

Disney researchers say they have developed a new method that makes it possible to realistically simulate hair by observing real hair in motion.

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education
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Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

University of Idaho professor Joseph Qualls says he envisions education being transformed by artificial intelligence.

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography
From ACM News

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.

'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing
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'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
From ACM TechNews

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Using Data Science to Understand Global Climate Systems
From ACM TechNews

Using Data Science to Understand Global Climate Systems

Researchers at the University of Rochester are using data science to understand the phenomena driving the global climate system.

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process
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Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Mozak is a new scientific discovery game enabling citizen scientists to generate three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons in different regions of human and...

Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians
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Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to prevent machine-vision systems from seeing specific categories of objects in a scene.
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