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Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies
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Twitter Begins to Show Prompts Before People Send 'Mean' Replies

The tech company tested the prompts last year and said they led to fewer offensive replies on its service. So, it's rolling them out widely.

How Much Does It Itch?
From ACM TechNews

How Much Does It Itch?

A soft, wearable sensor developed by Northwestern University scientists can measure the itchiness suffered by children with atopic dermatitis (eczema).

ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life
From ACM TechNews

ML Approach Brings Digital Photos Back to Life

A machine learning technique developed by researchers at Texas A&M University enables users to produce novel views of a scene from a single photo.

Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study
From ACM TechNews

Ancient Australian 'Superhighways' Suggested by Massive Supercomputing Study

A multi-institutional team of researchers used supercomputers to plot the most likely migration routes of ancient humans across Australia.

Researchers Successfully Use 3D 'Bioprinting' to Create Nose Cartilage
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Successfully Use 3D 'Bioprinting' to Create Nose Cartilage

A three-dimensional bioprinting technique can generate customized cartilage for use in restorative surgeries.

Untangle Your Hair With Help From Robots
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Untangle Your Hair With Help From Robots

Researchers have develop a robotic arm setup that can comb tangled hair.

'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing
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'Dog Biting Dog': China's Online Fight Could Further Empower Beijing

Internet companies are using the threat of government action as a cudgel against rivals. That could make the Communist Party the ultimate arbiter over the industry...

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots
From ACM TechNews

The Ease of Tracking Mobile Phones of U.S. Soldiers in Hot Spots

There are concerns commercial data being generated by mobile phones and other digital services used by U.S. soldiers is available for purchase by the nation's adversaries...

Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test
From ACM TechNews

Automated Technique to Discover Simulation Configurations for Behaviors Hard to Test

Researchers at Japan's National Institute of Informatics designed a technique to search for simulation models that evaluate specific behaviors of automated driving...

Study Shows Powered Prosthetic Ankles Can Restore a Wide Range of Functions for Amputees
From ACM TechNews

Study Shows Powered Prosthetic Ankles Can Restore a Wide Range of Functions for Amputees

A prosthetic ankle powered by neural control technologies could help amputees regain a wide range of abilities, with training.

The Doctor Will Hear You Soon
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The Doctor Will Hear You Soon

The vocal biomarker community is getting louder.  

Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Finds Memory Allocation Holes in Range of IoT, Industrial Technology

A Microsoft security research unit discovered a number of poor memory allocation operations in code used in Internet of Things and operational technology.

Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?
From ACM News

Biden Has Elevated the Job of Science Adviser. Is That What Science Needs?

The Senate is considering Eric S. Lander's nomination after months of delay. Some experts ask if an adviser can actually have an impact.

Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection
From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough U.S. Army Technology is Game Changer for Deepfake Detection

Researchers have developed a deepfake detection method for supporting mission-essential tasks.

Advanced Core Processing: Robot Technology Appealing for Apple Growers
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Advanced Core Processing: Robot Technology Appealing for Apple Growers

Researchers at Australia's Monash University have developed autonomous robotic technology capable of harvesting apples.

3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options
From ACM TechNews

3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options

A new three-dimensionally printed home in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, could become commonplace as the country deals with a housing shortage.

'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound
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'Bat-Sense' Tech Generates Images From Sound

The means for equipping everyday objects with a bat-like sense of their surroundings has been developed by scientists at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow.

The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?
From ACM TechNews

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

A study found that Amazon's recommendation algorithms directs people to books about conspiracy theories and extremism, including those by authors banned by other...

'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough
From ACM TechNews

'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough

A device modeled after the human brain can learn by association via synaptic transistors that simultaneously process and store information.
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