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3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures
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3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures

Researchers designed a robotic "twin" of a human spine so surgeons can predict how interventions play out before surgery.

Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout
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Amazon Opening 30,000-Sq.-Ft. Store with QR Codes, Palm-Scanning Checkout

Amazon will open a 30,000-sq.-ft. clothing store in Los Angeles later this year.

Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets
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Cheap Malware Behind Rise in Attacks on Cryptocurrency Wallets

There's been growth in cheap, easy-to-use malware available to hackers who want to steal cryptocurrency from users.

UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks
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UTSA Researchers Help Protect EV Charging Stations from Cyberattacks

Researchers have found that electrical vehicle charging stations and their Internet-based management systems are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks.

The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work
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The First AI Breast Cancer Sleuth That Shows Its Work

An artificial intelligence platform developed by researchers at Duke University analyzes mammography scans to determine whether patients should undergo an invasive...

A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles
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A Digital Divide Haunts Schools Adapting to Virus Hurdles

Quarantines and school closures have shifted some students back to remote learning, highlighting the digital divide.

ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021
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ACM TechNews Top Articles of 2021

The coronavirus pandemic was prominent among the top 10 most clicked-on articles presented by ACM TechNews during 2021.

Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness
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Tonga Faces Weeks of Digital Darkness

After a huge volcanic eruption severed the island country's lone connection to the global Internet, a difficult repair job, delving deep into the ocean, lies ahead...

Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity
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Tales From Crypto: A Billionaire Meme Feud Threatens Industry Unity

A dispute over "web3" in the cryptocurrency industry was publicly exposed in a Twitter spat between Jack Dorsey and Marc Andreessen. Here's what it's all about....

Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All
From ACM TechNews

Cloud-Based Platform Opens Genomics Data to All

A cloud-based platform developed by researchers at Johns Hopkins University offers access to one of the biggest genomics databases in the world.

Scammers Put Fake QR Codes on Parking Meters to Intercept Payments
From ACM TechNews

Scammers Put Fake QR Codes on Parking Meters to Intercept Payments

Parking enforcement officers recently found fake quick response code stickers on pay stations in three Texas cities, used to trick people into paying scammers. ...

Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need
From ACM TechNews

Developers are in Short Supply. Here are the Skills, Programming Languages Employers Need

Hiring managers expect finding qualified developers will be the biggest recruitment challenge of 2022, according to a survey of 14,000 developers and technology...

How Game Theory Changed Poker
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How Game Theory Changed Poker

Researchers at the University of Alberta's Computer Poker Research Group pioneered game theory mathematics that transformed how professional poker players approach...

Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages
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Corkscrew-Shaped Robot Swims Through Blood Vessels to Clear Blockages

Researchers at the Chinese University of Hong Kong have developed a corkscrew-shaped microrobot that can swim through blood vessels and help drugs unblock clots...

'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device
From ACM TechNews

'Fitbit for the Face' Can Turn Any Face Mask into Smart Monitoring Device

Researchers at Northwestern University have developed a sensor that they say can transform any face mask into a smart monitoring device.

Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures
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Computer Model Seeks to Explain Spread of Misinformation, Suggests Countermeasures

A computer model developed by Tufts University researchers can mimic the real-life spread of misinformation to expose its mechanisms and help in the development...

Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register
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Cryptocurrency is Suddenly Everywhere — Except in the Cash Register

While interest in crypto has exploded, few people are using it for its intended purpose: to pay for things.

Camden Yards to Test Using AI for Security at Some Orioles Games This Season
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Camden Yards to Test Using AI for Security at Some Orioles Games This Season

"We believe this type of threat detection technology is the future of keeping fans safe at events," said Vernon J. Conaway Jr., the stadium authority's vice president...

Quantum Advantage Next Goal in Race for New Computer Age
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Quantum Advantage Next Goal in Race for New Computer Age

Experts envision quantum advantage as the next step in the race toward practical quantum computing applications.

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?
From ACM News

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

Brain-computer interfaces are getting better all the time—and they're about to land us in a philosophical quagmire.
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