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Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan
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Cassini Explores a Methane Sea on Titan

Of the hundreds of moons in our solar system, Titan is the only one with a dense atmosphere and large liquid reservoirs on its surface, making it in some ways more...

How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'Spoke' Once Again
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How a Woman Trapped in Her Body 'Spoke' Once Again

Around six years have now passed since Waltraut Faehnrich last opened and closed her eyes without assistance.

Boosting Software Security for a Connected World
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Boosting Software Security for a Connected World

European researchers working on the DIAMONDS project have developed a software security testing paradigm.

Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?
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Does Learning Improve When Every Student Gets a Laptop?

Researchers have found "one-to-one" laptop programs that take a comprehensive approach were linked to higher test scores in English, math, science, and writing. ...

Software Helps Decrypt Embryonic Development
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Software Helps Decrypt Embryonic Development

Researchers have devised mathematical strategies and software for the systematic analysis of realistic pattern-forming networks involving more than two molecules...

#AreYouHappy?
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#AreYouHappy?

Researchers from the University of Iowa have turned to social media to measure happiness. 

The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom
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The Average Webpage Is Now the Size of the Original Doom

The web is Doomed.

The Road to Regulating Self-Driving Cars is Long, Winding
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The Road to Regulating Self-Driving Cars is Long, Winding

Real-world use of autonomous vehicles will depend on how they are evaluated, and whether federal regulators have the expertise to lead evaluation efforts.

AI Talent Grab Sparks Excitement and Concern
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AI Talent Grab Sparks Excitement and Concern

When Andrew Ng joined Google from Stanford University in 2011, he was among a trickle of artificial-intelligence (AI) experts in academia taking up roles in industry...

This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America
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This May Be the Best Way to Measure Gun Violence in America

In Canton, Ohio, one of the most common complaints that police chief Bruce Lawver hears is about gunfire. Shots fired. That unnerving pop of a firearm being discharged...

Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk
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Light Echoes Give Clues to Protoplanetary Disk

Imagine you want to measure the size of a room, but it's completely dark. If you shout, you can tell if the space you're in is relatively big or small, depending...

Vint Cerf: We Need to Make Room on the Net for All the Machines
From ACM TechNews

Vint Cerf: We Need to Make Room on the Net for All the Machines

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf said Internet Protocol's current support for about 4.3 billion distinct addresses at a time for online devices is insufficient...

Meet the Incredible Woman Who Massively Improved the Internet
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Incredible Woman Who Massively Improved the Internet

Princeton University professor Jennifer Rexford recently was awarded the Athena Lecturer award by ACM's Council on Women in Computing. 

DARPA Is Looking for the Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay
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DARPA Is Looking for the Perfect Encryption App, and It's Willing to Pay

The Pentagon's blue-sky research program is looking for someone to create the ultimate hacker-proof messaging app. 

Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?
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Can Technology Help Teach Literacy in Poor Communities?

Three studies have found tablet use effective in improving performance on standardized tests of reading preparedness by children in economically disadvantaged countries...

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Explain How Stereotypes Keep Girls Out of Computer Science Classes

Educators need to start earlier and set a strong foundation to resolve the gender gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

Brain Cartography: Modern-Day Explorers Are Mapping the Wiring of the Human Mind
From ACM News

Brain Cartography: Modern-Day Explorers Are Mapping the Wiring of the Human Mind

The brain can be both best friend and worst enemy.

Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?
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Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?

When social-media users upload photographs and caption them, they don't just label their contents. They tell a story, which gives the photos context and additional...

Two Tips to Keep Your Phone's Encrypted Messages Encrypted
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Two Tips to Keep Your Phone's Encrypted Messages Encrypted

End-to-end encryption by default is quickly becoming the new standard for any communications app that claims to care about the privacy of those who use it.

Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?
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Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?

ELIZA-like programs balance modern AI with decades-old database techniques.
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