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Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise
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Study Suggests Buried Internet Infrastructure at Risk as Sea Levels Rise

A recent study found that rising sea levels could submerge buried fiber-optic cable essential for Internet operations in coastal U.S. regions within 15 years.

Can Graphical Passwords Keep Us Secure Online?
From ACM TechNews

Can Graphical Passwords Keep Us Secure Online?

Researchers from the Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University in China have developed an authentication method that uses semantically linked images.

Liquid Animations So Realistic You Can Almost Taste Them
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Liquid Animations So Realistic You Can Almost Taste Them

Researchers at the University of Waterloo Cheriton School of Computer Science in Canada have developed a method of precisely animating high-viscosity liquid.

Girl Scouts Look Toward the Future With 30 New Science, Tech, and Environment Badges
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Girl Scouts Look Toward the Future With 30 New Science, Tech, and Environment Badges

The Girl Scouts announced 30 new badges that will help equip girls with the leadership skills needed to deal with "key 21st century issues."

The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage
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The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage

"The idea that big data will enable more control of behavior may be a lot of hype."

IBM Researchers Train AI to Follow Code of Ethics
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IBM Researchers Train AI to Follow Code of Ethics

The new artificial intelligence recommendation technique optimizes results to user preferences and also conforms to other constraints, like ethical and behavioral...

3D Image Reveals Hidden Neurons in Fruit-Fly Brain
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3D Image Reveals Hidden Neurons in Fruit-Fly Brain

Scientists have produced a 3D image of a fruit fly's brain that's so detailed, researchers can trace connections between neurons across the entire organ.

Chinese Researchers Achieve Stunning Quantum-Entanglement Record
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Chinese Researchers Achieve Stunning Quantum-Entanglement Record

Scientists have just packed 18 qubits—the most basic units of quantum computing—into just six weirdly connected photons.

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News
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Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend.

AI Helps Design an Ultra-Aerodynamic Bike
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AI Helps Design an Ultra-Aerodynamic Bike

A spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed software that rapidly calculates the most aerodynamic shape for a bicycle.

Researchers Mount Successful GPS Spoofing Attack Against Road Navigation Systems
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Researchers Mount Successful GPS Spoofing Attack Against Road Navigation Systems

Researchers have demonstrated an effective global-positioning system spoofing hack against road navigation systems.

Yihong Wu Creates New Tools for Digging Into Data
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Yihong Wu Creates New Tools for Digging Into Data

Yale University's Yihong Wu is part of a wave of new faculty participating in a university-wide initiative to integrate data science and mathematical modeling research...

UW Professor Receives Highest U.S. Award for STEM Mentors
From ACM TechNews

UW Professor Receives Highest U.S. Award for STEM Mentors

University of Washington professor Daniel Schwartz recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring,. ...

The Emergence of Cyberpsychology
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The Emergence of Cyberpsychology

Studying why, and how, people interact online.

Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers
From ACM TechNews

Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers

Kotlin is the second-most-popular coding language among software developers after Rust, according to a Stack Overflow survey.

CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletions
From ACM News

CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletions

Researchers have embraced CRISPR gene-editing as a method for altering genomes, but some are cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected.

Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch
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Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue...

Robot Prototype Will Let You Feel How It's 'Feeling'
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Robot Prototype Will Let You Feel How It's 'Feeling'

Researchers have developed a prototype robot capable of expressing "emotions" by reshaping the texture of its outer surface.

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures Established for the First Time
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Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures Established for the First Time

Researchers have developed a technique that enables electrical contact to be established with simple molecules in a conventional silicon chip.

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again
From ACM TechNews

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again

Many computer users incorrectly believe private browsing protects them against computer viruses, targeted ads, geolocation, and tracking by employers and governments...
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