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Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour
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Study Shows First Computer-Driven Cars Will Have Noticeable Impact on Rush Hour

Adding even a few automated vehicles to traffic will positively influence all traffic flow, resulting in faster, smoother commutes for all drivers, according to...

How Machine Learning Helped Surrey Develop a New Algorithm That Could Add More Life to Bridges
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How Machine Learning Helped Surrey Develop a New Algorithm That Could Add More Life to Bridges

A new algorithm compresses big data from bridge monitoring systems into more manageable sizes.

Nearly Half of U.K. Manufacturers Hit by Cyber Attacks
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Nearly Half of U.K. Manufacturers Hit by Cyber Attacks

Approximately 48% of U.K. manufacturers admit they have experienced a cybersecurity incident.

Celestial 'Snow' Flies in Wondrous Rosetta Comet GIF
From ACM News

Celestial 'Snow' Flies in Wondrous Rosetta Comet GIF

You'll never stand on the surface of a comet, but here's how it might look and feel.

Heat-Seeking Cameras Could Help Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe
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Heat-Seeking Cameras Could Help Keep Self-Driving Cars Safe

After Uber's fatal self-driving crash last month in Tempe, Arizona, most observers had two basic question: Why did the car not see Elaine Herzberg crossing the...

Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory
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Enigma Machine Collection Recalls Computer Science Victory

Carnegie Mellon University will hire a researcher from the Library of Congress to help it decode a collection that includes two WWII German Enigma machines.

Shrinking Machines, Cellular Computers
From Communications of the ACM

Shrinking Machines, Cellular Computers

Scientists are using DNA and RNA to build the world's tiniest robots and computing devices.

Using Functions for Easier Programming
From Communications of the ACM

Using Functions for Easier Programming

Functional programming languages automate many of the details underlying specific operations.

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data
From Communications of the ACM

Finding a Healthier Approach to Managing Medical Data

Researchers are exploring ways to put medical data to greater use while better protecting privacy.

How Social Networking Sites May Discriminate Against Women
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How Social Networking Sites May Discriminate Against Women

Researchers have shown how two common recommendation algorithms intensify a network effect known as homophily, in which similar or like-minded people cluster together...

Using AI to Detect Heart Disease
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Using AI to Detect Heart Disease

Researchers have developed a better way to predict and monitor cardiovascular disease.

Researchers Design ‘Soft’ Robots that Can Move on Their Own
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Researchers Design ‘Soft’ Robots that Can Move on Their Own

A team of researchers has developed a new class of soft robot that can adapt to the environment.

U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says
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U.S. Is Way Behind Other Countries on Robot 'Readiness,' Report Says

The United States lags behind other countries in readiness for an increasingly automated world, placing ninth on a ranking of 25 advanced economies, according to...

The Hunt for Explainable AI
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The Hunt for Explainable AI

Looking for artificial intelligence that can share the basis for its decisions.

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google
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Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy...

Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs
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Integrating Optical Components Into Existing Chip Designs

A new method uses existing manufacturing processes to build optics and electronics separately on-chip.

FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices
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FDA moves to require patching in connected medical devices

The organization is also looking at launching a public-private safety board to provide analysis and field expertise in a range of technological and clinical subject...

Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form
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Flu Virus Finally Sequenced in Its Native Form

The genome of the flu virus has been fully sequenced in its native RNA form for the first time. Previously, all influenza genomes—as well as those of other viruses...

Flexible TVs, High-Performance Wearable Smart Tech One Step Closer
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Flexible TVs, High-Performance Wearable Smart Tech One Step Closer

Researchers in the U.K. and China have developed a nanoscale transistor that could be used in flexible televisions, tablets, and phones, as well as in wearable...
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