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String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers
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String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—"IonQ… quantum computing."

After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses
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After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses

GitHub is increasing the rewards it pays out to security researchers who find bugs in the platform's code.

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online
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Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online

One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an "Access Hollywood" recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women...

­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms
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­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms

The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials...

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor
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NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues...

­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show
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­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of...

The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here
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The Auto Show of the Future is Already Here

Top auto shows are increasingly incorporating technology, along with hands-on experiences like driving simulators and virtual reality demos.

New Horizons Spacecraft Returns Its Sharpest Views of ­ltima Thule
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New Horizons Spacecraft Returns Its Sharpest Views of ­ltima Thule

The mission team called it a "stretch goal—just before closest approach, precisely pointing the cameras on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft to snap the sharpest possible...

Four New DNA Letters Double Life's Alphabet
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Four New DNA Letters Double Life's Alphabet

The DNA of life on Earth naturally stores its information in just four key chemicals—guanine, cytosine, adenine and thymine, commonly referred to as G, C, A and...

Japan's Hayabusa2 Craft Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu
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Japan's Hayabusa2 Craft Touches Down on Asteroid Ryugu

It was a brief but historic tap on the surface of the asteroid Ryugu, at 7:29 am Japan time on 22 February. The Hayabusa2 spacecraft touched down at its target...

Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says ­S Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.

InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service
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InSight Is the Newest Mars Weather Service

No matter how cold your winter has been, it's probably not as chilly as Mars. Check for yourself: Starting today, the public can get a daily weather report from...

For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds
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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation...

Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI
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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained...

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop
From ACM TechNews

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop

International Computer Science Institute researchers estimated that about 17,000 Android apps collect identifying information.

Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones
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Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones

Researchers have developed software for analyzing energy-generation systems based on kites and drones.

Farmworker vs Robot
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Farmworker vs Robot

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic...

NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of ­niverse
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NASA Selects New Mission to Explore Origins of ­niverse

NASA has selected a new space mission that will help astronomers understand both how our universe evolved and how common are the ingredients for life in our galaxy's...

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder
From ACM Opinion

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

The Secret History of Women in Coding
From ACM News

The Secret History of Women in Coding

Computer programming once had much better gender balance than it does today. What went wrong?
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