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Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides
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Technological Breakthrough for Monitoring and Predicting Landslides

AccuMM is a new automated solution for the long-term monitoring of landslides.

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage
From ACM TechNews

Swirly Skyrmions Could Be the Future of Data Storage

Researchers are moving toward commercializing skyrmion-based magnetic data storage by electrically detecting for the first time a single skyrmion at room temperature...

TPUs Go Public on Google Cloud
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TPUs Go Public on Google Cloud

Google has announced a beta program to make its in-house Tensor Processing Units available to cloud customers.

Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?
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Which Programming Language Is Best for Big Data?

Python is currently the most popular language in the data science exploration and development stage.

After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn't Have a Science Adviser
From ACM News

After More Than a Year, Trump Still Doesn't Have a Science Adviser

More than a year after taking office, President Trump has yet to appoint a science adviser—longer than any other president since World War II, when Franklin D....

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World
From ACM News

Inside the Two Years that Shook Facebook, and the World

One day in late February of 2016, Mark Zuckerberg sent a memo to all of Facebook's employees to address some troubling behavior in the ranks.

As China Marches Forward on  A.I., the White House Is Silent
From ACM News

As China Marches Forward on A.I., the White House Is Silent

In July, China unveiled a plan to become the world leader in artificial intelligence and create an industry worth $150 billion to its economy by 2030.

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors
From ACM TechNews

Cancer-Fighting Nanorobots Seek and Destroy Tumors

Researchers say they have successfully programmed tiny robots to destroy tumors by cutting off their blood supply.

Detecting Hidden Threats
From ACM TechNews

Detecting Hidden Threats

Technology under development at the University of Delaware is aimed at detecting explosive devices from a distance.

Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes
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Deep Neural Network Trained to Detect Early Signs of Diabetes

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of a deep neural network programmed to detect diabetes.

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies
From ACM News

The Increasing Familiarity of Cryptocurrencies

More and more businesses are accepting cryptocurrencies as payment; here's why.

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa
From ACM News

Deluge of Astronomical Data Will Soon Hit South Africa

Data scientists in South Africa are readying themselves for a flood of information that is due to crash over them when the country's biggest radio telescope doubles...

The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time
From ACM News

The Olympics' Never-Ending Struggle to Keep Track of Time

At precisely three minutes and thirty seconds before two o'clock on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, 1896, on a bridge in the Greek town of Marathon, an army...

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most
From ACM Opinion

Blockchain Explained: It Builds Trust When You Need It Most

These days, we're having a harder and harder time trusting each other.

The Robots Will See You Now
From ACM TechNews

The Robots Will See You Now

Researchers used advanced real-time tracking software and robotics to design and test the first closed-loop control system featuring a bioinspired robotic replica...

Improving Drone Performance in Headwinds
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Improving Drone Performance in Headwinds

Researchers have found that angling the rotor blades of a quad-rotor unmanned aerial vehicle can reduce pitching when attempting to fly into headwinds.

Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'
From ACM TechNews

Come Meet ZJU's Robot Dog 'Jueying'

Jueying is a quadruped robot dog that can run up a steep slope, walk on thick snow, and regain its balance after receiving a heavy blow.

UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes
From ACM TechNews

UN Calls for Smashing Stereotypes

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has cited the need to support and invest in women and girls who want to pursue careers in scientific research....

Mr. Robot
From ACM News

Mr. Robot

Geoffrey Hinton spent 30 years hammering away at an idea most other scientists dismissed as nonsense. Then, one day in 2012, he was proven right.

How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too
From ACM News

How Quantum Dots Supercharge Farming, Medicine and Solar, Too

What if you could grow vegetables in half the time? What if a surgeon could see cancerous cells throughout an entire operation? What if solar panels could become...
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