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First 3D Printed Human Corneas
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First 3D Printed Human Corneas

Researchers at Newcastle University in the U.K. have developed a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to create human corneas.

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China
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Apple CEO Tim Cook on Screen Time Controls, Working with China

Tim Cook, who has led Apple since 2011, spoke with NPR's Steve Inskeep in a wide-ranging interview on Monday as the company kicked off its annual Worldwide Developers...

Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs
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Device Allows a Personal Computer to Process Huge Graphs

A new device uses inexpensive flash storage to process huge graphs using a personal computer.

IBM Leads 'Call for Code' to Use Cloud, AI for Natural Disaster Relief
From ACM TechNews

IBM Leads 'Call for Code' to Use Cloud, AI for Natural Disaster Relief

The new Call for Code Global Initiative is aimed at helping the IT world respond more efficiently to natural disasters using a variety of computer-based technologies...

Facebook AI Turns One Style of Music Into Another
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Facebook AI Turns One Style of Music Into Another

Facebook AI Research has developed a neural network that can translate music from one style, genre, and set of instruments into another.

Physicists Invent Flux Capacitor to Break Time-Reversal Symmetry
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Physicists Invent Flux Capacitor to Break Time-Reversal Symmetry

Researchers in Australia and Switzerland have proposed a device that can break time-reversal symmetry by exploiting the quantum tunneling of magnetic flux around...

A Genetic Algorithm Predicts the Vertical Growth of Cities
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A Genetic Algorithm Predicts the Vertical Growth of Cities

New genetic algorithms can predict how the number of skyscrapers and other buildings in an urban area will increase.

Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease
From ACM TechNews

Ingestible 'Bacteria on a Chip' Could Help Diagnose Disease

A new ingestible sensor can help diagnose gastrointestinal problems.

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?
From ACM TechNews

How Close Are We, Really, to Building a Quantum Computer?

Intel Labs' Jim Clarke observes that the race to develop the first practical quantum computer is fraught with challenges.

Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools
From ACM TechNews

Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools

Hawaii's Board of Education is working to boost computer science programs in the state’s schools.

AI Footstep Recognition System Could Be Used for Airport Security
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AI Footstep Recognition System Could Be Used for Airport Security

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based biometric verification system for identifying a person by their specific gait.

At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech
From ACM News

At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech

It can crack your smartphone password in seconds, rip personal data from call and messaging apps, and peruse your contact book.

Researchers Devise More Effective Location Awareness for the Internet-of-(many)-Things
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Devise More Effective Location Awareness for the Internet-of-(many)-Things

Tufts University researchers have developed an enhanced algorithm for localizing and tracking mobile devices that distributes the task among the devices themselves...

Meet REMUS, the Robot That Discovered $17 Billion in Sunken Treasure
From ACM TechNews

Meet REMUS, the Robot That Discovered $17 Billion in Sunken Treasure

Two years ago, an autonomous underwater vehicle from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute located an underwater wreck containing $17 billion in sunken treasure.

Brookings Survey Finds Worries Over AI Impact on Jobs and Personal Privacy, Concern U.S. Will Fall Behind China
From ACM TechNews

Brookings Survey Finds Worries Over AI Impact on Jobs and Personal Privacy, Concern U.S. Will Fall Behind China

A new Brookings Institution survey has found Americans' concerns about artificial intelligence include job reduction, as well as threats to humanity and personal...

From Utopia to Dystopia, and Back Again
From ACM News

From Utopia to Dystopia, and Back Again

Sir Tim Berners-Lee considers the past, present, and future of the World Wide Web.

How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google
From ACM Careers

How a Pentagon Contract Became an Identity Crisis for Google

Fei-Fei Li is among the brightest stars in the burgeoning field of artificial intelligence, somehow managing to hold down two demanding jobs simultaneously: head...

How Spies Can Use Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
From ACM News

How Spies Can Use Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

Columbia Researchers Squeeze Light Into Nanoscale Devices
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Columbia Researchers Squeeze Light Into Nanoscale Devices

Researchers have created a "home-built" cryogenic near-field optical microscope that allowed them to directly image the propagation and dynamics of graphene plasmons...

How Technology Companies Alienate Women During Recruitment
From ACM TechNews

How Technology Companies Alienate Women During Recruitment

The way technology companies recruit candidates during on-campus information sessions could play a role in dissuading women from such jobs, a new study has found...
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