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Hidden Malware Ratchets Up Cybersecurity Risks
From Communications of the ACM

Hidden Malware Ratchets Up Cybersecurity Risks

Cybercriminals could be hiding malware payloads in places where commercial cybersecurity software is unable to detect it.

Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the Power Grid
From ACM News

Electric Vehicles Could Rescue the Power Grid

By 2035, the batteries in California's zero-emission cars could power every home in the state for three days.

Crops for a Changing Planet
From ACM News

Crops for a Changing Planet

An Oak Ridge team links plant performance and genetics, seeking a food-biofuel balance in a changing climate.

Open Source Hardware?
From ACM News

Open Source Hardware?

Hardware design starts to see the attraction of open source.

Walmart Rolls Out AR to Try on Clothing Virtually
From ACM TechNews

Walmart Rolls Out AR to Try on Clothing Virtually

Walmart has launched a new augmented reality feature that allows shoppers to virtually try on clothes.

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands
From ACM News

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI's facial recognition software to prove his innocence.

Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds
From ACM TechNews

Mars Rover, Drone Prototypes Brave Iceland Winds

This summer, prototype rovers and drones designed to operate on Mars were tested in high winds and other harsh environmental conditions in Iceland.

Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes
From ACM TechNews

Nike Sneaker-Cleaning Robot Looks Like Car Wash for Shoes

Nike's Bot Initiated Longevity Lab (BILL) robot-powered system deep-cleans and repairs sneakers.

AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling
From ACM TechNews

AI-Powered 'Smart Bin' Sorts Recycling

A prototype "smart bin" can sort recyclable materials automatically through a combination of artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine vision.

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime
From ACM News

Justice Department Forms National Network of Prosecutors Focused on Crypto Crime

New effort is part of trend toward putting more resources to target illegal activities involving digital currencies.

CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service
From ACM News

CISA Floats Plan to Partner with Local Universities for '311' Cyberattack Triage Service

CISA director Jen Easterly lauded the idea and compared it to an effort by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark to create a "cyber civil defense" force.

Decoding Canine Cognition
From ACM TechNews

Decoding Canine Cognition

Emory University researchers have decoded visual images from a dog's brain.

Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch
From ACM TechNews

Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch

While startups have promised to develop truly driverless cars, industry executives and experts say remote human supervisors may need to be a permanent part of the...

AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond
From ACM News

AI Supports Displaced Peoples, Refugees in Ukraine and Beyond

Artificial intelligence is playing a growing role in refugee relief and resettlement programs.

Harvard, AWS Alliance to Advance Research in Quantum Science
From ACM TechNews

Harvard, AWS Alliance to Advance Research in Quantum Science

Harvard University and Amazon Web Services have partnered to further faculty-led quantum networking research.

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
From ACM TechNews

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It
From ACM News

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It

The companies behind e-commerce are embracing automation as the means of transcending the limitations of humans.

Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus
From ACM TechNews

Light-Sensing 3D-Printed Device Could Help People with Lupus

A three-dimensionally printed wearable device features an ultraviolet and visible light detector to correlate light exposure with symptom flare-ups in people with...

Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate
From ACM TechNews

Voice-Operated Smartphones Target Africa's Illiterate

The Cerco company, in partnership with French teleco Orange, is rolling out a "superphone" equipped with a voice assistant in the Ivory Coast.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
From ACM TechNews

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.
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