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Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic
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Autonomous Boats Could Service Some Cities, Reducing Road Traffic

Researchers have highly maneuverable autonomous boats that, in waterway-rich cities, could be used to transport people or deliver goods.

How to Get People to Pay Attention to Mobile Security Notifications
From ACM TechNews

How to Get People to Pay Attention to Mobile Security Notifications

Researchers have confirmed that the more frequently users see security warnings on computers and phones, the more they ignore them.

ACM Elects Cherri Pancake President
From ACM News

ACM Elects Cherri Pancake President

ACM has elected Cherri M. Pancake as its president for a two-year term beginning July 1.

The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law
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The Next Privacy Battle in Europe Is Over This New Law

The new European data privacy legislation is so stringent that it could kill off data-driven online services and chill innovations like driverless cars, tech industry...

China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point
From ACM News

China's Long March for the Soul of the Nation's Digital Future Faces an Ever-Shifting End Point

In China's quest for the soul of the nation's digital technology, Ni Guangnan and Cheng Xu are two of the foot soldiers of a two-decade march to develop an indigenous...

U.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules
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U.S. News Outlets Block European Readers Over New Privacy Rules

American news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday...

Data-Driven Instruction: Top Trend in K-12 Use of Ed-Tech, Teachers Say
From ACM TechNews

Data-Driven Instruction: Top Trend in K-12 Use of Ed-Tech, Teachers Say

A survey of 1,516 teachers found that three out of four say data-driven instruction is the top trend in how education technology is impacting their schools.

The US Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
From ACM News

The US Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn't so sure.

Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash
From ACM Careers

Distracted Driver and Braking Error Cited in Autonomous Uber Car's Fatal Crash

More than a second before a self-driving car operated by Uber struck and killed a pedestrian in March, the vehicle's computer system determined it needed to brake...

Albatross Robot Takes Flight
From ACM TechNews

Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created an albatross-like robot that can skim along the water's surface while also surfing the waves like a...

Using Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection
From ACM TechNews

Using Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection

Colorado State University's Jesse Wilson said he will use his Young Investigator Award from the Melanoma Research Alliance to further pursue non-invasive melanoma...

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use
From ACM TechNews

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to Use

Researchers have developed technology for translating neuromuscular signals into movements for prosthetic wrists and hands.

AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide
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AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers devised a new way to automate the contouring of tumor volumes using artificial intelligence and deep neural...

Saving Lives with Aerial Drones
From ACM News

Saving Lives with Aerial Drones

Aerial drone swarms could self-assemble into hovering rescue platforms.

Computer Redesigns Enzyme
From ACM TechNews

Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Biotechnologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands used a computational method to convert aspartase to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination...

Getting Hooked on Tech
From Communications of the ACM

Getting Hooked on Tech

Are technology companies maximizing profits by making users addicted to their products?

Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM
From ACM TechNews

Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM

Australia has allocated $600,000 for the development of a roadmap for increasing engagement and participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering...

UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues
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UCLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

An engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new three-dimensional printing method that can construct therapeutic biomaterials from...

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem
From ACM TechNews

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

Researchers have deployed a network composed of platforms, weather stations, tributary monitors, and acoustic Doppler current profiles to attain information on...

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees
From ACM TechNews

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

A "virtual safe space" tests the threats that face bumblebees.
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