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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot
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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without...

Information Storage With a Nanoscale Twist
From ACM TechNews

Information Storage With a Nanoscale Twist

Researchers have discovered a rotational force inside magnetic vortices, which they say could make it easier to design ultrahigh-capacity disk drives.

Learning to Think Like a Computer
From ACM TechNews

Learning to Think Like a Computer

The number of computer science majors has more than doubled since 2011, according to the Computing Research Association.

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
From ACM News

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells
From ACM News

Machine Learning Predicts the Look of Stem Cells

No two stem cells are identical, even if they are genetic clones.

Tiny Black Holes Enable a New Type of Photodetector for High-Speed Data
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Tiny Black Holes Enable a New Type of Photodetector for High-Speed Data

Researchers have developed tiny "black holes" on a silicon wafer that serve as a new type of photodetector.

Google's Video AI Was Tricked Into Thinking a Video About Apes Was About Spaghetti
From ACM TechNews

Google's Video AI Was Tricked Into Thinking a Video About Apes Was About Spaghetti

Researchers have successfully tricked Google's Cloud Video Intelligence application programming interface into identifying a video about gorillas as one dealing...

Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices
From ACM TechNews

Inkjet-Printed Flexible Memory Devices

Researchers have developed flexible, inkjet-printable memory cells they say could lead to mass-produced printable electronics. T

Stanford Researchers Create Deep Learning Algorithm That Could Boost Drug Development
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Create Deep Learning Algorithm That Could Boost Drug Development

A new type of deep learning, known as one-shot learning, could be used to help drug development because it only requires a small number of data points.

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps
From ACM News

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps

New approaches to apprenticeship aim to provide talented, if not traditionally trained, computing professionals.

Visualizing Scientific Big Data in Informative and Interactive Ways
From ACM TechNews

Visualizing Scientific Big Data in Informative and Interactive Ways

Wei Xu at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory is leading the development of visualization tools for analyzing large and varied datasets...

The DIY Electronics Transforming Research
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The DIY Electronics Transforming Research

A research subject watches a brush slowly stroking a rubber hand on a table in front of her, while her own hand—hidden from view—experiences the same stimulation...

NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn
From ACM News

NASA's Cassini Mission Prepares for 'Grand Finale' at Saturn

NASA's Cassini spacecraft, in orbit around Saturn since 2004, is about to begin the final chapter of its remarkable story.

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers
From ACM News

Building an AI Chip Saved Google From Building a Dozen New Data Centers

Google operates what is surely the largest computer network on Earth, a system that comprises custom-built, warehouse-sized data centers spanning 15 locations in...

Innovative Software Converts Wi-Fi Data Into Energy Savings
From ACM TechNews

Innovative Software Converts Wi-Fi Data Into Energy Savings

New software uses Wi-Fi to determine the number of building occupants and adjusts ventilation accordingly, which can save energy without sacrificing air quality...

Understanding the Limits of Deep Learning
From ACM TechNews

Understanding the Limits of Deep Learning

The capabilities of deep-learning neural networks are impressive, but these are tempered by significant constraints.

Warped Reality: Virtual Trip to Hyperbolic Space
From ACM TechNews

Warped Reality: Virtual Trip to Hyperbolic Space

Researchers have created a virtual reality program for exploring hyperbolic geometries.

Photonics Breakthrough Paving the Way for Improved Wireless Communication Systems
From ACM TechNews

Photonics Breakthrough Paving the Way for Improved Wireless Communication Systems

Researchers say they have made a breakthrough in achieving radio-frequency signal control at sub-nanosecond time scales on a chip-scale optical device.

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act
From ACM TechNews

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

Researchers are working to help computers understand human behavior by feeding them videos and images of computer-generated bodies in motion

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art
From ACM Opinion

With New Technology, Mathematicians Turn Numbers Into Art

Once upon a time, mathematicians imagined their job was to discover new mathematics and then let others explain it.
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