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Computer-Aided Imaging Technique Could Reduce Risk of Second Breast Cancer Surgery
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Computer-Aided Imaging Technique Could Reduce Risk of Second Breast Cancer Surgery

A new computer-aided diagnostic technique combines imaging with artificial intelligence to detect the difference between cancerous and benign cells.

A Stepping Stone to STEM?
From ACM News

A Stepping Stone to STEM?

Engineering technology courses at community colleges are serving as a pathway to STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) degrees and jobs.

Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats
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Chinese Exam Authorities Use Facial Recognition, Drones to Catch Cheats

Chinese education authorities have gone high-tech to catch cheaters as millions of high-school students take their "gaokao", the annual university entrance exam...

Researchers Use AI to Dramatically Increase Image Clarity Under Severe Conditions
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Use AI to Dramatically Increase Image Clarity Under Severe Conditions

Researchers in Japan have developed technology that uses artificial intelligence to derive greater image visibility from devices such as thermal and x-ray cameras...

Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star
From ACM News

Hubble Sees Light Bending Around Nearby Star

The Hubble Space Telescope has spotted light bending because of the gravity of a nearby white dwarf star—the first time astronomers have seen this type of distortion...

Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots
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Why Printers Add Secret Tracking Dots

On 3 June, FBI agents arrived at the house of government contractor Reality Leigh Winner in Augusta, Georgia.

Catching the IMSI-Catchers: SeaGlass Brings Transparency to Cell Phone Surveillance
From ACM TechNews

Catching the IMSI-Catchers: SeaGlass Brings Transparency to Cell Phone Surveillance

The SeaGlass system can spot cellular network anomalies that may signal where and when International Mobile Subscriber Identity-catchers are being used to pinpoint...

Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for stealing information by exploiting a network router's light-emitting diodes.

Natural Language Processing and Affective Computing
From ACM TechNews

Natural Language Processing and Affective Computing

Natural-language processing uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to comprehend unstructured text and context.

Engineer Unveils New Spin on Future of Transistors With Novel Design
From ACM TechNews

Engineer Unveils New Spin on Future of Transistors With Novel Design

Researchers have developed a computing system made exclusively from carbon which they think could replace the silicon transistor.

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture
From ACM TechNews

Why So Few Women Break Through Tech's Bro Culture

Despite the technology industry's attempts to achieve gender equality, the sector suffers from chronic underrepresentation of women.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award
From ACM News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor James Hendler Receives Inaugural Spotlight Award

Association of Moving Image Archivists honors Hendler for significant contributions to the field of media preservation and access.

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives
From ACM News

How a Wireless Sensor System in the Busiest City Intersections Can Save Lives

Every city has at least one dangerous intersection where cars, trucks, and buses jostle for space with pedestrians and bicyclists, often resulting in injury, and...

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker
From ACM News

How a Few Yellow Dots Burned the Intercept's NSA Leaker

When reporters at The Intercept approached the National Security Agency on June 1 to confirm a document that had been anonymously leaked to the publication in May...

Watch Google’s Igor Markov Explain How to Avoid the AI Apocalypse
From ACM News

Watch Google’s Igor Markov Explain How to Avoid the AI Apocalypse

Markov suggested steps be taken to separate powerful systems and have deficiencies built in to act as a kill switch.

We Use Big Data to Sentence Criminals. But Can the Algorithms Really Tell Us What We Need to Know?
From ACM News

We Use Big Data to Sentence Criminals. But Can the Algorithms Really Tell Us What We Need to Know?

Use of data-driven risk assessments in sentencing may be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking
From ACM News

An IBM Breakthrough Ensures Silicon Will Keep Shrinking

The limits of silicon have not been reached quite yet.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
From ACM News

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine
From ACM News

NASA's Asteroid-Hunting Spacecraft a Discovery Machine

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (NEOWISE) mission has released its third year of survey data, with the spacecraft discovering 97 previously...

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
From ACM News

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.
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