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Research Robots Sometimes Left Unsecured on the Internet, Study Finds
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Research Robots Sometimes Left Unsecured on the Internet, Study Finds

Brown University researchers have identified exposed systems running the Robot Operating System, with as many as 19 considered to be fully operational robots.

Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians
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Fields Medals Awarded to 4 Mathematicians

Four mathematicians have been named to receive the Fields Medal, regarded as one of the highest honors a mathematician can receive.

A Poet of Computation Who Uncovers Distant Truths
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A Poet of Computation Who Uncovers Distant Truths

The theoretical computer scientist Constantinos Daskalakis has won the Rolf Nevanlinna Prize for explicating core questions in game theory and machine learning....

How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things
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How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things

Cyber criminals shut down parts of the Web in October 2016 by attacking the computers that serve as the internet's switchboard.

Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine
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Google, Seeking a Return to China, Is Said to Be Building a Censored Search Engine

Google withdrew from China eight years ago to protest the country's censorship and online hacking.

SETI Researchers Want to End the Alien-Detection Hype
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SETI Researchers Want to End the Alien-Detection Hype

Researchers looking for signals from technologically advanced aliens pick up countless strange pings—but so far, nothing has convinced them that a message really...

Skoltech Scientists Use Computer Vision and Machine Learning to Predict Plant Growth
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Skoltech Scientists Use Computer Vision and Machine Learning to Predict Plant Growth

Researchers have developed a method for predicting the growth of biomass of a plant, which they say will improve the efficiency of precision farming.

AI-Equipped Robots Develop Situational Awareness in Earth's Most Uncertain Environment
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AI-Equipped Robots Develop Situational Awareness in Earth's Most Uncertain Environment

Researchers have created algorithms to teach robots to adapt to changing conditions related to protecting and preserving underwater infrastructure.

Open Source Software Creates Powerful, Accurate Simulations for Movement Research
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Open Source Software Creates Powerful, Accurate Simulations for Movement Research

Researchers have expanded and enhanced an open source movement simulator that addresses problems in medicine, paleontology, and animal locomotion.

Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making
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Doctors Rely on More Than Just Data for Medical Decision Making

An analysis found doctors' "gut feelings" about an intensive-care patient's condition played a significant role in determining how many tests were ordered for the...

Universities FLIP For Diversity
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Universities FLIP For Diversity

Cornell University's computer science department is leveraging ideas from other departments in pursuit of more diverse academic candidates.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

Brent Hecht, chair of ACM's Future of Computing Academy, proposes revising the peer review process to ensure scientists report negative societal consequences of...

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube
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An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity.

Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown
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Blockchain, Once Seen as a Corporate Cure-All, Suffers Slowdown

Corporate America's love affair with all things blockchain may be cooling.

Beyond Silicon: $1.5-billion U.S. Program Aims to Spur New Types of Computer Chips
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Beyond Silicon: $1.5-billion U.S. Program Aims to Spur New Types of Computer Chips

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced $75 million in new grants to revitalize the computer chip industry.

Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools
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Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools

The Tennessee Board of Education has given final approval to the state's first computer science standards for elementary and middle schools.

Same Web-Based Vulnerabilities Still Prevalent After Nine Years
From ACM TechNews

Same Web-Based Vulnerabilities Still Prevalent After Nine Years

The threat of common Web-based vulnerabilities has not been significantly mitigated over the past nine years, according to a study by the U.K.-based NCC Group. ...

Reprogrammable Braille
From ACM TechNews

Reprogrammable Braille

Researchers have developed a framework to encode memory—in the form of Braille-like dimples and bumps—onto a blank, lattice-free material.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
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Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says
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Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.
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