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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
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Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

Top ACM TechNews articles of 2019
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Top ACM TechNews articles of 2019

One of the most popular topics among the 10 most-clicked-on items in ACM TechNews during 2019 was, once again, programming and programming languages.

Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived
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Next Generation of Organ-on-Chip Has Arrived

Researchers have met the U.S. DARPA challenge to create next-generation organ-on-a-chip models. 

Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs
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Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

Pivotal Ventures has announced a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. 

The Easy Route the Easy Way: Chip Calculates the Shortest Distance in an Instant
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The Easy Route the Easy Way: Chip Calculates the Shortest Distance in an Instant

A new chip uses special components to calculate the possible shortest distance to traverse up to 22 cities in a short period of time.

Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!
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Can I Mix Those Chemicals? There's an App for That!

A new open source computer program can advise users to prevent the mixture of incompatible chemicals.

Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak
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Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak

Facebook engineers have accelerated the training of artificial intelligence (AI) agents by eliminating laggards. 

Foiling IoT Hackers
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Foiling IoT Hackers

Cybersecurity specialists are working to head off hackers trying to use the Internet of Things as their gateway into smart homes.

A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too
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A $100 Million Bet That Vacationland Can Be a Tech Hub, Too

Portland, ME, has unveiled a technology research institute which local officials hope will drive the local economy.

Scientists Unraveling Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed, Openness
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Scientists Unraveling Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed, Openness

Chinese scientists freely released the genetic sequence of a coronavirus 10 days after the first reported case, to help researchers worldwide better understand...

Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers
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Virginia Schools Steer Students to Computer Science Careers

Virginia school districts are starting to offer high school students dual-enrollment computer science courses that count as credit at local community colleges,...

Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps
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Using AI to Enrich Digital Maps

A new artificial intelligence model uses satellite imagery to tag road features in digital maps.

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System
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California OKs Highly Questioned L.A. County Voting System

California secretary of state Alex Padilla has approved Los Angeles County's new computerized voting system, but is demanding modifications to address security...

ACM Signs Open Access Agreements with Leading Universities
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ACM Signs Open Access Agreements with Leading Universities

ACM has signed new open access agreements with four major institutional clients.

SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk
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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk

Researchers at Princeton University have found that two-factor authentication is easily hackable and could put millions of people at risk.

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places
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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with...

Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid
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Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid

Washington State University researchers have evaluated the threat presented by Internet-linked devices connected to the U.S. electric power grid.

Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test
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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.
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