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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors
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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

Recent movies have made extensive use of digital visual effects to make performers appear younger.

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
From ACM TechNews

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.

Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People
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Dating Apps Need Women, Advertisers Need Diversity. AI Companies Offer a Solution: Fake People

Artificial intelligence startups are marketing images of computer-generated faces created without the use of actual people.

Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study
From ACM TechNews

Many Facial Recognition Systems Are Biased, Says U.S. Study

A study found most commercial facial recognition algorithms are biased, and falsely identify African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more frequently than...

Multiplication Hits the Speed Limit
From Communications of the ACM

Multiplication Hits the Speed Limit

A problem "around since antiquity" may have been resolved by a new algorithm.

A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days
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A Self-Driving Truck Delivered Butter from California to Pennsylvania in Three Days

Startup Plus.ai has completed the first commercial freight cross-country trip by an autonomous truck.

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves
From ACM TechNews

Japanese Researchers Teaching Robots to Repair Themselves

Researchers have demonstrated how to teach a PR2 robot to perform simple repairs on itself by tightening its own screws. 

Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering
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Bioprinter Shows Potential to Speed Tissue Engineering

Researchers have developed a bioprinter that can speed computer-controlled creation of human tissue.

Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words
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Framework Brings Accuracy, Efficiency to Identifying Stop Words

An algorithmic approach for data analysis automatically recognizes uninformative words, known as stop words, in a large collection of text.

Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments
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Silicon Valley Is Listening to Your Most Intimate Moments

How the world's biggest companies got millions of people to let temps analyze some very sensitive recordings.

New Data Addresses Gap in Fusion Research
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New Data Addresses Gap in Fusion Research

Researchers have developed a method of enhancing the accuracy of computer models used in simulations of laser-driven implosions.

Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital
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Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital

People are being distracted by apps on their phones, and getting injured as a result.

Water Animation Gets Easier, Thanks to BYU Professors
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Water Animation Gets Easier, Thanks to BYU Professors

A new technique permits the rapid resizing of fluid animations without the need to remodel entire animation sequences.

Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make
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Carpentry Compiler Helps Woodworkers Design Objects They Can Actually Make

Researchers developed a digital tool that generates fabrication instructions and solves problems with techniques from programming languages when users design woodworking...

New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming
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New Streaming Technology Will Change Computer Gaming

Researchers have developed a streaming technology that will allow a VR headsets to display computer games in extremely high quality.

Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer
From ACM TechNews

Turn Any Object Into a Robot Using This Program and a 3D Printer

Researchers created a program to render household items into hand-activated robots using a three-dimensional (3D) printer. 

Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store
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Screening Technique Finds 142 Malicious Apps in Apple's App Store

Researchers have developed a method of detecting malicious apps that sneak through Apple's App Store screening process and onto some users’ phones.

Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk
From ACM News

Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk

They're happier in virtual fields than confined farms.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
From ACM TechNews

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights
From ACM TechNews

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.
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