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Photonics Breakthrough Paving the Way for Improved Wireless Communication Systems
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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.

Learning to Think Like a Computer
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Learning to Think Like a Computer

In "The Beauty and Joy of Computing," the course he helped conceive for nonmajors at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Garcia explains an all-important...

New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target
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New Horizons Halfway from Pluto to Next Flyby Target

Continuing on its path through the outer regions of the solar system, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has now traveled half the distance from Pluto—its storied first...

Researchers Shoot for Success With Simulations of Laser Pulse-Material Interactions
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Researchers Shoot for Success With Simulations of Laser Pulse-Material Interactions

Researchers studying atomic-scale phase transformations used the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility's Titan supercomputer to model laser interactions with...

Scientists Turn Mammalian Cells Into Complex Biocomputers
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Turn Mammalian Cells Into Complex Biocomputers

Researchers have genetically engineered the DNA of mammalian cells to execute complex computations.

Researchers 'Iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles
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Researchers 'Iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles

Researchers  have developed methods to reduce and "iron out" wrinkles in graphene, potentially enabling faster and more efficient electronic and photonic devices...

Virginia Tech Researchers: Android Apps Can Conspire to Mine Information From Your Smartphone
From ACM TechNews

Virginia Tech Researchers: Android Apps Can Conspire to Mine Information From Your Smartphone

Researchers say they have conducted the first-ever large-scale systematic study of how the trusty applications on Android phones are able to talk to one another...

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era
From ACM News

Trump Completes Repeal of Online Privacy Protections From Obama Era

President Trump on Monday signed a congressional resolution to complete the overturning of internet privacy protections created by the Federal Communications Commission...

Inventor of World Wide Web Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award
From ACM News

Inventor of World Wide Web Receives ACM A.M. Turing Award

Sir Tim Berners-Lee designed integrated architecture and technologies that underpin the Web.

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too
From ACM News

The Founding Fathers Encrypted Secret Messages, Too

Thomas Jefferson is known for a lot of things—writing the Declaration of Independence, founding the University of Virginia, owning hundreds of slaves despite believing...

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality
From ACM TechNews

Star Trek's Holodeck: From Science Fiction to a New Reality

Advances in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction, and computer graphics are converging to make the Holodeck featured on "Star Trek: The Next Generation"...

Making America's Power Grid Much, Much Smarter
From ACM TechNews

Making America's Power Grid Much, Much Smarter

Researchers are working to reinvent and protect the U.S. power grid.

Finding Faces in a Crowd
From ACM TechNews

Finding Faces in a Crowd

Researchers have developed an improved method for coding important context from an image that enables a significant advance in detecting tiny faces.

Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century
From ACM TechNews

Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century

Tom Sorell, a professor at the University of Warwick in the U.K., suggests Isaac Asimov's famed "Three Laws of Robotics" need updating for the modern era,

Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M
From ACM TechNews

Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M

The U.S. technology job market has expanded 2% to about 7.3 million employees since 2016, with 6.9 million employed by technology companies, according to CompTIA's...

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

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act 

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion
From ACM News

Vector Institute Is Just the Latest in Canada's AI Expansion

Canadian researchers have been behind some recent major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Now, the country is betting on becoming a big player in one of...

Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits
From ACM News

Prolific Mars Orbiter Completes 50,000 Orbits

The most data-productive spacecraft yet at Mars swept past its 50,000th orbit this week, continuing to compile the most sharp-eyed global coverage ever accomplished...
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