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Vulnerable Industrial Controls Directly Connected to Internet? Why Not?
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Vulnerable Industrial Controls Directly Connected to Internet? Why Not?

Siemens issued an update to a year-old product vulnerability warning for its SIMATIC S7-300 and S7-400 families of programmable logic controllers (PLCs)—industrial...

Top Technews Stories of 2017
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Top Technews Stories of 2017

ACM delivers the TechNews computer science and technology newsletter to more than 110,000 ACM members three times each week.

When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program
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When It Comes to Teaching Coding, China's Parents Won't Get With the Program

The Chinese government wants to cultivate programming skills in children, but parents are reluctant to encourage it.

The Algorithms of Our Future Thinking Machines
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The Algorithms of Our Future Thinking Machines

Researchers in Sweden are building algorithms for dynamic systems.

Bitcoin Wallets Vulnerable to Security Hacks
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Bitcoin Wallets Vulnerable to Security Hacks

Researchers say they have identified some security flaws in communications systems used in popular models of bitcoin wallet.

Smartphones Come in Handy For Rare Cosmic Particles Search
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Smartphones Come in Handy For Rare Cosmic Particles Search

Researchers say they have improved a method for analyzing ultra-high-energy cosmic rays with mobile phones.

Quantum Race Accelerates Development of Silicon Quantum Chip
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Quantum Race Accelerates Development of Silicon Quantum Chip

Researchers have demonstrated that the quantum information of an electron spin can be transported to a photon in a silicon quantum chip.

Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used By U.s. Government
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Tech Firms Let Russia Probe Software Widely Used By U.s. Government

Major global technology providers SAP (SAPG.DE), Symantec (SYMC.O) and McAfee have allowed Russian authorities to hunt for vulnerabilities in software deeply embedded...

DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna
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DARPA Wants to Build an Image Search Engine Out of Dna

Most people use Google's search-by-image feature to either look for copyright infringement, or for shopping.

Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms
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Physicists Create Star Wars-Style 3D Projections; Just Don't Call Them Holograms

Daniel Smalley has long dreamed of building the kind of 3D holograms that pepper science-fiction films.

Combating Data Breach Fatigue
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Combating Data Breach Fatigue

Cyberattacks are so frequent that consumers can experience data breach fatigue, marked by an unwillingness to change passwords or sign up for identity theft protection...

Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?
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Drone Light Shows Look Cool, but How Do They Work?

Scientists are exploring multi-robot systems technology.

New Algorithm Identifies 10 Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics Than All Previous Studies
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New Algorithm Identifies 10 Times More Naturally Occurring Antibiotics Than All Previous Studies

VarQuest is a new computational approach for peptidic natural products identification that could identify about 10 times more of such products than all previous...

Yale Students Design Chrome Extension to Combat Fake News
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Yale Students Design Chrome Extension to Combat Fake News

Open Mind is a new Google Chrome extension designed to combat fake new.

Technologies Support Dementia Patients
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Technologies Support Dementia Patients

A small but growing category of assistive technologies is aimed at people with cognitive disabilities.

Trump Administration Wants to End Nasa Funding For Iss By 2025
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Trump Administration Wants to End Nasa Funding For Iss By 2025

The Trump administration is preparing to end support for the International Space Station program by 2025.

The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'
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The (almost) Complete History of 'fake News'

In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur.

Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments
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Major Payment Company: 'fewer and Fewer Use Cases' For Bitcoin Payments

Stripe is one of the most popular ways for small online organizations to accept credit card payments. And in 2014 it became one of the first major payment processors...

Trust Me, I'm a Robot
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Trust Me, I'm a Robot

In an interview, Ayanna Howard discusses her work directing the Georgia Institute of Technology's Human-Automation Systems Lab.

Drones Learn to Navigate Autonomously By Imitating Cars and Bicycles
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Drones Learn to Navigate Autonomously By Imitating Cars and Bicycles

The DroNet algorithm enables drones to fly by themselves through the streets of a city and in indoor environments.
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