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Random Numbers: Hard Times Ahead for Hackers
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Random Numbers: Hard Times Ahead for Hackers

Researchers at the University of Geneva  have developed a new random-number generator based on the principles of quantum physics.

Robot Design for Dummies
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Robot Design for Dummies

A interactive design tool enables novices and experts to build customized legged or wheeled robots using three-dimensionally-printed components and commercially...

How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps
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How Hacked Computer Code Allegedly Helped a Biker Gang Steal 150 Jeeps

A Tijuana-based biker club have been charged with stealing 150 Jeep Wranglers using stolen computer code and key designs, the U.S. Justice Department announced....

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess
From ACM Opinion

20 Years after Deep Blue: How AI Has Advanced Since Conquering Chess

Twenty years ago IBM's Deep Blue computer stunned the world by becoming the first machine to beat a reigning world chess champion in a six-game match.

Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry
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Mummy DNA Unravels Ancient Egyptians' Ancestry

The tombs of ancient Egypt have yielded golden collars and ivory bracelets, but another treasure—human DNA—has proved elusive.

Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Teport: All the Slides, Plus Analysis
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Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Teport: All the Slides, Plus Analysis

The most anticipated slide deck of the year is here.

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom
From ACM News

How a Gene Editing Tool Went From Labs to a Middle-School Classroom

On a Saturday afternoon, 10 students gather at Genspace, a community lab in Brooklyn, to learn how to edit genes.

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It
From ACM News

Got a Face-Recognition Algorithm? Uncle Sam Wants to Review It

The nation's top-level intelligence office, the Director of National Intelligence, wants to find "the most accurate unconstrained face recognition algorithm."

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves Up in Hot Water
From ACM TechNews

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves Up in Hot Water

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new approach for making compliant, controllable robotic structures.

UCF Research Could Bring 'Drastically' Higher Resolution to Your Phone and TV
From ACM TechNews

UCF Research Could Bring 'Drastically' Higher Resolution to Your Phone and TV

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have developed a color-changing surface that is tunable via electric voltage.

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands
From ACM TechNews

Mind-Controlled Device Helps Stroke Patients Retrain Brains to Move Paralyzed Hands

Researchers have developed a hand-worn device connected to a brain-computer interface to help stroke patients retrain their brains to recover hand movements.

UW Engineers Borrow From Electronics to Build Largest Circuits to Date in Living Eukaryotic Cells
From ACM TechNews

UW Engineers Borrow From Electronics to Build Largest Circuits to Date in Living Eukaryotic Cells

University of Washington researchers have demonstrated a new method for digital information processing in living cells.

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing
From ACM News

The Soft Side of Quantum Computing

Future quantum computers will need software tailored to their specific ways of operating.

A New Spin on Electronics
From ACM TechNews

A New Spin on Electronics

Researchers at the University of Utah found perovskites permit easily controllable electron spin and have a sufficiently long spin lifetime to transport information...

Software Simplified
From ACM News

Software Simplified

In 2015, geneticist Guy Reeves was trying to configure a free software system called Galaxy to get his bioinformatics projects off the ground.

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over
From ACM News

Cassini Finds Saturn Moon May Have Tipped Over

Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past, according to recent research from NASA's Cassini mission.

How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything
From ACM News

How a Supreme Court Ruling on Printer Cartridges Changes What It Means to Buy Almost Anything

Last week, the Supreme Court dealt a major blow to corporations that try to use patent law as a weapon against other firms, saying that companies can only be sued...

Shedding Light on How Humans Walk…With Robots
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Shedding Light on How Humans Walk…With Robots

Researchers have discovered that humans whose lower limbs are fastened to a typical clinical robot only modify their gait if the forces the robot applies threaten...

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon
From ACM TechNews

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon

Researchers have developed an algorithm to tune a Dynamic Vision Sensor camera to detect only specific changes in brightness that matter for a particular system...

A Network of Crystals for Long-Distance Quantum Communication
From ACM TechNews

A Network of Crystals for Long-Distance Quantum Communication

Researchers have demonstrated a protocol for long-distance quantum communication using a network of crystals.
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