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For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse
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For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse

Late last week, as some staff astronomers embarked on trips to see Monday's solar eclipse, two of NASA's space-based observatories—Hubble and Chandra X-ray—and...

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.

World's First Exascale Supercomputer Will Help Boost China's Growing Sea Power
From ACM News

World's First Exascale Supercomputer Will Help Boost China's Growing Sea Power

China is planning to boost its computing power tenfold within a couple of years by building the world's first exascale computer with a dedicated mission of helping...

Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level
From ACM TechNews

Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level

Researchers at the University of Manchester proved that data storage is possible in individual molecules at -213 degrees Celsius, which is extremely close to the...

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers
From ACM TechNews

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng's current area of concentration is teaching next-generation artificial intelligence specialists to train computers.

NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects
From ACM TechNews

NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects

The U.S. National Science Foundation will allocate $17.7 million to fund 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science projects that support research...

Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security
From ACM TechNews

Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel warn smartphone security can be compromised by repair shops that install replacement parts containing...

With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings
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With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
From ACM Opinion

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants
From ACM News

Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants

Metal antennas that send and receive TV signals and radio waves could soon be replaced by tiny films up to one hundred times smaller, scientists say.

A Good Read: AI Evaluates Quality of Short Stories
From ACM TechNews

A Good Read: AI Evaluates Quality of Short Stories

Researchers say they have developed neural networks that assess short narratives to predict which stories will appeal to large audiences.

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate

Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group says it has achieved a 5.1%  error rate for its speech-recognition technology.

Study Finds 'Modest Correlation' Between Journalists' Social Networks and Ideology of Their News Content
From ACM TechNews

Study Finds 'Modest Correlation' Between Journalists' Social Networks and Ideology of Their News Content

Researchers at Northeastern University say they have found a "modest correlation" between journalists' Twitter networks and the ideological aspects of their news...

UTA Researchers Developing Airborne Network Computing Platform for UAVs
From ACM TechNews

UTA Researchers Developing Airborne Network Computing Platform for UAVs

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington have received a grant to develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial vehicles...

Robot the Musical
From ACM News

Robot the Musical

Artificial intelligence promises to change aspects of music ranging from rock concerts to advertising jingles.

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars
From ACM Careers

Inside Waymo's Secret World for Training Self-Driving Cars

In a corner of Alphabet's campus, there is a team working on a piece of software that may be the key to self-driving cars.

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book
From ACM TechNews

Teaching Kids Coding, by the Book

Girls Who Code has arranged a deal with Penguin to release 13 books over the next two years.

Intelligence and the DNA Revolution
From ACM News

Intelligence and the DNA Revolution

More than 60 years ago, Francis Crick and James Watson discovered the double-helical structure of deoxyribonucleic acid—better known as DNA. Today, for the cost...

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria
From ACM News

Biocomputer and Memory Built Inside Living Bacteria


Animation Made Easy
From ACM TechNews

Animation Made Easy

New software makes it easier to animate characters.
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