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Beyond Silicon: $1.5-billion U.S. Program Aims to Spur New Types of Computer Chips
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Beyond Silicon: $1.5-billion U.S. Program Aims to Spur New Types of Computer Chips

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced $75 million in new grants to revitalize the computer chip industry.

Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools
From ACM TechNews

Tennessee Approves First-Ever Computer Science Standards for K-8 Schools

The Tennessee Board of Education has given final approval to the state's first computer science standards for elementary and middle schools.

Same Web-Based Vulnerabilities Still Prevalent After Nine Years
From ACM TechNews

Same Web-Based Vulnerabilities Still Prevalent After Nine Years

The threat of common Web-based vulnerabilities has not been significantly mitigated over the past nine years, according to a study by the U.K.-based NCC Group. ...

Reprogrammable Braille
From ACM TechNews

Reprogrammable Braille

Researchers have developed a framework to encode memory—in the form of Braille-like dimples and bumps—onto a blank, lattice-free material.

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
From ACM News

Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts

Facebook said on Tuesday that it had identified a political influence campaign that was potentially built to disrupt the midterm elections, with the company ...

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says
From ACM TechNews

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACLU Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.

What Happened to General Magic?
From ACM News

What Happened to General Magic?

Inside the company that invented the iPhone — two decades too early.

Computer Simulation of Receptors Reveals a New Ligand-Binding Site
From ACM TechNews

Computer Simulation of Receptors Reveals a New Ligand-Binding Site

Using a computer model of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor, researchers have found a unique binding site for natural ligands and drugs.

Deep Learning Quickly Finds Structures Affected by Lava
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning Quickly Finds Structures Affected by Lava

Researchers are working with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to see how lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has affected buildings and infrastructure...

Legislating Against AI Bias
From ACM News

Legislating Against AI Bias

Is this the beginning of the end of algorithmic bias in public-sector services?

AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies
From ACM TechNews

AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies

Researchers have developed artificial intelligence software that can identify and quantify different kinds of cyanobacteria that can shut down water systems.

Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'
From ACM TechNews

Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking insect-sized robots to compete under its Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP) program...

NIH Partners With Google Cloud to Speed Up Medical Breakthroughs
From ACM TechNews

NIH Partners With Google Cloud to Speed Up Medical Breakthroughs

A new U.S. National Institutes of Health program aims to help researchers accelerate biomedical advances by providing access to commercial cloud computing technologies...

Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices
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Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices

A study by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology warns of a decade-old bug in the Bluetooth specification.

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia
From ACM TechNews

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

The world's largest robot is an autonomous train that hauls tons of material across Australia.

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal
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The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science...

How They Did It (and Will Likely Try Again): GRU Hackers vs. US Elections
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How They Did It (and Will Likely Try Again): GRU Hackers vs. US Elections

In a press briefing just two weeks ago, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the grand jury assembled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller had returned...

DARPA Seeks Underground Mapping Capability
From ACM TechNews

DARPA Seeks Underground Mapping Capability

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in September will host competitions to advance geotechnology's subterranean mapping capabilities.

Future Electronic Components to Be Printed Like Newspapers
From ACM TechNews

Future Electronic Components to Be Printed Like Newspapers

Purdue University researchers have developed a manufacturing technique that can make electronics faster than conventional methods.

Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing
From ACM TechNews

Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing

A Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer is testing a decentralized blockchain network for processing massive volumes of data produced by the Hubble Space...
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