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Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?
From ACM Careers

Why is Russia So Good at Encouraging Women Into Tech?

Irina Khoroshko, from Zelenograd near Moscow, had learned her times tables by the age of five.

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips
From ACM TechNews

A Better Understanding of Brain Health at Our (Bionic) Fingertips

The European Union-funded NANOBIOTOUCH and NEBIAS projects examined how touch stimuli and neural processing interact cs more intuitive.

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley
From ACM TechNews

Chatbots Have Entered the Uncanny Valley

The tendency for people to be repelled by increasingly humanoid and human-like robots may extend to chatbots and digital assistants as well.

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
From ACM News

DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles

Leonid Mirny swivels in his office chair and grabs the power cord for his laptop.

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates
From ACM News

On Venus, Tectonics Without the Plates

As we've explored the Solar System, some items we're familiar with from Earth's geology have kept appearing in new places.

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps
From ACM TechNews

Pinning Down Abuse on Google Maps

A collaboration between researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Google has enabled the Internet company to reduce the number of fraudulent businesses...

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics
From ACM TechNews

Twin Research Reveals Which Facial Features Are Most Controlled by Genetics

Researchers at King's College London in the U.K. reviewed three-dimensional facial simulations of about 1,000 female twins, and found the shapes of specific facial...

What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer
From ACM TechNews

What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer

Johns Hopkins University professor Elana Fertig details her research to enhance precision medicine in cancer, using the techniques developed for finding patterns...

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
From ACM News

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 

NASA's senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing "Cape Tribulation," a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination...

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling
From ACM Careers

50 Years Ago, a Computer Pioneer Got a New York Subway Race Rolling

Fifty years ago, Peter Samson, one of the inventors of Spacewar, considered the world's first video game, began another craze underground.

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering
From ACM News

'Space Fabric' Links Fashion and Engineering

Raul Polit Casillas grew up around fabrics. His mother is a fashion designer in Spain, and, at a young age, he was intrigued by how materials are used for design...

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 
From ACM Careers

Find Out If a Robot Will Take Your Job 

At a community college in upstate New York, 12 cafeteria workers recently learned that they will lose their jobs—and be replaced by self-serve machines.

Pattern Discovery Over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See
From ACM TechNews

Pattern Discovery Over Pattern Recognition: A New Way for Computers to See

Researchers are designing machine-learning systems to enable supercomputers to identify large-scale atmospheric structures in climate data.

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security
From ACM TechNews

Internet Atlas Maps the Physical Internet to Enhance Security

Researchers say they have developed the first-ever detailed worldwide map of the Internet.

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
From ACM News

Could the US Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker
From ACM Opinion

Introducing 'Operator 4.0,' a tech-augmented human worker

The Fourth Industrial Revolution has arrived.

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?
From ACM TechNews

Can a Supercomputing Algorithm Kill Gerrymandering?

A new supercomputing algorithm can determine whether state legislative districts have been unfairly drawn, with the potential of reshaping U.S. electoral politics...

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
From ACM TechNews

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble
From ACM TechNews

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble

Researchers have developed a statistical scheme that detects when senior citizens or others need help after falling.

Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Storms Into Climate Research

Climate change researchers are aggressively pushing for the incorporation of machine learning within their field.
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