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New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
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New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

The U.S. needs to do more to protect its electrical grid against high-impact cyberattacks, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine...

Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks
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Chaos Theory Strengthens Digital Locks

Researchers have definitively demonstrated the strength of a 128-bit digital lock for cybersecurity applications.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
From ACM News

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic 
From ACM News

Concerned About Connected Car Privacy? Bluetooth Sensors Used to Track Traffic 

One big promise of the connected car revolution has been the potential to help clear up traffic problems.

Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software
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Opening the Lid on Criminal Sentencing Software

Researchers are using machine learning to train computers to build statistical models that can predict future criminal behavior.

Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems
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Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Researchers have used supercomputers to integrate massive codes that combine physical and biological processes in the Earth system with feedback from human activity...

When Cars Fly
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When Cars Fly

The idea of personal air vehicles has been around for decades. Now the concept is taking off.

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes
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Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings. ...

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
From ACM TechNews

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking
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Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking

The Ripple cryptocurrency is being used by global banks to speed cross-border payments.

Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior
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Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior

A recent study highlights the feasibility of incorporating human moral decision-making into machines.

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?
From ACM News

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?

Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they're wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive.

New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them
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New NASA Tech Kills Trespassing Drones Without Touching Them

In the most nightmarish drone scenarios, one of the little whirlybirds flies into an airliner, or wanders into military airspace, or swoops down on the White House...

After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition
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After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition

U.S. President Donald J. Trump had to intervene to allow a team of teenage Afghani girls trying to enter the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge to enter the U.S.

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command
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US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes...

Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues
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Face Scans for US Citizens Flying Abroad Stir Privacy Issues

If the Trump administration gets its way, U.S. citizens boarding international flights will have to submit to a face scan, a plan privacy advocates call a step...

Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality
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Web Inventor Urges Support for Net Neutrality

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, urged people to show support for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission rules that are likely to be...

Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?
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Why Do Some Neighborhoods Improve?

Researchers have used a computer vision system to quantify the physical improvement or deterioration of neighborhoods in five U.S. cities.

Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries
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Hackers Find 'Ideal Testing Ground' for Attacks: Developing Countries

The attack had the hallmarks of something researchers had dreaded for years: malicious software using artificial intelligence that could lead to a new digital arms...

Fighting Tick-Borne Disease With Computer Science
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Fighting Tick-Borne Disease With Computer Science

Researchers are using new data on ticks in the southeastern U.S. to build mathematical models of how the grasses, wildlife, and ticks respond to different conditions...
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