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DNA's Secret Weapon Against Knots and Tangles
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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
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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.

NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity Leaves 'Tribulation' 
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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
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'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 
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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.

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.

Scientists Develop a Novel Algorithm Inspired by Bee Colonies to Help Dismantling Criminal Social Networks
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Develop a Novel Algorithm Inspired by Bee Colonies to Help Dismantling Criminal Social Networks

Researchers have developed an algorithm designed to counter both physical and virtual threats to social networks.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
From ACM Careers

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
From ACM News

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think
From ACM News

A Chip Revolution Will Bring Better VR Sooner Than You Think

David Kosslyn and Ian Thompson are the founders of a virtual reality company called Angle Technologies.

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers
From ACM News

When Jean E. Sammet Learned to Code, Steve Jobs Was Still in Diapers

Sammet was the first female president of ACM,, created the computer language FORMAC, and was a key member of the committee that created COBOL.

We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)
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We know What You're Watching (Even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System
From ACM News

NASA Missions Provide New Insights into 'Ocean Worlds' in Our Solar System

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and...

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models
From ACM TechNews

Google Tests New Approach to Training Machine Learning Models

Google is testing a new collaborative machine-learning training method in which training data is diffused across millions of individual mobile devices instead of...

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps
From ACM TechNews

An Algorithm That Hides Your Online Tracks With Random Footsteps

Steven Smith at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory has developed an algorithmic technique to thwart the collection of online users' browsing history. The algorithm conceals...

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think
From ACM News

That Fingerprint Sensor on Your Phone Is Not as Safe as You Think

Fingerprint sensors have turned modern smartphones into miracles of convenience.

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth
From ACM News

Solar Storms Can Drain Electrical Charge Above Earth

New research on solar storms finds that they not only can cause regions of excessive electrical charge in the upper atmosphere above Earth's poles, they also can...
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