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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day
From ACM TechNews

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

This year's "Made with Code" initiative paired women from three non-government agencies with student scientists to address environmental challenges.

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
From ACM TechNews

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Not Stuck on Silicon
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Not Stuck on Silicon

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce the overall cost of wafer technology.

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.

Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing
From ACM TechNews

Rechargeable 'Spin Battery' Promising for Spintronics and Quantum Computing

Researchers at Purdue University have produced a rechargeable "spin battery" from topological insulators.

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...

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah
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UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah

Researchers are developing a scaled-down robotic version of a cheetah that uses only about 15% more energy than the real animal.

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.

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...
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