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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
From ACM TechNews

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps
From ACM TechNews

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage
From ACM TechNews

How the Pandemic Impacts U.S. Electricity Usage

Researchers at Texas A&M University and Tsinghua University in Beijing are studying how the coronavirus pandemic has changed U.S. electricity consumption.

Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi
From ACM News

Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi

Looking at solutions to handle growing Wi-Fi traffic.

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game
From ACM TechNews

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game

Researchers have digitized the movements of 14 dog breeds.

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
From Communications of the ACM

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

The Quantum Threat
From Communications of the ACM

The Quantum Threat

Cryptographers are developing algorithms to ensure security in a world of quantum computing.

The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers
From ACM TechNews

The First Intuitive Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Computer scientists at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have created the first intuitive high-level quantum programming language.

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment
From ACM News

China is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Boys and Men, Using U.S. Equipment

Even children are pressed into giving blood samples to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing's growing surveillance capabilities.

Ceze, Strauss Share ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award
From ACM TechNews

Ceze, Strauss Share ACM SIGARCH Maurice Wilkes Award

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Architecture named Luis Ceze and Karin Strauss to share the 2020 Maurice Wilkes Award.

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers
From ACM TechNews

Pandemic to Jumpstart Spending on Data Tools at Manufacturers

Chief information officers predict manufacturers will spend more on data management and analytics tools following the coronavirus pandemic.

Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty
From ACM TechNews

Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

Germany and France have launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform.

Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models
From ACM News

Weird Behavior During the Pandemic Is Messing with AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks — forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors
From ACM News

NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and their colleagues at the University of Maryland have developed a step-by-step recipe to produce...

Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions
From ACM TechNews

Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions

A new smartphone-powered DNA detector can identify DNA in blood, urine, and other samples, on the spot.

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil
From ACM TechNews

Australian Researchers Tap Cloud to Save the Tasmanian Devil

Researchers in Australia have partnered with Amazon Web Services on using cloud-based services to process, analyze, and categorize genomic data to protect endangered...

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry
From ACM TechNews

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry

Software and healthcare companies are seeking to create a registry of COVID-19 patients by gathering medical records from across the country.

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage
From ACM TechNews

'Punch-Card' DNA Could Mean Cheaper High-Capacity Data Storage

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have proposed an alternative to custom-synthesizing DNA for high-capacity data storage.

Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored
From ACM TechNews

Molecule Co-Discovered at University of Limerick Leads to Breakthrough on How Data is Stored

Researchers  have discovered a metal-organic molecule that can switch between three distinct, long-lived states.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
From ACM TechNews

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...
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