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February 2017


From ACM News

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The Race to Map the Human Body, One Cell at a Time

The first time molecular biologist Greg Hannon flew through a tumour, he was astonished—and inspired.


From ACM Opinion

Crispr Pioneer Muses About Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Crispr Pioneer Muses About Long Journey from China to Pinnacle of American Science

Feng Zhang occupies a corner office on the 10th floor of the gleaming, modern biotechnology palace called the Broad Institute.


From ACM News

Nasa's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

Nasa's Juno to Remain in Current Orbit at Jupiter

NASA's Juno mission to Jupiter, which has been in orbit around the gas giant since July 4, 2016, will remain in its current 53-day orbit for the remainder of the mission.


From ACM TechNews

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade

How We Could Close Tech's Gender Gap in a Decade

The inaugural Girls Who Code Governor's Summit in California last week emphasized solving the U.S. technology industry's lack of gender parity by developing standards and strategies for quantifying efforts to support women and…


From ACM TechNews

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Paul Johnson's research team at Los Alamos National Laboratory is applying artificial intelligence to earthquake prediction, using machine-learning algorithms, supercomputers, and big data storage and analysis.


From ACM TechNews

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.


From ACM TechNews

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

Big Improvements to Brain-Computer Interface

The new glassy-carbon electrodes developed by the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering have the potential to restore movement in people with spinal cord injuries.


From ACM TechNews

Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds

Leveraging the Wisdom (and Ignorance) of Crowds

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity has announced funding to support large-scale collaboration methods that will improve intelligence analysts' ability to provide accurate, timely analyses of complex issues…


From ACM TechNews

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Computer Crashes May Be Due to Forces Beyond Our Solar System

Vanderbilt University professor Bharat Bhuva on Friday gave a presentation on single-event upsets at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


From ACM News

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits, its rival from IBM.


From ACM News

A Computer to Rival the Brain

A Computer to Rival the Brain

More than two hundred years ago, a French weaver named Joseph Jacquard invented a mechanism that greatly simplified textile production.


From ACM News

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search For Alien Life

Europa Mission Heralds Sea Change in the Search For Alien Life

It's not something NASA likes to advertise, but ever since its creation in 1958, the space agency has only conducted one direct, focused hunt for extraterrestrial life—and that was more than 40 years ago.


From ACM News

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Neuroscience Misses the Meaning

Examining each transistor in a microprocessor using techniques for analyzing how the human brain works did not yield anticipated understanding.


From ACM TechNews

Gamespace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Gamespace Offers a Playable Visualization of 16,000 Videogames

Researchers have created a playable visualization of 16,000 video games grouped according to shared commonalities such as gameplay, cultural reactions, and game designers.


From ACM TechNews

Ibm's Hub For Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

Ibm's Hub For Wearables Could Have You Out of the Hospital Faster

IBM Research scientists have created a device that siphons health data from multiple wearable devices and shares the results with a patient's doctor.


From ACM TechNews

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest

Breakthrough Wireless Sensing System Attracts Industry and Government Agency Interest

Waggle, a wireless environmental sensing platform that combines environmental sensors with hardware and software for edge computing within a portable node or device, has become very popular among research groups, industry, and…


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Nasa's 'pointer' Tracks First Responders Where Gps Fails

Nasa's 'pointer' Tracks First Responders Where Gps Fails

That little blue dot likes to mock.


From ACM News

What News-Writing Bots Mean For the Future of Journalism

What News-Writing Bots Mean For the Future of Journalism

When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering both the win and the wider electoral …


From ACM News

Nasa: Snow Science Supporting the ­s Water Supply

Nasa: Snow Science Supporting the ­s Water Supply

Researchers have completed the first flights of a NASA-led field campaign that is targeting one of the biggest gaps in scientists' understanding of Earth's water resources: snow.


From ACM News

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Can Artificial Intelligence Predict Earthquakes?

Predicting earthquakes is the holy grail of seismology.


From ACM TechNews

Algorithm Can Create a Bridge Between Clinton and Trump Supporters

Algorithm Can Create a Bridge Between Clinton and Trump Supporters

Scientists have proposed an algorithmic solution to minimize societal polarization by linking people with opposing viewpoints and assessing them on Twitter.


From ACM TechNews

A New Spin on Electronics

A New Spin on Electronics

Researchers have successfully demonstrated the production, transport, and detection of electronic spin information at room temperature, using the boundary layer between lanthanum-aluminate and strontium-titanate.


From ACM TechNews

Travel Transformation

Travel Transformation

Researchers are using high-performance computing tools to analyze data collected from connected-vehicle testing.


From ACM TechNews

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

STEM Grads' Pay Likely to Be Highest Among Class of 2017

Employers expect Class of 2017 graduates with bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) will earn the highest average starting salaries of 2017 graduates.


From ACM TechNews

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching By Ruining Their Music

Software Helps Musicians Stop Slouching By Ruining Their Music

New software identifies when musicians' posture is poor and gives them an audible notification.


From ACM TechNews

Dual-Function Nanorod Leds Could Make Multifunctional Displays

Dual-Function Nanorod Leds Could Make Multifunctional Displays

New light-emitting diode arrays can both emit and detect light.


From ACM News

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

Liar, Liar, Brain on Fire

Brain scans appear to be better at discerning lies than polygraphs are.


From ACM TechNews

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have detected brain growth changes linked to autism in children as young as six months old.


From ACM TechNews

Protecting Bulk Power Systems From Hackers

Protecting Bulk Power Systems From Hackers

New research explores worst-case scenarios in which hackers exploit security weaknesses in the electrical grid to cause equipment failure and blackouts.


From ACM TechNews

Engineers, Computer Scientists Team ­p to Improve Particle Simulations For Aerospace, More

Engineers, Computer Scientists Team ­p to Improve Particle Simulations For Aerospace, More

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder are using a $3-million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to use advanced supercomputing to improve particle flow models that could have far-reaching implications for the…