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May 2018


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Dark Galaxies Could Explain How Stars Are Formed

Dark Galaxies Could Explain How Stars Are Formed

Scientists may have identified up to six "dark galaxies," a finding that could help solve the mystery of how stars and galaxies are created.


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New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to ­se

New Tech May Make Prosthetic Hands Easier for Patients to ­se

Researchers have developed technology for translating neuromuscular signals into movements for prosthetic wrists and hands.


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­sing Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection

­sing Virtual Biopsies to Improve Melanoma Detection

Colorado State University's Jesse Wilson said he will use his Young Investigator Award from the Melanoma Research Alliance to further pursue non-invasive melanoma detection through virtual imaging.


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Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Albatross Robot Takes Flight

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created an albatross-like robot that can skim along the water's surface while also surfing the waves like a sailboat.


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AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

AI Oncologist to Help Cancer Patients Worldwide

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers devised a new way to automate the contouring of tumor volumes using artificial intelligence and deep neural networks.


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Saving Lives with Aerial Drones

Saving Lives with Aerial Drones

Aerial drone swarms could self-assemble into hovering rescue platforms.


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Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Stealthy, Destructive Malware Infects Half a Million Routers

Home routers have become the rats to hackers' bubonic plague: An easily infected, untreated and ubiquitous population in which dangerous digital attacks can spread.


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Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Drilling Success: Curiosity is Collecting Mars Rocks

Engineers working with NASA's Curiosity Mars rover have been hard at work testing a new way for the rover to drill rocks and extract powder from them.


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Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Computer Redesigns Enzyme

Biotechnologists at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands used a computational method to convert aspartase to a catalyst for asymmetric hydroamination reactions.


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The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

The Way Toddlers Waddle Can Teach Robot Footballers How to Play

A team of researchers has found that a team of robot football (soccer) players trained to mimic how infant humans walk can beat other robots trained on geometric walking patterns.


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How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

How AI and IoT Smart Sensors Are Preserving a Lake Ecosystem

Researchers have deployed a network composed of platforms, weather stations, tributary monitors, and acoustic Doppler current profiles to attain information on the ecosystem of Lake George, NY.


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­CLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

­CLA Engineer Develops 3D Printer That Can Create Complex Biological Tissues

An engineer at the University of California, Los Angeles has developed a new three-dimensional printing method that can construct therapeutic biomaterials from multiple materials.


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'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

'Virtual Safe Space' to Help Bumblebees

A "virtual safe space" tests the threats that face bumblebees.


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Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM

Academy to Deliver New Initiatives for Women and Girls in STEM

Australia has allocated $600,000 for the development of a roadmap for increasing engagement and participation of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, and math.


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ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards

ACM Announces 2018 Presidential Awards

Three leaders honored for their contributions to computer ethics, education, and public policy.


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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.


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New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

New Toronto Declaration Calls on Algorithms to Respect Human Rights

"In a world of machine learning systems, who will bear accountability for harming human rights?"


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Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Google, Microsoft Find Another Spectre, Meltdown Flaw

Intel and Microsoft on Monday reported a new variant of the Spectre and Meltdown security bugs.


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Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Self-Assembling 3D Battery Would Charge in Seconds

Cornell University researchers have developed an energy storage device architecture with the potential for extremely fast charges.


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Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Deep Learning Can Now Flawlessly Correct Photos Taken in Almost Complete Darkness

Machine learning can artificially increase the brightness of photos taken in low-light conditions.


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AI and Emotions

AI and Emotions

What it will mean when your products know how you are feeling.


From ACM Careers

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of ­.S. Technology

How China Acquires 'the Crown Jewels' of ­.S. Technology

The U.S. government was well aware of China's aggressive strategy of leveraging private investors to buy up the latest American technology when, early last year, a company called Avatar Integrated Systems showed up at a bankruptcy…


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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every company you have ever interacted with online that "the privacy …


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A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

A New World's Extraordinary Orbit Points to Planet Nine

In early 2016, two planetary scientists declared that a ghost planet is hiding in the depths of the solar system, well beyond the orbit of Pluto.


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Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

Computers Crack the Code of Pop-Song Success: It Helps to Be 'Happy' and 'Female'

University of California, Irvine researchers analyzed the properties of more than 500,000 songs released over three decades to extract the most popular ones.


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Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices

Interpol's New Software Will Recognize Criminals by Their Voices

The International Criminal Police Organization is assessing software that matches samples of speech in phone calls or social media to voice recordings in a law enforcement database.


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Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans

Artificial Intelligence Improves Stroke, Dementia Diagnoses in Brain Scans

Software developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh in the U.K. has helped enhance stroke and dementia diagnosis.


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Making Carbon Nanotubes as ­sable as Common Plastics

Making Carbon Nanotubes as ­sable as Common Plastics

Northwestern University's Jiaxing Huang is using a simple solvent to disperse carbon nanotubes at record concentrations without additives or volatile chemical reactions.


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First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off

First Wireless Flying Robotic Insect Takes Off

Engineers at the University of Washington have created the first wireless, insect-sized flying robot.


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Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection

Alphabet's Jigsaw Offers Political Campaigns Free DDoS Protection

Jigsaw, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, is offering U.S. political organizations a free tool to defend against distributed denial-of-device attacks.