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July 2018


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The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage

The Big Problem with Big Data? Without Theory, It's Just Garbage

"The idea that big data will enable more control of behavior may be a lot of hype."


From ACM News

IBM Researchers Train AI to Follow Code of Ethics

IBM Researchers Train AI to Follow Code of Ethics

The new artificial intelligence recommendation technique optimizes results to user preferences and also conforms to other constraints, like ethical and behavioral guidelines.


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3D Image Reveals Hidden Neurons in Fruit-Fly Brain

3D Image Reveals Hidden Neurons in Fruit-Fly Brain

Scientists have produced a 3D image of a fruit fly's brain that's so detailed, researchers can trace connections between neurons across the entire organ.


From ACM News

Chinese Researchers Achieve Stunning Quantum-Entanglement Record

Chinese Researchers Achieve Stunning Quantum-Entanglement Record

Scientists have just packed 18 qubits—the most basic units of quantum computing—into just six weirdly connected photons.


From ACM Careers

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

Shadow Politics: Meet the Digital Sleuth Exposing Fake News

When we met in early March, Jonathan Albright was still shrugging off a sleepless weekend.


From ACM TechNews

Yihong Wu Creates New Tools for Digging Into Data

Yihong Wu Creates New Tools for Digging Into Data

Yale University's Yihong Wu is part of a wave of new faculty participating in a university-wide initiative to integrate data science and mathematical modeling research across campus.


From ACM TechNews

AI Helps Design an Ultra-Aerodynamic Bike

AI Helps Design an Ultra-Aerodynamic Bike

A spin-off of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne has developed software that rapidly calculates the most aerodynamic shape for a bicycle.


From ACM TechNews

UW Professor Receives Highest U.S. Award for STEM Mentors

UW Professor Receives Highest U.S. Award for STEM Mentors

University of Washington professor Daniel Schwartz recently received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring,.


From ACM TechNews

Researchers Mount Successful GPS Spoofing Attack Against Road Navigation Systems

Researchers Mount Successful GPS Spoofing Attack Against Road Navigation Systems

Researchers have demonstrated an effective global-positioning system spoofing hack against road navigation systems.


From ACM News

The Emergence of Cyberpsychology

The Emergence of Cyberpsychology

Studying why, and how, people interact online.


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CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletions

CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletions

Researchers have embraced CRISPR gene-editing as a method for altering genomes, but some are cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected.


From ACM News

Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

Dusk for Dawn: Mission of Many Firsts to Gather More Data in Home Stretch

As NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to wrap up its groundbreaking 11-year mission, which has included two successful extended missions at Ceres, it will continue to explore -- collecting images and other data.


From ACM TechNews

Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers

Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers

Kotlin is the second-most-popular coding language among software developers after Rust, according to a Stack Overflow survey.


From ACM TechNews

Robot Prototype Will Let You Feel How It's 'Feeling'

Robot Prototype Will Let You Feel How It's 'Feeling'

Researchers have developed a prototype robot capable of expressing "emotions" by reshaping the texture of its outer surface.


From ACM TechNews

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures Established for the First Time

Electrical Contact to Molecules in Semiconductor Structures Established for the First Time

Researchers have developed a technique that enables electrical contact to be established with simple molecules in a conventional silicon chip.


From ACM TechNews

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again

Many computer users incorrectly believe private browsing protects them against computer viruses, targeted ads, geolocation, and tracking by employers and governments.


From ACM TechNews

ACM Affirms Obligation of Computing Professionals to Use Skills for Benefit of Society

ACM Affirms Obligation of Computing Professionals to Use Skills for Benefit of Society

ACM has completed a two-year process to update its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to address advances in computing technology and the growing pervasiveness of computing.


From ACM TechNews

Tech Leaders Sign Global Pledge Against Autonomous Weapons

Tech Leaders Sign Global Pledge Against Autonomous Weapons

A coalition of technology industry leaders signed a global pledge to neither participate in nor support the development, manufacture, trade, or use of lethal autonomous weapons.


From ACM News

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

The Cameras that Know If You're Happy, or a Threat

Facial recognition tech has been around for decades, but it has been progressing in leaps and bounds in recent years due to advances in computing vision and artificial intelligence (AI), tech experts say.


From ACM News

Hijacking the CryptoMine

Hijacking the CryptoMine

The lure of easy money leads to explosive growth in cryptojacking.


From ACM TechNews

Drones Survey African Wildlife

Drones Survey African Wildlife

Scientists are using drone flights and automated image analysis to develop a new approach to counting animals in the wild.


From ACM TechNews

MIT Researchers Automate Drug Design With Machine Learning

MIT Researchers Automate Drug Design With Machine Learning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are using machine learning to automate the process of developing and improving drugs.


From ACM TechNews

Rose-Hulman Professor Hopes to Get More Girls in STEM by Studying the Irish

Rose-Hulman Professor Hopes to Get More Girls in STEM by Studying the Irish

A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology researcher is studying how Ireland's University of Limerick has attracted and retained female computer science students and faculty.


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To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten Up AI in Space

To Make Curiosity (Et Al.) More Curious, NASA and ESA Smarten Up AI in Space

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover has done many great things in its decade-plus of service—but initially, it rolled 600 feet past one of the initiative's biggest discoveries: the Block Island meteorite.


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South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop

South Africa Celebrates Completion of Gigantic, Super-Sensitive Telescop

Scientists and politicians in South Africa are together celebrating the official opening of a gigantic telescope that is already transforming astronomy research in the nation.


From ACM News

Color X-Ray Scanner Uses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards

Color X-Ray Scanner Uses CERN Tech to See All Your Innards

The familiar black-and-white X-ray could soon be replaced with detailed 3D color scans that show everything from fat and bone to metal and soft tissue.


From ACM Opinion

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

Looking Through the Eyes of China's Surveillance State

They perch on poles and glare from streetlamps. Some hang barely visible in the ceiling of the subway, and others seem to stretch out on braced necks and peer into your eyes.


From ACM TechNews

West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa

West Point Promotes STEM Learning in South Africa

Representatives of the U.S. Military Academy last month promoted science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education to 70 gifted students in South Africa.


From ACM TechNews

New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition

New Model for Large-Scale 3D Facial Recognition

University of Western Australia researchers have developed a three-dimensional facial recognition system.


From ACM TechNews

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

Delivery Drones Can Learn to See, Dodge Obstacles In-Flight

The University of Zurich in Switzerland and Intel  jointly developed a method to enable aerial drones to learn to avoid in-flight collisions.