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September 2017


From ACM TechNews

China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility

China Building World's Biggest Quantum Research Facility

China plans to building the world's largest quantum research facility, according to researchers and authorities involved in the initiative.


From ACM TechNews

Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need For Research and Education in Embedded Security

Pacemaker Recall Exposes National Need For Research and Education in Embedded Security

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's first major recall of pacemakers due to a cybersecurity risk highlights a national need for research and education on embedded security.


From ACM News

Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96

Lotfi Zadeh, Father of Mathematical 'fuzzy Logic,' Dies at 96

Zadeh's theories of "fuzzy logic" rippled across academia and industry.


From ACM News

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb

Operational Limits Played Key Role in Tesla Crash on Autopilot: Ntsb

The chairman of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said on Tuesday "operational limitations" in the Tesla Model S played a "major role" in a May 2016 crash that killed a driver using the vehicle's semi-autonomous…


From ACM News

Cassini Makes Its 'goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

Cassini Makes Its 'goodbye Kiss' Flyby of Titan

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is headed toward its Sept. 15 plunge into Saturn, following a final, distant flyby of the planet's giant moon Titan.


From ACM News

Will Quantum Computers Surpass Encryption?

Will Quantum Computers Surpass Encryption?

The fundamentally different paradigm of quantum computation will require fundamentally different security.


From ACM News

The Astonishing Engineering Behind America's Latest, Greatest Supercomputer

The Astonishing Engineering Behind America's Latest, Greatest Supercomputer

When the Summit supercomputer opens for business next year, it will be the United States' most powerful supercomputer, and perhaps the most powerful in the world.


From ACM News

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find New Roles

Nissa Scott started working at the cavernous Amazon warehouse in southern New Jersey late last year, stacking plastic bins the size of small ottomans.


From ACM News

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

In the Future, Warehouse Robots Will Learn on Their Own

The robot was perched over a bin filled with random objects, from a box of instant oatmeal to a small toy shark.


From ACM News

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna

Geneticists Pan Paper that Claims to Predict a Person's Face from Their Dna

A storm of criticism has rained down on a paper by genome-sequencing pioneer Craig Venter that claims to predict people's physical traits from their DNA.


From ACM News

Planet 9 Is Not a Stolen Exoplanet, So What Is It?

Planet 9 Is Not a Stolen Exoplanet, So What Is It?

Scientists believe there may be a huge planet sitting at the far reaches of the solar system. Since new evidence of Planet 9's existence emerged a few years ago, experts have been weighing in on how it might have ended up in …


From ACM TechNews

New Software Can Detect When People Text and Drive

New Software Can Detect When People Text and Drive

New algorithms can accurately determine when drivers are texting or engaged in other distracting activities.


From ACM TechNews

New App Could Transform Music Teaching in Schools

New App Could Transform Music Teaching in Schools

Syncphonia is a new application that enables a music teacher to deconstruct a piece of music into its component parts, so each player's part is displayed individually.


From ACM TechNews

Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research

Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research

Stall Catchers is an online computer game in which players use to analyze movies of blood flow to the brain as part of Alzheimer's disease research.


From ACM TechNews

Quantum Engineers Find a ­se For the Hashtag at the Nanoscale

Quantum Engineers Find a ­se For the Hashtag at the Nanoscale

Researchers are building next-generation quantum-engineered devices based on quasiparticles called Majorana fermions.


From ACM TechNews

When Strangers Can Control Our Lights

When Strangers Can Control Our Lights

Researchers have discovered security problems in smart lighting systems developed by GE, IKEA, Phillips, and Osram.


From ACM News

Meet Marie Desjardins, 2017 Educator Abie Award Winner

Meet Marie Desjardins, 2017 Educator Abie Award Winner

An interview with University of Maryland educator Marie desJardins, this year's A. Richard Newton Educator ABIE Award winner.


From ACM News

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For Superpowers, Artificial Intelligence Fuels New Global Arms Race

For many Russian students, the academic year started last Friday with tips on planetary domination from President Vladimir Putin.


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The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Sometimes an international offensive begins with a few shots that draw little notice.


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After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

After Cassini: Pondering the Saturn Mission's Legacy

As the Cassini spacecraft nears the end of a long journey rich with scientific and technical accomplishments, it is already having a powerful influence on future exploration.


From ACM TechNews

Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You By ­ltrasound Whispers

Siri and Alexa Can Be Turned Against You By ­ltrasound Whispers

Researchers have developed a method to hijack intelligent voice assistant using sounds above the range of human hearing.


From ACM TechNews

Pupilscreen Aims to Allow Parents, Coaches, Medics to Detect Concussion, Brain Injuries With a Smartphone

Pupilscreen Aims to Allow Parents, Coaches, Medics to Detect Concussion, Brain Injuries With a Smartphone

The PupilScreen smartphone application can objectively detect concussions and other traumatic brain injuries.


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High-Frequency Chip Makes Fastest Internet Speeds Look Slow

High-Frequency Chip Makes Fastest Internet Speeds Look Slow

A new high-frequency electronic chip has the potential to transmit tens of gigabits of data every second, much faster than today's fastest Internet connections.


From ACM TechNews

A New Mobile Application Helps Scientists Map the Sound Environment

A New Mobile Application Helps Scientists Map the Sound Environment

NoiseCapture is an application that unites specialists in environmental acoustics and geographic information.


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Choose Better Passwords With the Help of Science

Choose Better Passwords With the Help of Science

A team of researchers has been conducting experiments into improving password security.


From ACM Opinion

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

People get up to weird things in New Zealand.


From ACM News

Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof

Our Weather-Prediction Models Keep Getting Better, and Hurricane Irma Is the Proof

By Wednesday of last week, even as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to rain devastation on the Gulf Coast, a new storm, Irma, was taking shape in the eastern Atlantic.


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Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving

Massive Genetic Study Shows How Humans Are Evolving

A huge genetic study that sought to pinpoint how the human genome is evolving suggests that natural selection is getting rid of harmful genetic mutations that shorten people's lives.


From ACM Careers

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's oldest materials: clay.


From ACM TechNews

Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier

Radiation Analysis Software Makes Emergency Responders' Jobs Quicker, Easier

InterSpec is a program for mobile and traditional computing devices designed to analye gamma radiation data at the scene of a disaster.