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July 2018


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Dutch Police Fight Crime by Cracking PGP Phones

Dutch Police Fight Crime by Cracking PGP Phones

Forensic hacking puts criminals behind bars.


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Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

Inside China's Dystopian Dreams: A.I., Shame and Lots of Cameras

In the Chinese city of Zhengzhou, a police officer wearing facial recognition glasses spotted a heroin smuggler at a train station.


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Mathematicians Tame Turbulence in Flattened Fluids

Mathematicians Tame Turbulence in Flattened Fluids

Turbulence, the splintering of smooth streams of fluid into chaotic vortices, doesn't just make for bumpy plane rides. It also throws a wrench into the very mathematics used to describe atmospheres, oceans and plumbing.


From ACM TechNews

Implanting Diamonds With Flaws to Provide Key Technology for Quantum Communications

Implanting Diamonds With Flaws to Provide Key Technology for Quantum Communications

Researchers have successfully stored and transmitted quantum bits using a diamond in which two carbon atoms had been replaced with one silicon atom.


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HHS Is Using Data to Fight Opioid Abuse, Fraud, and Just About Everything Else

HHS Is Using Data to Fight Opioid Abuse, Fraud, and Just About Everything Else

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General is using refined data analytics to combat medical fraud, waste, and abuse.


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4G Is Vulnerable to Same Types of Attacks as 3G, Researchers Say

4G Is Vulnerable to Same Types of Attacks as 3G, Researchers Say

A new report has found the 4G wireless telecommunications protocol is susceptible to the same types of remote exploitation as 3G.


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SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

An artificially intelligent robot was launched to the International Space Station last week to assist with scientific experiments.


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A Refined Magnetic Sense

A Refined Magnetic Sense

An international team has demonstrated that algorithms and hardware developed for quantum computation can be applied to quantum-enhanced sensing of magnetic fields.


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Simulations Break Down Potential Impact of a Major Quake by Building Location, Size

Simulations Break Down Potential Impact of a Major Quake by Building Location, Size

Two U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories are using supercomputers to simulate the impact of a large-magnitude earthquake with unprecedented precision.


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Don't Just Lecture Robots; Make Them Learn

Don't Just Lecture Robots; Make Them Learn

The robot apocalypse  is nigh. Boston Dynamics' robots are doing backflips and opening doors for their friends. Oh, and these 7-foot-long robot arms can lift 500 pounds each, which means they could theoretically crush, like, …


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New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

New Optimization Algorithm Exponentially Speeds Computation

A new algorithm could dramatically slash the time it can take computers to recommend movies or route taxis.


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A Game-Changing AI Tool for Tracking Animal Movements

A Game-Changing AI Tool for Tracking Animal Movements

In a video, a rodent reaches out and grabs a morsel of food, while small, colored dots highlight the positions of its knuckles.


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Chinese Scientists Set New Quantum Entanglement Record

Chinese Scientists Set New Quantum Entanglement Record

Researchers in China have set a world record for entanglement of 18 quantum bits, keeping China ahead in the international competition to create a functioning quantum computer.


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Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

Personalized 'Deep Learning' Equips Robots for Autism Therapy

A personalized deep learning network is designed to help robots gauge the effect of autism therapy on children, using data that is unique to each patient.


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It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

U.K. researchers have created a virtual reality environment that allows biochemists studying a molecule to perform tasks nearly 10 times faster than on a screen-based simulation.


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'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform is analyzing players' emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.


From ACM Careers

Silicon Valley's Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge

Silicon Valley's Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge

When you step off the train here and walk into the city square outside the railway station, you will not see the spires of King's College Chapel or the turrets atop the Trinity Great Court.


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RoboFly On the Wall?

 RoboFly On the Wall?

The future of insect-sized remote-controlled aerial robots will be electromechanical, rather than cyborg.


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Judea Pearl Codes Languages to Challenge Paradigms of Computer Science

Judea Pearl  Codes Languages to Challenge Paradigms of Computer Science

Judea Pearl, recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award for 2011, built his career by challenging conventions in the field of artificial intelligence.


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Datasets by Microsoft Research now Available in the Cloud

Datasets by Microsoft Research now Available in the Cloud

The goal is to provide a simple platform to Microsoft researchers and collaborators to share datasets and related research technologies and tools.


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Computational Method Puts Finer Point on Multispecies Genomic Comparisons

Computational Method Puts Finer Point on Multispecies Genomic Comparisons

A new computational model enables more detailed comparative analysis of genome function across species.


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Autonomous Trucks for Logistics Centers

Autonomous Trucks for Logistics Centers

The Fraunhofer Institute for Transportation and Infrastructure Systems in Germany is collaborating with industry to develop autonomous truck technologies in logistics centers.


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Georgia Department of Education Announces New Funds for Middle School Computer Coding Courses

Georgia Department of Education Announces New Funds for Middle School Computer Coding Courses

Georgia's Department of Education has announced $500,000 in grants to middle schools for implementing computer coding programs.


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Speaking in Code: How to Program by Voice

Speaking in Code: How to Program by Voice

Debilitating hand pain is always bad news, but Harold Pimentel's was especially unwelcome.


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Give Me That AI Rock and Roll

Give Me That AI Rock and Roll

Artificial Intelligence helps novices create new music.


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It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

It's Time for a Chemistry Lesson. Put on Your Virtual Reality Goggles.

There was a time when biochemists had a lot in common with sculptors.


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In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties

In Search of New Rules to Protect Other Worlds From Earth's Cooties

NASA has to start protecting planets better. The international treaty governing space—there is one—and the laws and regulations that follow it date back to the Cold War.


From ACM TechNews

Big Data Analytics for Dummies

Big Data Analytics for Dummies

A big-data analytics platform developed under the EU-funded Trustworthy Model-Aware Analytics Data Platform project should automatically manage all major challenges related to on-demand data preparation.


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Ford Video Shows in Painful Detail a 'Phantom Traffic Jam'

Ford Video Shows in Painful Detail a 'Phantom Traffic Jam'

A recent study by Vanderbilt University and Ford Motor researchers showed that adaptive cruise control systems can stop "phantom traffic jams" by incrementally adjusting the speed of all cars.


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Machine Taught Itself to Solve Rubik's Cube Without Human Help, UC Irvine Researchers Say

Machine Taught Itself to Solve Rubik's Cube Without Human Help, UC Irvine Researchers Say

A computer has taught itself to solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle without human aid, according to University of California, Irvine researchers.