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March 2017


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Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots

Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots

The assumption that physically interfacing the human brain with machines will give humanity a competitive edge over increasingly advanced robots is dubious, because of various factors.


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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.


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Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'grows as It Computes'

Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'grows as It Computes'

Researchers have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that "grows as it computes."


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Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code By Itself, Not Steal It

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code By Itself, Not Steal It

Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can create code to solve simple math problems.


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Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?

Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?

Researchers at TU Wien in Austria have developed a computational method that can determine the shape a metal object must be in order to generate a specific sound.


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First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even quantum computers.


From ACM News

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally solve the riddle of the heavens as a result.


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Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Hacked medical devices make for scary headlines.


From ACM TechNews

Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones

Coming Soon: Oil Spill-Mapping Swarms of Flying Drones

Researchers have devised a way to program a team of off-the-shelf, low-powered drones to map an oil spill in a matter of minutes.


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New Gene Sequencing Software Could Aid in Early Detection, Treatment of Cancer

New Gene Sequencing Software Could Aid in Early Detection, Treatment of Cancer

New computational software can detect the presence of an epigenetic add-on associated with cancer and other health conditions.


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Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater

Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater

Microsoft engineers have proposed underwater server farms to help cloud providers deal with data center expansion in an environmentally friendly manner.


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­niversity Professor First in Line to Test Transformative Robot 'cassie'

­niversity Professor First in Line to Test Transformative Robot 'cassie'

University of Michigan researchers are programming and testing a bipedal robot with the mobility of a large bird.


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Building the Quantum Internet

Building the Quantum Internet

Taking the first steps toward building a long-range network that can connect super-fast quantum computers, or provide absolutely secure, tamper-free communication.


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Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge For Our Age

Lies, Propaganda and Fake News: A Challenge For Our Age

Who was the first black president of America?


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Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

Martian Winds Carve Mountains, Move Dust, Raise Dust

On Mars, wind rules. Wind has been shaping the Red Planet's landscapes for billions of years and continues to do so today.


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How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

How Bioinformatics Tools Are Bringing Genetic Analysis to the Masses

For doctors trying to treat people who have symptoms that have no clear cause, gene-sequencing technologies might help in pointing them to a diagnosis. But the vast amount of data generated can make it hard to get to the answer…


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Government Sets Sights on AI as Economic Opportunity

Government Sets Sights on AI as Economic Opportunity

The U.K. government has launched its Digital Strategy, which includes significant funding for artificial intelligence research so the technology will play a larger economic role.


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Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM

President Trump on Tuesday signed into law two bills aimed at encouraging women and girls to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.


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3D Computer Models of Gigantic Archaeological Objects

3D Computer Models of Gigantic Archaeological Objects

Researchers in Germany are employing contact-free digitization techniques to produce three-dimensional models of archeological artifacts.


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New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

New Studies Illustrate How Gamers Get Good

A new study followed players of the computer games "Halo: Reach" and "StarCraft 2" to learn how they acquired and maintained their skill level.


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Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging

Disney Research Demonstrates Open-Air Wireless Charging

Disney Research says its new quasistatic cavity resonance technology offers a way for mobile devices to wirelessly charge themselves.


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A Revolutionary Atom-Thin Semiconductor For Electronics

A Revolutionary Atom-Thin Semiconductor For Electronics

Researchers have developed a two-dimensional material that could revolutionize electronics.


From Communications of the ACM

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

Thinking Deeply to Make Better Speech

More work is needed to make synthesized speech more natural, easier to understand, and more pleasant to hear.


From Communications of the ACM

Financing the Dark Web

Financing the Dark Web

Cryptocurrencies are enabling illegal or immoral transactions in the dark corners of the Internet.


From Communications of the ACM

ACM Recognizes New Fellows

ACM Recognizes New Fellows

ACM has recognized 53 of its members as ACM Fellows for major contributions in areas including artificial intelligence, cryptography, computer architecture, high performance computing, and programming languages.


From Communications of the ACM

The Future of Semiconductors

The Future of Semiconductors

Researchers are looking for new ways to advance semiconductors as Moore's Law approaches its limits.

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