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March 2019


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NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Dec. 17, 1903, first flights have been important milestones in the life of any vehicle designed for air travel.


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Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash

Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash

At a high-level briefing at the Federal Aviation Administration on March 28, officials revealed "black box" data from Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 indicated that the Boeing 737 MAX's flight software had activated an anti-stall…


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Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

Researchers warn of the potential for unregulated aerial drones to threaten citizens.


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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.


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Chinese, U.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test

Chinese, U.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test

A new system could make self-driving technology easier to evaluate in the lab and ensure more reliable safety before expensive road testing.


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The Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking Among Computer Programmers, But Still Quite Large

The Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking Among Computer Programmers, But Still Quite Large

In the U.S., the unadjusted pay gap registers at 21.4%, meaning women make just $0.79 for every $1 men earn, according to Glassdoor's most recent gender pay gap data analysis.


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Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education cited new research as the top paper of the past 50 years.


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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTENĀ· 4:24

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTENĀ· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.


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Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars

Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars

A new study reveals asteroid impacts on ancient Mars could have produced key ingredients for life if the Martian atmosphere was rich in hydrogen.


From ACM TechNews

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security.


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Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is fighting a Danish firm's plan to use unmanned vehicles to move shipping containers around the Los Angeles port terminal.


From ACM TechNews

AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective

AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective

Research at Google has found that artificial intelligence algorithms can help eye doctors make more accurate diagnoses.


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Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds

Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds

Researchers have found mobile health apps pose unprecedented risk to consumers' privacy because of their ability to collect and share user data.


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Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow

Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow

A competition of self-driving snowplows.


From ACM Careers

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms vet content on apps and adverts, capitalizing on its unmatched…


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Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou

Computer Science Has Genuine Rock Star: Xia Zhou

Xia Zhou, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, has been awarded the ACM SIGMOBILE's RockStar Award.


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Two Young Hackers Won $375,000 and a Model 3 for Finding Tesla Bug

Two Young Hackers Won $375,000 and a Model 3 for Finding Tesla Bug

Two young computer hackers won $35,000 and a Tesla Model 3 electric car for finding a bug that let them infiltrate the vehicle's internal Web browser.


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Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City

Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City

Google is using a 12-acre plot on the outskirts of Toronto to build a city of the future.


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Resistance to Killer Robots Growing

Resistance to Killer Robots Growing

Activists from 35 countries met in Germany this week to urge a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Switzerland.


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Hospital Using Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

Hospital Using Drones to Fly Blood Samples Between Buildings

United Parcel Service and drone manufacturer Matternet launched a drone delivery service this week by transporting a medical sample between North Carolina hospitals.


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How GMU Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus

How GMU Students' Eating Habits Changed When Delivery Robots Invaded Their Campus

Students eating habits have changed since the deployment of 25 semi-autonomous delivery robots from Starship Technologies on the George Mason University campus in January.


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Analyzing Pre-Installed Software on Android Devices and Its Privacy Risks for Users

Analyzing Pre-Installed Software on Android Devices and Its Privacy Risks for Users

Researchers investigating Android devices have discovered a complex ecosystem of device manufacturers, mobile operators, app developers, and providers.


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Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech

Nvidia Developing an 'Autonomous Car Driver's License' Based on Its Tech

Nvidia it is working with German standards body TÜV SÜD to develop a kind of driver's license for self-driving cars.


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Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail

Robot Swarm Inspired by Cells Can Keep Moving Even if Its Parts Fail

Researchers created a swarm of disc-shaped robots inspired by living cells, that can join together, squeeze through gaps, and keep moving even if many of its parts fail.


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Hiding Data in Music

Hiding Data in Music

Looking for your data? Just play that funky music...


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Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care

Warnings of a Dark Side to AI in Health Care

A recently published study warns that new artificial intelligence technology designed to enhance healthcare is vulnerable to misuse.


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Fathers of the Deep Learning Revolution Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award

Fathers of the Deep Learning Revolution Receive ACM A.M. Turing Award

Bengio, Hinton, and LeCun ushered in major breakthroughs in artificial intelligence.


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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.


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Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life

Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life

A new virtual reality documentary allows the viewer to experience it from a range of viewpoints.


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ESPNcricinfo, IIT Madras Collaborate on Data Science Tool that Analyzes the Game of Cricket

ESPNcricinfo, IIT Madras Collaborate on Data Science Tool that Analyzes the Game of Cricket

Superstats provides a combination of statistical metrics that use data science to give a context to every event in a cricket match.

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