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April 2017


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The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission for Counterfeit Electronics

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit microchips.


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NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA Spacecraft Dives Between Saturn and Its Rings

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is back in contact with Earth after its successful first-ever dive through the narrow gap between the planet Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.


From ACM TechNews

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.


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Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

New neural network-based detection algorithms can determine what movies people who use streaming services are viewing.


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Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Six-year-old girls exposed to a computer-programming activity had more interest in technology and more positive outlooks about their own skills compared to non-participants.


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Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Researchers have developed a method for wirelessly powering ingestible electronic devices.


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When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions

When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions

Jean-Marc Alliot at the Computer Science Research Institute of Toulouse in France has developed a system that directly ranks chess players based on the quality of their chess moves.


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The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 

The Next Era of Drones Will Be Defined by 'Swarms' 

What do you picture when you think of a drone?


From ACM TechNews

Supercomputing: Probing the Future

Supercomputing: Probing the Future

A new automated probe system for gauging the performance of computer elements is designed to run 100 times faster than current supercomputers, while consuming far less energy.


From ACM TechNews

How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates

How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates

New York University professor Justin Cappos has been developing The Update Framework (TUF) for eight years to help organizations update their software securely.


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New Dependent Routing Technique Helps Eliminate Algorithmic Bias

New Dependent Routing Technique Helps Eliminate Algorithmic Bias

Researchers have developed a new method to counter algorithmic bias, with the goal of proving algorithms can guarantee fairness in resource allocation.


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New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation

New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation

Disney researchers say they have developed a new method that makes it possible to realistically simulate hair by observing real hair in motion.


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CUNY Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to NYC Students

CUNY Tutor Program Highlights Math, CS Careers to NYC Students

A City University of New York program helps public school students learn science and math, and provides them with role models.


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Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Geeks v Government: The Battle Over Public Key Cryptography

Two graduate students stood silently beside a lectern, listening as their professor presented their work to a conference.


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'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

'Iceball' Planet Discovered Through Microlensing

Scientists have discovered a new planet with the mass of Earth, orbiting its star at the same distance that we orbit our sun.


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Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?

Organ Donation: A New Frontier for AI?

Researchers are developing a computerized machine-learning method for better predicting how well a typical organ transplant will proceed.


From ACM TechNews

Using Data Science to Understand Global Climate Systems

Using Data Science to Understand Global Climate Systems

Researchers at the University of Rochester are using data science to understand the phenomena driving the global climate system.


From ACM TechNews

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

Artificial Intelligence Expert Shares His Vision of the Future of Education

University of Idaho professor Joseph Qualls says he envisions education being transformed by artificial intelligence.


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Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Scientists Can Blind a Self-Driving Car From Seeing Pedestrians

Researchers have demonstrated it is possible to prevent machine-vision systems from seeing specific categories of objects in a scene.


From ACM TechNews

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical world via deep learning.


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Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Scientific Discovery Game Significantly Speeds Up Neuroscience Research Process

Mozak is a new scientific discovery game enabling citizen scientists to generate three-dimensional reconstructions of neurons in different regions of human and animal brains.


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Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

Cassini's First Grand Finale Dive: Milestones

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is set to make its first dive through the narrow gap between Saturn and its rings on April 26, 2017.


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The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood

The Next Big Hit in Molecule Hollywood

Chemists are dreamers. Every day, they imagine molecules floating in space, with atoms moving about in a stately dance.


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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway from the marshy salt flats of Menlo Park, Calif.


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Every Continent, and One Time Lord, Turned Out for the March for Science

Every Continent, and One Time Lord, Turned Out for the March for Science

An estimated 600 March for Science rallies took place Saturday across the U.S., and across the globe.


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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."


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Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

Why Google's Made With Code Is Helping Women Get Into STEM for Earth Day

This year's "Made with Code" initiative paired women from three non-government agencies with student scientists to address environmental challenges.


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New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control

New Developments in UAV Navigation and Control

Researchers are working on an approach to unmanned air systems and aerial vehicles that does not use global navigation satellite systems .


From ACM Careers

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial bots that are about a third cheaper than foreign brands and are…


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Free Quantum Computers Online!

Free Quantum Computers Online!

D-Wave and IBM offer access to supercomputing quantum computers in the cloud.

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