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June 2018


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Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants

Time Split to the Nanosecond Is Precisely What Wall Street Wants

Computer scientists at Stanford University and Google have created technology that can track time down to 100 billionths of a second. It could be just what Wall Street is looking for.


From ACM News

Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?

Why Are Countries Creating Public Random Number Generators?

In Chile, politicians resent the Comptroller General, which audits government officials to prevent corruption.


From ACM Careers

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups


From ACM TechNews

Taking Breaks Boosts Team Performance

Taking Breaks Boosts Team Performance

New research has found that taking regular breaks can improve team performance.


From ACM TechNews

Rough Terrain? No Problem for Beaver-Inspired Autonomous Robot

Rough Terrain? No Problem for Beaver-Inspired Autonomous Robot

A new system allows autonomous robots to behave like beavers, termites, and other creatures that build structures in response to environmental cues.


From ACM TechNews

Students, UChicago Scientists Turn Wrigley Field Into Data Lab

Students, UChicago Scientists Turn Wrigley Field Into Data Lab

Researchers and students worked together to turn the city’s Wrigley Field ballpark into a sensor node installation.


From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Goes to Summer Camp

Cybersecurity Goes to Summer Camp

University of Virginia researchers are training educators on how to teach cybersecurity to adolescents through a summer camp program.


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Researchers Develop a Better Method to Compare Gene Expression in Single Cells

Researchers Develop a Better Method to Compare Gene Expression in Single Cells

Researchers have developed an algorithm to help identify biomarkers that differentiate between cell populations at the single-cell level.


From ACM Careers

Inventing the Future in Chinese Labs: How Does China Do Science Today? 

Inventing the Future in Chinese Labs: How Does China Do Science Today? 

Genetic engineering, the search for dark matter, quantum computing and communications, artificial intelligence, brain science—the list of potentially disruptive research goes on.


From ACM News

Complex Organics Bubble Up from Enceladus

Complex Organics Bubble Up from Enceladus

Data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft reveal complex organic molecules originating from Saturn's icy moon Enceladus, strengthening the idea that this ocean world hosts conditions suitable for life.


From ACM Careers

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes

Robots or Job Training: Manufacturers Grapple With How to Improve Their Economic Fortunes

For Anthony Nighswander, rock-bottom unemployment is both a headache and an opportunity. For businesses and workers, it could be the key to reversing one of the country's most vexing economic problems: slow productivity growth…


From ACM TechNews

Students Develop App Aimed at Preventing Suicide

Students Develop App Aimed at Preventing Suicide

Middle-school students in Kalispell, MT, have built an app to help prevent suicide.


From ACM TechNews

IEEE Makes OpenFog Consortium's Reference Architecture Official Standard for Fog Computing

IEEE Makes OpenFog Consortium's Reference Architecture Official Standard for Fog Computing

The IEEE Standards Association has embraced the OpenFog Consortium's reference architecture as a fog computing standard.


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IBM Pits Computer Against Human Debaters

IBM Pits Computer Against Human Debaters

In its first public demonstration, IBM tested its Project Debater computer system against two human debaters.


From ACM TechNews

Wi-Fi Security Is Starting to Get its Biggest Upgrade in Over a Decade

Wi-Fi Security Is Starting to Get its Biggest Upgrade in Over a Decade

The Wi-Fi Alliance has begun certifying products that support WPA3, a major security advance over the WPA2 protocol that has been in use since 2004.


From ACM News

Open Source Professionals in Demand

Open Source Professionals in Demand

An "increasingly open source world" needs specialists in Linux and other open source technologies.


From ACM News

The Rise of DNA Data Storage

The Rise of DNA Data Storage

The 144 words of Robert Frost's seminal poem "The Road Not Taken" fit neatly onto a single printed page. Or in a 1-kilobyte data file.


From ACM News

Daring Japanese Mission Reaches Unexplored Asteroid Ryugu

Daring Japanese Mission Reaches Unexplored Asteroid Ryugu

After travelling for three-and-a-half years, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa-2 this week makes its final approach to the asteroid Ryugu.


From ACM News

China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker

China Extends Lead as Most Prolific Supercomputer Maker

America is now home to the world's speediest supercomputer. But the new list of the 500 swiftest machines underlines how much faster China is building them.


From ACM TechNews

Low-Cost Plastic Sensors Could Monitor a Range of Health Conditions

Low-Cost Plastic Sensors Could Monitor a Range of Health Conditions

An international team of researchers has developed a low-cost sensor that can diagnose or monitor a wide range of health conditions.


From ACM TechNews

'Interacting With Students Provides Rewards That Are Hard to Beat'

'Interacting With Students Provides Rewards That Are Hard to Beat'

Baldwin Wallace University's Jodi Tims, chair of ACM's Council on Women in Computing, discusses how an academic career in computer science offers exceptional rewards.


From ACM TechNews

Study Finds Daily Cycles in Our Thinking Patterns

Study Finds Daily Cycles in Our Thinking Patterns

Researchers have found that a person's mode of thinking changes at different times of the day and follows a 24-hour pattern.


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3D-Printed Soft Robots Can Be Controlled by Magnets

3D-Printed Soft Robots Can Be Controlled by Magnets

Engineers have developed small three-dimensionally printed structures whose movements can be controlled with external magnetic fields.


From ACM TechNews

Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89

Frank Heart, Who Linked Computers Before the Internet, Dies at 89

Frank Heart, who supervised development of the first routing computer for the precursor to the Internet, has passed away.


From ACM TechNews

Closing the Loop for Robotic Grasping

Closing the Loop for Robotic Grasping

Scientists in Australia have developed a faster, more accurate way for robots to grasp objects, particularly in cluttered and changing environments.


From ACM News

Are We Alone in the Universe?

Are We Alone in the Universe?

Say goodbye to ET, Marvin the Martian and Yoda. Humans are probably the only intelligent life in the universe, researchers from the University of Oxford have reported in a paper posted to academic preprint server arXiv.


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NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

NASA Asks: Will We Know Life When We See It?

In the last decade, we have discovered thousands of planets outside our solar system and have learned that rocky, temperate worlds are numerous in our galaxy.


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A U.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

A U.S. Machine Recaptures the Supercomputing Crown

Today, U.S. supercomputer advocates are cheering, because for the first time since 2012, a U.S. supercomputer—Oak Ridge National Laboratory's newly installed Summit supercomputer—has been ranked #1 in performance, capturing the…


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Adobe Is Using AI to Catch Photoshopped Images 

Adobe Is Using AI to Catch Photoshopped Images 

While picture editors have tweaked images for decades, modern tools like Adobe Photoshop let them alter photos to the point of complete fabrication.


From ACM TechNews

India's Pratyush, Mihir among Top 100 Supercomputers Worldwide

India's Pratyush, Mihir among Top 100 Supercomputers Worldwide

India's two fastest supercomputers, Pratyush and Mihir, both rank among the top 100 fastest supercomputers in the world, according to the most recent Top500 list.

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