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July 2018


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Neural Network Implemented with Light Instead of Electrons

Neural Network Implemented with Light Instead of Electrons

Neural networks have a reputation for being computationally expensive. But only the training portion of things really stresses most computer hardware, since it involves regular evaluations of performance and constant trips back…


From ACM TechNews

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Cell-Sized Robots Can Sense Their Environment

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed cell-sized robots that can sense their environment, store data, and conduct computational tasks.


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Computer Simulation of Receptors Reveals a New Ligand-Binding Site

Computer Simulation of Receptors Reveals a New Ligand-Binding Site

Using a computer model of the muscarinic acetylcholine receptor, researchers have found a unique binding site for natural ligands and drugs.


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Deep Learning Quickly Finds Structures Affected by Lava

Deep Learning Quickly Finds Structures Affected by Lava

Researchers are working with the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency to see how lava from the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii has affected buildings and infrastructure.


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How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

How Robot Hands Are Evolving to Do What Ours Can

A robotic hand? Four autonomous fingers and a thumb that can do anything your own flesh and blood can do? That is still the stuff of fantasy.


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Legislating Against AI Bias

Legislating Against AI Bias

Is this the beginning of the end of algorithmic bias in public-sector services?


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The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

The Hackers Teaching Old DNA Sequencers New Tricks

In a basement storeroom at Stanford University in California, the guts of a dozen DNA sequencers lie exposed—hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cameras and lasers, optics and fluid controllers, all scavenged from a late…


From ACM TechNews

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

World's Largest Robot Hauls Ore Through Western Australia

The world's largest robot is an autonomous train that hauls tons of material across Australia.


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Scientists Perfect Technique to Boost Capacity of Computer Storage a Thousandfold

Scientists Perfect Technique to Boost Capacity of Computer Storage a Thousandfold

A team of researchers has refined a method to enable a 1,000-fold enlargement of computer storage capacity, and used it to fabricate atomic-scale circuits.


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AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies

AI Technology Could Help Protect Water Supplies

Researchers have developed artificial intelligence software that can identify and quantify different kinds of cyanobacteria that can shut down water systems.


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NIH Partners With Google Cloud to Speed Up Medical Breakthroughs

NIH Partners With Google Cloud to Speed Up Medical Breakthroughs

A new U.S. National Institutes of Health program aims to help researchers accelerate biomedical advances by providing access to commercial cloud computing technologies.


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Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices

Decade-Old Bluetooth Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Data Passing Between Devices

A study by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology warns of a decade-old bug in the Bluetooth specification.


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Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'

Bug-Sized Robot Competitors to Swarm DARPA's 'Robot Olympics'

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking insect-sized robots to compete under its Short-Range Independent Microrobotic Platforms (SHRIMP) program.


From ACM Opinion

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

The Ethics of Computer Science: This Researcher Has a Controversial Proposal

In the midst of growing public concern over artificial intelligence (AI), privacy and the use of data, Brent Hecht has a controversial proposal: the computer-science community should change its peer-review process to ensure that…


From ACM News

How They Did It (and Will Likely Try Again): GRU Hackers vs. US Elections

How They Did It (and Will Likely Try Again): GRU Hackers vs. US Elections

In a press briefing just two weeks ago, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced that the grand jury assembled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller had returned an indictment against 12 officers of Russia's Main Intelligence…


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A Fault-Tolerant System for Stopping 'Leaks' in Quantum Computers

A Fault-Tolerant System for Stopping 'Leaks' in Quantum Computers

Researchers at Yale University have designed a system to prevent future quantum computers from "leaking" errors in ancillary quantum bits to logical qubits.


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Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing

Hubble Researcher Focuses on Blockchain for Space Data Processing

A Space Telescope Science Institute astronomer is testing a decentralized blockchain network for processing massive volumes of data produced by the Hubble Space Telescope.

 


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Computing Power Solves Molecular Mystery

Computing Power Solves Molecular Mystery

Norwegian University of Science and Technology researchers have come up with a new technique for probing molecular behavior.


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DARPA Seeks Underground Mapping Capability

DARPA Seeks Underground Mapping Capability

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency in September will host competitions to advance geotechnology's subterranean mapping capabilities.


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Future Electronic Components to Be Printed Like Newspapers

Future Electronic Components to Be Printed Like Newspapers

Purdue University researchers have developed a manufacturing technique that can make electronics faster than conventional methods.


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One Woman's Math Could Help NASA Put People on Mars

One Woman's Math Could Help NASA Put People on Mars

Kathleen Howell never aspired to walk on the moon. 


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Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve

Wild About Tech, China Even Loves Robot Waiters That Can't Serve

The mind-reading headsets won't read minds.


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Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Augmented Reality Makes Robots Better Coworkers

Roboticists from the University of Colorado, Boulder are investigating the use of augmented reality to improve human-robot collaboration.


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Japanese Researchers Use AI to Identify Early-Stage Stomach Cancer With High Accuracy

Japanese Researchers Use AI to Identify Early-Stage Stomach Cancer With High Accuracy

Researchers have successfully used artificial intelligence to identify early-stage stomach cancer with high accuracy.


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Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms

Arizona Teachers Trained to Integrate Computer Science in Their Classrooms

Grand Canyon University recently hosted more than 80 teachers from across Arizona for a workshop on how to integrate computer science curriculums into their classrooms.


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Apps Make It Easy for Domestic Abusers to Spy

Apps Make It Easy for Domestic Abusers to Spy

Cornell University researchers have found thousands of applications enabling domestic abusers to spy on their partners.


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Rethinking Autonomous Vehicles

Rethinking Autonomous Vehicles

Consumer fears intensify as self-driving car fatalities dent the driverless dream.


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There's Water on Mars! Signs of Buried Lake Tantalize Scientists

There's Water on Mars! Signs of Buried Lake Tantalize Scientists

A large saltwater lake seems to lurk under ice near Mars's south pole.


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Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Many experimental robots that live in research laboratories around the world may be wide open to hackers.


From ACM Careers

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Who Just Beat the Bay Area in Tech Jobs? Toronto

Toronto's tech scene is so hot the city created more jobs than the San Francisco Bay area, Seattle and Washington, D.C., combined last year, while leapfrogging New York in a ranking of "talent markets."

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