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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs
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SLAC Knows How the Universe Works. Now It's Targeting Your Needs

You could be forgiven for thinking the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory's glory days are long over.

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed
From ACM News

How Russian Trolls Lie Their Way to the Top of Your News Feed

Going viral used to be harmless.

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code
From ACM TechNews

Singapore Teaches Its Seniors to Code

Libraries in Singapore are hosting special versions of the global Hour of Code movement to help seniors learn how to program in the Swift language.

Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with Cameras, Drones and NASA Tech
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Mapping the Great Barrier Reef with Cameras, Drones and NASA Tech

Richard Vevers, a British underwater photographer, was horrified when he returned in 2015 to a colourful reef in American Samoa he had shot a year earlier. It had...

These Radio Telescopes See Almost to the Beginning of Time
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These Radio Telescopes See Almost to the Beginning of Time

There are few places in the world that can accommodate a radio telescope.

Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter
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Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter

A new study shows bots and trolls are using the biggest social media sites to manipulate your views.

Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters
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Enigma: Why the Fight to Break Nazi Encryption Still Matters

It was night when three British sailors and a 16-year-old canteen assistant boarded a sinking U-boat off the coast of Egypt.

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already
From ACM TechNews

Internet Inventor: Make Tech Accessibility Better Already

Google chief Internet evangelist Vint Cerf says technology has a poor record of accommodating people with disabilities, and he would like to see more progress made...

Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News
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Vint Cerf: It's On All of Us to Fight Online Abuse, Fake News

The father of the internet says social pressure -- people collectively saying, "This is wrong" -- is crucial to battling misinformation and harassment.

Trump Signs Laws to Promote Women in STEM
From ACM TechNews

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.

Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo
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Apple vs. FBI One Year Later: Still Stuck in Limbo

It's been a year since Apple fought the FBI over data privacy, and we've barely heard a peep from either side on the issue.

Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses
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Say Hello to .google and Other Branded Internet Addresses

Google is helping usher in a new way for companies to tout their brand names in the digital realm.

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'Star Trek' Tech into Reality
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We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'Star Trek' Tech into Reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see.

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
From ACM News

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to Unlock the Universe
From ACM News

Sense of the Stars: New Telescopes Poised to Unlock the Universe

For nearly as long as we've walked the Earth, humans have tried to make sense of the stars.

This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold
From ACM News

This Timing Technology Determines Who Wins the Gold

Timing is everything.

Hack Apple, Get Paid – By Apple
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Hack Apple, Get Paid – By Apple

In a first for Apple, the company will pay up to $200,000 to researchers who find security problems in its systems.

How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech
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How Today's Farmers Got a Head-Start on Tomorrow's Tech

Cory Anstey always wanted to be a farmer. It was the joy of riding in the tractor, "the smell of the dirt in the spring" that drew him to the fields.

Use Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords
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Use Your Eyes, Voice—and Thoughts—to Replace Passwords

I'm sitting in an office at the University of California, Berkeley with an electrode strapped to my head. A black headband holds a connector to my forehead and...

The Advent of Virtual Humans
From ACM News

The Advent of Virtual Humans

Justine Cassell has taken her virtual assistant Sara on a road trip.
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