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College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?
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College in the Metaverse Is Here. Is Higher Ed Ready?

This fall, students at 10 U.S. universities will attend metaversities, virtual reality (VR) platforms where educators and students wear VR headsets and interact...

Zooming In to Get the Full Picture
From ACM TechNews

Zooming In to Get the Full Picture

Scientists have built the most comprehensive single-cell map of embryo development in any animal to date, using the fruit fly as its model.

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

Team Generates First Global Map of Cargo Ship Pollution, Revealing Effects of Fuel Regulations
From ACM TechNews

Team Generates First Global Map of Cargo Ship Pollution, Revealing Effects of Fuel Regulations

A new algorithm automates the process of tracking cargo ships via satellite data.

Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight
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Flexible Robot Hand with Precise Grip Lifts 1,000 Times Its Own Weight

Researchers have developed artificial muscles using a three-dimensional printer and tiny actuators that convert energy into movement.

Robot Tricks People Into Thinking It Has Mind of Its Own
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Robot Tricks People Into Thinking It Has Mind of Its Own

The human-like iCub robot, programmed to interact with humans, deceived people into believing it was self-aware.

Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime
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Banks Start Using Information-Sharing Tools to Detect Financial Crime

Researchers have identified information-sharing initiatives worldwide that aim to better detect fraud and money laundering.

California's Strawberry Fields May Not Be Forever. Could Robots Help?
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California's Strawberry Fields May Not Be Forever. Could Robots Help?

Some experts see agricultural robots as necessary for keeping California's strawberry industry afloat.

Playing with Dirt Leads to Big Potential for Sustainable Buildings
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Playing with Dirt Leads to Big Potential for Sustainable Buildings

University of Virginia researchers are experimenting with methods to incorporate plants into buildings to advance sustainability.

More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media
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More Accurate Wildfire Monitoring Using Social Media

Wildfire prediction model uses social media and geophysical satellite data for more accurate real-time forecasting and monitoring.

Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms
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Using Wearable Tech to Detect COVID-19 before Onset of Symptoms

Opens the door to using commercially available health monitors to detect other infectious diseases.

New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser
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New Attack Can Unmask Anonymous Users on Any Major Browser

Researchers have found a way to use the web's basic functions to identify who visits a site—without the user detecting the hack.

Defending the Enterprise
From ACM News

Defending the Enterprise

Using chaos testing to stabilize cybersecurity.

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums
From ACM TechNews

World Cup to Use Drones to Help Protect Stadiums

This year's World Cup soccer tournament in Qatar will employ autonomous radar-guided interceptor drones for stadium security.

Neurotechnology and the Law
From Communications of the ACM

Neurotechnology and the Law

How closely should implants be regulated?

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient
From ACM TechNews

BCI Startup Implants First Device in U.S. Patient

A brain-computer interface startup has implanted a wire-electrode combination in the brain of a U.S. patient with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions
From ACM TechNews

'Earable' Uses Sonar to Reconstruct Facial Expressions

Cornell University researchers have developed a wearable earphone device that can reconstruct the wearer's face using sonar.

Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour
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Robot Dog Learns to Walk in One Hour

Researchers taught a four-legged, dog-sized robot to walk in one hour with the help of a Bayesian optimization algorithm.

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement
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Computer Science Proof Unveils Unexpected Form of Entanglement

Three computer scientists have solved the NLTS conjecture, proving that systems of entangled particles can remain difficult to analyze even away from extremes. ...
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