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Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread
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Big Data Helps Identify Better Way to Research Breast Cancer's Spread

Researchers at Michigan State University are analyzing big data to determine better research models to fight the spread of breast cancer and test potential drugs...

Neural Net Worth
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Neural Net Worth

Yoshua Bengio, Geoffrey Hinton, and Yann LeCun this month will receive the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award for conceptual and engineering breakthroughs that have made...

Lifelong Learning in Artificial Neural Networks
From Communications of the ACM

Lifelong Learning in Artificial Neural Networks

New methods enable systems to rapidly, continuously adapt.

And Then, There Were Three
From Communications of the ACM

And Then, There Were Three

How long can the silicon foundry sector continue to adapt, as physical limits make further shrinkage virtually impossible?

Ethics in Technology Jobs
From Communications of the ACM

Ethics in Technology Jobs

Employees are increasingly challenging technology companies on their ethical choices.

A URLephant Emergency?
From ACM News

A URLephant Emergency?

Concerns about ensuring website identity and security.

Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets From Millions of PCs
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Intel Flaw Lets Hackers Siphon Secrets From Millions of PCs

Intel and a coalition of security researchers have identified a new vulnerability in Intel's chips which could permit the theft of sensitive data from central processing...

Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions
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Your Robot Assistant Will Soon Be Able to Read Your Emotions

In South Korea, which turned on its 5G telecom networks nationwide in April, businesses and organizations are counting on 5G to enable the delivery of new technologies...

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
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Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.

Newport Class Makes Astronomy Accessible to Visually Impaired
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Newport Class Makes Astronomy Accessible to Visually Impaired

In a class at St. James Episcopal Church in Newport Beach, CA, visually impaired teens directed telescopes in Chile to capture images of asteroids.

Santa Clara County Redefines 'Street Smart'
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Santa Clara County Redefines 'Street Smart'

Santa Clara County, CA, has deployed a smart traffic management system.

Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections
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Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections

Estonia is currently the only country in the world that authorizes online voting for its entire electorate, due to its confidence in its Internet voting (i-voting)...

Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead
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Goro Shimura, 89, Mathematician With Broad Impact, Is Dead

His insights led to tools widely used in modern cryptography.

Image-Based Computer Model Reveals Finer Details of Tumor Blood Flow Behavior
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Image-Based Computer Model Reveals Finer Details of Tumor Blood Flow Behavior

Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have developed a computer simulation of tumor behavior that encapsulates finer blood-flow patterns and how they engineer cancer...

Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry
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Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry

Microsoft warns a serious vulnerability in Windows Remote Desktop Services could be exploited to launch a WannaCry-level attack against Internet-connected computers...

Brown Researcher Teaches Robots Handwriting, Drawing
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Brown Researcher Teaches Robots Handwriting, Drawing

A new algorithm gives robots handwriting and drawing capability, in a step toward machines that can communicate and collaborate more seamlessly with humans.

Using Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections
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Using Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections

University of Washington scientists have developed a pediatric ear-infection diagnostic technique that uses a smartphone to detect fluid accumulation behind the...

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road
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Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road

A driverless electric truck has started delivering freight daily along a public road in Sweden.

The Trade Secret
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The Trade Secret

Firms that promised high-tech ransomware solutions almost always just pay the hackers.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.
From ACM TechNews

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

There are many U.S. cybersecurity job openings, and a shortfall of qualified professionals is prompting employers to look outside traditional pipelines to find...
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