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After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition
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After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition

U.S. President Donald J. Trump had to intervene to allow a team of teenage Afghani girls trying to enter the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge to enter the U.S.

Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses
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Watch 3-D Movies at Home, Sans Glasses

"Home3D" allows users to watch three-dimensional movies without wearing special glasses.

This Deep Learning AI Generated Thousands of Creepy Cat Pictures
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This Deep Learning AI Generated Thousands of Creepy Cat Pictures

The Meow Generator is a collection of machine-learning algorithms that have created more than 15,000 disturbing cat faces.

NASA Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains
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NASA Video Soars over Pluto's Majestic Mountains and Icy Plains

 In July 2015, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft sent home the first close-up pictures of Pluto and its moons – amazing imagery that inspired many to wonder what a...

US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command
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US to Create Independent Military Cyber Command

After months of delay, the Trump administration is finalizing plans to revamp the nation's military command for defensive and offensive cyber operations in hopes...

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat
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Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.

President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree
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President of ACM Awarded Honorary Degree

World-leading computer scientist professor Vicki Hanson has been awarded an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers
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Want a Robot that Can Really Feel? Give It Whiskers

Among the many reasons humans are bizarre among mammals (the dearth of body hair, the bipedalism, the fact that someone invented the turducken) is a sad shortcoming...

WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show
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WikiLeaks Gave Trump Edge in Campaign, Tweets Show

Researchers at the University of Edinburgh have found that viral tweets during the final two months of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign show Hillary Clinton...

A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside
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A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside

Researchers at the University of Seville have developed a system to estimate the time that it takes to complete a walk in the countryside. A system algorithm uses...

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead
From ACM Careers

Intel, While Pivoting to Artificial Intelligence, Tries to Protect Lead

The computers in modern data centers—the engine rooms of the digital economy—are powered mainly by Intel chips.

Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA
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Who Needs Hard Drives? Scientists Store Film Clip in DNA

A video clip of a galloping horse, one of the first motion pictures ever made, is now also the first movie ever to be encoded in the DNA of a living cell, where...

Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid
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Iran's Newest Robot Is an Adorable Dancing Humanoid

Researchers at the University of Tehran have developed Surena Mini, a small robot with a 3D-printed body, articulated limbs, and a round head with two camera-eyes...

Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm
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Your Best Teammate Might Someday Be an Algorithm

Google's People + AI Research (PAIR) project aims to develop and release tools designed to help make the inner workings of artificial intelligence systems more...

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 
From ACM News

How Fake News Goes Viral; Here's the Math 

NASA runs a child-slave colony on Mars!

NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot
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NASA's Juno Spacecraft Spots Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Images of Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveal a tangle of dark, veinous clouds weaving their way through a massive crimson oval.

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick
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Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers...

Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones
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Stanford Researchers Find Intriguing Clues About Obesity by Counting Steps Via Smartphones

Stanford University researchers found that in countries with little obesity, people mostly walked a similar amount per day.

Using Chip Memory More Efficiently
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Using Chip Memory More Efficiently

Jenga is a new system that reallocates a chip's memory cache access in real time to create "cache hierarchies" designed to the needs of particular programs.

UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol
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UA Pioneers More Effective Control for Border Patrol

Researchers are developing a framework for border surveillance that uses artificial intelligence to integrate data from different sources and respond in real time...
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