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A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack
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A Third of the Internet Is Under Attack

Researchers completing the first large-scale analysis of victims of Internet denial-of-service attacks worldwide found about a third of the IPv4 address space was...

Johns Hopkins-Led Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems Into Digital Detectives
From ACM TechNews

Johns Hopkins-Led Team Aims to Turn Computer Systems Into Digital Detectives

An international team of researchers is using an $11-million U.S. Department of Defense grant to streamline investigations by developing algorithms for extracting...

Broadening the CS Cohort
From ACM News

Broadening the CS Cohort

Innovative programs are drawing women and minority students to computer science, and giving them the support they need to succeed.

How to Ensure AI Is Good for Girls: A Robot for Every Child
From ACM TechNews

How to Ensure AI Is Good for Girls: A Robot for Every Child

Rapid progress is being made in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics, as milestones are being passed in a wide range of areas.

The Disappearing American Grad Student
From ACM Careers

The Disappearing American Grad Student

There are two very different pictures of the students roaming the hallways and labs at New York University's Tandon School of Engineering.

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun
From ACM TechNews

Researcher: 'We Should Be Worried' This Computer Thought a Turtle Was a Gun

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's LabSix artificial intelligence team has demonstrated the first example of a three-dimensional object becoming "adversarial"...

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?
From ACM TechNews

Can AI Help to Detect and Cure Cancer?

University of Southern California Viterbi professor Fei Sha plans to focus her efforts on applying the findings of statistical machine learning to medical science...

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking
From ACM TechNews

Stanford Researchers Seek Citizen Scientists to Contribute to Worldwide Mosquito Tracking

Researchers are seeking citizen scientists to contribute to a mosquito-monitoring platform.

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon
From ACM TechNews

UMD Hosted Women Around the Country for Its Annual All-Female Hackathon

The University of Maryland recently hosted its third all-women hackathon.

Bringing History to Life
From ACM TechNews

Bringing History to Life

Sankofa is a new immersive computer game that aims to bring the cultural history of Ghana to life via gameplay while providing a unique learning experience.

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.
From ACM News

Building A.I. That Can Build A.I.

They are a dream of researchers but perhaps a nightmare for highly skilled computer programmers: artificially intelligent machines that can build other artificially...

Wormholes Join Black Holes by Quantum Teleportation
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Wormholes Join Black Holes by Quantum Teleportation

A century after wormholes were first theorized, scientists have posited that passages through space-time can be traversed using a special quantum connection between...

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives
From ACM News

A Better Technique for Spotting Bugs in Self-Driving AI Could Save Lives

Most software bugs won't kill you.

CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age
From ACM TechNews

CAPTCHA Is Dying. This Is How It's Being Reinvented for the AI Age

Completely Automated Public Turing Tests to tell Computers and Humans Apart (CAPTCHAs) appear to be heading toward obsolescence.

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis
From ACM TechNews

Crowdsourcing Big-Data Analysis

FeatureHub is a new collaboration tool designed to make feature identification more efficient and effective.

Smart Access to Homes and Cars Using Fingers
From ACM TechNews

Smart Access to Homes and Cars Using Fingers

Researchers at Rutgers University have developed a low-cost, minimal-power smart access system that can authenticate users by sensing their finger vibrations.

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft--for Now
From ACM TechNews

Humans Are Still Better Than AI at StarCraft--for Now

Professional player Song Byung-gu won a recent "StarCraft" tournament in South Korea, beating four artificial intelligence programs in less than 30 minutes.

Graphene Enables High-Speed Electronics on Flexible Materials
From ACM TechNews

Graphene Enables High-Speed Electronics on Flexible Materials

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have used graphene transistors on plastic substrates to develop a flexible detector for terahertz frequencies...

USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion
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USS McCain Collision Ultimately Caused by UI Confusion

On November 1, the US Navy issued its report on the collisions of the USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain this summer.

Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign
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Russian Ads, Now Publicly Released, Show Sophistication of Influence Campaign

Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of ads that Russian operatives bought on Facebook, providing the fullest picture yet of how foreign actors sought to promote...
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