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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites RT and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Inspired by Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI Utterly Wrecks CAPTCHA Security
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Inspired by Brain's Visual Cortex, New AI Utterly Wrecks CAPTCHA Security

Computer algorithms have gotten much better at recognizing patterns, like specific animals or people's faces, allowing software to automatically categorize large...

CRISPR Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome
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CRISPR Hacks Enable Pinpoint Repairs to Genome

The toolbox for editing genes expanded this week, as two research groups announced techniques that enable researchers to make targeted alterations to DNA and RNA...

Researchers Demonstrate 'Mind-Reading' Brain-Decoding Tech
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Demonstrate 'Mind-Reading' Brain-Decoding Tech

Researchers at Purdue University have demonstrated a method for decoding what the brain is seeing.

Facebook Research Automatically Creates an Avatar From a Photo
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Facebook Research Automatically Creates an Avatar From a Photo

A new machine-learning system can automatically creating the best possible avatar of a person's face from a photo by using a customized emoji generator.

Two ORNL-Led Research Teams Receive $10.5 Million to Advance Quantum Computing for Scientific Applications
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Two ORNL-Led Research Teams Receive $10.5 Million to Advance Quantum Computing for Scientific Applications

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded two research teams more than $10 million to assess the feasibility of quantum architectures in addressing big science...

Robots Won't Take Away Our Jobs, or They Will and It Will Be 'Liberating,' Profs Say
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Robots Won't Take Away Our Jobs, or They Will and It Will Be 'Liberating,' Profs Say

Cornell University professor Guy Hoffman called the notion of losing all professions to robots delusional.

How High can High-rises Go?
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How High can High-rises Go?

Digital technologies and new and better materials have stretched the boundaries of building design.

Resistive Memory Components the Computer Industry Can't Resist
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Resistive Memory Components the Computer Industry Can't Resist

Researchers have developed new memristor devices that last 1 trillion cycles, an achievement they say far surpasses the endurance of commercial flash memories for...

How We Feel About Robots That Feel
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How We Feel About Robots That Feel

Octavia, a humanoid robot designed to fight fires on Navy ships, has mastered an impressive range of facial expressions.

These Neurons Are Alive and Firing. And You Can Watch Them in 3-D
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These Neurons Are Alive and Firing. And You Can Watch Them in 3-D

For patients with epilepsy, or cancerous brain lesions, sometimes the only way to forward is down.

Higgs Boson Uncovered by Quantum Algorithm on D-Wave Machine
From ACM News

Higgs Boson Uncovered by Quantum Algorithm on D-Wave Machine

Machine learning has returned with a vengeance. I still remember the dark days of the late '80s and '90s, when it was pretty clear that the current generation of...

Bloated Browser Functionality Presents Unnecessary Security, Privacy Risks
From ACM TechNews

Bloated Browser Functionality Presents Unnecessary Security, Privacy Risks

Researchers have identified browser functionalities that are rarely used or needed by Websites, but which pose security and privacy risks.

Preservation for the (Digital) Ages
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Preservation for the (Digital) Ages

Researchers are working to enhance the preservation of digital humanities databases.

Machine Learning Used to Predict Earthquakes in a Lab Setting
From ACM TechNews

Machine Learning Used to Predict Earthquakes in a Lab Setting

Researchers say they have trained a machine-learning algorithm to predict future seismic events.

Focus Computer Science Funding on Teacher Training, Code.org Founder Says
From ACM TechNews

Focus Computer Science Funding on Teacher Training, Code.org Founder Says

Code.org founder Hadi Partovi says every dollar committed to computer science education should be channeled into teacher training.

U.S. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee
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U.S. Should Invest More in Global Quantum Race, Researchers Tell Congressional Committee

Researchers told the U.S. House Science Committee that more federal funding is required to train specialists and advance real-world quantum computing applications...

Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder to Fake
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Like Magic: The Tech That Goes Into Making Money Harder to Fake

In 2005, shortly after earning a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering, Sam Cape was looking for work online when he came across a cryptic help...

Photons Pair Up Like Superconducting Electrons
From ACM News

Photons Pair Up Like Superconducting Electrons

Superconductivity—a phenomenon in which electrons can travel through certain materials with zero resistance—has revolutionized parts of medicine, travel and science...

A Block on the Old Chip
From Communications of the ACM

A Block on the Old Chip

Block copolymers may help transistors shrink to tinier dimensions.
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