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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Nurse Robot Moxi Gets Schooled by Texas Nurses
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Nurse Robot Moxi Gets Schooled by Texas Nurses

A robot designed to test collaborative automation integration in a working medical facility recently concluded its first real-world trial in a Texas hospital.

Brazil Could Save More Species at Half the Cost With New Forest Restoration Plan
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Brazil Could Save More Species at Half the Cost With New Forest Restoration Plan

An international research team developed customized software to determine the best strategy for Brazilian reforestation efforts.

Computers Determine States of Consciousness
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Computers Determine States of Consciousness

A new algorithm can distinguish between unresponsive wakefulness syndrome and a minimally conscious state through the use of  electroencephalographic brainwave...

How a Personality Trait Puts You at Risk for Cybercrime
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How a Personality Trait Puts You at Risk for Cybercrime

A new study found that people with low self-control are more susceptible to malware attacks.

Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?
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Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?

Three-dimensional scanning can be used to protect or rebuild historic structures, but who owns that digital data?

Hidden Messages Fool AI
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Hidden Messages Fool AI

Forced errors focus attention on neural network quirks.

Quantum Leap
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Quantum Leap

A new proof supports a 25-year-old claim of the unique power of quantum computing.

Israel's Tech Sector Faces Shortage of Workers
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Israel's Tech Sector Faces Shortage of Workers

Israel is struggling to recruit workers to its technology sector.

Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why
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Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years. ...

This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon
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This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon

Cornell Tech's reputation for producing skilled technology graduates played a decisive role in Amazon's decision to build its new headquarters in New York City....

AI Has Some Explaining to Do
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AI Has Some Explaining to Do

Software makers offer more transparent machine-learning tools—but there's a trade-off.

Taking the Reins of AI
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Taking the Reins of AI

A new report calls for the U.S. government to watch, encourage, and regulate (where necessary) artificial intelligence.  

Taiwan's Rice Farmers Use Big Data to Cope With Climate Change
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Taiwan's Rice Farmers Use Big Data to Cope With Climate Change

Taiwanese rice growers are using big data as a part of a pilot project to ensure the resilience of crop production in the face of climate change.

Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale
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Team Invents Method to Shrink Objects to the Nanoscale

MIT researchers have invented a way to fabricate nanoscale 3-D objects of nearly any shape. They can also pattern the objects with a variety of useful materials...

Stewart Brand Announced as 2019 Paradigm Award Winner
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Stewart Brand Announced as 2019 Paradigm Award Winner

The "Original Ecomodernist" to accept the award at the Breakthrough Dialogue event in June in Sausalito, CA.

How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls Used Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science
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NASA's Juno Mission Halfway to Jupiter Science

On Dec. 21, at 8:49:48 a.m. PST (11:49:48 a.m. EST) NASA's Juno spacecraft will be 3,140 miles (5,053 kilometers) above Jupiter's cloud tops and hurtling by at...

Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI
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Searching for the Perfect Artificial Synapse for AI

What's the best type of device from which to build a neural network? Of course, it should be fast, small, consume little power, have the ability to reliably store...

Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly
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Ingestible Capsule Can Be Controlled Wirelessly

A new ingestible capsule can be customized to dispatch drugs, sense environmental conditions, or both, and can remain in the stomach for at least a month.

Data Use Draining Your Battery? Tiny Device to Speed up Memory While Also Saving Power
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Data Use Draining Your Battery? Tiny Device to Speed up Memory While Also Saving Power

A memory cell with multiple layers of two-dimensional material stacks has the potential to be faster and more reliable than other materials.
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