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Designing Custom Robots in a Matter of Minutes
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Designing Custom Robots in a Matter of Minutes

The Interactive Robogami system lets users quickly design a robot, and then three-dimensionally print and assemble it in as little as four hours.

The Quest to Perfect the Universal Language of Science
From ACM News

The Quest to Perfect the Universal Language of Science

For millennia, humans have turned to the sky to tell time.

Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures
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Cassini's 13 Years of Stunning Saturn Science—in Pictures

Twenty years ago, in the wee hours of a muggy Florida morning, the Cassini spacecraft lit up the skies as it blasted off from Cape Canaveral.

New App Could Use Smartphone Selfies to Screen for Pancreatic Cancer
From ACM TechNews

New App Could Use Smartphone Selfies to Screen for Pancreatic Cancer

The BiliScreen app provides pancreatic cancer screening by having users take photos of themselves with a smartphone.

Everyone's an Expert, but a Computer Program May Be Able to Pick the Best Ones
From ACM TechNews

Everyone's an Expert, but a Computer Program May Be Able to Pick the Best Ones

A new algorithm analyzed the estimates of an agribusiness expert and helped a business division at an agricultural chemicals company improve its forecast accuracy...

Shark-hunting AI-Powered Algorithm to Begin Flying Over Aussie Beaches
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Shark-hunting AI-Powered Algorithm to Begin Flying Over Aussie Beaches

SharkSpotter is a new deep learning algorithm that can use real-time video footage streamed from aerial drones to detect sharks and alert swimmers.

Nagoya-Led Team Flips the Switch on Ferroelectrics
From ACM TechNews

Nagoya-Led Team Flips the Switch on Ferroelectrics

An international research team has devised a new technique for controlling the domain structure of ferroelectric materials.

With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten
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With a Simple DNA Test, Family Histories Are Rewritten

Bob Hutchinson's mother told him and his siblings almost nothing about her family, no matter how often they asked. "She was good at brushing people off," said Mr...

Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up
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Europe's X-ray Laser Fires Up

Scientists who make movies of molecules in motion have a new high-speed camera to shoot with. The €1.2-billion (US$1.4-billion) European X-ray Free Electron Laser...

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox
From ACM News

Magnetothermal Genetics: A Fourth Tool in the Brain-Hacking Toolbox

A scientist wanting to hack into an animal's brain used to have three different tools to choose from: electric current, drugs, and light. Now there's a fourth:...

Accelerating the Mobile Web: 'Vroom' Software Could Double Its Speed
From ACM TechNews

Accelerating the Mobile Web: 'Vroom' Software Could Double Its Speed

Vroom is a new software prototype that works by optimizing the end-to-end interaction between mobile devices and Web servers.

Computer Algorithm Automatically Recognizes Soccer Formations and Defensive Strategies
From ACM TechNews

Computer Algorithm Automatically Recognizes Soccer Formations and Defensive Strategies

Researchers have developed a deep-learning algorithm that automatically recognizes formations of teams when analyzing player tracking data.

NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research
From ACM TechNews

NYU Steinhardt Awarded More Than $4 Million From National Science Foundation for STEM Education Research

The National Science Foundation has awarded New York University grants totalling more than $4 million for research to improve computer science and computational...

2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships
From ACM News

2 to Receive 2017 ACM/IEEE George Michael Memorial HPC Fellowships

The Fellowships honor exceptional Ph.D. students worldwide whose research focuses on high-performance computing, networking, storage, and large-scale data analysis...

NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet
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NASA's Next Mars Mission to Investigate Interior of Red Planet

Preparation of NASA's next spacecraft to Mars, InSight, has ramped up this summer, on course for launch next May from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California...

Conditions Like Those Inside Neptune Cause Diamond Formation
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Conditions Like Those Inside Neptune Cause Diamond Formation

Carbon, oxygen, and nitrogen are some of the easiest heavier elements to form through fusion.

NIAC Cybersecurity Report Regarding Critical Infrastructure Issued
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NIAC Cybersecurity Report Regarding Critical Infrastructure Issued

The draft report warns the U.S. is falling short on its ability to defend critical systems against aggressive cyberattacks.

Big Brother is Watching You
From ACM News

Big Brother is Watching You

Not only that, facial recognition technologies inform him of who you are and what you did.

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
From ACM TechNews

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence and climate science to create deep-learning analyses of weather patterns.

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind
From ACM News

A Game You Can Control With Your Mind

When you pull the headset over your eyes and the game begins, you are transported to a tiny room with white walls.
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