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Toward a Secure Electrical Grid
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Toward a Secure Electrical Grid

University of California, Santa Barbara researchers have proposed a new method for protecting the electrical grid from a cyberattack.

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin
From ACM Opinion

How U.S. Intelligence Agencies Can Find Out What Trump Told Putin

President Donald Trump's insistence on holding a one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin hobbled U.S. intelligence agencies that would usually...

Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience
From ACM News

Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience

And its inventor has just stepped down.

Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots
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Big Tech is Throwing Money and Talent at Home Robots

Science fiction writers and technologists have been predicting the arrival of robot butlers for the better part of a century. So far domestic robots have been relatively...

 Not Quite Quantum Computing
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Not Quite Quantum Computing

Fujitsu says its "Quantum-Inspired" Digital Annealing is capable of tackling combinatorial optimization problems.

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets
From ACM Opinion

"I Was Devastated": Tim Berners-Lee, the Man Who Created the World Wide Web, Has Some Regrets

"For people who want to make sure the Web serves humanity, we have to concern ourselves with what people are building on top of it," Tim Berners-Lee told me one...

Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings
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Looking Toward the Sky, Trojans Trace UFO Sightings

Researchers analyzed thousands of documented UFO sightings to determine the degree to which factors such as movie releases and weather events shaped sighting patterns...

Faster Photons Could Enable Total Data Security
From ACM TechNews

Faster Photons Could Enable Total Data Security

Scientists have generated rapid single-photon light pulses, each of which representing a bit of binary code.

Eagle-Eyed Machine Learning Algorithm Outdoes Human Experts
From ACM TechNews

Eagle-Eyed Machine Learning Algorithm Outdoes Human Experts

Researchers have taught computers to spot microscopic radiation damage to materials to be used in nuclear reactors.

Autonomous and Cooperating: The Dawn of the Drone Swarm
From ACM TechNews

Autonomous and Cooperating: The Dawn of the Drone Swarm

The Hungarian Academy of Science has demonstrated a method of inducing real-world self-organizing flocking behavior in robot drones.

This Bomb-Simulating US Supercomputer Broke a World Record
From ACM News

This Bomb-Simulating US Supercomputer Broke a World Record

Brad Settlemyer had a supercomputing solution in search of a problem.

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business
From ACM News

Private Messaging Apps Increasingly Used for Public Business

One app promotes itself as a way to discuss sensitive negotiations and human resources problems without leaving a digital record.

Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport
From ACM News

Welcome to the Airport of the Future, Where Your Face Is Your Passport

Australia is a bloody long way from the rest of the world.

First Machine Learning Method Capable of Accurate Extrapolation
From ACM TechNews

First Machine Learning Method Capable of Accurate Extrapolation

Researchers have developed a machine learning method that uses observations to accurately extrapolate all possible conditions shaped by the same physical dynamics...

IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With U.S. to Help Vets With Cancer
From ACM TechNews

IBM Watson Health Extends Partnership With U.S. to Help Vets With Cancer

IBM Watson Health has extended its collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help treat veterans with cancer using artificial intelligence. ...

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019
From ACM TechNews

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.
From ACM TechNews

Don't Squish the Jellyfish. Capture It With a Folding Robotic Claw.

Researchers have developed a rotary actuated dodecahedron sampler, a device for studying soft sea creatures such as jellyfish or squid in their natural habitats...

Decade of Research Shows Little Improvement in Password Guidance
From ACM TechNews

Decade of Research Shows Little Improvement in Password Guidance

Most of the top 10 English-speaking websites online offer little or no advice on creating passwords that are less likely to be hacked.

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way
From Communications of the ACM

Animals Teach Robots to Find Their Way

Navigation research demonstrates bio-machine symbiosis.

Electronics Are Leaving the Plane
From Communications of the ACM

Electronics Are Leaving the Plane

Stacking chips and connecting them vertically increases both speed and functionality.
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