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Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award
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Rice's Lydia Kavraki Wins ACM Athena Lecturer Award

Rice University professor and ACM Fellow Lydia Kavraki will receive this year's ACM Athena Lecturer Award.

Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?
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Can Early Experiences With Computers, Robots Increase STEM Interest Among Young Girls?

Six-year-old girls exposed to a computer-programming activity had more interest in technology and more positive outlooks about their own skills compared to non-participants...

How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates
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How the Update Framework Improves Security of Software Updates

New York University professor Justin Cappos has been developing The Update Framework (TUF) for eight years to help organizations update their software securely....

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...

Every Continent, and One Time Lord, Turned Out for the March for Science
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Every Continent, and One Time Lord, Turned Out for the March for Science

An estimated 600 March for Science rallies took place Saturday across the U.S., and across the globe.

Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans for World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Free Quantum Computers Online!
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Free Quantum Computers Online!

D-Wave and IBM offer access to supercomputing quantum computers in the cloud.

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah
From ACM TechNews

UT Researcher Creates Robotic Cheetah

Researchers are developing a scaled-down robotic version of a cheetah that uses only about 15% more energy than the real animal.

From Coal to Code
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From Coal to Code

Coal miners find new lives as programmers.

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble
From ACM TechNews

Smart Healthcare Uses Stats to Spot a Stumble

Researchers have developed a statistical scheme that detects when senior citizens or others need help after falling.

How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media
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How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media

At the age of 21, David Pakman started a little Massachusetts community radio talk program.

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
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Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women
From ACM TechNews

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student...

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars
From ACM Careers

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by...

23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases
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23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person's risk of developing certain diseases....

How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry
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How Artificial Life Spawned a Billion-Dollar Industry

Scientists are getting closer to building life from scratch and technology pioneers are taking notice, with record sums moving into a field that could deliver novel...

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps
From ACM News

Apprenticeship Emerging To Fill Skills Gaps

New approaches to apprenticeship aim to provide talented, if not traditionally trained, computing professionals.

Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century
From ACM TechNews

Why Asimov's Laws of Robotics Should Be Updated for the 21st Century

Tom Sorell, a professor at the University of Warwick in the U.K., suggests Isaac Asimov's famed "Three Laws of Robotics" need updating for the modern era,

Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M
From ACM TechNews

Tech Jobs Are Thriving Nationwide--Up to 7.3M

The U.S. technology job market has expanded 2% to about 7.3 million employees since 2016, with 6.9 million employed by technology companies, according to CompTIA's...

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly
From ACM TechNews

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.
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